Ritz Carlton December opening on target

The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman is now accepting reservations for guest arrivals during the 2005 Holiday season.

‘The eagerly anticipated $500 million, 365-room property located on pristine Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman, is planning to open its doors 15 December 2005, contingent on receipt of permissions to occupy from the Cayman Islands government,’ says a press release.

‘We are thrilled to open this resort in time for the 2005-2006 season,’ said Jean Cohen, Vice President and General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. ‘Our Ritz-Carlton customers have long awaited this luxury property on the beautiful and affluent island of Grand Cayman. We are also eager to open our doors to residents of the island.’

Both residents and visitors will be able to experience The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman on New Year’s Eve. The resort will be hosting dinners and celebrations in The Cayman Islands Royal Ballroom, 7 Prime Cuts & Sunsets and Blue by Eric Ripert, the release says.

Standard high season rates at the resort range from US$449 for Waterway rooms to US$929 for Ocean Front rooms, setting a new luxury benchmark for Grand Cayman. Reservations can be made through travel professionals, on www.ritzcarlton.com or by calling 800-241-3333.

The following are descriptions of the room categories at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman:

Ocean Front rooms have panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea, Seven Mile Beach and the ocean front pool. These 480 sq. ft. rooms have a 75 sq. ft. terrace, king bed with a loveseat sofa sleeper or two queen beds.

The 480 sq. ft. Waterway rooms are located on the North Sound side of the property and have views of Blue Tip, the Greg Norman designed golf course, the Waterway pool, the beautifully manicured Great Lawn or the resort waterways which wind throughout the 144-acre property. Rooms have a 75 sq. ft. terrace, king bed with loveseat sofa sleeper or two queen beds.

The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman also offers guests the option of Club Level rooms – with either Waterway or Ocean Front views. Guests who stay on the Club Level have access to The Ritz-Carlton Club, a lounge retreat with five food and beverage presentations daily.

The Blue Tip Suites, named for the golf course they overlook, provide sunrise views of the golf grounds, winding waterways and the North Sound. These 960 sq. ft. suites have two 75 sq. ft. terraces, one and one-half baths and a separate living area with French doors.

The Ritz-Carlton Suite, with 2,400 sq. ft. and commanding views of Seven Mile Beach, includes a dining room, butler’s pantry with refrigerator, one and one-half baths, a king bed and a 700 sq. ft. terrace.

Guests in The Reserve enjoy the comforts of a private oceanfront home along with the amenities and facilities of a five-star resort. The Reserve units are available in a variety of 2-3 bedroom combinations. Each unit includes a large living area, professionally outfitted kitchen and private terraces off each bedroom.

Rates for 15 – 22 December 2005 range from US$579 to US$2,250. Holiday rates from 22 December 2005 – 3 January 2006 range from US$929 to US$3,950.

2006 rates range from US$299 in low season to US$5,000 in high season.