Indulge your senses Marriott style

The beaches are getting quieter, the water is warmer, the sunsets are later. It’s heading into low tourist season in the Cayman Islands, leaving the resorts and glistening water emptier, with more room for residents to don their swimsuits, take advantage of this little piece of heaven and escape the daily routine of life.

Perfect timing then for the Residents’ Special courtesy of the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort, where, for US$190, two adults can enjoy a night of tourist elegance. Included is buffet breakfast for two at the Red Parrot restaurant (plus 10 per cent service charge and 10 per cent tax) and 10 per cent off food at the hotel’s outlets.

Valid until 1 November, this great deal affords you the luxury of relaxing in the friendly, elegant setting of this upscale Seven Mile Beach hotel, and soaking up Grand Cayman as a tourist haven.

Of course, an ideal way to begin your mini-vacation at your new home on the beach would be to let your hair down and indulge in a feast, pirate style at the hotel’s outdoor Solana restaurant! At CI$39.95, including sodas and iced teas, the Pirates’ Buffet on a Friday night will provide you a sumptuous spread. It includes a generous salad bar, a delicious seafood station presenting delicacies such as succulent crab legs and sushi, a pasta station where your very own ensemble can be created, a hot food station where delicious favourites like corn on the cob, and barbecue chicken abound, and a cooking station where the chef serves up freshly cooked creations such as lamb cutlets and mahi-mahi. Sure to tingle your taste buds, this delicious and varied feast is topped off with a dessert station sure to make you smile. Delicious cakes and pastries offer that little extra indulgence to start your mini-break the right way.

Afterwards, relax to the sounds of Caribbean rhythms and see the fire eater swallow whole flames to leave you gasping in awe.

The hotel’s guest rooms boast tropical elegance in their rich décor, with warming yellows and oranges giving off a vibrant holiday feel, while the view of the ocean and pool is welcome refreshment from a working week.

Breakfast at the Red Parrot restaurant is always a treat, but much more so after such a restful sleep in the comforting luxury of your king/double bed which boasts 300 thread-count linens. Fresh fruits such as watermelon and grapes provide a perfect refreshment, before getting down to the real business of bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, home-style fries, pancakes and coffee. Or a freshly made omelette might be just in order. Top this off with toast, croissant or muffins and your breakfast has certainly set you on the right footing for the day!

A little lounging beach or pool-side might be a sure fire way of convincing yourself you’re on vacation. This resort now boasts a wide sandy beachfront, with plenty of room for hotel guests to stretch out and enjoy the sunshine. If you are feeling a little more adventurous, however, why not try a snorkel and explore the ocean’s reef balls and the aquatic life they attract.

After all that sunbathing and snorkelling, a spa treatment at the resort’s La Mer spa is a blissful experience. The Yonka beauty aromatherapy plant-based products they use are an indulgence in their own right. Recommended is a Swedish massage, which increases the circulation, relieves tense muscles and aides in detoxification, relaxation and tranquillity. Talk about feeling chilled out – it was heavenly! This wonderful treatment will set you back CI$95 (plus 15 per cent gratuity) for 50 minutes, but a 25 minute version is also on offer for CI$55. Other luxury treatments you can revel in are a couple’s massage, a purifying facial or a body treatment that polishes and nourishes the skin.

All in all, at the end of the stay you will surely feel that you have indeed escaped, that you have been treated as someone special, somewhere far away from stress, worry and strife. You’ve been in a place of pampering and relaxation, and all without the airfare. So, go on, indulge yourself, island-style!

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