TV viewers get Cayman treat

Viewers of the Travel Channel last
weekend would have seen some familiar faces as the station aired a half-hour programme
about the Cayman Islands.

The show was produced by Caribbean
Travel & Life magazine presented by Travelocity as part of their TV and web
series, Affordable Caribbean. It presented Cayman’s beaches, activities, water
sports, shopping, nightlife and hotels.

Sunshine Suites and Bodden Town’s
Retreat at Lookout Farm were showcased, along with Compass Point as a dive
resort and an in-depth look at other hotels including the Westin Casuarina
Resort & Spa, whose director of catering and convention services explained
the popularity of the resort.

“I think people select the Westin
Casuarina Resort and Spa because of our location. We overlook one of the most
beautiful sections of the world-famous Seven Mile Beach,” she said, before talking about
the restaurant and spa options the facility offered.

Another hotel in focus was the
Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, flagged as ‘worth
the splurge’ by the programme, which highlighted the Silver Rain Spa and the
Ambassadors of the Environment scheme, which is an educational activities
programme for kids and adults. Head Ambassadors Naturalist Jess Lablond
explained the programme was designed to raise awareness.

“The main focus is to takes guests
out into nature, show them a good time, have fun and get dirty, and then at the
end of the day hopefully they will love nature – if you love nature you’re more
likely to respect it, and if you respect it you’re hopefully they’ll go home
and protect it as well,” she said.


Also on the show were items about
Boatswain’s Beach, Queen
Elizabeth II
Botanic Park,
Pedro St. James and other attractions. Stingray City
Atlantis Submarines and Red Sail Sports were also featured. Some of Cayman’s
summer splash promotions also featured, including the fifth night free hotel
deal and the SpongeBob Sea School, in which kids stay free, eat free and can
hang out with SpongeBob.

Traditional local food was also on
the menu, with seafront jerk shack Miss Mami and Guy Harvey’s Island Grill both
getting a visit. Vivine’s Kitchen at East End and Calico Jack’s on Seven Mile
Beach were highlighted
during the show’s Affordable Eats section. Meanwhile, for Upscale Dining
experiences, a host of restaurants were mentioned including Agua Restaurant
& Lounge and Calypso Grill at Morgan’s Harbour. Cayman’s beach bars
including Sunset House and Deckers featured, the latter including an appearance
from musical duo Hi-Tide.

A shopping section mentioned
shopping at George Town and Camana Bay
along with the Pure Art gallery and shop at South Sound.

Finally, local beverage Caybrew got
the thumbs up from presenter Sarah Graves-Gabbadon, senior editor of Caribbean
Travel & Life Magazine and Robert Hamaty enlightened viewers of the
delights of Tortuga Rum and, of course, the famous rum cake.

“It was organised by the Department
of Tourism very well and even my sister in Canada saw it. It’s very good and
[might] encourage more [television]. We’d like to see more on the food network,
more on the wealth TV channel – because that’s great exposure for the island.

“The best form of promotion and
marketing for Cayman is these things; it’s not an advertisement, it gives more
credibility when you see these things on television,” said Mr. Hamaty.