Cayman touted in
 top vacation sites

The Cayman Islands has been named one of the top 25 vacation locations worldwide.

TripAdvisor’s annual Travellers Choice awards are voted for by readers and reviewers of the site and Cayman reached number 22 in the world destinations list.

“The farther you go from Grand Cayman’s busy docks, the more peace and quiet you’ll find. At Stingray City (actually a sandbar), stingrays swim alongside you in the tranquil waters. Closer to town, travelers report finding some of the best massage and spa services anywhere in the Caribbean,” read the site’s description of the destination.

The top three destinations for travellers were Cape Town, South Africa; Sydney, Australia, and Peru’s Machu Picchu.

Cayman was also named top destination in the Caribbean. The awards are calculated by the destination’s ranking as voted for by travellers plus popularity on the travel review site.

“Winning an accolade of this clabber is a huge testament to the beauty, quality and service that visitors experience when they visit our Islands,” said Acting Director of Tourism, Shomari Scott.

Premier McKeeva Bush added that it was ‘extremely gratifying and exciting’.

Best hotels worldwide

Several Cayman hotels appeared in Expedia’s Insiders Select list of the best hotels in the world. The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman was ranked 77th by travellers, and Grand Cayman Beach Suites and Sunshine Suites also reached the top 500 properties selected from the online travel company’s 130,000 hotels.

The Insiders’ Select List formally recognises individual hotels worldwide that consistently deliver excellent service, a great overall experience and a notable value.

Greg Wray, general manager of Sunshine Suites said that delivering superior service was top priority for the resort.

“We are pleased that our efforts have been acknowledged by Expedia travellers and we look forward to extending our high level of service to even more guests.”

The three top-ranked hotels in Expedia’s list were Washington’s Cerdarbrook Lodge, Rome’s iQ Hotel and Hotel Antiche Figure in Venice, Italy. The highest-ranked Caribbean hotel was The Buccaneer in the US Virgin Islands, which placed 20th overall.