Ritz-Carlton named region’s best

The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman has been named the No. 1 hotel in the Caribbean by U.S. News & World Report.

The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, has been named the Caribbean’s top hotel by the U.S. News & World Report.

The luxury hotel on Seven Mile Beach was ranked No. 1, ahead of the Jamaica Inn in Ocho Rios and the Dorado Beach, another Ritz-Carlton resort, in Puerto Rico.

The rankings are based on reputation among professional travel experts, guest reviews and hotel class ratings, according to the organization’s website.

“We are extremely honored to receive such an elite and distinct award,” said Marc Langevin, general manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. He said the hotel is more than just a luxury destination on one of the world’s most beautiful beaches and prides itself on the level of service offered.

“Our ladies and gentlemen are committed to providing service excellence to our guests, and this is the primary reason the resort continues to be recognized for its accomplishments.” The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. News & World Report specializes in consumer advice, rankings and analysis.

The organization ranked more than 2,500 hotels across the USA, Caribbean, Mexico and Canada – with the top 10 percent among the luxury segment analyzed and selected as winners.

It has published a list of 287 hotels designated as the best in the Caribbean according to its ranking system, with Cayman’s Ritz-Carlton at the top.

Last year the same organization, designated Grand Cayman’s Seven Mile Beach as the world’s top beach travel destination.

Little Cayman Beach Resort also tops

Regionally, too, there was good news for another Cayman resort. The Little Cayman Beach Resort was named by the Caribbean Journal as the best dive resort in the Caribbean. “A place for serious divers who want to explore one of the world’s top dive sites, a bucket-list diving destination – the island of Little Cayman,” the magazine says of the resort.