The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman has received its fourth consecutive AAA Five Diamond award, and Seven Mile Beach has been recognized as one of the best beaches in the world by TripAdvisor voters.

The Ritz-Carlton is among 89 hotels and resorts in North America and the Caribbean to have earned Five Diamonds, the highest AAA rating, for this year. It is the only Cayman Islands hotel to win the accolade in the hotel/resort category.

The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman’s restaurant Blue by Eric Ripert remains the only AAA Five Diamond restaurant in the Caribbean, the hotel stated in a press release.

AAA Diamond Ratings for hotels and restaurants represent a combination of the overall quality, range of facilities and level of services offered by the property. According to AAA, North America’s biggest motoring and leisure travel organization, it uses professional inspectors who conduct anonymous, in-person property evaluations.

Forbes award

The hotel also learned this week that it had won the Forbes Four Star awards both for the resort and for its La Prairie spa. The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman has been listed among the top five hotels in the Caribbean by US News & World Report, which also named it the number one resort in the Cayman Islands.

“We are deeply honored to receive these distinctions for 2017,” said the hotel’s general manager, Marc Langevin. “They are a tribute to the ladies and gentlemen who create, enrich and personalize the resort guest experience, every day. The team’s commitment to our guests, our community and each other shines brightly in these Stars and Diamonds.

TripAdvisor award

Seven Mile Beach was named a winner in the 2017 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards for Beaches.

The beach was ranked fourth in the Caribbean and 12th out of 25 in the world.

“It brings us tremendous pride to once again see Seven Mile Beach so highly regarded by the esteemed TripAdvisor community, capturing the hearts of travellers worldwide,” said Cayman Islands Director of Tourism Rosa Harris. “To have our iconic Seven Mile Beach climb this world ranking year after year serves as testament to the sophistication and evolution of our guest offering, further positioning the Cayman Islands as a world-class vacation destination.”

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  1. Ms Harris , while those AAA rating may look good to you , the empty pretty 7 mile beach looks bad to me and the economy .
    I think we should be filling up those rooms not getting them rated . Status don’t pay the bills .

  2. As always these awards need to be put in perspective. In the TripAdvisor poll SMB came fourth in the Caribbean behind Grace Bay in TCI, Eagle Beach in Aruba and Cayo Largo in Cuba. In fact Cuba made the list twice with Varadero coming in eighth place, making it the only Caribbean destination to take two places in the top 10. Why is that significant? Because currently Cuba is still closed to the majority of tourists from the USA, where the majority of TripAdvisor’s contributors are based. There’s nothing to get excited about here, in fact it should be regarded as yet another warning sign.

  3. Why would anyone trust Trip Advisor? The degrees they manipulate comments is mind blowing.
    An example: Someone had asked about sky lanterns regulations in the CI. I copied and pasted some paragraphs from the Cayman Compass article addressing sky lanterns, firework, etc. My comment was deleted as inappropriate. What?
    This is what TA found inappropriate:
    “There is no legislation that governs the use of lanterns, but the regulator asks people to be careful when releasing lanterns and to be mindful of air traffic around the airports.”
    I boycott Trip Advisor ever since.