Sneak Peek Inside a Stay at the Westin Grand Cayman

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Our family of four is wrapping up our first trip to the Cayman Islands, but this place is so perfect for traveling families, that I very much hope this is just our first trip of many to this sunny, happy, beautiful destination. Grand Cayman has the softest sand, clear blue and turquoise water, delicious food, friendly people, and lots of easily accessible activities if you want to do more than lay out by the ocean. The island is geographically close to the United States at just 453 miles from Miami. There are many airlines that operate nonstop flights to Grand Cayman, and you have a variety of hotel award options on the island such as using IHG points at the swanky Kimpton Seafire or the Holiday Inn Grand Cayman Resort, the Comfort Suites Seven Mile Beach using Choice Hotel points, the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort or the Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman with your Marriott points.


We spent our time on Grand Cayman staying at the Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort using our Starwood Preferred Guest points, and I cannot imagine a better mix of award value, location, activities, amenities, and an otherworldly perfect stretch of beach right off the back of the hotel. No getting wet and sandy children in a car, no long hot walk to the water, no bathroom emergencies without a good solution, no hauling your own beach umbrellas, tents, or towels. Just you, your kids, and beach perfection starting at just 9,600 SPG points per night on a five-night award stay with the fifth night free.

There will be much, much more to come, but for now, here is a sneak peek at our time staying at the Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Resort. From the welcome drinks, to the lobby with a view, to lounging around, jet skiing, eating, and playing in ocean water that looks like a swimming pool, this was a family trip to remember.

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Just so you don’t get confused, that last picture is ocean water, not pool water, that is how insanely clear and perfect the water is right off of the back of the hotel. As soon as we get home, I promise to catch you up on all we experienced here in case you want to replicate some of it for your own family. If you want to see more about this hotel and Grand Cayman now, head over to Instagram as I have been sharing tons of the peeks from the island and the hotel on my Instagram Stories.

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  1. Heading there in about 3 weeks with a family of four (girls are 9 and 6) and looking forward to your reviews. Looking at booking a few excursions, we have done Sting Ray City before other than Sting Rays did you do any excursions you would recommend?

    • Yes, we also went to the Turtle Farm and Starfish Point. If we had another day (and a little more money), I would have taken my 8 year old on the swimming horses. We also enjoyed our time at Camana Bay and Kaibo.

      • We did swimming horses in Jamaica with our oldest at age 6 and she loved it. Did you have a company take you or just go on your own? We are there for 5 days and right now not planning on renting a car.

    • I’ll do full write ups soon, but the jet ski was done from the hotel and the boat was through Crazy Crab.

  2. We’re headed there in three weeks with another family/MP follower! (Hey, Betsy!! ;-)) Four kids, two husbands, two on-vacation kids’ birthdays… super pumped to hear how much you love it. Makes me even more excited!

  3. I can’t wait for you big write up on this family vacay, as it is high on my list for our family, as well. Please include which/how many points you used and any additional costs (jet skis?). Also, when would you suggest is a good time to go without crazy crowds? I have a ton of SPG points right now and I think this is how I will use them. I always appreciate your updates on your trips!

  4. Thank you for the sneak peek. We booked this last year per your recommendation for the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend using the 5th night free. I’m using my suite night upgrades hoping they are honored since I’ve been Platinum for 3-4 years in a row and Platinum 75. We can’t wait for the full review since we will have a 4 y.o. in tow. Keep up the great blog!

  5. MP- When you have a chance can you comment on the bed sitch? I thought I remember reading that the new rooms have a pull out couch? Trying to decide if we should plan on packing our toddler travel cot…. Thanks!

    • There are standard rooms with two double beds, which is what we had. There are larger rooms with a pull out I believe.

  6. If you had 3 kids in the room, do you think this resort would look the other way? Let’s say ages 8, 7, and 5.

  7. This may be tough to answer, but which would you pick? Grand Hyatt Baha Mar or Westin Grand Cayman? Flights are the same for both of us. The only thing we don’t have with SPG is platinum status, so no free breakfast, but we are Hyatt Globalist. Is that enough to tip the scales one way or the other? Thanks!

    • I have thought a ton about that myself this week. I will try and write a whole post on this topic, but bottom line is both are fantastic with different strengths. Globalist does help TREMENDOUSLY with food costs, resort fee, etc. Baha Mar has better pools and a lounge. Grand Cayman has way more within walking and easily accessible distance. Beaches are great at both, but I loved Grand Cayman’s beach even more than the Bahamas. Bottom line is if you like one, you will probably like the other, so it is just a matter of which to visit first.

    • The beach is better in grand Cayman. My spg platinum did not get me any upgrade. The breakfast they give us is only continental though they did give my boys full buffet for free. They also give us $8 per day food voucher due to the. $60 resort fee includes free WiFi but I would get free WiFi for platinum anyway.

  8. We just checked in yesterday at the Westin and went to sting ray city and star points today. Was wondering if the turtle farm is worth the trip? Did you also went to Hell. I was told we need to go mail a postcard from their tiny postal office

    • We didn’t make it to Hell. I liked the Turtle Farm for an easy non-beach morning, but if you already have plenty to do then it may or may not be worth it.

    • Stacy, we did not bring our stroller at all. In terms of stairs, getting in and going out to the pool should be easy as I am 99.99% sure that was all one flat surface. That said, I did not notice any lifts into the pools and the hot tubs do require going up steps. Let me know if you have other specific questions and I’ll try to remember and look back at my pictures! BTW, I walked down to the Ritz Carlton and I am pretty sure I noticed a beach wheelchair with the big wheels at that property. I don’t know if it was available for others or someone just wasn’t using it at the moment, but it caught my eye for sure!

      • Thanks for the info! We’ve used the beach wheelchairs in Newport Beach and Tahoe, and love them. I’ll certainly do some research as to availability out there. We usually get by without a pool or hot tub lift, but like to be able to get out to at least the edge of the beach (not on a cliff like JW Los Cabos!).

  9. Aruba, Cayman, Turks & Caicos, all great family spots. The water on long bay (shore club) in Turks & Caicos is a tough one to beat, its simply stunning, very shallow so great for kids to play worry free… you can literally walk a km out and your waist high at most, downside is its an expensive island. Aruba had lots to do by far, however the water was okay in my opinion as Cayman and Turks were superior for the water, so Aruba was more land based activities. Cayman fits in between I feel, great water and lots of activities for the family, stingrays, turtles… Best of both worlds… Thoughts? Agree?

    • Hi Michael,
      I have done both Turks and Aruba. Deciding on Grand Cayman for a future trip. I do agree with you about the water in Turks vs Aruba and the cost. Aruba keeps getting my business for a few reason. I like to travel to Aruba in the dead of NY winters and I have found Turks to be some what unpredictable. We were there the first week of March and the first few days we were on the beach under towels to keep warm. I know Aruba weather is the same pretty much year round and being cold is never a problem. I had friends that went to Grand Cayman the 2nd or 3 week of January this year and the sun did not shine for a week and they said it was too cold and rainy to use the beach for the week. Now, I know that is not normal. I tend to take shorter trips so weather being good is high up there. I think I would enjoy some new activities that cayman has to offer. I do like the fact the cost of food in Aruba can vary from cheap eats to expensive depending on what you are looking for. Can you find the same in GC? My kids are all older now and enjoy the casinos, comedy shows, bars with bands etc in aruba to keep them busy at night. What is GC night life like? Thanks..

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