Cayman Islands – what’s new and happening in 2024
New Hotels in the Cayman Islands for 2024 – Scheduled to open in Q2 2024 is Hotel Indigo Grand Cayman. The 282-room 10-storey beachfront property will provide an upper midscale experience featuring multiple restaurants, a 6,700 square foot ballroom, a pool deck and a rooftop bar. Indigo’s restaurants and bars around the world are known as a favourite destination for visitors and locals alike. With sustainability in mind, the hotel is being built to LEED standards, which ensures high-performance buildings that have less of an impact on the environment.
Hotel Indigo will use a geothermal/ice storage combination and will feature insulated glazing throughout to reduce energy consumption. The latest in Cayman real estate developer, Dart’s, hospitality portfolio, Hotel Indigo is expected to generate several hundred jobs when it opens. In 2022, Dart launched its Hospitality Training Programme, which provides Caymanians with the opportunity to obtain first-hand industry experience via a three-month work experience within the Dart hospitality portfolio.
Looking Ahead on Grand Cayman
In 2025, the island’s luxury hotel scene will be elevated further as two new properties make their debut. Mandarin Oriental Grand Cayman, located on the coast of St. James Point in Bodden Town, will have 100 hotel rooms and 89 residences on a 67-acre resort. The property will feature multiple swimming pools, a swimming cove and beach; a spa will offer a meditation pavilion, Zen pathways, serenity gardens and private treatment villas; food options will include the Ocean Grill, specialising in locally sourced seafood; The Restaurant, a signature restaurant with an exhibition kitchen, chef’s dining counter and wood-fired pizza oven; the kids’ club will include an interactive playroom and adjacent activities park.
Seven Mile Beach will gain another 10-storey hotel in mid-2025 with the opening of the 354-room Grand Hyatt Grand Cayman Hotel & Residences. The property will comprise 190 hotel guest rooms, 88 condo-hotel rooms, and one-, two- and three-bedroom condo-hotel suites. Boasting six restaurants, a 12,000-square foot destination spa and fitness centre, three swimming pools, beach cabanas, a screening room, indoor meeting space and a Camp Hyatt kids’ club, the Grand Hyatt will be the only other five-star
international hotel brand in Cayman after The Ritz-Carlton, which opened in 2005.
Also scheduled for a 2025 opening is the 177-unit One/GT, a boutique hotel that will feature a cafe, a signature restaurant and luxury rooftop venue Sky Club. Accommodation will range from one-bedroom units to four-bedroom apartments.
Don’t Miss Out In 2024
There’s something for every day of the year in the Cayman Islands; we’ve selected just some of the not-to-miss events taking place throughout 2024.
Cayman Cookout | 9-15 January
As the epitome of exclusive culinary festivals, 2024 marks the 15th anniversary of the annual Cayman Cookout – a celebration of food and wine, granting guests an extraordinary weekend dedicated to indulging their senses. Returning from 9-15 January 2024, the event is hosted by Chef Éric Ripert at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, who runs the resort’s signature restaurant. The four-day event will bring some of the biggest names in the culinary industry with Éric Ripert, including Angie Mar, José Andrés, Kristen Kish and Sommelier Aldo Sohm. Events include a “Hendrick’s & Croquet” experience, “Treasures of Truffle”, as well as a “Ripert & Petanque” signature session. Meanwhile, cooking and mixology demonstrations will occur along the stunning Seven Mile Beach. caymancookout.com
Taste of Cayman | 12 April
Travellers arriving in the Cayman Islands this April are in for a treat of the senses as the month also features Taste of Cayman and will bring together a host of food festival experiences, as well as live music and entertainment – the perfect reason to explore more of the Cayman culture and its diverse range of restaurants and cuisine. Tasteofcayman.org
Cayman Art Week | 22-26 May
The art scene in the Cayman Islands is flourishing. There are more than 150 nationalities represented on the islands of Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, and this inclusive cultural scene has led to a movement of artistic expression, enabling artists to tell their stories. From 22-26 May, Cayman Art Week (CAW) takes up its annual place in the events calendar with its week-long curated programme of gallery tours and open studios around the Cayman Islands. The event is designed to celebrate and encourage the collection of Caymanian art. CAW offers unparalleled access to over 30 art venues, providing an opportunity to showcase exhibitions and host a range of discussions to local and international audiences. caymanartweek.com
Batabano Cayman Carnival | May
An explosion of Caribbean music, dancing and costumes, the annual Batabano Cayman Carnival celebrates the Cayman Islands’ multicultural history and diversity of music. An eye-popping fiesta, the carnival is well known throughout the Caribbean and attracts thousands of locals and tourists alike. Caymancarnival.com
CayMAS Carnival | July
CayMAS Carnival takes place over a whole wonderful weekend in July and event-goers can expect an all-encompassing complete Carnival weekend. Including steel pan, Soca Monarch, Parade and a host of fetes and parties for both locals and visitors alike, it’s a not-to-be-missed event on the Caymans calendar. www.caymas.ky
National Iguana Awareness Day | 8 September
The Caymans Islands is home to both the rare blue iguana and the rock iguana. Indigenous to Grand Cayman and the only place in the world where they are found in the wild, blue iguanas faced a bleak future at the turn of this century and, in 2002, the blue iguana was declared ‘functionally extinct’ with only an estimated 25 of the species remaining. However, thanks to the extensive breeding programme, in 2018 the 1000th iguana was released back into the wild. Today, the figure stands nearer 1700. Today, visitors can spot these amazing creatures at the Blue Iguana Conservation facility at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, where all entry fees help support Blue Iguana Conservation. The sister islands rock iguana found on Cayman Brac and Little Cayman faces threats from cars and other predators; there is even an iguana hotline for people to report any sightings or injuries to. National Iguana Awareness Day marks a time to acknowledge and celebrate the fascinating community of iguanas inhabiting the islands.
Cayman Cocktail Week | October
It’s safe to say that visitors will be spoilt for choice when it comes to cocktails in the Cayman Islands. Indeed, the destination has its own Cayman Cocktail Week each October to celebrate as such. With the original Mudslide cocktail said to have been invented during the 1970s at the Wreck Bar on Grand Cayman’s Rum Point, today, the Cayman Islands’ cocktail scene is flourishing and a number of exceptional bars have popped up over the last three years, e recruiting bartenders from some of the world’s best bars. caymancocktailweek.com
Cayman Pirates Fest | November
A swashbuckling good time for all three Islands, the annual Pirates Fest, complete with mock-pirate ‘invasion’, music, street dancing, competitions, local food and drink, children’s day, sea swims and firework displays, has been running for over 40 years and attracts some 35,000 patrons. The event kicks off in September with district Heritage Days, but the main event is in November, when even a Pirate Pooch Parade takes place, as well as a Turtle Release in celebration of the Cayman Islands’ work in conservation through the Cayman Turtle Centre. Piratesfestcayman.com
Gimistory | November/December
Storytelling is as old as mankind and is one of the most ancient arts. In Gimistory, professional storytellers come from all over the world to celebrate the art of communication, telling stories that illuminate their heritage, explore myths and legends, and provide laughter and drama. Curated by the Cayman National Cultural Foundation, 2024 will mark 25 years of the annual event. artscayman.org/gimistory
About the Cayman Islands
Located south of Miami and a short hop from Cuba, the British Overseas Territory of the Cayman Islands is a premium holiday destination where laidback discovery awaits. Ideal for adventurous travellers, nature-lovers, diving aficionados and those looking to relax and unwind on world-class beaches, there’s as much thrill as there is chill. Friendly and hassle-free, with no all-inclusives, the trio of Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac islands provide the perfect off-the-beaten-path experience. Recognised as the No. 10 Island in the Caribbean & Atlantic by Condé Nast Traveller’s 2023 Readers’ Choice Awards and voted best diving and best culinary destination in the Caribbean, and with incredible wildlife and mouthwatering cuisine to boot, 2023 saw British Airways welcome a fifth weekly direct flight from London Heathrow.
To discover more about the Cayman Islands visit: visitcaymanislands.com