Shangri-La Bed and Breakfast

Run by George and Maureen Davidson, a couple who relocated from England 21 years ago, Shangri-La Bed and Breakfast is comprised of six luxury rooms, all individually named and decorated. The beds are big and comfy, there’s cable television and free Wi-Fi internet access in all the rooms, while the bathrooms, although small, have powerful showers. What really sets Shangri-La aside, though, is the feeling of hospitality and the huge homemade breakfasts.

Maureen cooks the food every morning, ensuring that different items appear each day so you have a bit of variety for your stay. The Davidsons are of the English belief that a substantial breakfast will set you up for the day and by the time you’ve had cereal, juice, yoghurt, fruit and a plateful of hot food, you certainly won’t need much lunch.

The changing choices will most likely include omelet, bacon and freshly-baked American-style breakfast biscuits as well as the house specialty, sticky toffee soufflé. All of this is served up on the breakfast bar for you to help yourself to as much as you can eat.

The tables are set in a screened-in porch where the guests can sit together and get to know one another. The porch overlooks a small lake and there’s a little pool, hot tub and relaxation area outside. If you want to fix lunch or dinner yourself, the Davidsons don’t mind you using the kitchen or the barbeque, providing you wash up afterwards, and there’s an honesty bar for you to help yourself to drinks.

Shangri-La is real gem on Grand Cayman where accommodation prices tend to be high ‘ not to mention that it is located on the irresistibly-named Sticky Toffee Lane.

  • Shangri-La is 1.5 miles from Seven Mile Beach but they have bicycles you can borrow to get there, or staff can call a taxi
  • The bed and breakfast can arrange a 20 per cent discount with a local car rental company. It’s CI$2 (US$2.50) to catch a bus into town or stop anywhere along the way
  • The Royal Palm room and The Oleander room have romantic, four-poster beds.
  • The soothing music played in the guesthouse is performed by George and Maureen’s son, George Davidson Jnr who is a professional pianist
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