The Cotton Tree in Grand Cayman is chic, cutting-edge and offers complete and utter indulgence. Owner Heather Lockington’s vision to create a boutique ‘cottage’ hotel, makes it one of a kind on the island.
There are only four plantation-style cottages on the pretty beachfront property, all well spaced apart so you’re never going to feel crowded. The real ‘wow’ factor though is the way Heather has combined traditional architecture with cutting-edge design and local artwork. Even the reception office is so modish it feels like you’re in a magazine, rather than reading one while sitting on the oh-so-comfy sofa.
Each two-bedroom cottage is fully equipped with all the mod cons you could think of, including a kitchen which has top-of-the-range cookware should you wish to whip up a gourmet meal.
But it’s not necessary’. Dinner can be whisked over from the Italian restaurant across the road (and served too, if you wish). And it’s all proper serving dishes’no styrofoam take-out boxes from this posh take-away.
A quick call to reception before resting your head on the 600-thread count Egyptian cotton pillowcases will also ensure a scrumptious breakfast is delivered from a local patisserie café. Deluxe coffee and pain au chocolat on your front porch’oh this is the life! The kitchen also comes stocked with tea, coffee, juice and three types of cereal.
You can have your own little spa session in the bubbling bathtub or rainforest shower and then lounge around in a Cotton Tree robe and slippers. But for professional pampering, mobile spa therapist Denise Smythe-Ebank will help you float away to heaven with a massage in a cabana set amongst the seagrape trees. There’s a small gym at your disposal, or you could take personal yoga or Pilates class, or jump on a bicycle and explore the meandering lanes of West Bay.
Heather, who is proud of her Caymanian heritage, also organises on-site art and cultural cooking classes. Then there’s the chance to eat fried fish cooked on the caboose, as islanders call the traditional outdoor kitchen that she’s built near the swimming pool.
A big part of the Cotton Tree experience is chatting to Heather and her sister Letitia, the property manager, who are either on the property or available by phone. It’s their personal warmth, together with attention to detail and style, that make it understandable why the property was this year accepted as one of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World.
- The Cotton Tree is just 25 minutes from Owen Roberts International Airport and staff will collect and drop off guests.
- The entire property can be hired exclusively for weddings and other celebrations.
- There really is a cotton tree in the yard, along with tropical flowers, guava, avocado and mango.