Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman Club Lounge Review

Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman Club Lounge Review

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This Review of the Club Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman is part of a Grand Cayman trip report that also includes the Kimpton Seafire Grand Cayman.

Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman Club Lounge Location and Hours

The Club Lounge is located on the ground floor of the main resort building, a short walk from the lobby and entrance. After entering the hotel, turn left and walk down the hallway; the Club Lounge is located near the bathrooms.

Entrance, Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman Club Lounge
Entrance, Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman Club Lounge

The Club Lounge is open daily from 7am-10pm, and as with other Ritz-Carlton Club Lounges, it serves 5 complimentary food presentations, with the following hours at time of writing:

  • Breakfast: 7-11am
  • Lunch: 12noon-2pm
  • Light Snacks: 2-5pm
  • Hors d'Oeuvres and Cocktails: 5-8pm
  • Dessert and Cordials: 9-10pm
Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman Club Lounge Hours

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The lounge is modest in size, and can easily get quite crowded during dining times.

Candy Jars by Entrance, Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman Club Lounge Review
Candy Jars by Entrance, Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman Club Lounge

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The relatively small size of the lounge is also why, if you want Club Lounge access, it's important to reserve a Club Room or Suite well in advance for popular times, as they do sell out.

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Dinner Appetizers, Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman Club Lounge

We enjoyed some light bites prior to our dinner at Blue Restaurant; the highlight for us was the snapper sashimi, served with orange and a mint emulsion. Fresh, clean flavors that went together well, and artistically presented.

Snapper Appetizer, Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman Club Lounge Review
Snapper Appetizer, Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman Club Lounge

Our next favorite appetizer were the even more simple smoked salmon rolls, with some mustard creme fraiche and cucumber:

Smoked Salmon Appetizer, Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman Club Lounge Review
Smoked Salmon Appetizer, Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman Club Lounge

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The short rib hot appetizer was tender, although could have used a little more spice or flavor.

Short Rib Appetizer, Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman Club Lounge Review
Short Rib Appetizer, Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman Club Lounge

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I liked that there was an Indian appetizer on offer, Chicken Makhani with Saffron Rice:

Chicken Makhani Appetizer, Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman Club Lounge Review
Chicken Makhani Appetizer, Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman Club Lounge

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See more coverage of the lounge in this part of our Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman Club Lounge YouTube Video:

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Dessert, Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman Club Lounge

Desserts during our visit included popular comfort food: chocolate cake, apple pie, and strawberry panna cotta, as well as cookies. They were all perfectly fine, although not memorable.

Chocolate Cake and Apple Pie, Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman Club Lounge Review
Strawberry Panna Cotta, Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman Club Lounge Review
Strawberry Panna Cotta, Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman Club Lounge

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Breakfast, Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman Club Lounge

As is often the case, we found ourselves with another family at a few minutes before 7am, waiting for the Club Lounge to open so we could feed our hungry kids. As we also had the option of breakfast at Seven Restaurant, we just had a few things here, primarily the very good smoked salmon (the Seven Restaurant breakfast offers three different kinds) and a tasty Eggs Florentine.

Smoked Salmon and Cold Cuts, Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman Club Lounge Breakfast Review
Smoked Salmon and Cold Cuts, Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman Club Lounge Breakfast

Breakfast Cheeses, Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman Club Lounge Review
Breakfast Cheeses, Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman Club Lounge
Breakfast Bread and Pastries, Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman Club Lounge Review
Breakfast Bread and Pastries, Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman Club Lounge

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While there was certainly enough to make a good breakfast, by virtue of the relatively small space, there simply isn't as much choice in the Club Lounge as you'll find at Seven Restaurant, so if you've reserved with Virtuoso or STARS benefits and have breakfast for two included, I definitely recommend taking advantage of it.

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Lunch, Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman Club Lounge

We arrived during lunch service in the Club Lounge, which was a straightforward affair of sandwiches, cheeses, salads, dried fruits and nuts.

Lunch Sandwiches and Cheese, Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman Club Lounge Review
Lunch Sandwiches and Cheese, Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman Club Lounge
Lunch Salads, Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman Club Lounge Review
Lunch Salads, Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman Club Lounge

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It was thoughtful of the Club Lounge staff to offer to make a grilled cheese sandwich for our son, accompanied by fries.

Kid's Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman Club Lounge Review
Kid's Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman Club Lounge
Lunch, Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman Club Lounge Review
Lunch, Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman Club Lounge

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The Verdict

The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman Club Lounge was one of the highlights of our stay at the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman, together with dining at Blue by Eric Ripert Coach and our son's tennis lesson with Uli Hoppe in the tennis program.

The food presentations and the service were definitely better than the Club Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua on Maui, although not of course at the level of the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong Club Lounge.

The dinner presentation was best, particularly the snapper sashimi with orange and mint emulsion, the smoked salmon appetizer, and the short rib.

I also liked that there was egg florentine at breakfast, not just scrambled eggs.

Lunch was simple and straightforward, but it was a nice touch that the Club Lounge staff offered to make our son a grilled cheese sandwich. We also appreciated the fresh whole fruits that were always available.

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