Valentine's gifts and romantic escapes

Updated: Feb 12, 2019

Velvet sunsets, sandy shores, and Caribbean tranquility: the Cayman Islands possess everything you could desire for a memorable Valentine’s Day celebration – and it turns out that restaurants, stores, resorts, and more are helping to make the most of this idyllic backdrop. Here is our pick of the most unforgettable experiences in the Cayman Islands to enjoy with that special someone.

Celebrate with upscale island charm at Grand Old House

This well-respected establishment on the George Town waterfront often celebrates special occasions by offering unique menus.

Established in 1908, Grand Old House occupies the house of Petra Plantation, which lends an atmosphere of historical charm that is complemented by the location’s romantic ocean vistas. By night, tables are bathed in warm lights from the decorative strands of bulbs lacing the balcony.

Of course, the food is also excellent and accompanied by Cayman’s largest wine selection. With every element to make it a suitably romantic location, Grand Old House is an indisputable hallmark of romantic dining in Cayman.

Transport yourselves to Venice at Bàcaro

The list is not complete without a dining venue inspired by one of the world’s most romantic cities, a picturesque mix of canals, sailing gondolas, and the famous romantic site, the Bridge of Sighs.

Bàcaro in West Bay continues the culinary traditions of Venice, and this Valentine’s Day, it will do so in the spectacular fashion of a four-course dinner. Guests receive a welcome drink – Bellini or Prosecco – and are treated to a series of luxurious dishes which include delicacies such as tuna tartare, cured salmon, lobster bites, among others.

Although a scene resembling the distinctive city of Venice cannot be replicated, Bàcaro finds the closest match in location by one of Cayman’s own canals, and its own warm and rich atmosphere.

Dinner is $55 per person, while an additional wine pairing costs $30. A 15 percent gratuity will be added.

Make your day luxurious at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman

The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, located along Seven Mile Beach, is synonymous with the Caribbean luxury you are surely seeking for Valentine’s Day.

The resort holds highly-rated restaurants such as Blue by Eric Ripert, Seven, and Andiamo that can each offer a wonderful and atmospheric evening.

For a specially-created Valentine’s Day experience, head to Seven, which will be offering an exclusive four-course menu which guests have the option to enjoy from a romantic cabana location on the beach. A series of luxurious dishes will include the choice of a steak to share, paired with Caribbean lobster thermidor and a delicious wine.

Dinner is $215 for two people, and the cabana fee is $280 for two people. Wine pairing is $100 per person.

La Prairie Spa at The Ritz-Carlton is also offering a 90-minute couple’s massage workshop to help couples learn massage techniques for soothing strains, aches, and pains.

The workshop costs US$410 per couple, plus a 20 percent gratuity. To reserve, call 815-6900.

Discover rejuvenating bliss at the Hibiscus Spa

The Hibiscus Spa, found at the Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa, is one of the island’s favourite places to relax and recharge, and it also happens to be offering a February special.

The “I Love you Head to Toe” Valentine’s package brings together three treatments to encompass your different needs: a 50-minute couples aromatherapy massage, a 50-minute customised facial, and finally an express pedicure, which you can enjoy with a glass of sparkling wine.

You will receive two complimentary Hibiscus Spa towels to take home, along with a $20 bonus coupon for another Hibiscus Spa 60-minute service over $100 in price.

The package is $621. For reservations, call 914-2009 or 914-2010.

Experience a luxurious staycation for a great price at The Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa

While in Cayman, one never needs to look beyond the shores for an ideal romantic getaway – in fact, it’s often preferred to look right to them.

Where better to reconnect with your significant other and return to true island life than one of the premier resorts along Seven Mile Beach? Starting this month, residents can enjoy a discounted stay at the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa for a rate of US$249, from Feb. 18 – 19.

Named for the stunning sunsets along Seven Mile Beach that appear to “set the ocean ablaze,” Kimpton Seafire is known for its grandeur, with sweeping views of the ocean, garden landscapes, and glamorous dining at restaurants such as Ave.

And, of course, there is the Spa at Seafire, which embodies the tranquility of the sea that inspired the resort.

Residents can also continue to enjoy the discounted rate in the coming months, from March 5 – 7 and April 5 – 6, 11 – 12, 21 – 24, and 28 – 29. To book your stay, email or call +1-888-226-4412.

Introduce a little glam at Executive Nail Studio

Located on Seven Mile Beach, Executive Nail Studio offers a relaxing environment to escape from the stresses of daily life.

The studio’s February special includes a range of services: A deluxe pedicure for $35, gel manicure for $30, acrylic full set for $40, an acrylic refill for $30, and the addition of gel polish to any service for $15.

It’s a great way to spend some time in comfort, and you will come away feeling more elegant for this special day.

Spend peaceful time together at Polished

Polished Nail Salon and Gift Boutique is another highly-rated location offering a special for couples to enjoy together.

Couples who purchase a massage anytime through Valentine’s Day can enjoy being indulged by the salon’s caring staff in this luxurious 50-minute experience. The purchase remains valid for a full 12 months from the purchase date.

Polished is also a wonderful location to enjoy other opportunities including nail services, threading, waxing, facials, and massages.

Buy the perfect gift

There’s no shortage of quality jewellery outlets in the Cayman Islands to find a gift for that special person this Valentine’s Day.

The George Town waterfront is home to numerous jewellery shops. At Rocky’s Diamond Gallery, you will find countless special offerings of up to hundreds of dollars off which include gifts like diamond bands, rings, bracelets, and earrings, men’s and women’s Fossil watches, and more.

Shop at one of Island Jewellers’ many locations ranging from George Town to Camana Bay and bring home an extra gift for your loved one. Any purchase over US $350 made with your Polyn card through Valentine’s Day will come with a complimentary half-dozen bouquet of red roses.

Other shops not to be missed in Cayman are Kirk Freeport, a premier jewellery retailer in Cayman which operates stores in George Town and Seven Mile Beach, and Balaclava Jewellers along Seven Mile Beach, a store known for its unique collection housing many pieces rarely found elsewhere.

Catch a movie

As one of Cayman’s most modern shopping destinations, Camana Bay is the place to spend a beautiful evening that can be experienced nowhere else on island.

Thanks to the town’s mission to “share the love,” you’ll find exciting Valentine’s Day deals and restaurant specials, which you can read more about on the Camana Bay website.

One truly fantastic way to follow up an evening dining experience is by catching a movie in the VIP lounge of the Regal Camana Bay Stadium 6. This special room allows you and your partner to make yourselves at home in the reclining armchair as you enjoy Dolby Atmos surround sound, 4k projection, and each other’s company.

For a more family-oriented experience, or for anyone with an affinity for garden gnomes and Shakespeare, there is the outdoor Moonlight and Movies screening of Gnomeo and Juliet held under the stars on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m.

Enjoy the sunset

Some say that the best things in life are free, and this is no truer than when it’s just you and your loved on the beach before a breathtaking sunset. If you’ve lived on the island for long, you’ll have noticed that sunsets in Cayman tend to cast stunning hues far across the sky. Could there be a more perfect sight with which to close out the day?