Nestled on the northernmost point of alluring Grand Cayman, the Islands’ first boutique cottage hotel and newest luxury hideaway, Cotton Tree, beautifully evokes the spirit of the Caymans with its pastel-hued, plantation-style cottages just steps from the Caribbean Sea and lush garden setting of tropical flowers and avocado, guava, mango, lime and cotton trees for which the hotel was named. Located a mere 10 minutes from famed Seven Mile Beach, Cotton Tree makes it easy for guests to simply lounge on property and savor the authenticity of the island while still being a stone’s throw away from Grand Cayman’s endless activities, restaurants, shops and more.
Independently owned and operated by Cayman-native Heather Lockington, the cottages reflect her extensive experience as a world-traveler as well as her own Caymanian heritage. She has created an authentic haven that effortlessly combines modern design with the island’s architecture, art and cuisine. Looking back on deciding the building plan, Heather notes, “My intuition was that the cottage approach would give guests a sense of privacy and sense of place. The cottages are as private as home, but of course not like home at all, unless one lives virtually steps from the beach and has a personal chef and sommelier!”
Opened in April 2009, Cotton Tree consists of four spacious two-bedroom, two-bathroom cottages aptly named Almond, Cocoplum, Seagrape and Thatch, all situated on a secluded beach. Although a boutique intimate property, Cotton Tree provides all the services and amenities of a five-star luxury hotel. Guests can enjoy a concierge, bellhop, nightly turndown service, car rentals, dry cleaning, and airport transfers. Included in the nightly rate at Cotton Tree, guests are also provided with a selection of local and international newspapers, library of books, music and DVD’s, welcome amenity, flip-flops and sunscreen, fresh flowers, departure gift, and much more.
Perfect for families as well as couples traveling together, the 1,600 square-foot cottages are decked in “Caribbean chic” décor, including classic contemporary furnishings by award-winning designer Adriana Hoyos. The cottages ooze luxury with French doors that open to overlook the sea, black-and-white photos of old Cayman, top-quality Egyptian cotton sheets and meticulous Caribbean-inspired handcrafted furniture. Bathrooms include full-sized Elemis bath products and are all equipped with a spa or rainforest shower and Jacuzzi tub. Three 42” plasma TV’s, a washer and dryer, iPod docking stations, Nintendo Wii, complimentary WiFi and a laptop are also available, ensuring that guests need not be away from the comfort of all the latest technologies for long if that’s what they so desire.
Reflecting Lockington’s love for the culinary arts, each cottage is equipped with state-of-the-art kitchens, pre-stocked with groceries before the guests arrive. Included in the room rate for all guests is an assortment of the freshest fruit of the Cayman Islands replenished daily in the cottages, as well as a selection of breakfast food items such as coffees, teas, freshly squeezed juices, eggs, cereal, and milk. Upon request, guests may have the kitchen fully stocked or have meals cooked by a personal chef during their stay. The hotel also has Caymans’ best sommelier, Harvey Sutterfield of Tatersall Imports, on standby for guests wishing for wine-pairings with their meals. Culinary choices are equally superb for guests that wish to venture off-property with a vast variety of top-rated restaurants a short distance away including Ristorante Pappagallo, Morgan’s Harbor, Osetra Bay and Calypso Grill to name a few.
For ultimate relaxation on this island oasis, guests may be pampered with a massage or body treatment on the secluded outdoor spa pavilion to the backdrop of the soothing sounds of the Caribbean Sea, just steps away from the pavilion. Guests also may enjoy spa treatments in the privacy of their own cottage or outdoors on their private verandas. In addition, Cotton Tree boasts a top-notch gym facility as well as experienced instructors that can lead personal yoga and pilates classes.
While Cotton Tree’s unique location on Grand Cayman makes secluding oneself an easy and viable option, it is a far cry from being in the middle of nowhere. Cotton Tree has a full fleet of top-quality bicycles that are lent out to guests complimentary, granting easy access to Seven Mile Beach, Barker’s National Park, a bird-watching sanctuary, and many local shops and restaurants. Also available nearby, hotel guests can take a catamaran trip to Stingray City with Red Sail Sports, swim with dolphins, participate in an array of water sports, go horseback riding on the beach and more. In addition, art classes led by local artist Nancy Barnard can be arranged at Cotton Tree for individuals, families or groups, educating guests on everything from art basics to Caymanian art history.
Cotton Tree, the Cayman Islands first and only boutique cottage hotel, offers an authentic Caymanian experience second to none. The enchanting property has all the intimacy of a private home with all the amenities of a large luxury resort. The property’s impeccable location in a secluded yet convenient locale combined with the exacting attention to every modern indulgence makes Cotton Tree one of Grand Cayman’s most unique and treasured gems.
For more information, please visit www.caymancottontree.com, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-345-943-0700.