Snorkelling is a fun activity for the whole family to enjoy, especially if you are snorkelling in the breath-taking cobalt blue waters of Cayman. It’s a fun and easy water activity; if you can swim you’re already half way into learning how to snorkel.

The news is out! Seven Mile Beach was recently named the #1 Beach in the World by US News & World Report. As friends of Plantana Condominiums, you were already in on the secret! You already know that Plantana’s stretch of white sand beach is the perfect spot to spend an afternoon, sipping a cold drink, enjoying the sun shimmering like diamonds on the crystal clear ocean. Relax! After all, that is what a summer afternoon in Grand Cayman is all about!


Our very own Miss Sadie, our Laundress, was honored last Tuesday evening at the 12th Annual Cayman Islands Stingray Tourism Awards gala event at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. This prestigious event recognizes and applauds individuals across the various sectors of Cayman's tourism industry for their excellence and dedication to hospitality. In addition, a special award is given for “Long Service” and another for “Lifetime Achievement”.

Besides the white sands of Grand Cayman’s Seven Mile Beach and the crystal clear blues of the Caribbean Sea, the landscape of Plantana is abundant with lush tropical trees, shrubs and colorful flowers, most of which bloom year-round. But we have one very special plant, the Wild Banana Orchid, which blooms only once a year after the spring rains in May or early June. This year in late May, our thriving Wild Banana Orchid displayed a shower of eight stems covered in bountiful blooms which lasted for over four weeks as the flowers on the last lingering stem are only now fading. The Wild Banana Orchid’s lovely bloom is a bouquet of small white flowers laced with rich purple lips. When in bloom, one simply must pause on the pathway to admire the delicate beauty.


So who tried out paddle boarding or kayaking since our last blog? So much fun right?! The view from a paddleboard or a kayak into the crystal clear waters off Plantana’s stretch of Seven Mile beach is unparalleled!

Cayman is not escaping the recent thunderstorms and rains associated with the wide span of cloud cover now spreading across the entire east coast of the US down through the northwest Caribbean to Central America. Summer rains in Grand Cayman can be sporadic and often a day of bright sunshine is interspersed with a sudden but momentary rain shower. While rain can put a damper on outdoor activities, a rainy spell also casts a mystical light as can be seen here in this early morning photo of Plantana's magical spot on Seven Mile Beach.

So you’ve booked your stay at Plantana or you have just checked in…now what?  You have a few options: relax on the beach, enjoy the view from your private patio, participate in  water sports, beach sports or water exploration to take your mind and body on a true vacation.

If you are looking for action, we have some suggestions for family friendly water activities you can enjoy right here on Plantana’s idyllic stretch of Seven Mile Beach.

Vacation is, by definition, a period of suspension from work, study or other activity, usually used for rest, recreation or travel. The Cayman Islands and Plantana are the perfect place to go to escape from the routine.

As you may have discovered, part of the beauty of staying at Plantana are the comfortable condos, the lush tropical landscaping and of course, the few steps you have to take to dip your toes in the crystal clear waters on Seven Mile Beach. With all that you may need or may want nearby, you can spend your time at Plantana doing a little, or a lot or nothing at all.


We’re pleased to share with you the second quarter edition of the Cayman Islands' SOUL e-Magazine.


Produced by the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, the SOUL e-Magazine has a culture and heritage focus which highlights facts about our islands, the latest cultural events, historical structures and attractions and features ‘Made in Cayman’ products.



This past weekend many of our guests took advantage of the opportunity to take in world-class beach volleyball just a short stroll down the beach as the Cayman Islands Volleyball Federation once again hosted the season opener of the 2015 NORCECA Beach Volleyball Circuit Tour. These games and players are truly impressive! Impressive and fun to watch even if you are not a volleyball enthusiast!

Over the years at Plantana, similar to the subtlety of Cayman’s seasons, I’ve noticed a subtle seasonal change in the energy and level of activities amongst the make-up of our guests, each delightful in their own way. In January and February, our guests, many of whom faithfully return every year, tend to be adult couples or small groups of close friends vacationing without school-age kids. They are fully contented relaxing on the beach throughout the day, going off to dives, and regularly gathering on the beach for early morning coffees and again for sunsets before they set off to their favorites dining spots.


This Easter Monday along Grand Cayman’s Seven Mile Beach was truly an egg-cellent morning for an Easter Egg Hunt with plenty of sunshine and cool breezes. To the delight of our young guests at Plantana, the tradition of our Easter Egg Hunt continued with a labyrinth of candy filled eggs hidden amongst Plantana’s rear gardens. With parents cheering on, kids of all ages got to scramble and collect their treasures. Of course, there was the challenge of finding one of three special chocolate bunnies, accompanied by an extra prize, cleverly hidden so that each age group had to either master the clues or rely on pure luck. With many of our guests traditionally returning to vacation at Plantana during the Easter week, the Easter Bunny has to be very clever indeed to keep outwitting these kids. Thankfully, kids do grow-up and there are new little ones to follow on with tradition! Here’s a snapshot of one of our youngest little hunters and here’s our wishes to you for a wonderful spring wherever you may be but with our hopes that we’ll see you back home at Plantana again soon.

Cayman has perfect weather almost all year round. For those days when Mother Nature decides to call the clouds onto our strip of Seven Mile Beach you might be able to catch some sun on another part of the island.  Go on a short adventure, and drive to East End.

Several returning guests and owners have recently commented on how beautiful the Plantana grounds are, remarking that the flowers are perhaps the most colorful they’ve ever seen at Plantana. The truth is, the colorful blooms are the same as the past few years, but, they are so strikingly brilliant in color and abundance that it’s seems like you’re seeing them for the first time ever! This is especially the case with the predominant flowering Bougainvillea. As the Bourgainvillea doesn't like much heavy rains, this is the perfect time of year to take in their voluminous and long-lasting blooms.


We have many repeat guests that come every year and often around the same time each year especially during the Winter Season, snowbirds, if you will – those who annually escape the cold of northern winters for the warmth and restoration of the Caribbean.  But, at Plantana in Grand Cayman, we truly have snowbirds visiting.

One of the many delights of vacationing in Grand Cayman is the wonderful array of dining options available. Indeed there are many delicious reasons why many regard Cayman as the ‘Culinary Capital of the Caribbean’. On their return to Plantana, many repeat guests often ask if there are any new restaurants since their last visit.  And while there may not necessarily be a new restaurant addition there is always something new to experience. Following up on our earlier spotlight on the annual Cayman Cookout (January) and the Taste of Cayman Food and Wine Festival (February), I’ve had a new experience to share on a new offering at a not so new restaurant.


January has been busy with guests escaping the cold in the north to enjoy the warmth of our sunny beaches. But there is more to Cayman than the beach. If you are visiting during January and February there are fun events that are worth putting on some real clothes for.


Since the kickoff of the 7th annual Cayman Cookout this Thursday, many of our guests have been regaling us with highlights of their epicurean adventures at Cayman’s culinary festival and there’s more to come with several events throughout the weekend. And, of course, Plantana is ideally situated to take in all the Cayman Cookout events.

This past week marked the end of the holidays for our guests who brought in the New Year in Grand Cayman and at Plantana. For many, spending the holidays at Plantana have become a part of their family tradition and in a special way, bidding farewell to our guests feels like saying goodbye to family. But like all traditions we hold fast to the expectation of next year. So with passing hugs to family members and staff alike, it was ‘see you again soon’ instead of ‘goodbye’ but with sighs of dread as everyone braced themselves to return home, in most cases, to the reality of a cold northern winter. Somehow a few days of soaking up the warmth of our sunshine and our sea and relaxing amongst our friendly atmosphere is a miraculous remedy to surviving a long cold winter. Winter in Cayman translates to days basking in warm sunshine and soaking in the warm, crystal clear Caribbean Sea. Such blissful days can only be topped by the pleasant tropical coolness of the evenings and moonlit strolls on the beach.

There are so many options for bringing in the New Year in Grand Cayman and there is something for everyone and every age. The celebrations culminate in fireworks at midnight and actually, the best place to watch them is right on the beach at Plantana as the west coast of Grand Cayman lights up with fireworks all visible along the stretch of Seven Mile Beach.