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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.

The colors of Christmas and the festive holiday season at Plantana are quite different than the white snowy landscapes many associate with a White Christmas. At Plantana, our white landscape is the pristine white sand beach of Grand Cayman’s Seven Mile Beach. The dazzle of our beach is upstaged only by the glistening waters of the crystal clear Caribbean Sea stretching out to the horizon in every shade of blue, clear blue skies reflected by rays of warm sunlight. Such glorious days retreat into spectacular golden sunsets. And, at dusk, the warm white fairy lights scattered throughout the landscape of Plantana signal that it’s that special time of year.

Plantana was graced with the spirit of romance with a charming tropical beach sunset wedding this past weekend. Love was in the air not only amongst the family and friends of the bridal couple who were present for this special occasion but the spirit of romance and joy was contagious as all of your guests enjoyed taking in the simple but very lovely setting on the beach.

I find myself smiling a lot recently with the sights and sounds of summer at Plantana. Summer is one of those times of the year that families of varying ages vacation at Plantana. One can see children playing tag or kicking around a ball with their siblings or cousins or with their newly made friends and even see a dad or grandpa with ball and glove playing catch with the kids. Kids are seen chasing down lizards or daringly trying to catch an Iguana. Shrieks of delight can be heard as a young one proudly calls to a parent to show off an underwater backflip or other acrobatic that they’ve mastered.

We had an extra special occasion at Plantana recently with a wedding in the family, so to speak. For the groom, who has been vacationing at Plantana with his parents and siblings since he was a young boy, Plantana was his immediate choice for his and his bride’s vision of a simple but elegant beach wedding.

So far this summer, Cayman has been blessed with mild weather. And although its considered hot and humid by many of our visitors from northern climates, the presence of numerous shade trees and umbrellas on Plantana's expansive stretch of Grand Cayman’s Seven Mile Beach makes the enjoyment of Cayman's ocean breezes that much more pleasant.

Along with it idyllic location on Seven Mile Beach with its white sand and crystal clear Caribbean Sea, the grounds of Plantana are abundant with lush tropical trees, shrubs and colorful flowers. While a full spectrum of colorful flowers can be seen all year round at Plantana, there is one very special plant that blooms only once a year after the spring rains – the Wild Banana Orchid. This year Plantana was graced with seven shoots of the orchid’s lovely bloom of scented white flowers laced with rich purple lips.

Complimentary WIFI on the Beach and around the Pool makes it possible to getaway but stay in touch.With free WIFI on the Beach and around the Pool, you can enjoy yourself in the sun or in the sweet breezes of our well shaded beach while staying connected, if you really need to.

This week we were graced with the presence of a Green Turtle who returned to bury and lay her eggs in the sand at Plantana’s expanse of white sand beach along Grand Cayman’s Seven Mile Beach. The Cayman Islands Department of Environment works with volunteers to monitor and protect sea turtle nests and hatchlings along Cayman’s beaches.

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