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.

We do truly value our guest’s suggestions. In response to a guest suggestion, two umbrellas have recently been added around the pool.

This past weekend, locals and tourists alike were regaled at Cayman Carnival Batabano - the island's national carnival, which is held annually during the first week of May. The festival’s original name, Batabano, is a salute to Cayman’s turtling heritage - the word "Batabano" refers to the tracks left in the sand by sea turtles as they crawl onto the beach to nest. Finding these tracks was – and still is – a reason to celebrate!

This Easter Sunday, our special young guests at Plantana came out to participate in an Easter Egg Hunt. Over 300 eggs filled with assorted candy were scattered and cleverly hidden throughout Plantana’s south rear gardens.

Plantana has an idyllic wide expanse of beach along Seven Mile Beach and at the perfect location that offers both tranquility and the convenience of wonderful dining, shopping and leisure activities all within walking distance.

The Sun Setters Taking in the magic of a Seven Mile Beach Sunset is indeed the perfect ending to a perfect day and the best seat in the house is… well, outside!

We have so many guests that have become friends during their vacation time at Plantana. Over the years, they vacation at the same time, reconnect and socialize. Earlier this season, around 30 guests of all ages gathered for a potluck social.

We recently had the pleasure of a lovely beach wedding at Plantana but there’s so much more to this romantic story!

The couple traveled all the way from Perth, Australia and returned to the place of the marriage proposal at their special spot on Plantana’s Seven Mile Beach. The engagement ring was truly special beyond monetary value as it was personally made by the groom out of Casuarina pine tree needles and jeweled by a garnet flower, all collected and secretly crafted at Plantana.

This past week at Plantana we had quite a few gatherings of families vacationing together taking advantage of the USA’s President’s Day Holiday.

I often comment how nice and interesting our Plantana guests are. This was recently reaffirmed after a conversation with Father Peter Timmins who shared with me a little of his personal history and his recent retirement endeavors. As it turns out, Father Timmins, who has been vacationing in Cayman for over 30 years and, of course, is a part of our Plantana repeat guest family, is also an author!  His latest creation, The Fourth Vow is a work of fiction of international intrigue. I haven’t personally read it yet but here’s the synopsis and some reviews

After having a couple days of overcast skies and rainfall earlier this week, I woke this morning and looked outside and thought to myself “oh, what a beautiful day” and the lyrics and rhythm of Bob Marley’s song “Sun is Shining” immediately came to mind… the sun is shining, the weather is sweet.

This weekend I had the wonderful opportunity to experience the Bon Vivant Champagne Brunch Cook-off event at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, which was just one of the fabulous epicurean events of the 5th Annual Cayman Cookout.

Over the last few days, guests have been arriving at Plantana and the experience has been quite amazing to behold– guests greeting and hugging staff who they have come to know over the years, extended family members greeting each other as they arrive at different times from different places, introductions to the adorable babies who are the latest addition to the family, grandparents and little grand-kids together strolling down to the beach, and teens just ‘hanging-out’.