Grand Cayman is well known for its superlatives: it’s the largest of the Cayman Islands, boasts the best dive sites in the Caribbean and attracts the most offshore banking activity in the world.? And now it adds another to its name – the island is home to the largest and most luxurious hotel suite in the Caribbean.

The Grand Cayman Penthouse at Seven South at The Ritz-Carlton is an architectural masterpiece, featuring nearly 20,000 square feet of exceptional indoor and outdoor living space.

With three stylish guest suites, a state-of-the-art home theater and separate staff quarters, along with an array of unparalleled facilities, this stunning new penthouse satiates the needs and desires of the world’s most discerning and well-heeled travelers.

Set on the resort’s top floor, with private elevator access and panoramic views of Seven Mile Beach, North Sound and the Caribbean Sea, the penthouse accommodates up to eight adults in supreme comfort.

“We reached out to some of our most valued clients to help us conceive the ultimate luxury vacation escape where no detail is left to chance,” says Marc Langevin, general manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.

“We imagined our new penthouse to act as the most luxurious ‘home away from home.’ ”

The services and amenities – including a butler, maid service, chef, fully stocked wine cellar and access to the award-winning resort’s world-class dining, leisure and entertainment options – know no bounds.

In designing this upscale contemporary residence with a sense of approachability, Atlanta’s The Johnson Studio drew inspiration from the island’s crystal blue waters and sparkling sands as well as its illustrious yachting history. The surrounding turquoise, aquamarine and teal waters are the backdrop to this heavenly escape.

Lead interior designer Anna McGrady envisioned an authentic island feel through a soft color palette of deep blues and greens.

“A mix of natural materials, including Bolivian rosewood, figured sycamore and afrormosia, helps to create a textured, layered look within the interior and soften the contemporary aesthetic,” McGrady says.

She also hand selected Gascogne Blue limestone and Azul Macauba and Cipollino Cremo Tirreno marble to echo the natural beauty of the island.

McGrady softened the living spaces by incorporating a series of ellipses into the interior design, including an elliptical ceiling and table in the dining area. “The floor plan is open, yet we created distinct seating spaces in the living room,” she adds.

Fabrics and furniture throughout the penthouse include embossed shagreen leathers, sea fan-inspired hand-knotted silk and wool rugs and rich linens, silks and velvets in sand and ocean colors.

“Seating areas offer pops of deep blue/green velvet to create another layer of richness in the design,” says McGrady.

The sleek modern kitchen showcases the latest in appliances. “It’s the ultimate catering kitchen,” she adds.

Bedrooms offer built-in custom millwork, which take cues from furniture found on a luxury yacht. The headboards are upholstered in leather, and the two master bedrooms offer commanding sea views.

LaCantina accordion glass walls open to the outdoor spaces, which are just as luxurious as the interiors. An expansive wraparound terrace with a dining table, couches and circular daybeds, as well as a fire pit and private outdoor shower, adds to the relaxed ambience.

With its authentic and thoughtfully crafted living spaces, blended with highly personalized service and some of the most luxurious amenities available, this incomparable getaway sets a new benchmark in architecture and design in the Caribbean.


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Image Credits: Photos courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.