Just because the property is secluded doesnt mean guests are completely cut off from the world. The cottages all have free Wi-Fi and a laser printer, with laptops available on request. There are also three flat-screen TVs, a Wii console, and free movies via Apple TV. In terms of creature comforts and basic needs, the staff appears to have thought of every last detail, down to sunscreen and bug spray.
The unusually chilly weather meant it was a bit too cold for a dip in the pool during my visit, although the adjoining hot tub was a welcome retreat after an afternoon of snorkeling. Though just a few yards away, the beach is pretty rocky (and watch out for sea urchins) because its a protected turtle nesting site but the hotel offers free shuttle service to nearby West Bay Public Beach, as well as other island attractions and restaurants. You can also borrow a bike to explore the neighborhood.
There is a tiny on-site spa hut, and treatments are a bit pricey ($120 for a body scrub, $175 for a massage). Cotton Tree can arrange all manner of other activities both at the property and around the island, from scuba diving to an on-site art class to a catered meal by the sea with an expert wine consultant (who helped the Ritz put together its wine lists). Owner Heather Lockington, a Cayman native, is also quick to recommend a restaurant or activity.
Overall, Cotton Tree is definitely at the luxury end of the spectrum, both in terms of price and in what you can expect from your stay. With a staff willing to cater to your every whim, I found it very difficult indeed to leave this oasis and return to real life.
Through April 15, take advantage of the introductory winter rate of $665/night.
For more on what to do while youre there, check out our Grand Cayman Travel Guide.