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The Hyatt also offers one of the island's most extensive children's pro-
grams. “With our Camp Hyatt program, children enjoy more than just fun
activities,” noted Doug Sears, general manager. “They also learn about a
new place, its local flowers, animals, art and history.” Activities range
from nature walks to spot the island's blue iguanas and parrots to visits to
the Turtle Farm to shell painting. The 1,800-square-foot Caymanian-style
Camp Hyatt House includes a playground, interactive computer games,
and a big-screen television for movie viewing. The program is offered daily
from November 1 through August 31, and weekends from September 1
through October 31. Children age three to 12 years can enroll for the price
of $62.50 for a complete day and night session. Some activities incur an ad-
ditional charge. The resort also offers cribs and babysitting services.
The Hyatt Regency Grand Cayman offers a unique cultural program to in-
troduce guests to the island ' s history , culture , flora and fauna. Horticul-
tural tours , led by the resort ' s landscaping experts , point out sea grape ,
travelers ' palm , silver thatch palm , and more. For a peek at the island ' s
past , visitors can talk with a local historian. For more hands-on experi-
ences , a coconut husker teaches the secrets of obtaining the edible portions
of this thick fruit , while local artists show the skills needed to make rope ,
baskets and hats from silver thatch palms.
Holiday Inn , West Bay Road across from the Public Beach,
800-HOLI-
DAY, 345-946-4433, fax 345-946-4434, www.holidayinn.com, $$. We've got
fond memories of the old Holiday Inn. The huge tree and the funky beach
bar. The Barefoot Man. The fun, family-oriented atmosphere. Alas, that
hotel is no more, torn down to make way for the Ritz-Carlton Grand
Cayman. Fortunately, however, the Holiday Inn has been rebuilt and is
now one of the newest hotels on Seven Mile Beach. Not as atmospheric as
its old self, this hotel is located across the street from the beach but still of-
fers good bargains for families. Rooms are standard Holiday Inn fare, with
mini-bar, iron and ironing board, satellite TV, coffee maker, and hair dryer.
Marriott Grand Cayman ,
800-223-6388, 345-949-0088, fax 345-949-
0288, www.marriotthotels.com, $$. Located two miles from George Town
and about four miles from the airport, this convenient property (formerly
the Radisson) sits on a beautiful stretch of Seven Mile Beach. Swimmers
and snorkelers can enjoy calm waters and a small coral reef just offshore,
learn scuba diving, or book dive trips through the on-site shop. Oceanfront
rooms have private balconies with good beach views and are worth a some-
what long walk to the elevators in this 309-room hotel. Facilities include
casual and fine dining, pool and hot tub, dive shop, WaveRunners, wind-
surfing boards, shopping arcade, and a full-service spa.
Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman , West Bay Road,
800-241-3333, www.
ritzcarlton.com, $$$. There's great excitement over the construction of
this new property, under construction on the site of the former Holiday
Inn. Scheduled to open mid-2002, the 366-room resort and 71-room condo-
minium facility will feature three pools, a nine-hole Greg Norman-de-
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