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Grand Cayman, the largest of the three Cayman Islands, is a beloved vacation destination for thousands of travelers who come to enjoy Seven Mile Beach (often considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean), shop in George Town, and swim at Stingray City. While it’s not known for having all-inclusive resorts — head to Jamaica or the Dominican Republic for the lion’s share of those properties — there are a few options for those looking to book a no-hassle vacation. Most of these properties have both full-board and room-only options, meaning you’ll have to specify once you book. And be sure to read the fine print when you book an all-inclusive package — unlike some of the brand-name mega-resorts, only meals and non-alcoholic drinks might be included. Keep in mind seasonality, too, as some resorts might offer special all-inclusive packages during the offseason. But, as of the time this article was published, the three we’ve picked here all offer all-inclusive packages year-round.
Wyndham Reef Resort
Located on the remote East End of Grand Cayman, about a 45-minute drive from the airport and George Town, the Wyndham Reef Resort is the perfect getaway for those seeking relaxation. Each of the 152 accommodations faces the ocean, and they range in size from studios with kitchenettes to two-bedroom villas with a full kitchen. The decor is standard of mid-range Caribbean beach resorts — think wicker furniture, bright colors, and tile floors — but the rooms are spacious and comfortable. While the beach isn’t quite on the level of Seven Mile Beach, it’s not crowded, and you can snorkel right off of it; the resort works with a water sports operator for rentals, so you'll have no trouble securing gear. There are also two pools to enjoy, plus two restaurants, a Subway sandwich shop, a coffee shop, a spa and fitness center, and a tennis court. The hotel offers two different all-inclusive packages: a standard one that includes three meals a day with unlimited bottom-shelf alcoholic beverages, and a premium one that includes unlimited meals and unlimited top-shelf alcohol.
Cobalt Coast Grand Cayman Resort
For dive enthusiasts, there’s no better place to stay on Grand Cayman than Cobalt Coast Grand Cayman Resort, a boutique property on the northwest point of the island. Of the 23 accommodations, 21 are rooms within the main lodge, and three are standalone one-bedroom cottages across the road; all were renovated with a contemporary beachy theme in early 2019. Though it’s a boutique property, Cobalt Coast does have several amenities, namely a dive shop, a bar, a dining room, a pool with a hot tub, and a small elevated beach (you’ll have to walk out onto the pier to get into the water). While there are some à la carte offerings, there’s quite a range of all-inclusive packages, too, from half-board (breakfast and dinner) to full board (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), to full-board with dive excursions and alcoholic beverages included. It’s best to call or email the property to specify exactly what you’re looking for since there are so many details to consider. It’s just a 20-minute drive down past Seven Mile Beach to George Town, if you’re itching to do some on-land activities.
Margaritaville Beach Resort Grand Cayman
For a more typical all-inclusive experience — and one filled with nightlife — book a stay at Margaritaville Beach Resort Grand Cayman, located just off the southernmost point of Seven Mile Beach. Unfortunately, the beach is rocky (and manmade) here, so you’re better of hanging out at one of the four pools, which is where the action is anyway. There’s a kids’ pool, adults’ pool, activity pool, and a pool with a swim-up bar that’s attached to the 5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar and Grill. Other dining and drinking options include a pizzeria, a deli, a full-service restaurant, and a lobby lounge, where you’ll often find live music at night. Keep an eye out for special happy hours, too, which happen frequently. There is an all-inclusive deal at Margaritaville which includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus unlimited beverages at the hotel bars — it’s a bit of a splurge, though, especially as this isn’t necessarily a luxury property. But if you have your heart set on Grand Cayman and plan to eat on site (and party hard) during your stay, it’s probably worth it.