The Londoner at Morritt's Resort in Grand Cayman

Review of new luxury resort on the East End

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••• The Londoner at the Morritt's Resort in Grand Cayman. © Morritt's Resort

The Bottom Line

The Londoner, opened to great fanfare and pomp in summer of 2014, is the latest addition to Morritt’s Resort on Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands, located on the island’s less-populated East End—about a 40-minute drive from George Town and its urban sprawl. With these 20 new luxury oceanfront two- and three-bedroom residences, the Morritt's property now offers 184 timeshare units that are billed as ‘homes away from home' with complete kitchens and all the furnishings that keep guests coming back year after year.

You do not have to own a timeshare to stay at Morritt’s -- just call them up or go through TripAdvisor or your favorite booking agency to make a reservation. While on property, of course, you are certainly encouraged to explore ownership or to find out about timeshares available through Interval International and its partnership with Morritt’s Resorts.  

Pros

  • Ideal location for touring Grand Cayman’s East End and beyond
  • Good variety of dining options with excellent food
  • Genuinely helpful and friendly staff
  • Well-designed oceanfront luxury accommodations
  • Pristine private beaches and three pools
  • Small spa with topnotch technicians

Cons

  • Limited nearby shopping and nightlife
  • A la carte meals can add up, like at any full-service, big-city hotel

Rooms and accommodations at the Londoner and Morritt's

Accommodations range from retro-Caribbean studio and one- and two-bedroom units in the older sections of the resort (Morritt’s celebrated its 25th anniversary with the opening of the Londoner in summer 2014) to the sleek two- and three-bedroom, multi-level luxury residences in the new Londoner building.

The fully furnished units in the Londoner feature expansive balconies with full-ocean views, and state-of-the-art kitchens with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances.  Décor is contemporary-chic with muted earth tones that do not compete with the splashes of color going on outside compliments of the Caribbean Sea. 

Restaurants and Dining at the Londoner and Morritt's 

David’s Deep Blue Restaurant and Bar, in the main building, serves buffet breakfast every morning and dinners in the evening. Breakfasts include omelet stations, homemade breads and pastries and just about anything you can think of. At night, a la carte selections feature some of the best beef tenderloin you’ll ever encounter along with topnotch seafood selections. The all-you-can-eat lobster nights are a huge draw to this signature seaside restaurant. 

Also onsite is Mimi’s Dock Bar & Restaurant, which is on stilts and hovers over the surrounding sea. It’s approached via an elevated walkway that’s attached to the main building. Great drinks and lunches are served here and at night merriment ensues (especially after a rum drink…or two) when residents take part in the ever-popular karaoke nights. Mimi’s is definitely one of the most popular social hubs of the resort.

Warning: The resort’s famed Key Lime Pie is served at both restaurants. It can be habit-forming, if not downright addictive. You can even have a slice at breakfast. Just ask…

At the resort’s shopping center across the road, guests can also savor the offerings at Italian Kitchen Restaurant & Pizzeria, and stock up on groceries at Fosters Express and libations at Jacques Scott Wines & Spirits.  

To further add to your kitchen’s pantry, Grand Cayman offers a surprising array of local produce and seafood at various markets around the island. Here is a sampling of places to shop:

  • Camana Bay Farmers Market held weekly on Wednesdays at Camana Bay.
  • Farmer's Market at the Agricultural Pavilion grounds in Lower Valley, Saturdays 7 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Plantation House Organic Green Market in Bodden Town, Sundays from 2 p.m.-5 p.m.  
  • Buy fresh fish daily on the waterfront in downtown George Town next to Cayman Cabana.
  • Hamlin’s Farms sells produce outside REFLECTIONS in Lower Valley, Fridays from 2:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.
  • The Backyard Farmer has fresh produce for sale daily, and is located in Bodden Town behind Cash Wiz in the Pirates Caves Complex.

    You’ll need to rent a car to easily reach these markets and see the sights around the island. Also, just to be on the safe side, when you get to Grand Cayman check on the times and dates to make sure the markets are in operation on the days you want to shop. 

    The Londoner/Morritt’s Activities and Amenities

    In addition to being located on one of the island’s best beaches, Morritt’s features three pools in case you do not wish to get sand in your Manolo’s. There are plenty of activities for all ages. 

    Onsite leisure activities available to guests can be arranged through Tortuga Divers and Red Sail Sports, including jet skiing, sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, banana boat rides, scuba diving, full-and half-day snorkeling trips, and boat excursions.

    Pampering awaits guests at La Mer Spa, offering a sauna, a manicure/pedicure station, two massage suites and one couples massage suite with shower. Professional therapists are available to help guests choose treatments based on their mood and skin care needs. Open seven days a week from 9am-6pm. 

    For more activities at Morritt’s, consult the handy sheet published weekly to see what’s in store—beach volleyball, cocktail of the day, yoga, games around the pool, and ice cream socials. There is definitely a convivial community spirit at Morritt’s, and this is one of the main reasons guests return year after year. 

    Things to Do and See on Grand Cayman

    The beautiful state of Rhode Island is 1,212 square miles, a monster compared to Grand Cayman and its 76 square miles (about 22 miles long and 8 miles at its widest). But, let’s face it, as amazing as Rhode Island is, the dazzling blue waters of the Caribbean do not surround it.

    If you haven’t already rented a car at the airport, cars are available across the road from Morritt’s at Andy’s Rent-a-Car. Remember, driving is done on the left side of the road in the Cayman Islands, so you might want to take that into consideration before launching out on an adventure. If that’s not your thing, the helpful people at the resort’s front desk can hook you up with tours of the island, with stops at top Grand Cayman attractions like Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Gardens, Stingray City, and Pedro St.

    James and its multisensory theatre and historic home museum. 

    At Stingray City, a must see, you can get up close and personal with the attraction’s stingrays. As you wade out into the water, the friendly and harmless creatures will surround you like happy puppies, for petting and feeding. Stingray food is available for sale, and just like puppies, stingrays enjoy being petted, and more importantly—they want treats. A tip: they love squid.

    The same goes at the Turtle Farm on the island’s northwestern tip. This one-of-a-kind, 23-acre adventure is home to 11,000 green sea turtles, as well other creatures from the sea. Visitors can spend an entire day here frolicking with the fauna, dining at the attraction’s restaurant and coming nose-to-nose with the aquatic inhabitants. 

    The Londoner Information

    Address: 2289 Queens Hwy, East End, Cayman Islands

    Phone: 1-800-447-0309

    Rooms: 206 units, including 20 luxury residences at the Londoner

    Rates: Start at $US185/night per unit, in addition to a 13% tax

    Amenities: 2 restaurants, 3 pools, La Mer Spa, laundry facilities, shuffleboard, WiFi, fitness center, concierge, parking