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12 www. bus- ex. com October 09

meanwhile, twice- daily housekeeping also comes as standard. The resort has won a number of awards since it opened, including a place on the Condé Nast Traveler 2009 Gold List ( Caribbean & Atlantic Islands); a Five Diamond Award from the American Automobile Association ( AAA) for its Blue by Eric Ripert restaurant; and the Community Footprints Overall Property of the Year Award from The Ritz- Carlton Hotel Company itself, for the Grand Cayman resort's efforts in community volunteering, fundraising and education. Engaging with the local community is a key priority here: there is a dedicated not- for- profit gallery on the resort selling the work of local artists, with the aim of helping them to make a full- time living from their work. Artwork rotates on a quarterly basis, and to encourage the maximum number of visitors, the gallery has no formal opening hours. The resort also has a unique programe in place for youngsters, to teach them more about the local traditions and surrounding environment through a number of fully supervised eco-excursions. Set up by explorer and preservationist Jean- Michel Cousteau and his Ocean Futures Society, the Ambassadors of the Environment programe aims to educate young travellers to the natural and cultural environment and introduces them to the precious coral reefs that surround the Cayman Islands. The range of activities includes night snorkeling and mangrove kayak adventures, as well as classroom and laboratory experiences and children's party options. Team- building activities also take place on the resort's outdoor climbing wall. Operating from the 2,700- square- foot Heritage House, home to a showcase of Caymanian culture, the Ambassadors also allows young visitors to explore the Ambassadors Lab, which features a number of attractions including a simulated coral reef, as well as housing a store of digital cameras, computers and multi- media equipment, facilitating an enhanced experience at all times. The versatility of the Grand Cayman resort's facilities and amenities also enables it to play host to business functions, as well as any variety of social gathering. With a diverse range of indoor and outdoor locations including lawns, ballrooms and terraces, coordinators at the resort are able to offer packages for any style of occasion. A number of options have been designed to suit the varying desires of potential guests, including spa, romance, honeymoon, family and " give- back" getaway breaks. And of course, the exceptional natural beauty of Grand Cayman makes it the perfect choice for weddings. The resort caters to them accordingly, with a dedicated wedding advisor and a range of venue options and wedding packages. There are many luxury resorts across the globe; but The Ritz- Carlton, Grand Cayman differentiates itself by offering a truly unique experience for each guest, ensuring that every need is catered to and accompanied by the very best in Caribbean hospitality. Customer focus: The Ritz- Carlton, Grand Cayman October 09 www. bus- ex. com 13