Although Cayman doesn’t have any direct flights to Fort Lauderdale any more, Miami airport is just about half an hour’s drive away (depending on the traffic), so this is a handy location for a weekend of fun (if you can bear travelling through the airport, that is).
The DoubleTree is a fab hotel with gorgeous plump pillow-filled beds, ocean views and a welcoming warm cookie which always makes me happy. The staff are also incredibly friendly and seem to genuinely enjoy their work. The restaurants are just a stone’s throw away and largely consist of upmarket chain-style establishments, namely PF Chang’s (Chinese), The Capital Grille (steak), Season’s 52 (seasonal), Truluck’s (steak and seafood) and The Blue Martini Lounge (I’ll let you guess…).
The restaurant's flat bread appetisers are legendary (we always choose one to share, see above left). Right now on the menu some of the best choices include a fabulous flat bread appetiser full of succulent smoked salmon, red onion and sour cream dressing, along with a zingy lemony trout for mains served with roasted potatoes and veg, and a blueberry cheesecake mini (above right), a New York-style cheesecake piled high with juicy, sweet and ripe blueberries.
A word on desserts – in keeping with the 475 rule, each dessert is served up in its individual little shot glass, with your server bringing you the entire range from which to choose. As it was just the two of us we were restrained enough to only choose the cheesecake and a creamy, citrusy, gingery key lime pie. But it has been known for me to choose the lot (when eating with a crowd, of course!!)
The steak wasn't half bad either - I went for the 12oz dry aged sirloin (US$41) which was cooked exactly how I liked (medium rare) with plenty left over for a doggy bag. You could also choose from even bigger cuts, namely a 22oz bone-in rib eye or a hefty 24oz dry aged Porterhouse (which would no doubt feed the family for a while afterwards as well.)
Here’s to our next visit. Hope to see you there!