3 Ways to Restore Yourself While Staying at VIDA Cayman

by Martin Ramirez on June 11, 2024 in Travels,

It takes a visionary to design the perfect getaway that breathes life back into your soul. And that’s exactly what VIDA Cayman does. 

Nestled in Barkers Beach on the Western tip of Grand Cayman, this boutique hotel features 12 individually unique apartments that combine sustainable architecture with elegant, contemporary design and breathtaking panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea.  

From an uber eco-conscious foundation paired with sustainable practices, wellness-focused food options and activities and a celebration of local culture, VIDA Cayman counteracts the stressors in life by offering three ways to restore yourself.

A calming coffee moment with ocean views. Photo Martin Ramirez.

Relax your mind

VIDA is the island getaway where you can fully immerse yourself in carefree indulgence, combining natural features like lush garden views and a serene beachside escape with a full slate of in-room spa options and restful activities that include private reiki, breath work and meditation sessions. Take a moment to reset your mind and explore gratitude with a yin yoga session by Linsey Gammel on the perfectly designed Movement Deck. Here, with ocean waves in view and crashing within earshot, VIDA creates a spiritual connection to a place like no other.

Yoga on the Movement Deck. Photo courtesy VIDA Cayman.

Indulge carefree, too, as VIDA leads the charge on a new trend of conscious traveling. Along with sustainable practices that include carbon offsetting and elimination of single use plastics, the wonderful staff sets out to promote local heritage by partnering with nearby entrepreneurs who offer many restful—and invigorating—events.

A beachside workout at VIDA Cayman. Photo courtesy VIDA Cayman.

Rejuvenate your body

VIDA’s Wellness Through Movement philosophy goes well beyond their webpage. In fact, VIDA offers personalized wellness packages that span from 3-day wellness retreats with unlimited group movement sessions and in-room treatments to a 7-day wellness odyssey that restores body and soul with private consultations. You can also supplement your stay with plenty of add-on options that include personalized consultations on nutrition, physical training, and recovery.

OJ leads many functional strength workouts at VIDA Cayman. Photo courtesy VIDA Cayman.

VIDA also maintains a diverse and action-packed schedule of fitness-minded classes, many of which take place on the Movement Deck. There’s simply no better place to challenge your body while restoring it against this stunning coastal backdrop. For a fast-paced, exhilarating session, OJ leads a HIIT class that will exhaust every fiber in your body while helping you find an inner strength.

Local adventure vendors partner with VIDA and guests. Photo courtesy VIDA Cayman.

Adventures at VIDA extend well beyond their walls. By partnering with local vendors, VIDA offers adventurous options like windsurfing, kitesurfing, paddleboarding, scuba diving and snorkeling, freediving, and wing foiling. Lesser thrill-seeking options include ecotours, fishing and bird spotting, all of which enable local employment and empower local entrepreneurs.

Nourish tacos with local flavors. Photo Martin Ramirez.

With so many activities and events to awaken your body, you’ll need to be well nourished to continue. Nourish, VIDA’s onsite restaurant, will feed both the body and soul. Led by award-winning Chef Marueen Cubbon, who has cooked for the likes of Eric Ripert, Jose Andres and the late Anthony Bourdain, Nourish offers guests a locally celebrated cuisine with gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options. And in true VIDA spirit, Nourish is committed to sustainability through a farm-to-fork initiative that focuses on fresh locally sourced and seasonal ingredients from local farmers, purveyors, and fishermen. Be sure to join the culinary team for one of their cookery classes, a two-hour, hands-on culinary experience that includes a three-course meal with wine and a celebration of all things Cayman.

Wake up to love-inspired views. Photo Martin Ramirez.

Reinvigorate Your Romance

While wellness focuses on your body and mind, another important aspect to a successful livelihood is the romantic bond you share with your better half. As the “quality of your life is the quality of your relationships (Tony Robbins)”, romance too must be cared for, nourished, exercised and invested in. And VIDA, as the name implies, is the ideal island getaway to breathe life into your romance.

VIDA’s romance packages spark passion among couples. Photo Martin Ramirez.

With packages that include intimate settings like stargazing on the deck, a romantic bathroom setup, private dinners with aphrodisiac dishes, and 60 minute hot oil massages, VIDA is the romantic retreat that can be customized for you to celebrate life’s special moments. So surprise your partner with the most immersive romantic experience, rediscover your inner fiery passion and make VIDA Cayman a must on your next adventure.

Also in Cayman

Chef special on left with smashed plantain, roasted corn, squash, and freshly caught fish. Photo Martin Ramirez.

Be sure to explore the island as VIDA Cayman is perfectly situated within a short drive from the airport and many nearby restaurants. As Nourish is not open for dinner, the staff encourages guests and visitors to try out local eats like the Ristorante Pappagallo. This local favorite — just steps from VIDA’s front doors — offers an assortment of pastas made fresh daily along with contemporary cuisine packaged within an intimate environment. Or drop by Island Naturals for a celebration of island life and healthy living. Here, vegetarian dishes with locally sourced fish and vegan options, lively cocktails and elixirs, and decadent desserts are enjoyed in a lively island atmosphere.


Cover photo Martin Ramirez

Martin Ramirez is a brisket-eating, Shiner-loving, road-tripping enthusiast of all things Texas. This Dallas-born writer / adventurer is ready to take his ‘78 El Camino to find the best in food, fun, and fitness throughout the Lone Star State.