Careful what you wish for – as soon as I make a public statement to live more openly, I’m immediately tested to put my money where my mouth is. On Thursday I heard that Delta had issued waivers due to the impending snowstorm set to hit the Southeast the following day – and my flight was supposed to land in Atlanta at 5:30, which would have been miserable even without the threat of snow.
My choices: fly back to Atlanta, risk getting stuck in the snow and living without power or road access for a full weekend – or book a flight to Cayman Brac with my new friend Marisa to discover a charming boutique property that had just cropped up on my radar.
Believe it or not, I actually had to think on the decision. Due to a constant running low-grade anxiety that has nestled itself in the pit of my stomach (something that I’m hoping this year of living intentionally will change) as a natural defense against spontaneity, I had to actively break whatever it was within me pointing toward Atlanta. Am I crazy!?
Thankfully, I chose the opportunity to discover more and, after a nice morning working from the beach at the Kimpton Seafire (the fam was fantastic but I had yet to step a toe in the sand since we were so go-go-go!), I set off on the 45 minute flight for Cayman Brac – and was simply amazed.
One of my favorite things about travel is that it gives us the ability to expand our imagination. Never would I have been able to imagine an island of 2,000 inhabitants in the middle of the Caribbean that offers an actual, working farm with a high-end boutique hotel that serves fresh farm-to-table cuisine 365 days of the year. Who can come up with that?!
Thanks to the ivy growing against its walls, this unique little property looks like something out of a storybook. With five different accommodation locations, this retreat is perfect for anyone who truly wants to turn off and escape the hustle and bustle of even a mid-sized island getaway. Cayman Brac, and your stay at Le Soleil d’Or, is plain-and-simple: eat, beach, eat, spa, eat, sleep, repeat.
While there are some other activities (water sports, the opportunity to do an island tour, etc), the beauty of staying here is the opportunity to breathe out – and, for me, to let go of that constant hum of anxiety. I think the towel they have displayed proudly beside the pool says it best to combat that kind of stress:
Plus, where else in the world could you find a farm with an ocean view?! Marisa and I toured the farm early that morning – absolutely fascinated by the fresh harvest of fruits and vegetables (which they gather in the morning to plan their menus for the evening), the green mandarin oranges, the baby Jamaican apples and even the giant alligator-like iguanas.
Later, we put our food skills to good use with a private cooking class, where we kneaded and rolled and cut our own handmade pasta (!!!) and sautéed incredible sauces and ate our first (yes first. of two.) dinner of the night. It was the best thing I’d ever cooked.
Definitely worth checking out Cayman Brac if you’re looking to turn off. It would make for a perfect split-stay pairing with one of the properties on Grand Cayman, just like I did. Email me today to learn more and to begin planning your own trip: firstname.lastname@example.org