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Escape to the Private Oasis of Grand Cayman's Plantana Condos

Plantana Condos
The plantation-style buildings at Plantana Condos are set among tropical gardens.Courtesy Patrick Broderick Photography

Designed as the perfect getaway for the whole brood, the barefoot-casual Plantana Condos on Seven Mile Beach feels like home, the kind of place where it’s easy to make friends who feel like family. For starters, it’s cozy to the nth degree. The plantation-style buildings are set among tropical gardens, and a central lawn is perfect for pick-up soccer games or disc golf. Grills with picnic tables sit in the shade of the Casuarina pines, cushy lounge chairs line the pool and a beachside hammock blows in the breeze.

The comfort continues inside, where two- and three-bedroom condos provide all the conveniences of home. Having a washer and dryer means you can pack lighter and get as sweaty as you’d like. The fully equipped kitchen gives the option of en suite dining, and several nearby grocery stores even offer delivery service to the condos. And when it’s time to kick back, the screened-in patios on ground-floor units make the perfect gathering spot.

Whether you stay put or venture out, there’s plenty to do. Plantana Condos sit on a prime spot of shoreline for snoozing, sand-castle building or snorkeling. You’re right offshore, so paddling back for quick snack breaks is no biggie. Leave time for Governor’s Reef, just south of the condos, where droves of candy-colored fish swim about — and, if you’re lucky, a spotted eagle ray might cross your path.

From $290 per night, plantanacayman.com

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  1. Animal lovers will make friends with over 20 iguanas, two cats and a friendly Yorkie-poo.

  2. Can't get enough of the ocean? Swim, snorkel, sunbathe or stroll just steps from your door.

  3. PADI certified? Check out Guardian of the Reef, a bronze statue that makes a great selfie.