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Cotton Tree

May 24, 2011 15:57 ET

The Cayman Islands' Luxury Cotton Tree Welcomes Families This Summer With Spacious Accommodations and Family-Friendly Activities for Kids and Parents Alike

GEORGE TOWN, CAYMAN ISLANDS--(Marketwire - May 24, 2011) - Let's face it: Big Ben and Winsor Castle probably aren't most kids' idea of a fun summer trip. But what about swimming alongside stingrays and playing with dolphins, or taking a painting class on the ocean and enjoying fried fish cooked inside an authentic Caymanian wood-burning "caboose?" This summer, families are sure to be "wowed" with the many fun-filled, family activities offered at the Cayman Islands' only boutique "cottage" hotel, Cottage Tree.

Families staying at Cotton Tree, which was recently accepted into the Small Luxury Hotels of the World and is recommended by Conde Nast Johansens, can enjoy a host of family "adventure" activities, including:

  • Visiting a Turtle Farm where families can play with and learn about the Cayman Islands' Sea Turtles.

  • Horseback Riding, including walking, trotting and cantering along miles of undeveloped beaches and nature trails.

  • Visiting Stingray City where families can literally swim alongside (and even pet) stingrays that can be found in shallow sandbars. Beautiful coral formations and colorful fish can also be seen.

  • Swimming with Dolphins and enjoying various activities with the dolphins including a dorsal pull, a foot push and the magical thrill of riding a dolphin belly to belly.

  • Kayaking with a Bio-Bay Tour where families can witness "bioluminescence" -- the phenomenon where light or glow is created by living creatures in the water.

And the fun doesn't end there. Cotton Tree also has on-site sketch classes led by local artist John Broad, a West Bay artist born in England, educated at the Edinburgh College of Art and a resident of Grand Cayman. Adults and kids alike can let their "inner painter" go wild as Broad teaches his drawing skills, including pencils and water brushes. Classes are conducted at various points of interest throughout Cotton Tree's property where the verdant gardens, jewel-toned Caribbean seas and the architectural details of the hotel's collection of pastel-hued Caribbean cottages serve to inspire and stir the creative senses. There is also the opportunity to practice Still Life drawing using objects found on Cotton Tree's natural beach and in its gardens. Self-critique and discussions, as well as suggestions for development and practice points conclude every session. Visiting sketchers are given their own sketchbook to take home as a keepsake of their experience and as a memento of their time at Cotton Tree.

Among the many amenities offered at Cotton Tree includes plenty of outdoor space for kids to play; sandy beaches to build sand castles on; a fresh water pool for swimming; and recreational activities, available daily, including bicycling, water sports, hiking, biking and bird-watching. For children with a creative side, on-site art classes are held on Saturdays and Sundays with Gab Wheaton, a professional artist who has lived in the Cayman Islands for almost 30 years. Wheaton's two-hour classes include water coloring, creating crafts using Thatch Palm leaves, and making coconut boats out of coconut shells.

Cotton Tree's low-season rates allow families to enjoy a luxurious island getaway at an affordable price. Unforgettable family fun and relaxation at Cotton Tree starts at $470 per night, May 1 - October 31, 2011, for a garden view cottage and $625 per night for an ocean view. Call 345-943-0700 for reservations or visit Cotton Tree's website at http://www.caymancottontree.com.

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