G R E AT PA RT N E R S H AV E B E E N T H E K E Y F O R C O BRANDING THE RITZ-C ARLTON RESIDENCES FOR MIKE RYA N IN GRAND C AYMAN
For 30 years working in luxury development, looking for the best partnerships in co-branding has been the key to success for Michael Ryan. Grand Cayman is no exception. The Ritz brand is synonymous with luxury and service. That reputation is what first drew Mike Ryan to the partnership to develop luxury residences in Grand Cayman. Along with The Ritz-Carlton brand, other wellknown and world-renowned brands have made the development project a dream team for Mike Ryan. Grand Cayman, a popular year-round destination for golfers, also attracted world famous golfer Greg Norman who designed and built the exclusive Blue Tip Golf Course at the resort. The nine-hole course, eight of which are on the water, features five long Par Four holes for challenging play. The golf course has been dubbed a 'Caribbean monster' for its long Par Four holes that are 470 yards actual length but feel like playing a 600-yard hole.
According to Michael Ryan, Norman is a study in charisma. "It is fascinating to watch the power of Gregâ€™s personality when he turns it on for the crowd. They watch his every move with fierce intensity, as if their mere proximity to him would make them the golfers they wanted to be. To see a brand like this made flesh is to watch the coalescence of all that it takes to be a world leader in any field," said Michael Ryan, Grand Cayman developer. Other additions to the resort also bring the reputation and luxury to the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. Nick Bollettieri, the coach behind tennis greats Andre Agassi, Monica Seles and Maria Sharapova, brought his expertise to create a custom tennis program for the resort. World-renowned chef Eric Ripert of New York's famed Le Bernadin opened Blue, a seafood restaurant that has won numerous accolades including the AAA Five Diamond Award.