{ JetBlue Getaways - Grand Cayman }

Screen Shot 2015-02-10 at 9.41.21 AM Processed with VSCOcam with m5 preset Processed with VSCOcam with s4 preset cayman1I’m about to take on a two-week long art project that is pretty challenging, even for me.Which left me only one valid option last week: take a relaxing getaway to an island. Cue JetBlue Getaways. Travel inspires me, and my artwork so when my friends at JetBlue offered me the opportunity to experience one of their JetBlue Getaways Vacations I couldn’t get on the plane fast enough.

I arrived at the airport early and expected a bit of a longer time at the JetBlue gate since I was leaving from JFK, but I was wrong. Check in at JetBlue was less than 5 minutes at a self-service kiosk and before we knew it we were sipping bloody mary’s at the airport bar in prep for Grand Cayman!!!

My in-flight experience was fantastic. Complimentary drinks, snacks and Fly-Fi (which I, the workaholic, didn’t use b/c I was too busy getting sucked into Gone Girl- the movie I chose in flight. Also complimentary.) This trip was off to a solid start. The hubs and I arrived on the island and walked off of the plane to the sound of steel drums, and after taking a moment to dance with the band we hopped in a cab to head for the hotel- The Ritz Carlton, Grand Cayman.

The room was spectacular. Large, clean, and well decorated but we walked right past all of it upon arrival and b/c we were transfixed with what was at the end of the room: The balcony of all balconies. We stood high up above the Ritz and overlooked the beach, the pool, the palm trees…I have never in all of my travels had such a breathtaking view. At that moment we vowed to never leave the balcony for the entire trip.

Ten minutes later we grabbed our bathing suits and ran for the sand.

One of the highlights of our trip was dinner at Blue, by Eric Ripert. I asked followers on social media what I should do while on the island and an overwhelming number of people responded with one word: “Blue”. When our waiter found out I worked in the lifestyle biz he made me go with him to see the rug (inspired by the Milky Way) and then the wallpaper up close (which had actual chalk paintings). The people dining around us laughed at us as we walked around touching the walls while they were trying to dine. Blue is pricey but worth every penny. Do not, I repeat do not be shy of anything on this menu. I am not the biggest seafood person but decided to trust chef with my 4-course meal. I tried fish after fish and just shook my head with a single “wow” after each plate. All that and they sent me back to my room with macaroons. Blue knows the way to my heart. The rest of the trip was spent doing exactly what needed to be done, relaxing on the beach. Days of listing to the waves, enjoying the treats that the staff brought to everyone relaxing beachside: sliced watermelon, and little cups of french fries. We took some time to sip on the hotels’ signature drink (bartender Michael proudly introduced us) a tall, swirly, cold pina colada. Don’t miss this – it tastes like heaven.

When it was time to come home we spent one last morning with our coffees on that dream balcony, until JetBlue flew us home safe and sound. A huge thank you to the JetBlue Getaways team and the staff at Ritz Carlton for adding some inspiration to my hectic schedule. And you’ve inspired me. The moment I wrap this next project I am planning my next adventure.

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Dallas Shaw