Lots of people visit Grand Cayman on a cruise. That's a lovely way to see the island, but Grand Cayman—which is only 22 miles long—is worthy of a weekend (or longer) getaway. The ideal place to stay is the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa, the brand's first hotel outside of the U.S. Here's our review.
Budget Level: Upscale ($300+ per night)
Lodging Type: Large-Size Hotel (266 guest rooms and suites)
What You Need to Know
Situated on Grand Cayman's famed Seven Mile Beach, the Kimpton Resort + Spa is a marriage of modern design and beach-chic interiors. From the moment you step into the grand lobby, the hotel feels as if it were made for Instagram. Expect eye-catching artwork, cruiser bikes on display, design-savvy seating nooks, and flora and fauna for days. Have a drink and fresh-caught ceviche at Coccoloba, the property's upscale beach bar with pinch-me views of the water. Then sip your morning coffee on the balcony—every room has one.
The property's modern design draws in those who appreciate a sleek aesthetic—and of course beach lovers. This resort—with it's myraid of room layouts—is ideal for weddings (and especially those who want to tie the knot on the beach). You'll find honeymooners lounging in the poolside cabanas or beach beds (complete with a cooler of drinks), and families who love the big swimming pool and lawn games.
Locals hit Ava for Sunday brunch: a must-do with loads of seafood, a carving station, and free-flowing bubbly; and Coccoloba, the quintessential beachside restaurant and bar, for Tuesday Taco night.
Who Will Love It
Honestly, everyone. During our visit, we saw a mix of honeymooners, families, older adults, wedding parties, and group trips. This resort hits all the marks when it comes to having something for every traveler.
Who Might Not
Travelers on a budget. While the hotel offers great deals and perks, there's a $60 per night resort fee.
The hotel’s restaurant, Avecita, is a reason to choose this hotel. Chef Massimo De Francesca’s nightly seating at the chef's bar is a culinary experience unlike any we've had in the Caribbean. Each night, at 7 p.m. sharp, just 10 diners are led from the bar to the counter so that they can watch the kitchen staff prepare and serve a five-course (plus some bonus bites) menu with optional wine pairings. In a nutshell: It's incredible and a must-book when visiting the island. (Multi-course dinner is offered at just $68 and wine pairings are an additional $55.)
A close second: The spa, complete with a steam room and co-ed hot tub, a stunning hamaan, and lovely relaxation room.
The property tacks on a $60 resort fee. It covers water sports including kayaks, standing paddle boards, water tricycles, floating rafts, snorkeling gear, and sail boats; daily fitness classes like beach yoga, Boxfit, paddle board yoga, and Beachfit; cruiser bikes; complimentary dining for children under five; valet parking, wifi; coffee and tea service; and a daily wine happy hour.
Fees and Extra Costs You Should Know About
Local taxes will be included in your final bill.
How to Get a Deal
Sign up to be an IHG member and book online: Currently, guests who book five-plus days receive 20 percent off their entire stay.
In the Neighborhood
With a top-billed location on the stunning Seven Mile Beach, Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa is surrounded by the gorgeous blue waters and plenty of dive sites. Not far is Camana Bay, which is perfect for exploring restaurants, shopping, and nightlife.
The Owen Roberts International Airport is a 15-minute drive. There's a taxi stand (about $30 to reach the resort, cash only) located right outside the door.
The Bottom Line
For a stunning design and a beachside location, the Seafire Resort + Spa delivers.