Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa
What We Love
- The daily lobby-side complimentary wine reception
- Ocean-facing balconies in most guest rooms
- The grab-and-go café, where treats include made-to-order mango smoothies and locally brewed beer
- It’s the tallest building on the island
What To Know
- For the ultimate seclusion, book one of the property’s three freestanding bungalow suites
- A dedicated concierge service handles everything from dinner reservations and tee times to watersports itineraries
- Children under 5 eat for free at two of the three hotel restaurants
- Don’t be surprised if the housekeeper leaves you a handwritten note—the personalized approach is one of Seafire’s signatures
From the moment you set your sandaled foot in the hotel’s cinematic lobby—a stunning expanse of 20-foot ceilings and black iron accents—it’s evident that this Kimpton is no ordinary Caribbean escape. Instead of typical tropical trappings, the Seven Mile Beach boutique delivers a more contemporary interpretation of the Cayman Islands. Guest rooms are an elegant fusion of tribal prints and understated floral motifs, while indigenous materials like coral stone and weathered wood dominate the vast public spaces. It’s the unexpected nooks and crannies, however, that make this modish sanctuary especially charming. Hide out in the library, which features prints by local artist Dready along with a wooden Cayman catboat centerpiece, artfully dangling from the ceiling. Or, claim a perch at one of the eight coveted chef’s counter seats at Avecita, a restaurant-within-a-restaurant that gives diners a glimpse at tapas making. If all else fails, simply lounge on one of the vermillion poolside lounge chairs, summon up a rum cocktail, and take in a technicolor sunset.
In the Area
With over 200 dive sites, a turtle farm, and botanical garden, there are a dizzying number of excursions to choose from in the vicinity. Devote at least an afternoon to the waterfront enclave of Camana Bay (a ten-minute drive from the hotel), where highlights include a 75-foot observation tower whose interiors are made up of millions of hand-cut Venetian glass tiles and a weekly farmers and artisans market. Even closer to home, there’s the crescent-shaped shoreline that is Seven Mile Beach, which has its own taco joint and boardwalk. Further afield, you’ll find Stingray City (accessible by catamaran ferry), where swimmers are invited to mingle with the silky sea creatures.
How to Get There
We returned to the Kimpton Seafire for a second time. Last year we stayed for 10 days, 9 of which were capitalized by the corporation Waste Management. So much so that we felt constantly that we were crashing a corporate party every day. We loved so much about the hotel and Cayman in general that we thought we would give it another go, this year landing on a week that was mainly just guests like you and me. The hotel felt so bad about it last year that they gave us 2 free nights to come back.
We booked through amex and upon arrival we were upgraded to a beautiful 1 bedroom suite. Now we are spoiled and would only want this room! It had two areas for the balcony - one with a table for 4 and the other a chair/sofa seating area. Great for entertaining which we did with our cousins who came with and some other guests that we made friends with. Love that bluetooth speakers come with each room.
Speaking of the room, they thought of everything! I am an interior designer and they got it right. Beautiful decor and extremely functional. Lots of drawers and we even had a huge walk in closet. Beds were very comfortable. The only issue we had, which we had last year was the light switches. They are the touch ones that lower or raise the light. There were so many of them and by the end of the week we still didn't have it down. Every night was a comedy with us trying to turn off the lights. Ask for a tutorial when arriving.
They also did it right with the yoga/workout class offered. I love to do yoga outside! They offered it every day along with another outdoor circuit training class. I basically worked out from 8-10 every day outside! Also try the paddle board yoga class offered twice a week (but sign up for it). I am the chair getter in the family. I get up early every day and get chairs. They open at 7. I get one of the many wonderful attendants to help me with setting up the chairs (don't forget to tip them - just my suggestion) and I bring magazines to put on them so other guests know they are taken. The best chairs in my opinion is the first row near the water. You need umbrellas there and there is nothing better than to read a good book and listen to the waves and look at that beautiful body of water. Heaven! You will also enjoy going for a walk every day. Best time of the day is early before the sun comes over the tops of the buildings. Everyone is out then between 8-9. Other than that time, don't forget to wear a hat. The sand is like buttah! We had great service during the day with lunch and drinks. Also love that they offer free sunscreen and water. Nice touch! Lastly, do not forget to watch the sunset every night. Go down to the beach to watch it.
So with all that said, thank you Kimpton for giving us yet another memorable vacation. We will be back! Notable workers that are amazing! Ruben (waitstaff at breakfast), Itzel (at the front desk) Megan Rowe (concierge), Jeanine (yoga instructor), Alex (beach attendant), and Vlad at valet. I feel bad listing only some names as everyone was so incredibly nice! They all deserved to be mentioned. I just can't remember all of them. I'll see you all next year!
Our entire stay was exceptional. From check in experience (we were upgraded unexpectedly to a suite), to the check out, everything exceeded our expectations.
Each staff member we encountered was friendly and helpful, and went above and beyond.
Our room was clean and comfortable, and had the unexpected delight of an in-room library! The decor was tasteful and reflective of the Seafire name.
We enjoyed dinner at Ave.
The beach area is beautiful. Neither my husband nor I could think of anything that was less than perfect!
We hope to return, and highly recommend this resort.
We were there from January 6th to January 12. This place is top notch, 5 star accommodations, with top notch service. We were completely satisfied. Room was very clean, and we were right on the 7 mile beach. This place definitely have their act together. We will be going back, no disappointments here. Highly recommended. We did the cave tour as an exclusion, lots of fun.
We loved the Kimpton Seafire! It is expensive, but you get quality at every turn. The hotel is new, beautiful and well appointed. The staff was uniformly friendly and helpful, even beyond the general level we found on the island. The beach staff was particularly attentive, and Alex most of all, always ensuring that our overall beach experience was what we wanted. The spa was wonderful. We had the purification hammam treatment, which was the best spa treatment either of us have had. If you leave the hotel in a taxi, try to get advice on how to return as taxis can be scarce in Cayman. But overall, this is a wonderful resort and we will return!
Wow, impressive! From the very first moment we walked through the front door to the reception desk, we were treated like Royalty! It's the small details that make a BIG difference and the staff at the Seafire have it down to a science. This was a memorable experience from start to finish. We were pampered with a VIP experience. At the end of our weekend stay, it almost felt as if we were saying goodbye to Family.
Congratulations on a job well done!!!