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
Having read all the glowing reviews of this hotel and the service provided by the staff, I expected to be WOWed. And considering the price, I expected to be WOWed times 2. But I didn't expect to be overwhelmed. And I was. Hubby and I were celebrating a belated 27th year anniversary in Grand Cayman. We chose the Kimpton because of the reviews. Madalyn, our "personal" concierge, contacted us prior to our arrival, asking for specifics about our preferences so that she could customize our trip. And she did. What a sweetheart of a young woman -- filled with joy and positivity. We had champagne in the room (twice), chocolate covered strawberries, and a host of goodies that enhanced the romance and the experience, all thanks to Madalyn's thoughtfulness. Our room was spectacular. We paid a premium for the corner ocean front suite and it was absolutely phenomenal. The views were breath-taking.
As noted by so many other reviewers, the hotel service is exemplary. Everyone is so nice! We took the busses into town, rode bikes to the Turtle Center (check out Macabuca across the street for lunch), enjoyed the water sports, zenned out to the beach yoga (on the lawn -- no sand involved), and spent hours by the pool or in the crystal-clear water. We did the rum distillery tour and had a blast (free pouring tasting with Moses, the energetic and enthusiastic tour guide). Although Grand Cayman is quite expensive, we want to go back. The memories we have made are priceless.
As mentioned, the staff is exceptional – every one of them -- I do have to mention a few individuals by name because these people made a difference to my husband and I: the aforementioned Madalyn, the concierge, who made our trip so special. Edna who did the evening bed turndown was bubbly, kind, and incredibly helpful – clearly she enjoys her job and loves to make her guests happy. We looked for her each night to thank her for taking care of us. Christian, the bartender in Ave was knowledgeable and interesting – we had dinner at the bar just to keep talking to him. Adam, Lindsey, and Armand from Cocoloba made lots of cocktails for my husband and I – we thank them for their skills and their service. And, finally, we truly cared for Orlando who served us at the pool bar and Cocoloba. He’s not only hard-working and focused on his customers, he makes the best drinks!! It was sad to say goodbye to him because we truly appreciated how kind he was to us.
Like so many other reviewers, I’m not a fan of the resort fee and feel it should be included in the price of the room. I was made aware in advance of our trip of the resort fee and the 10% gratuity charge so no surprises there. Almost every restaurant added a 15-18% gratuity to the bill which was fine. We tipped more if we felt that the service warranted it (we tip 20% at home). We didn’t have to exchange any currency because we often paid in USD and received CI in return.
Bottom line --- money well spent. We loved it and hope to return.
We spent 3 nights at Kimpton Seafire and from the moment we arrived, to when we had to sadly leave, we were exceedingly impressed with all aspects of the resort. It is immediately evident that you are staying at a true 5-Star boutique hotel, from the impeccable architectural design and curated art, to the luxurious rooms and finishes, to the beautifully laid out pool and beach areas. Everything is effortlessly impressive without being gaudy or excessive.
Food options were also quite good, although limited to essentially two dining areas/options. More than 3 nights may potentially feel repetitive in terms of dining options, but good local restaurants are not far away (Camana Bay is close as well). In the end, you come to a resort like this for the unique/incredible beach location and luxurious accommodations, and it truly is in a class of its own in these aspects. We will absolutely return to Seafire in the future.
Our vacation to Grand Cayman was an incredible success on many levels, and our excellent experience at the Seafire had lots to do with that. The property earns 5 stars from me simply because if we were ever to return to GC we would look to book it again in a heartbeat. That said, I'll still offer a few highlights and lowlights:
The Good: Pool and beach areas were exceptional. October crowds were and we were able to use all amenities at will, even on days when the beach at surroundung hotels looked cramped. Property is magnificent, room and hallways were very clean. Service was generally great and turndown service was appreciated. Room service breakfast was incredible.
The Bad: We received a bit of a hard sell at the front desk upon check in to upgrade our room, which we elected not to do. We found this incredibly tacky (especially after a long day of travel), and we were actually blown away by the incredible view overlooking the bay from our supposedly inferior room; it would have been a complete waste to spend hundreds of dollars more. AC unit was a bit hard to master and had a rattling noise.