The Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa, the first Kimpton outside the United States, turns five! To celebrate this momentous occasion, we’re going to take a deep dive into what makes the resort stand the test of time.
Named as one of the ‘Best Resorts in the World’ in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards, the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa introduced a new era of contemporary luxury to the Grand Cayman, with its blend of modern architecture with laid-back island luxury.
“The Kimpton Seafire is significant in many ways; it was Kimpton’s first foray into the international luxury and lifestyle resort market; their first Caribbean property; and Grand Cayman’s first new, ground-up hotel in over a decade. When the resort debuted in 2016, it dominated the market and set a benchmark for luxury design in Grand Cayman. To this day it continues to outperform other hospitality destinations in the Caribbean and consistently demands one of the highest ADRs on Grand Cayman.”
With 262 hotel keys, 62 condominium units, and three beachfront bungalows, the resort is a significant development. The 10-story structures were designed in a contemporary architectural language, with an emphasis on clean lines, simple massing, horizontal design elements, and expanses of glass.
A multitude of details – trellises, angled balconies, structural elements that form a series of frames – create an intricate interplay of light and shadow across the facades that will change constantly throughout the day so that no single view of the hotel looks the same.
In harmony with the ethos of the hotel’s sustainable aims, natural wood and stone soften the angles, bring warmth to the structures, and ground the resort in the natural environment.
Inspired by the flow of water and natural island breezes that flow through the property, the landscape design by EDSA, fills the void between the architectural masses. Pathways, retaining walls, plantings, and pool edges follow undulating lines as they make their way from the hotel entrance to the sea.
The Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa is certified LEED Silver, the first resort in the Cayman Islands to be awarded the sustainability certification.
Developed by DART Realty Cayman Ltd., the project features several examples of recycled materials; concrete from the demolition of the former Courtyard Marriott hotel was recycled into fill material for the new site, and the Community Bike and Walking Trail uses pavers made with recycled glass produced at the developer’s glass crushing facility.
As one of less than 200 LEED Silver certified resort-residential properties worldwide, Seafire conserves natural resources through the use of geothermal air conditioning, sustainable LED lighting, a 170-kilowatt solar array, rainwater harvesting, and extensive native landscaping.
Join us in wishing the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa a huge happy birthday!