Kimpton Seafire Resort and Spa
Blending modern architecture with laid-back island luxury, the design for the first Kimpton Hotel outside the United States has introduced a new era of contemporary luxury to 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. Angled balconies along the long wing of the hotel building capture views and ocean breezes. Horizontal roofs are true to the contemporary aesthetic, yet sculptural elements that pop upward and outward break up the roof plane and soften the rooflines as they touch the sky. 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 exactly 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. The landscape design, which fills the void between the architectural masses, is inspired by the flow of water and natural island breezes that flow through the property. 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. 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.