Hotel Review: Grand Cayman IHG’s Kimpton Seafire Resort and Spa
Kimpton Seafire is one of the newer resorts in Grand Cayman and one of a select few with a 5 star rating. The resort houses 266 guestrooms and suites all with their own private balcony. This is one of just a handful of Kimptons located outside the United States. The outdoor areas of the Seafire are stunning and the prices are reasonable compared to the Ritz down the block.
My Cost: I got very lucky that I still had a Free Night Certificate redeemable for any hotel within the IHG portfolio (unlike the new ones which are capped.) The cash rate for the Sunday night I stayed here was over $1100! I sure got my money’s worth on this redemption when you factor in the upgrade I received for being a card member. Chase and IHG have walked back the changes on the IHG card a bit, you can read the details here.
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- Cash Rate: Prices seem to start around $475/night and go all the way up to $1200.
- Points Rate: 70,000 points per night
- Cash + Points:
- 65,000 points + 55 USD
- 60,000 points + 85 USD
- 55,000 points + 114 USD
The Seafire is located on the iconic Seven Mile beach about a 15 minute drive from the airport. The Seven Mile beach area is not all that big so the resort was fairly close to some popular restaurants and the other beach resorts.
The check in process as well as the arrival really help set the Seafire apart from other resorts. I’m not sure it was 20 seconds before I had a glass of Rose in my hand. We were greeted by multiple people with big smiles who profusely thanked me for being a loyal IHG member (I’m not, I just have the card.) We got there extremely early around 11 AM and not only were they trying to find a room for us they were trying to find an upgrade. After a few minutes, the manager came over and said they would be able to upgrade us to a larger oceanfront room which was great because as you can see from the picture the view was incredible. I checked the website and it looks like the oceanfront rooms go for about 200-300 more a night so this is definitely an upgrade I was thankful for.
The Room: Ocean Front Queen Queen
I thought the room was very nice. I prefer a more classic look but that’s certainly not the Kimpton vibe. Kimpton is generally known for being fresh, young and colorful and this resort is no exception. It was spacious and thoughtfully laid out. For reference this is an accessible room, otherwise there would have been a soaking tub.
I cannot say enough about the service at the Kimpton Seafire, it was phenomenal. From the groundskeepers, to the bartenders to the front desk staff, everyone was incredibly friendly and eager to be of assistance. When we got to our room there was a charcuterie board with meat, cheese and fruits as well as 2 large bottles of San Pellegrino, with a card that said “Welcome home.” What a nice touch!
But the freebies didn’t end there! When we got back to our room at night, there was a Chilled bottle of Vueve Clicquot, champagne glasses and an incredible dessert as well as some cookies on our pillows. (By the way, when we got to the Ritz, I checked how much that same bottle would set you back, $120. Yea, they’re nuts.)
Kimpton is known for having some pretty cool amenities. A personal favorite of mine is the Forgot It, We’ve Got It Amenities. Basically, they have a ton of stuff that I so often forget while I’m travelling and will bring it to your room upon request.
- Morning Coffee + Tea Service
- Loaner PUBLIC Bikes
- Pet Amenities
- Forgot It, We’ve Got It Amenities
- Kimpton Kids Program
The mini bar here was fully loaded, which I always appreciate.
This was my favorite part of the Seafire. I thought the pool and beach were absolutely beautiful.
There’s also a decent bar and restaurant that sits beach front making for the perfect atmosphere to relax with a drink.
Overall, Kimpton Seafire Resort and Spa is a beautiful hotel located on a beautiful beach. Since it is one of only a few five star hotels in the area, I would choose Kimpton over the Ritz Carlton because the prices were much more reasonable and the service was a cut above.