IHG’s Kimpton Seafire Resort and Spa Grand Cayman Review. Is it Truly 5 Stars?

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Hotel Review: Grand Cayman IHG's Kimpton Seafire Resort and Spa 

Hotel Review: Grand Cayman IHG’s Kimpton Seafire Resort and Spa

Overview

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.

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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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Alternate Cost:

  • 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

Hotel Review: Grand Cayman IHG's Kimpton Seafire Resort and Spa

Location

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.

 Hotel Review: Grand Cayman IHG's Kimpton Seafire Resort and Spa

Check-In

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.

Hotel Review: Grand Cayman IHG's Kimpton Seafire Resort and Spa 

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.

Hotel Review: Grand Cayman IHG's Kimpton Seafire Resort and Spa 

Hotel Review: Grand Cayman IHG's Kimpton Seafire Resort and Spa 

Service

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!

Hotel Review: Grand Cayman IHG's Kimpton Seafire Resort and Spa 

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.)

Hotel Review: Grand Cayman IHG's Kimpton Seafire Resort and Spa 

Amenities

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.

Other complimentary amenities include:

Hotel Review: Grand Cayman IHG's Kimpton Seafire Resort and Spa

The mini bar here was fully loaded, which I always appreciate.

Outdoor Area

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.

Conclusion

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.


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14 COMMENTS

  1. I also used my annual cert here as it was an unbelievable value . As you stated with GCM the taxes are so high that the price of hotel skyrockets if someone was to pay for it . Staying at the Marriot for 1 night the water was calmer and clearer there. But the Seafire Resort was jaw dropping.

    • I didn’t get over to the Marriott, but I agree, beautiful resort and I’m thankful I was able to get such value out of my cert.

  2. I will be staying there with my wife in February on points for one night and free cert from cc on the other two. We’re you charged any additional fees/taxes?

    • I made the rookie mistake of checking out without getting my bill, I will email them for a copy and let you know as soon as I get it.

  3. Wondering how it compares to the Westin Grand Cayman? I’m heading here in October with the wife & kids and debating between the two.

    • I have never been to the Westin, but someone who’s opinion I trust said it beautiful there. Sorry I don’t have more details.

  4. Did you stay at Ritz there too? Is review coming?

    I’ve also booked Seafire for two free nights + 1 night on points. Three separate reservations. Anyone knows if hotel will figure the same room for me for all 3 nights? So I’d not need to check in/out 3 times during the stay )

    • Yes, email them the reservation numbers, dates, name(s) they’re under, and ask if you can keep the same room for the stay

    • I would agree, send them an email and I can’t imagine they’ll have any issue tying the reservations so you don’t have to move rooms. I did also stay at the Ritz and preferred it slightly, BUT if I had to go back I would do Seafire because the prices at the Ritz were offensive and I’m not someone who cares about inflated prices. I almost felt like there was an heir of “we’re the Ritz, so deal with it.” Review is coming in the next few weeks though. Both places are beautiful- you probably can’t go wrong.

    • Yes, very close to Luca which is very popular as well as a sushi place that I’m blanking on the name. It’s less than a 5 minute drive to a lot of popular spots.

  5. Interesting review, but unlike your other posts, this one is very disappointing. you didn’t go far enough on questions that should be covered by any decent review in this “hacker” space. What I worry about when using IHG free nights non all-inclusive resorts is how much we’ll get soaked for “everything” else after the basic room. (the vegas/Spirit airlines model. Surely you’re aware of such obvious questions, but you ignore.)…. Seriously, what are the dining options there? How much on average for a meal pp.? $50, 100, ?? You don’t say, so guessing it’s extremely high — and thus you don’t mention.

    Likewise, your credibility suffers when you chirp about “appreciating” a fully loaded mini bar in room. Seriously? Those minibars are notorious for racking up outrageous room charges, per cracker. That you don’t comment at all — hurts the integrity of your post. Guessing this was a comp’d post.

    • Most certainly not a comped post, I’ve never done one of those (I used my IHG free night and this is only the 3rd time I’ve stayed with the brand). And, I like mini-bars, they’re convenient. I don’t mind paying extra for convenience. Also, I only stayed there one night, so I didn’t get to eat which is why I didn’t comment.

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