Need to know
264, including 48 suites.
12 noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Your resort fee covers a host of extras, including watersports equipment from local experts Red Sail Sports (kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, water tricycles, floating rafts, snorkelling gear and sail boats); hire of cruiser bikes; daily fitness classes, such as beach and paddle-board yoga, Boxfit and Beachfit; free dining for children under five in Ave or Coccoba; and loans of GoPro underwater cameras with built in WiFi (the SD card is sold separately at the Red Sail Shop). Being a Kimpton hotel, there are a few of the brand’s signatures, such as a living room area with books and a ‘Morning Kick-Start’ programme, where guests get free access to the press reader and a ‘get-up-and-go’ playlist. Keep an eye on Kimpton’s social media too – occasionally a password is released that unlocks free extras.
Due to Covid-19 precautions, minibars in rooms aren’t currently stocked and snacks and drinks, and items such as bathrobes and extra bedding, should be requested. Avecita restaurant is closed at the moment too. The hotel has introduced more thorough cleaning measures and masks are required when moving through public areas (the hotel can provide these and gloves on request), and sanitising stations have been setup throughout. Single-use cutlery will be provided for in-room dining as well as contactless delivery, guests arriving for a meeting or event can request a Covid test thanks to the hotel’s partnership with Wellness 4 Humanity, and staff will be frequently monitored for signs of illness.
At the hotel
Public beach, gardens, spa and hammam, beauty salon, fitness centre, living room, pantry, kids’ club, concierge, laundry service, free WiFi. In rooms: flatscreen TV, tea- and coffee-making kit, bottled water, mini fridge (call staff to stock it), air-conditioning and free WiFi. The Bungalows, Oceanfront Suites, Beach House and the Presidential Suite have a full kitchen too.
Our favourite rooms
First and foremost, be sure to get a room that faces west (the clue’s in the name with the Oceanfront or Oceanview rooms) – the sun rises in the east, remember, and those end-of-the-day light shows are something to behold. All rooms and suites are similarly if stylishly decorated, so it depends on how much space you need – to truly feel like your offshore accounts are in order, book one of the Bungalows or the Beach House, both of which have large outdoor spaces all to yourselves, a luxurious kitchen and plenty of space to play. The Presidential Suite is, naturally, an impressive space too, for its large terraces and alfresco kitchen.
The heated Seafire pool (open from sun up to sun down) winds curvaceously around banks scattered with red sunloungers and gently swaying palms. Set just by the beach, from certain angles it looks as though its clear turquoise waters are flowing into the Caribbean. A sectioned off shallow area with Baja shelves to perch on makes it safe for fledgling waterbabies, and parents can keep a watchful eye from the bar. Those seeking a little more intimacy can hire a private cabana.
Have your knots pummelled out with salt stones, get a pout more luscious than the local parrotfish or take a punt on ‘youthification’ as you lay on a quartz bed and singing bowls play at the beautifying behemoth of a spa. In 8,500sq ft of space, dressed with glittering blue tiles to mirror the sea’s shimmer, there’s a soaking pool, the only traditional Turkish hammam in the Caymans, a hair salon and beauty parlour – plus, seven treatment rooms where wellness experts make you feel anew.
And, considering the world-besting beaches and rampant natural vistas you have for working out in the wild, the fitness centre pushes the boat out, with 1,770sq ft space encompassing garden- and sea-view treadmills, elliptical cross-trainers, bikes, weight machines, yoga mats and balance balls. If only fresh sea air will do, take yoga classes on the lawn or balanced on a paddle board, or hop on a cruiser bike for a breezy pedal to lively Camana Bay. Personal trainers can be arranged on request.
The hotel has collaborated with local watersports experts to provide all you need to explore over and underwater, but if you have goggles and snorkels that fit you snugly it’s worth adding them to the suitcase.
Many of the hotel’s rooms and suites have specially adapted bathrooms, and all have a phone-ring alert, bed shaker, and visual alarm clock and fire alarm. All public areas are accessible, there’s braille signage and staff who can read out menus, and servi
If your well-behaved pet fits through the door (and passes the Cayman Islands’ rigorous animal checks), they can stay for free, and they’ll get treats and a personalised bowl. There’s a maximum of two pets to a room. See more pet-friendly hotels in Grand Cayman.
Children are very welcome indeed – they may even have more fun than you. Camp Seafire keeps tots to tweens entertained, restaurants cater to fussy smalls and babysitting is available for US$100 an hour (one days’ notice is required).
Camp Seafire takes children from age three-and-a-half, and from thereon up the hotel provides engaging activities. Teens will happily hang on the beach.
The Bungalows or Beach House have lots of room for little ones to run around in, plus ample outdoor space and a kitchen where you can ready milk and baby food or prep meals for a quiet family night in.
The joyously considered kids’ entertainment at the hotel may make you want to regress. There’s a popcorn booth at check-in, a kids’ corner serving chocolate milk each morning and their own special social hour later in the day. Camp Seafire is where little ones aged three-and-a-half to 12 gather to engage in activities that follow a different theme each day. It’s adorably dressed with a soft undersea playroom (think squishy rocks, octopi and fish) and shelves packed with craft materials and musical instruments. Half-day sessions (US$55 a child) run from 9am to 12 noon or 1pm to 5pm; full-days (US$99 a child) run from 9am to 5pm; or evening and hourly sessions can be booked. Scavenger hunts, beach games, cooking classes, nature walks, sand sculptures, underwater photoshoots and jewellery making – all with an island twist – are part of a fun-filled day. A new splash park with waterslides is slated for late in 2021 too. Teens will love the pool and beach, and there’s a snooker table and table tennis for rare rainy days.
There’s a safe shallow section in the Seafire pool where kids can borrow inflatables and paddle in peace. There’s no lifeguard on watch, but the poolside bar is well placed for eagle-eyed parents and staff are trained in CPR.
Handily, the dedicated kids’ room service menu – with mac and cheese, chicken tenders, pizza and other favourites – runs from 5.30pm till 10pm, covering bedtimes for all ages. Meals for under-fives are included in the resort fee, and kids are welcome in Ave and Coccoloba too (Avecita is more adult in style) and the hotel can provide booster seats and highchairs or heat up milk and baby food too.
Both nannies or babysitters can be arranged. Babysitting is US$100 an hour and must be booked a day in advance.
No need to pack
The kids’ club is a veritable toybox, but you may want to bring some beloved playthings from home to distract them during downtime.
Events are taken seriously here – kids’ birthday parties involve 3D cakes, themed activities and decorations and face painting, and seasonal treats include meeting Santa and Easter egg hunts.