Before the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa debuted in fall 2016, nearly a decade had passed since a new hotel had opened on Grand Cayman. The Island isn’t lacking when it comes to gorgeous, sprawling resorts, with spots like The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman and the Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa topping the list. But what made Kimpton’s opening a significant one is its size. As the boutique hotel craze continues to spread across the Caribbean, beach house chic larger properties like the 266-room Kimpton Seafire are helping to herald in Grand Cayman’s new wave of design-savvy spots.
Last year, the tropical-themed Margaritaville Beach Resort Grand Cayman debuted after a year-long, multi-million-dollar renovation emerging with a design — and name — inspired by the lyrics and lifestyle of musician Jimmy Buffett. Alongside its 285 rooms, the resort features a wide array of amenities, from three pools (plus a swim-up bar leading to the infamous 5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar & Grill) to the new YARA global steakhouse concept.
Margaritaville falls perfectly in place with Cayman’s relaxed, island vibes. Rooms are designed in a playful, contemporary style with private patios placing the sea on prime display. Bright, beach-inspired paintings hang on the walls and a teak-encased wet bar pays tribute to the West Indies, ensuring that it doesn’t need to be 5 o’clock for guests to quickly get on island time.
“When designing this resort, our focus was on providing a true taste of the tropics inspired by the laid-back Margaritaville lifestyle,” says Darren Law, Margaritaville Beach Resort Grand Cayman’s senior vice president. “We created an open-air lobby — the only one of its kind on the Island — which blurs the lines between the indoors and outdoors. This gives us a chance to embrace our surrounding area in a unique way and welcome guests with an authentic Caymanian arrival.”
NCB Group, one of Cayman’s leading residential and commercial developers, is looking to George Town for the location of its new hotel project, set to debut October 2019. Known for high-end homes and condos like TIDES and SOLARA, the developer is diving into a new market, bringing an element of wellness — in addition to its signature sustainability — to Cayman’s boutique hotel scene. “Building a boutique hotel, rather than a larger one, is more consistent with the ethos of NCB Group and our commitment to sustainability,” says Tania Knapik, NCB Group’s sales and marketing coordinator. “With a smaller, more intimate hotel, we’re able to control our energy consumption much more efficiently and offset it through the production of renewable energy.”
The waterfront hotel will feature one-, two- and three-bedroom accommodations, complete with penthouse suites sporting private pools, as well as health-conscious amenities (in-room yoga mats and fitness kits are just the start). Think farm-to-table dining, a fresh juice bar and a rooftop garden prime for relaxation.
Author: Lane Nieset