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Review: Kimpton Seafire Grand Cayman – Junior Suite

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Some of the spectacular properties inside each Kimpton and, thusly IHG, is the Kimpton Seafire Resort in Grand Cayman. I’ve been excited to attempt it from the second it was introduced that IHG Rewards Membership factors might be used to remain at Kimpton lodges.

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Location

Probably the most iconic location in Grand Cayman is Seven Mile Seashore and that is the place you’ll discover a row of premium lodges together with the Ritz-Carlton, Westin and Kimpton Seafire in a line up the seashore. The property is 5.three miles from the airport, a $24 fare, and 12-minute drive.

Handle: 60 Tanager Approach, KY1-1303, Cayman Islands

Telephone: (800) 546-7866

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Junior Suite

We have been upgraded at checkin to a Junior Suite (928), an oceanfront room with views of the pool within the foreground and waves past. Our daughter, Lucy, beloved the room and we did too – the fashion was recent and modern with out making an attempt too arduous to be cute.

Junior Suite BedroomJunior Suite Bed roomLiving room area with pullout couchFront room space with pullout sofa

Kitchenette

To the left, when getting into the suite, was a small kitchenette with some noteworthy options. Seafire has a minibar (core to their character) but in addition included one other fridge drawer that was out there for our personal gadgets, one thing we actually respect as a household. The ice bucket was crammed every night time with out asking, and we utilized the additional area.

KitchenetteKitchenetteStocked mini-barStocked mini-barEmpty fridge compartmentEmpty fridge compartment

Bed room

The bed room was nearly all of the suite, getting into close to the mattress with a front room/sitting space to the far finish close to the balcony. The mattress was actually snug, although I personally opted for the pull-out sofa as my daughter tends to sleep perpendicular to us and supply again massages together with her ft all through the night time.

King bedKing mattressLiving room/bedroomFront room/bed room

The TV was giant and had a lot of channels from each the islands and the close by Florida space. We might have appreciated to have seen a functionality to make use of Netflix on the TV natively (although our FireStick would have labored simply effective).

Balcony

All of us beloved the balcony, it was a good way to start out the day and to finish it. Rooms on the entrance of the L-shaped enterprise would have a better view of the ocean and not one of the resort (rooms ending in 01-04) however we didn’t thoughts.

Lucy loved the balconyLucy beloved the balcony

Toilet

Separated by a full pocket door, the toilet was prime notch. Twin vanities with loads of counter area and a big, well-lit mirror greet you as you enter. To the left is a separate water closet (no Asian rest room seat, however I lived) once more inside a pocket door.

Dual vanityTwin vainnessClosed-door water closetClosed-door water closet

To the correct of the toilet is a big open bathe and soaking bathtub. There’s a little peek of the ocean out there in case you are within the tub at one finish. My daughter utilized this a number of occasions and we actually favored having the choice to decide on which we would like. One small misfire relating to the toilet: regardless of the area, newness, and premium of the property, there isn’t any rain bathe head.

Suite bathroomSuite rest roomSunset from the bathtubSundown from the bath

Private Service All through the Property

The employees all appear to like their job. From the second you stroll within the door, real smiles greet you from employees that cares concerning the enjoyment of your keep.  Our daughter was uncharacteristically sick one night time of our keep and the employees couldn’t have been higher about supporting us.

A few minor points (an outlet wasn’t working correctly, a loud rest room fan, and so on.) and the employees had them dealt with inside the hour. Additionally they waived the resort charge in consequence, a beneficiant token of goodwill.

Included in Your Resort Charge

Some lodges hand out guides for what’s and isn’t included in your resort payment paid day by day, on this case, $70. The property has a set of water sports activities gear comparable to kayaks, water tricycles, snorkeling gear, bicycles, amongst others. Additionally they embrace tea and occasional for friends in widespread areas, a “happy hour” with wine and single chip nachos.

Swimming pools/Seashore

We loved the seashore and pool at this property. It has one main flaw which I’ll get into in a second, however for probably the most half, we actually couldn’t get sufficient of the water. It was a bit windy the 2 days we have been in residence which made the waves lovely however swimming within the sea a bit treacherous. Regardless of this, we spent most of our time on the water.

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Pool

The pool is split into three sections. A small, deep triangle on the entrance was primarily for adults who need to learn poolside. The most important part featured quite a lot of depths and was usually open for all friends together with youngsters, the ultimate part was solely for young children and households. Surrounding the household pool part was a turf with video games like foosball and ping pong and extra bean bag loungers.

Kid's poolChild’s pool

Seating and cabanas have been out there in any respect three areas; cabanas require reservations at a further value.

One deficiency of the pool space is the shortage of a scorching tub. They do have one, however it’s situated contained in the Spa, nobody underneath 18 is allowed inside and the sauna/scorching tub space is small for a resort this measurement, and inconvenient. Putting in one and even changing the entrance triangle is a fast and straightforward repair, hopefully, one which takes place within the low season. We weren’t the one friends to have observed and talked about this to employees.

Seashore

On the far finish of the property, the Coccolobo Mexican road meals restaurant serves patrons on the seashore and pool. The property sits in entrance of a stupendous part of Seven Mile Seashore with a number of rows of loungers and umbrellas, a number of coated loungers have been positioned all through the part.

Lucy loved free kids meal, I don't make eating a cheeseburger look quite so good. Lucy liked free youngsters meal, I don’t make consuming a cheeseburger look fairly so good.

This space of the seashore had a a lot steeper transition to the seashore which advised to me that the waves are typically larger at this portion of the seashore than different areas. I might welcome feedback that may conclusively state whether or not this a part of the seashore has larger waves than elsewhere on the island. It was usually windier than regular the 2 days we have been in residence.

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The views have been unimaginable. The waves made an ideal soundtrack for lazy afternoons within the solar or hammocks swinging over sand.

Hammock on the beachHammock on the seashore

Our daughter beloved chasing the waves and for these questioning, it makes an ideal Instagram spot. In case you don’t already comply with us, you need to.

The beachThe seashoreLucy had fun chasing waves at the beachLucy had enjoyable chasing waves on the seashore

Service

For every thing we beloved concerning the property, service on the swimming pools and seashores have been an issue. On the pool, there have been simply three attendants at any time limit to help with towels, seats, and anything. There have been a number of extra meals and beverage servers than pool attendants however we struggled to get service.

The service we did obtain was usually good, Alex on the pool was a vibrant spot. However throughout a number of different events, we simply couldn’t get the eye of anybody who might assist us get arrange on the pool. For $600+ per night time, that’s simply not ok.

It shouldn’t take visitors actually shouting for help at a premium property to be acknowledged. On one event I waved a pool attendant over and he simply waved again and walked away. Meals and beverage service on the seashore was okay till it took them greater than two hours to gather the lunch cartons and drink glasses.

The reply to the service difficulty is extra employees not higher employees, a lot of the servers and attendants have been cheerful and useful as soon as they realized there was a necessity. However anticipating the visitor’s wants is what is required at this worth level. This is likely one of the prime lodges within the IHG model they usually equate themselves to the Ritz-Carlton in nightly charges. In the event that they want to place themselves in the identical class as resorts such because the Ritz, they should ship in the identical regard.

Restaurant: Ave/Avecita

This can be a new idea and I assumed it was fascinating. Ave, pronounced as in Spanish: ah-vay, was a Mediterranean combine in an upscale setting. Avecita (Spanish for little Ave) was a restaurant inside the restaurant that targeted on Spanish delicacies and native fusion variations.

Octopus waiting for deliveryOctopus ready for supply

Once I describe Avecita as a restaurant inside a restaurant, I imply to say that you’ll use the identical entrance doorways to enter, the 2 share the identical kitchen, however they’re separated by a big curtain. Avecita makes use of communal tables and chairs whereas Ave is particular person tables and cubicles.

Ave barAve barBar seating at AveBar seating at AveAvecita open-kitchen diningAvecita open-kitchen eatingAve dining roomAve eating room

It was a bit complicated once we first sat down for dinner with Avecita, however we love Spanish meals and it appeared a greater match for our small household of three.

With out going right into a deep dive of the meals, the starters have been a bit over-priced, particularly the Iberco jamon, steep for the portion offered. The brief rib was superb, although the marrow was onerous to differentiate regardless of directions. The cheese plate was my spouse’s favourite if nothing greater than for the honey which could possibly be utilized to something in any respect to eat with delight. Skip the (Cannelloni dish).

Jamon IbercoJamon IbercoCheese plateCheese platePatatas bravas reinventedPatatas bravas reinventedCannelloniCannelloniBraised short rib with marrowBraised brief rib with marrow

Breakfast

Breakfast is held at Ave within the morning. They drop the curtain and open the area up with choices for buffet or menu. We tried the buffet however on reflection would have somewhat chosen the menu after seeing tables round us. I didn’t embrace footage of different individuals’s meals on this assessment. The buffet was wonderful, the menu gadgets appeared stellar.

Baked pastries on the breakfast buffetBaked pastries on the breakfast buffetCharcuterie on the buffetCharcuterie on the buffetMeats, potatoes, local fare and pancakes/french toast on the buffetMeats, potatoes, native fare and pancakes/french toast on the buffetMade-to-order omeletsMade-to-order omeletsFrench toast and fresh fruitFrench toast and recent fruit

Gingerbread Bar

The property had a Christmas-themed Gingerbread bar up for the vacations in a portion of the foyer. It was intelligent and visitors appeared to benefit from the Christmas cocktails on supply.

Gingerbread bar in lobbyGingerbread bar within the foyerLucy so badly wanted to go in the Gingerbread house, but she's not permitted for another 17 yearsLucy so badly needed to go within the Gingerbread home, however she’s not permitted for an additional 17 years

Worth

Within the IHG system, Kimpton properties are a few of the costliest each utilizing factors and money. Visitors are nonetheless required to pay the every day resort charge ($70) and 10% on any expenses accrued on-site. Nevertheless, this property prices as a lot as $1,000/nt, throughout our keep money charges have been decrease than standard for the property at $625/nt in money or 70,000 factors. In excessive season, this can be a smart way to make use of IHG factors that may be acquired at an inexpensive price.

Entry-level prices for the Kimpton Seafire resortEntry-level costs for the Kimpton Seafire resortRates get steep, fast!Charges get steep, quick!

In off-season, charges are nonetheless fairly costly at $500/nt or 70,000 factors – in comparison within the IHG system, the Intercontinental Bora Bora Thalasso Spa runs $1200/nt or 70,000 factors. Maybe this property must be readjusted each for money and factors worth.

That being stated, if there have been four.5-star lodges, this one can be value creating the class. Some providers have been distinctive, like a complimentary journey residence from a restaurant within the lodge Escalade, whereas others lagged behind the place it ought to be for a lodge charging this a lot.

We’ll completely return, however possible in off-season the place costs are slightly decrease.

Have you ever stayed within the Kimpton Seafire? How was your expertise? What’s your go-to resort within the Cayman Islands and why?