Kimpton Seafire Grand Cayman. Bottom Line Review.

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The Kimpton Seafire Resort in Grand Cayman is an IHG property.  We stayed 3 nights using three separate uncapped IHG free night certificates (mine, my wife’s, and another family member’s).  Unfortunately, uncapped IHG free nights are no longer available through IHG credit cards. Instead, this resort is available for 70,000 IHG points per night.  Cash rates range from about $700 to well over $1,000 per night.  For details about how I booked our flights to Grand Cayman, see: Assembling a cheap award to paradise.

Kimpton Seafire Grand Cayman Bottom Line Review

The Seafire is a terrific ocean-side resort.  My wife and I loved our stay.  Thanks to our Platinum elite status (which we had thanks to having IHG credit cards), we were upgraded to a glorious ocean view room.  We even received three separate Platinum welcome gifts since each night was booked under a different person’s Platinum elite account.  Breakfast was excellent (but not included for free), the beach was fantastic, and we also enjoyed the free afternoon happy hour with wine and hors d’oeuvres.

  • Points Price: 70,000 points per night
  • Point Value: Excellent.  Paid rates are often over $1,000 per night.  Also, the paid rate resort fee is $75 plus 10% of the base rate.  On award stays, you do pay the $75 resort fee, but not the 10%.  Altogether, this means that it’s easy to get 1.5 cents per point value or more at this property.  That’s fantastic for IHG points!  On either point or cash stays, elites get $5 off the resort fee per day.
  • Location: Excellent.  The Seafire is near the end of Grand Cayman’s terrific Seven Mile Beach.
  • Resort Dining: Good.  We loved breakfast and were thankful that they had a few reasonably priced (and delicious) options like the berry parfait and the banana split (see the menu in the photos below).  We tried the chef’s table fixed price dining one evening.  The food was beautiful but we thought the quality didn’t live up to the price.
  • Bedroom: Excellent.  Beautiful room.  Beautiful view.
  • Service: Excellent
  • Resort fee: $75 per day plus 10% of base rate (on award stays, the base rate is $0 so this part doesn’t factor in).  Resort fee includes water activities such as snorkeling, sailing, and paddle boards.  The resort fee even includes a GoPro camera for underwater recording, but make sure to bring your own memory card or else you’ll have to buy one there.  Platinum members get a $5 per day discount.  Unlike Hilton and Hyatt, IHG does not waive resort fees on point stays.
  • Misc:
    • Welcome gifts: Since we booked our 3 nights as 3 separate reservations under 3 different Platinum elite accounts, we received 3 different welcome gifts during our stay!
    • Happy hour: Daily happy hour included free wine and hors d’oeuvres.  The food was much more substantial than we’ve seen at other Kimpton hotels and could almost substitute for a light dinner, but sometimes the food ran out quickly.
    • Secret password gift: When we checked in we mentioned the Kimpton secret password and we were given a small Seafire travel mug.  I referred to it a sippy cup.
    • Check out gift: When checking out, we were given a small gift bag of sea salt.  This was awesome because we were actually planning to buy some sea salt before leaving.  Were they listening to us?
  • IHG Elite Benefits: As Platinum elite members we got a very nice room upgrade, $5 per day off the resort fee, and welcome gifts.
  • Would I stay again?  Yes, definitely.

Photos and captions follow…

Kimpton Seafire Breakfast Menu. Prices are in Cayman dollars so you need to add about 20% to understand how much you’ll be charged in US dollars.
Kimpton Seafire Breakfast. This is the berry parfait with greek yogurt, honey, fruit, nuts, and granola.  It was excellent.
Kimpton Seafire breakfast. Shown here is the banana split. Delicious! You can also see part of the $3 avocado and salt side dish.  Together, these made up a delicious and filling meal.
The Kimpton Seafire King Ocean View Room.  We loved both the room itself and of course the view.
Kimpton Seafire King Room balcony
Kimpton Seafire King balcony view
Bathroom and shower. The shower has a translucent wall between it and the bedroom.
While the adults enjoyed happy hour, kids could enjoy their own lemonade happy hour.
Kimpton Seafire Pool. Oddly there isn’t a hot tub available except maybe within the resort’s spa.
Another view from our balcony
I love this beach
The Chef’s Counter dinner. The presentation was terrific. Most of the food was just OK (but the dessert was amazing).
Two of our three welcome gifts strangely came on the same day. Why three? We had booked three nights under three separate Platinum elite accounts, so each night counted as a new stay.
The cupcakes topped with pretzels were our first of three welcome gifts.  The small seafire travel mug (sippy cup) was thanks to us mentioning the Kimpton Secret Password at check in.
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