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.
- 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.
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Last updated on March 15th, 2020