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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Clyn6

My husband and I also used our last 2 Unlimited IHG night certs at Kimpton Seafire Grand Cayman. My room and view looked pretty similar. I would LOVE to return, and just realized I could use the 4th night free deal here! I loved the doorbell, the low mood lighting, the soft under cabinet floor lighting in the bathroom which was great for night time. The grounds were beautiful, the room, balcony, and resort was beautiful, the beach and pool area was big and beautiful. The customer service was amazing there, we felt like royalty! We went to the Westin next and customer service there was not even close to Kimpton. Loved seeing this review and remembering our wonderful stay. Thank you for this post!

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James

Looks like a great hotel, but is it a good value for points bookings? (at 70,000 points per night)

Grant

I held next feb president’s week – 8 nights for 420k pts (book 3 get one free, and I did this twice). The cash rate is nearly $1k per night and that’s before resort fee, service charge and taxes. So prob closer to $1300 per night. I’d argue that this may be one of the best redemption values for ihg- especially if you get it during a peak vacation week.

Jamie

My wife and I spent 5 nights there at the end of May and it was amazing. We had a very similar room as described in this review. We only ate in the restaurant once, but it was great. The beach restaurant we ate at once and it was solid and had some good tacos a few times while on the beach. We had a car and had most of our meals off site. We have been to Cayman before (Westin) so know our way around. The combo of the beach, blue water and quality of the Seafire just might make it our favorite spot we have ever been. Totally worth the points.

Carole

We absolutely loved the Seafire. The good news is that we used points and stayed 4 nights. We were there for our 50th anniversary. We got upgraded to a one bedroom oceanfront suite. It was over 1600 square feet and was going for $1689 per night on Priceline. The bad news was we were in an earthquake. No one knew what to do since it’s so rare. After walking down the stairs, we got sent back up got hours due to a tsunami warning. Scary. But adored the property.

Beechy

Sounds like an amazing trip. Thank you for the write-up. Are you able to book IHG certificates for other people? Have one that we don’t know if we are going to be able to use. Thanks 🙂

dotti

how far is it from the Ritz?

Grant

It’s about a 5 minute drive or a 20-30 minute walk along the beach. Directionally you have to go past the westin to get there, as opposed to toward the Marriott.

Mary Jane's

I’m glad you were able to use your unlimited free nights there. It look’s gorgeous. We used ours at the Intercontinental in Hong Kong. Now I’m trying to figure out how to get outsize use of the limited free night options…

Steve

Loved the Seafire. Stayed 4 nights last April. Had about the same view as yours. The General Manager’s wife happened to stop one night while we were waiting for a bus that may or may not have showed up. She was so nice to give us a ride back to the hotel. And of course the diving was world class.