Kimpton Seafire Resort: Luxury in Grand Cayman

Pam

Alex and I just returned from a luxury beach stay at the Kimpton Seafire resort in the Grand Cayman Islands. I’ve been to Grand Cayman twice from cruise stops. Honestly, I wasn’t that impressed. I guess that is why I like to stay a few nights at a destination rather than just a few hours from a cruise ship. We had heard rave reviews about the Kimpton Seafire, so we booked it and paid $350 ( just the cost of buying 70K in points- including a 100% bonus at the time) for a $6,000 stay. Unfortunately, there is an $80 resort for these resorts, so we actually paid $750. More on what that resort fee covers later. The Kimpton Seafire Resort was a great luxury stay in Grand Cayman – the perfect cure for those winter blues!

 

Sailboat at sunset on water

Sunset views from our balcony!

 

Woman in black bathing suit standing in turquoise water

You just can’t beat the combo of sand and turquoise water!

Getting There

We flew United Airlines from Denver. I used a free 50K Marriott annual night certificate to book a stay at Denver International Airport’s Westin hotel since we had a very early flight to Grand Cayman. We just had to walk a few short steps to the terminal. We made sure to have a little time to use the American Express Centurion Lounge for a quick breakfast, though. The Platinum Business card gives us both access to this lounge.

Neither of us uses miles/points for cheaper seats, so we paid cash for our flights (they could have been booked with 40K United miles). Because I have United Gold status, our flights to Grand Cayman were upgraded to first – nice! You can use points/miles with many other airlines for a free flight.

 

Resort Redemption

You can book this resort for 70K IHG points/per night. When you have either the IHG Rewards Premier card, or IHG Rewards Premier Business card, the 4th night on award stays is free! If you have one of those cards, you will need 210K IHG points for a four-night stay at the Kimpton Seafire.

 

 

 

 

The card above is currently offering 175K IHG points after you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months. After the minimum spend, you will have at least 178K points and only need 32K more IHG points. You can do one of two things:
  • Have Player 2 also open the card (plus you could stay more nights), but you won’t get the 4th night free because you can’t combine IHG points😩
  • Purchase those 32K additional IHG points. They frequently have sales, so I would wait for one of those. When we purchased, it was a 100% bonus.

Once you have those 210K points, book your stay at the IHG site. This is one of those times when it is worth it to purchase points.

 

Hotel room with bright pink accents

Our room had plenty of space and included a little alcove area with a fridge, sink, and hotplate (not pictured).

 

First Impressions

We were warmly greeted with welcome drinks on arrival, and the check-in staff was very hospitable. They even have one member tell you about the resort with a short tour. The lobby is very pretty, as are all the restaurants and the bar area. Have I told you how Kimpton is my favorite IHG brand? This resort lives up to the hype!

Holding one of the IHG card above gives a person Platinum Elite status – probably one of the easiest statuses to obtain. Own the card, own the status. We were told that they upgraded our room to a Premium Ocean View room, and the view was outstanding! Direct views of the ocean! Additionally, a charcuterie board was in the room due to status. As Platinum members, you also get a $15 credit for the minibar and a $30 spa credit. They were also kind to give us a fruit board and dessert tray!

 

Seafire bag with welcome plates of food

We really appreciated the welcome amenities in our room!

 

The Resort Amenities

As I said above, there is an $80 resort fee per night that one has to pay. That covers the following items:

  • High-speed wireless internet access
  • Local telephone calls
  • Morning coffee in the lobby
  • Kids under 5 eat for free
  • Evening social hour with free wine – mini chicken tacos one night were amazing!
  • Daily fitness classes
  • Fitness center access
  • Use of kayaks, paddleboards, rafts, and a water tricycle
  • Snorkeling gear
  • GoPro underwater cameras
  • Bikes
  • Valet parking
  • Complimentary water, sunscreen, and aloe vera lotion by the pool

 

Lobby of hotel

This lobby was the scene for morning coffee and nightly social hours.

 

We went to the spa one afternoon for massages. It was really, really nice and we could have spent longer there.

Kimpton Seafire Spa

The spa was absolutely gorgeous with many seating areas and amenities.

 

The Food

I seldom go to a resort and have great food across the board – this was the exception. The food was so good that we didn’t eat anywhere else! Cocolomba, the beachside restaurant, serves delicious Mexican food (we loved the elote, tacos, and the dulce de leche brownie was a huge hit with us). Ave is their main restaurant, where we had delicious breakfasts (Nutella French toast was so yummy) and also dinner a couple of nights. Their tenderloin was delicious.

The Pantry has bakery items, salads to go, and sandwiches. We also got room service one night after we had our massages.

 

Filet, mashed potatoes and carrots

Naturally, this was one of my favorite meals from Ave.

 

Activities at the Resort

Non-motorized water options abound, including a couple of Hobie catamarans, kayaks, paddle boards, and a water tricycle. There are two floating pads in the ocean and plenty of yellow mats to float around on. We never had a problem getting a chair, and the staff quickly set them up for you, popped up your umbrella, and chatted about where you are from. This was one of the friendliest groups of hotel workers that I’ve encountered.  Our only criticism is that it would be nice if they had padded cushions on the chair at the pool and beach area.

We saw corn hole, spike ball, a pingpong table, a foosball table, and beach volleyball available for use. Camp Seafire is the kid’s club and is completely outdoors, available for ages 5-12 (fee applies). It includes a visit to the water park at certain hours.

 

Pool area with pink lounge chairs

The main pool area had complimentary lotion, water, aloe vera, and swim diapers!

 

White lounge chairs near beach

Between all the pool seating and beach seating, we never had to worry about finding a spot to lounge!

 

Nonmotorized water activities on the beach.

The resort fee covers the use of all these fun activities!

 

Girl paddle boarding on turquoise water

Can you believe how gorgeous the water is?

Activities in Grand Cayman

We stayed at the resort this trip, but there are many activities to do in Grand Cayman. These include:

  • Bioluminescent Bay
  • Dolphin Discovery
  • Parasailing
  • Private Boat Charters
  • Scuba Diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Stingray City
  • Queen Elizabeth II Botanical Gardens
  • Crystal Caves
  • Horse-riding
  • Turtle Centre

 

Girl in brown swimming suit standing on beach near turquoise water.

We loved the turquoise water and white sand at the Kimpton Seafire Resort!

 

Bottom Line

Have you ever been somewhere, and even on the first day, you are thinking about when you return? That is how this stay at the Kimpton Seafire Resort was. It was special from beginning to end, and I plan to get more IHG points for a return visit! It has been over 24 months since my husband and I got our IHG cards, so it is time to cancel and reapply. The Kimpton Seafire Resort is worth another visit.

Kimpton Seafire Grand Cayman pool view

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  1. Brittany says:

    Did you also have to pay the 11% fee and the 13% in taxes? I’m a bit frustrating that these show up at check out with points, as it makes the trip much less of a win (but still a huge win!)

    • Pam says:

      Yep, taxes and resort fees are a pain but definitely we still get to save a TON of money over cash prices. One of the reasons we love Hyatt so much is no resort fees. However, at this resort you do get some decent amenities for the resort fees at least!

  2. Queen says:

    I tried to book here using my points but they’re always not available on my dates so disappointing

  3. Izabela says:

    Did you get outside of the resort ? I booked it for April 2024. Is there any food options available outside ?

    • Pam says:

      There are many good restaurants on Grand Cayman. It is a small island and you can get a taxi to many places to eat. We planned to go to a couple of good places we found on Trip Advisor, and just got too lazy. The hotel has 3 options and we took advantage of those.

  4. Jamie Calkins says:

    I have a family of 5 and trying to figure out the best was to earn points to fly here so we aren’t out $5000 or more in flights.

  5. Monique McFarlane says:

    I am looking at this resort for 2024 and haven’t found any availability to pay with points for the 1 bedroom suite, is this common?

    • Pam says:

      We’ve only stayed in the regular rooms. They may not be available to book with points. I would call IHG and inquire.

  6. Arielle says:

    If you can’t transfer IHG points, do you just call after and ask to combine the reservations so you don’t have to switch rooms? Also, is the resort fee $80 per person, per night? I just got this card an hoping to book this one once I get our welcome bonuses

  7. Kristin Wooten says:

    You mentioned Camp Seafire has a fee. Can kids use the waterpark for free without being a part of Camp Seafire?

  8. Sarah says:

    Is the 11% service fee on the original rate? If so, should I be expecting to pay around $130 for the service fee plus an $80 amenity fee?

  9. Ernie says:

    How did you get to/from the airport? Taxi? What is a reasonable fee? What about tipping? Do you need to have $$$ on hand for staff at pool, beach, check-in, etc… Did you inquire or were you offered an upgrade? Thanks

    • Pam says:

      We used a taxi. I think it was about $40 each way. We used American dollars for tipping and we were upgraded to a ocean view room.

  10. Rachel says:

    I could apply for both the personal and business IHG cards and combine those points, correct? And still get to use the fourth night free? Thank you!

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