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Top Notch Resort!
I wanted a special trip for our family celebration in honor of my 60th birthday in December 2019. The Kimpton Seafire Resort, recommended by our travel agent from ProTravel, absolutely delivered! From the minute we pulled up to the front door to the minute we left, the friendly attentive full service was evident. We were greeted by our always smiling concierge Kimberley and she ensured that our every need was attended to each day. Always available, she helped with any and everything from arranging for some excursions to a special birthday celebration for me. My husband had planned a surprise dinner on the beach and literally 5 minutes before we were to be seated, a short but heavy rainstorm blew through. The dinner set up was soaked and we had to alter our plans. Arpi, the general manager of the Coccolopa restaurant on the property bent over backwards to salvage the celebration. He was amazing! And the food was delicious. In addition, my youngest daughter’s birthday also fell during our travel week and so there were surprise plans for her with the most amazingly decorated cake and cookies waiting for us upon our return from dinner. Hats off to the pastry chefs! Every day began with a bountiful and delicious buffet breakfast. There were plenty of lounges available on the beach along with beach service for food and drink. The staff at the water activities were also very helpful and the rooms were impeccably kept and stocked by the cheerful housekeeping services. It was a wonderful vacation and we’ll be back!! Highly recommend!!
Kimpton Seafire - Amazing property, wonderful staff. You won't want to leave.
We had an amazing trip – really a ‘splurge’ for us as it was one of my kids’ last spring breaks. We’re a party of four – two adults and two kids, 19 and 22. We were there from March 8 > March 12, 2020 – departing the island right before the Corona virus situation deeply worsened in the US, Caribbean and elsewhere. Thought I’d share a few things. WHY SEAFIRE? I did a lot of price/feature comparison and would have likely gone to the Westin due to points (and my wife likes/knows Westins). But they were sold out. We were gravitating to the Marriott, but I kept comparing pictures of the properties AND I was concerned about the depth of the beach. I’d heard that past hurricanes had greatly narrowed portions of seven mile beach and some google map satellite pics (and a couple of visitor pics of the Marriott beach) convinced me to splurge on the Kimpton Seafire. I figured – we’re going a long way to have a great time; may was well ‘go big’. The beach was awesome. Three or four rows of well-attended chairs and still several yards to the water line. Plenty of room to spare – never felt crowded. By comparison, we did walk south one day through the public beach and that was PACKED with people and chairs and not much room between chair-line and water-line. I reserved our Seafire rooms via American Airlines vacation packages, for which I also got 40,000 miles. So look around. The Seafire is amazing. Is it expensive? Yep. But is it awesome? Absolutely. SNORKLE GEAR: While Kimpton does provide fins and masks (among other things), I was concerned that we couldn’t take it off property. So we brought masks and snorkels with us. Turns out that wasn’t necessary as you can take the Kimpton’s gear off-property as long as you return it by (I think) 5 PM. FOOD: The Seafire is so awesome, we rarely felt the need (or desire) to leave, but we figured that would be foolish. So, we went to Catch one night, and it was NOT good. Agua – in the Camana Bay area – was awesome. On-property, everything was SO good. We ate (and drank) at Coccoloba many times. We had brunch one day and dinner another in Ave & Avecita (I think they’re linked and can’t recall which was which, but the food and experience were wonderful.) GETTING AROUND: we did rent a car. We used it to get to Starfish Point and Rum Point and our dinner outings, but otherwise, not much. But trying to cab/bus all of that would have been a drag I’m sure. (The drive to Starfish and Rum points is long.) – NOTE: When you exit the airport, you take a short walk to a strip-mall structure that has multiple car rental vendors in it. We used Apex (just based on price etc.) and the wait to get our car was awful. I think we probably spent 45 minutes or more there (same was true for other customers). They were using old systems, lots of paper, and didn’t seem to be in any hurry. So after a long day of travel and a desire to get to our hotel and the water, waiting too long for a car was a drag. I don’t know if the experience was the same with other vendors. STARFISH POINT: We drove to Starfish point and it was a bit underwhelming. There were a few boats parked there and we did get to see/touch about four starfish. Nice sort of state-park-ish kind of area. NOTE: Some of the Stingray City excursions will make half of the excursion a visit to Starfish Point. As others have noted, this isn’t necessary since you can drive it. AND you might have an underwhelming experience there. BUT, the drive is long-ish and there’s not much to see on the drive, so a boat ride might be more enjoyable. Take your pick. RUM POINT: I had read up on Rum Point and didn’t think much of it, but we visited there as part of our Starfish Point trip and my kids really enjoyed it. Just a chill, tree-shaded beach with drinks and food. (Everyone raves about the mudslides there, but the chocolate-vodka-something-or-other at Coccolobo is much better!) OTHER BEACHES: we took Seafire bikes to Cemetery beach. And we hit Spotts Beach while out driving. Both had great snorkeling. Spotts Beach is supposed to be the spot to see sea turtles, but we did not (admittedly we were not there in the morning, which I think was recommended). OCEAN FRONT ROOM? – I was already spending too much, so I did NOT opt for the more-expensive ocean-side room, which many reviewers say is a must for the sunsets. Rather our room looked out the front-door-side of the hotel --- still a view of water, boats, etc. from the nice balcony seating. No one complained. And the more I thought of it: why are you watching the sunset from your room instead of the beach? SPA – One of my daughters took advantage of a morning hair/scalp treatment at the spa and raved about it – the vibe, the treatment, the staff, etc. (We had a resort credit due to IHG membership or something, too.) STINGRAY CITY - Yes! Do it. The Red Sail folks were great. The boat ride is wonderful. The staff help bring stingrays to you. The area is crazy crowded – a little chaotic – but fun. Our Stingray visit was followed by wonderful snorkeling at a nearby reef. The Kimpton Seafire is just fantastic. My daughters – being old enough to drink – loved being greeted at check-in with sparkling wine and the nightly wine social in the lobby…..and of course the plentiful cocktails at the beach and poolside. The staff were so nice and accommodating. Of course, that’s their job, but we were delighted by, well, everybody. The grounds are amazing. The pool and beach were never over-crowded. We never waited for restaurant spots or, really, anything. I read that being further south on Seven Mile Beach (ie: Marriott etc.) allows you to walk to various other properties, which you certainly cannot do from the Kimpton. So that might provide some additional fun for older kids, but frankly none of us ever wanted to leave the Seafire! I do regret not making time to check out some other hotels just for comparison, but should we ever return, it will be hard to convince my family to stay anywhere else. Also wish we could have explored more of the island – the beaches, parks, trails, Camana Bay, George Town, etc. Next time! PS: while we were on Grand Cayman, the island’s trash dump – “Mt. Trashmore” – caught fire, sending a plume of black smoke out to sea for more than a day and closing the main road around the island for a day. This apparently is a recurring issue and kind of interesting to read about as the dump is an issue that shapes Cayman politics and more. We hope all the wonderful Kimpton Seafire staff are safe and well during the virus issues. Hope to be back someday.
Loved every second at the Kimpton Seafire!
We stayed at the Seafire for 4 nights, two of which we spent in a deluxe room, and for the remaining two nights we were generously upgraded to a suite….and what a fabulous time we had there. From the moment we checked in, to the moment we bid the resort farewell, we felt welcome, well-taken care of in every aspect, and part of the Kimpton / IHG family. Some of the things that stood out during our stay: - Awesome, new hotel with great amenities - Complimentary coffee/tea bar in the AM - Well-equipped gym - Beautiful pool - Room service is impeccable – and nicely priced - Free bike rentals - Amazing staff - Complimentary sunblock , aloe, and cucumber/fruit-infused water at the beach The location of the Seafire is a bit remote, so bear in mind that you will need a cab every time you plan on leaving the resort. We will rent a car next time and can't wait to return!!! V/R Scott and Heidi I wanted to especially thank one of the staff members, Elaina; she was kind, courteous, and simply amazing!
In my family, going to the Cayman Islands was something we were all looking forward to. After our stay on the island, we began to look back on everything we enjoyed: the difference in culture, the amazing dive spots, and the food were all points of emphasis. However, all of these things couldn't have been enjoyed in the amazing way that they were had we not stayed at the Kempton Seafire Resort. The environment was incredible, the staff was extraordinarily friendly, and everyone was always accomodating to my family's needs and wants. Staying at this resort was such an experience because it was so nice to come to a fun, beautiful, and clean hotel after having an adventerous day out on the island.
Family friendly & unmatched customer service
This was our first flight and out of country trip with our 5 month old - so some stress - and I can reasonably say that every single employee at this hotel was focused on making sure we had a great stay. They all were happy to be there - and excited about our little one. In just a week we got to know folks personally who along with making incredible food/cocktails gave us great tips for snorkeling, adventuring, eating etc. Pato at the Ave Bar, Arpi at Coccoloba, and Brianna at the front desk were certainly a huge part of our stay - and the reason why I'm taking the time to write my first TripAdvisor review. When the dust settles with this pandemic - and you need a place to relax with your family - head to Kimpton Seafire - and may I recommend the Escape (if you like pina coladas).