Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants today announced plans for the brand’s first Caribbean resort with the development of a 263-room hotel on acclaimed Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. Developer Dart Realty (Cayman) Ltd. awarded Kimpton the management contract for what will be Grand Cayman’s first design driven, boutique-style hotel and the first new development on famed Seven Mile Beach in a decade when it opens in 2016.
With a project team including SB Architects and interiors designed by Powerstrip Studio and Mark Zeff Design, the new Kimpton hotel will offer five restaurants and lounges, a cascading oceanfront pool, expansive indoor and outdoor meeting and function space and a destination spa. The property will also include 56 residences and six beach front bungalows. Overall, the look will follow a rustic yet polished, barefoot elegance in line with the upscale, casual nature of the island. A signature feature of the resort will be lush, natural landscaping designed by EDSA and featuring native flora and a profusion of gardens and green spaces to complement the beauty of Seven Mile Beach and the Caribbean Sea.
“Grand Cayman, with its pristine beaches, world famous diving and diverse, sophisticated melting pot of cultures, made this particular island an especially good fit for a debut of the Kimpton experience in the Caribbean.”
An early pioneer in the boutique hotel sector best known for operating urban oasis properties in major metropolitan cities, Kimpton’s foray into the Cayman Islands signifies the San Francisco-based brand’s continued expansion into leisure destinations and resort-style hotels. In addition to the coming Grand Cayman property, Kimpton currently operates the Firesky Hotel & Spa in Scottsdale, Ariz., the Amara Resort & Spa in Sedona, Ariz., the Surfcomber Beach Resort in South Beach, Miami, the Vero Beach Hotel & Spa in Vero Beach, Fla., the Hotel La Jolla in San Diego, the Canary Hotel in Santa Barbara, Calif. and the Sky Hotel in Aspen, and has recently announced plans for new hotels in such highly desirable leisure destinations as Palm Springs, Calif. and Savannah, Ga.
“Expanding into the Caribbean was an easy decision for us because of our already strong presence in the major feeder markets such as South Florida, New York, Washington, DC, Chicago and Dallas,” explained Kimpton Chief Executive Officer Mike Depatie. “Grand Cayman, with its pristine beaches, world famous diving and diverse, sophisticated melting pot of cultures, made this particular island an especially good fit for a debut of the Kimpton experience in the Caribbean.”
According to Dart, Kimpton was selected largely due to the match between the two companies’ approach to workplace culture and customer service, as well as Kimpton’s renowned emphasis on chef-driven restaurants and bars as popular with locals as hotel guests.
“Kimpton excels in offering stylish yet comfortable hotels and providing genuine, unscripted guest experiences,” said Jackie Doak, Chief Operating Officer of Dart Realty. “Perhaps most importantly, we felt that Kimpton’s expertise in creating hotels and restaurants that are distinctly ‘of the place’ in the markets in which they operate, made them an ideal partner for creating a truly modern Caribbean resort and residences that embody the charm of a tropical paradise that is also a world financial center.”
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