Behind the design of Grand Cayman’s recently opened Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa.
You know when you’re traveling and your hotel just doesn’t feel like home? Between the tiny rooms and always busy lobby, there’s no space for you. Well, that is the exact opposite of what it’s like to stay at the recently opened Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa on Grand Cayman Island. The culture of the island was effortlessly infused into almost every design element in the resort and the space was created for both locals and visitors to enjoy together.
I recently had the opportunity to visit the resort on behalf of Dart Real Estate, the premier developer on the island, and caught up with Dayna Lee, one of the principal designers—and one half of PowerStrip Studio—to discuss the project to get the lowdown on how she and partner Ted Berner weaved the history of the island through the space in an unexpected color palette.
First, the word “thoughtful” doesn’t even begin to explain the design of this resort, which honestly feels more like a boutique hotel. While visiting, I often heard the phrase “luxury without the attitude.” I felt like I was at an impressive resort, but I felt like the other visitors were friends and the hotel my home...