Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants Announces Plans to Open Its First Caribbean Hotel
Dart Realty taps Kimpton to manage Grand Cayman’s first boutique-style hotel and first new resort development on famed Seven Mile Beach in a decade
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.
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.
An early pioneer in the boutique hotel sector best known for operating urban oasisproperties 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 alreadystrong 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 twocompanies' 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."
ABOUT DART REALTY
Dart Realty (Cayman), Ltd., a subsidiary of Dart Enterprises, is the developer of thetown of Camana Bay and the residential neighborhood of Salt Creek and provides property management services for over 500,000 square feet of office, retail and residential space. Camana Bay is Grand Cayman's newest and most vibrant community, and the premier example of New Urbanism in the Caribbean. Dart Realty's developments are unified through distinct and mature landscaping consisting of native and endemic plants and trees from more than 600 species cultivated in the 26 acre Dart nursery. Through thoughtful and sustainable development, Dart is dedicated to the prosperity of the Cayman Islands and the quality of life for its residents. For more information, visit www.dartrealtycayman.com.
ABOUT KIMPTON HOTELS & RESTAURANTS
San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is a leading collection of boutique hotels and restaurants and the acknowledged industry pioneer that first introduced the boutique hotel concept to the United States. In 1981, Bill Kimpton founded the company that today is renowned for making travelers feel genuinely cared for through thoughtful perks and amenities, bold, playful design and a sincerely personal style of guest service. Out to help people live full, balanced lives, Kimpton aims to inspire with touches like yoga mats in every room, complimentary coffee and tea to start the day, hosted evening Wine Hour, in-room fitness programming and complimentary bike rentals. The award-winning restaurants and bars are led by talented chefs and bartenders that offer guests a chance to dine like a local.
Kimpton is consistently ranked as one of the top companies in the Market Metrix Hospitality Index, Upper Upscale Segment, for Customer Satisfaction. The company is highly-regarded for its innovative employee culture and benefits and has been named a FORTUNE magazine "Best Place to Work" seven times since 2009. Kimpton is continuously growing and currently operates over 60 hotels and 70 plus restaurants, bars and lounges in 30 U.S. cities. In January 2015, Kimpton was welcomed into the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) family of hotel brands, bringing together two special cultures and sets of values to create the world's largest boutique hotel business. For more information, visit www.KimptonHotels.com.