Hundreds of glass jars and empty wine and beer bottles are disposed at Camana Bay’s recycling centre, where they journey through a second life. The bottles are crushed at Dart’s Glass Crushing Facility and sold to entities such as Flowers Block, which mixes the crushed glass material with aggregate to produce concrete pavers like those found on the Community Bike & Walk Trail at Kimpton Seafire.
The Caribbean Advertising Federation has awarded Dart Real Estate gold and silver awards in the ADDY® Awards, the world’s largest advertising competition, with over 50,000 entries annually. A video introducing The Residences at Seafire signature interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard titled “Martyn Lawrence Bullard – Where the Sun Ignites the Sea” won gold and was selected Judge’s Choice for Cinematography. Also, Camana Bay’s Christmas-themed video titled “Have the Most Wonderful Time” won silver in the 60-second television commercial category.
The Residences at Seafire are the newest luxury residences planned for Grand Cayman, according to press materials. English interior designer, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, who has decorated the Kardashian homes, is designing its public spaces and model residences.
It’s an exciting time at Dart Real Estate with development well underway on our significant infrastructure projects and new opportunities on the horizon. This month’s update covers the upcoming pop-up dinning experiences with Chef Clare Smyth MBE – the UK’s most-acclaimed female chef – plus announces our recent Gold, Silver and Judge’s Choice awards at the CAF ADDY Awards. You’ll also find an update on our progress with the Camana Bay Underpass, new Camana Bay Roundabout and the National Gallery’s new entrance promises easier access.
One trend is clear: energy efficiency is a high priority for homeowners. Home automation, the internet of things, and artificial intelligence are leading the way, responding to our desire of spending more time doing things rather than managing things. The future is all about what our daily objects can do for us. Here’s a peek into four advances that are set to become staples in our future homes and cities.
Development from a Dart perspective is like an orchestra of musicians and instruments working together to create a symphony of buildings and places whose whole is greater than the sum of their individual parts. Every orchestra needs a conductor and at Dart Development, that person is Justin Howe, Senior Vice President Development & Engineering. On any given day, Howe is coordinating dozens of people who are part of multiple teams working on multiple projects on Grand Cayman.
In the commercial real estate world, The Observation Tower at Camana Bay would be considered an anomaly. Occupying a prime location on a busy shopping street, it has never been available for rent. But for Dart Real Estate, design is as important as function and The Observation Tower is no exception. As the focal point of Camana Bay’s Town Centre, The Observation Tower is lit up like a lantern after dark with a welcoming glow that spreads its warmth to the streets below.
Many of the infrastructure projects in and around Camana Bay scheduled for completion during the coming months represent firsts for the Cayman Islands. All of these projects use construction methods employed regularly in other parts of the world, but for the Cayman Islands, they are groundbreaking. The new infrastructure elements involve high-tech engineering the public might not be aware of because they can’t see it.
Every detail matters to Dart Real Estate. The best artisans and craftsmen locally and around the world came together over 10 years ago to design and later build the town of Camana Bay. Today, thousands of residents and visitors visit each year and share in the culture and heritage of the Cayman Islands through little details woven throughout the architecture and ambience that makes Camana Bay so special.
Today The Tory Burch Foundation launched its “Embrace Ambition” campaign. The campaign encourages women everywhere to “fearlessly pursue your dreams and embrace your ambitions”. To say that the video and campaign inspired me would be an understatement. Today I can unequivocally say that I embraced my ambition, my passion and my desire to inspire the people who surround me to live their best lives, dream big and make a difference in all that we do each and every day.
We’ve got a bit of breaking news to share with you about a stunning new Caribbean property that’s picture-perfect for a destination wedding, posh bachelorette weekend or romantic honeymoon too! The new Kimpton Seafire Resort & Spa recently opened on the famed Seven Mile Beach. The property boasts four restaurants, multiple wedding venues (large and small), a stunning spa, and plenty of activities to keep your guests enjoying every minute.
Martyn Lawrence Bullard, the award-winning interior designer, is famous for decorating grand A-list homes, but that doesn’t mean he can’t also design on a small scale. In his newest project at The Residences at Seafire, a residential section of the Kimpton Seafire Resort & Spa in Grand Cayman, Bullard created a series of studio apartments that seriously step up the small space game.
February’s development update celebrates Kimpton Seafire’s success in the travel world publications, announces Dart Real Estate’s plans to build Camana Bay’s largest commercial building, speaks to traffic management plans on the Esterley Tibbetts Highway and informs of the Seafire sales team’s move to Bungalow 1 at Seafire.
During our most recent visit to Grand Cayman, we brought some of our top Millennial advisors to put the destination to the Gen-Y test. Specifically, Questex, the parent company of Travel Agent, along with the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, invited 10 of our 30Under30 Award winners to uncover the sharpest Millennial selling points on Grand Cayman.
Ever since Frank Gehry’s spectacular Guggenheim Bilbao put its sleepy namesake city on the radar of architecture buffs two decades ago, design has became an integral aspect of travel and tourism, joining food, culture and climate when it comes to visitor draws. This year, the list of destinations sure to entice design fans includes Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa.
Camana Bay’s landscape design was conceived to specifically reflect the unique natural and cultural heritage of the Cayman Islands; to be authentically Caymanian, but embrace modern aesthetics. By the principles of “New Urbanism,” Camana Bay would be a sustainable, multi-purpose community but, unlike some international developments, would not attempt to replicate older architectural styles.
Just like any other town, Camana Bay has evolved. It’s not just the tenants that have evolved in the decade since the Town Centre opened; the landscaping has evolved; the type of visitors has evolved; they way people use the spaces has evolved; and, as One Nexus Way – Camana Bay’s next Class A office building – exemplifies, design and construction have also evolved.
Camana Bay is a hidden gem of a town that is bursting with liveliness and family-friendly fun. I have never visited such a community-oriented Caribbean town that truly goes out of their way to get everyone involved, making it fun for all. From holiday celebrations, to gatherings at the local bookstore to farmers/artisans markets and beyond, this is a traveler’s dream.
Kids can build rocket ships, robots and even houses at Camana Bay – the only tools they need are imagination and blue foam blocks in all shapes and sizes. This worldwide concept, called Imagination Playground, is a creation by award-winning architect David Rockwell: a playtime experience that encourages children to become the designers of their own playground.
Dart Real Estate confirmed Thursday it had been granted planning permission for an underpass along West Bay Road. The developer plans to get to work immediately on preliminary work associated with the infrastructure project, part of an ambitious plan to create “sea-to-sound” connectivity between Camana Bay and Seven Mile Beach.
Thirteen years ago Jackie Doak was hired as Dart’s Vice President of Sales. Her role grew to include leasing and, later, to oversee Dart’s first development in the Cayman Islands, Camana Bay. Today, as the President of Dart Real Estate, she is inspired by the knowledge that we create and invest in developments that will have a positive impact on the Cayman Islands.
Dart Real Estate announced today the submittal of a Coastal Works application for partial removal of beachrock immediately offshore the area north of Kimpton Seafire and Tiki Beach, a site which has been identified as the preferred location for a five-star resort and residences. The exposed beachrock protrudes along the shoreline and impedes beachgoers’ ability to enter the sea and swim.
“You immediately see the reasons you came as a first impression,” says Scott Lee, managing principal at SB Architects. “And while there’s a variety of experiences – on the beach or in the landscape or at the bar – it’s far beyond anything else on the island.” Except for the free-range chickens and the crowing roosters, mingling among guests and staff all day. At Seafire, they’re the real stars of the show.
It takes courage and a sense of adventure to move to another country, sight unseen, and accept a challenging position with a company you knew absolutely nothing about only months before. In his new role, Dan Purdy, Dart Real Estate’s new VP of Leasing, will oversee the entire portfolio of rental properties, including those at Camana Bay, Regatta Office Park, the Flagship Building and Island Plaza.
The five-year project to replace or retrofit all of Camana Bay’s common areas with environmentally friendly LED lighting enters its last stage in the first quarter of 2017. The initiative, which began in 2012, is intended to inspire greater local appreciation for the growing reliability for energy-efficient LED, reduce energy consumption and reduce Camana Bay’s carbon footprint.
It’s luxury all the way at Grand Cayman’s newest resort, the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa. Perched along a glorious stretch of Seven Mile Beach, the stunning Kimpton hotel sets the benchmark in Cayman for decadence, glamour, and relaxation.
Bàcaro, a new restaurant soon to open at the Cayman Islands Yacht Club, hopes to introduce residents and visitors to a tapas-style of Venetian-inspired cuisine. Owned by Barney Bako and Chef Federico Destro, Bàcaro is modelled after the wine bars that have become fashionable in the chef’s hometown of Venice, Italy.
The Residences of Seafire are 62 luxurious modern units that share the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa’s landscaped gardens and pools, panoramic views, and open access to Seven Mile Beach, named by Travel and Leisure as “The Caribbean’s Best Beach.”
With signature design by Martyn Lawrence Bullard, The Residences at Seafire join the ranks of a number of luxury branded residential properties including recent projects by Armani, Versace and Bulgari, placing Cayman in the same conversation as such high-design-driven destinations as Miami, Los Angeles and New York.
Camana Bay turns 10 this year and with several road improvements in and around the development nearing completion, it is well positioned for another decade of development and big improvements for drivers and pedestrians are coming.
In our most recent development update we discuss partnering with Martyn Lawrence Bullard in the design of The Residences at Seafire’s public spaces, Camana Bay’s continued westward expansion, the completion of the beachrock trial, the special relaunch of the Camana Bay Times and the naming of Camana Bay’s newest road, Bismarckia Way.
The Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa represents an architectural departure for Grand Cayman but also stands as the vanguard of a new wave of upscale development transforming the Cayman Islands into an epicenter of laidback luxury and a modern expression of the Caribbean.
Caribbean Journal’s annual Caribbean Travel Awards celebrate the best of the Caribbean in 2016 and Seafire takes home the coveted title of Caribbean Hotel of the Year. The Caribbean has a new world-class hotel, and it’s called Kimpton Seafire.
The latest company to find a home in Camana Bay is Vagabond Media Group (VMG), and creators Jason Kennedy and Monica Walton have transformed their 831-square-foot office space into a home where creativity can grow from ideas around a table to writing on the wall – literally!
December brings with it cooler temperatures and the much-loved Christmas breeze that islanders love, making for ideal weather conditions that invite us to enjoy the outdoors and explore the island. Whether you’re visiting Grand Cayman this month or you call this gem of the Caribbean your home, you’ll love these 10 public spaces crafted and cared for by Dart Real Estate and other companies within the Dart Group.
Today, Dart Real Estate removed a small area of beachrock in the waters off Seven Mile Beach, in coordination with the DoE who were on site to observe. An excavator was able to easily remove sections of the cemented sand for a geologist to study and confirm as beachrock and to inform on the development of a removal methodology that is safe and least impactful on the marine and beach environment.
The Caribbean’s most anticipated new resort is officially open: the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa in Grand Cayman, Kimpton’s first international hotel. It’s a 266-room resort on the heart of Seven Mile Beach and a strikingly modern approach to Caribbean hotel design, one that works so well in part because it’s in one of the Caribbean’s most modern, forward-thinking destinations.
There is a lot to love about the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa. What I loved most about my stay there, though, was not swimming, kayaking or contemplating the cerulean sea from my balcony. It was eating. When it comes to cuisine on Grand Cayman, the bar is high—and Seafire’s debut officially sets it higher.
This Sunday, 4 December, Paralympic athlete Ryan Chalmers is participating in his first half-marathon in the Cayman Islands and hopes to raises awareness about the sporting opportunities available for young people with disabilities. His participation has been sponsored by Seafire, a fully ADA-compatible hotel that cater for people with disabilities.
GreenTech Solar has just completed the installation of the largest solar array in the Cayman Islands. The 170KW solar energy system, located on top of the new Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa utilizes SunPower solar panels, manufacturer of the world’s most durable and efficient solar panels.
Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa incorporates “rustic-yet-polished Caribbean,” as well as specifically Caymanian and British colonial, aesthetics. Bright colors contrast against weathered natural materials, and the interiors showcase the collaborative talents of Powerstrip Studio, SB Architects and Kimpton Hotels’ Design & Creative team.
Green is a central colour in the new Christmas decorations at Camana Bay this holiday season, but they are also green in a different way: all 40,000 lights on the new Christmas tree and all 3,000 strands throughout the Town Centre are energy-efficient LED bulbs.
The elegant Caribbean-style architecture, tranquil setting and muted, natural interiors of Bella Verde add up to a luxurious, yet supremely comfortable, family home. But looks can be deceptive. There is more to Bella Verde than aesthetics: it is also one of the most environmentally-sensitive private residences in the Caribbean.
For its first foray outside the U.S., the boutique hotel brand Kimpton chose the ultra-chic Seven Mile Beach in the Caribbean’s Cayman Islands. British colonial design elements combine with weathered woods and stone to channel the Caribbean aesthetic vernacular in the hotel’s airy public spaces and 266 rooms—all of which are perched 24 feet above sea level.
Grand Cayman raises the stakes in luxury travel today with the opening of Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa and the launch of The Residences at Seafire on famous Seven Mile Beach.
Immediately hailed as a “new jewel” of Grand Cayman’s tourism industry, the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa opened for guests. A traditional piece of Caymanian thatch rope was ceremonially cut to officially open the resort as a host of dignitaries gathered to mark the occasion.
Today, we celebrate the end of one road and the beginning of another, namely the ribbon cutting and grand opening of the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa. Three years and 3.3 million man-hours ago, planners and designers, horticulturalists and landscapers, artisans and architects joined as many as 1,000 construction workers to create this welcome addition to the Cayman urbanscape.
Today marks a milestone in reaching the goal of a four lane highway from West Bay to George Town and “sea to sound” connectivity at Camana Bay as Dart Real Estate submits plans for the next phase of infrastructure development.
The Dart group has been given permission to begin removing rocks from the shallow coastal waters off a Seven Mile Beach property where it hopes to build a new five-star hotel just north of the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa.
Today, Decco received the Certificate of Occupancy (CO) for Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa. After years of planning, design and construction with almost 3 million hours of work, the resort is allowed to officially welcome guests. Opening day is set for 15 November 2016.
The Residences at Seafire is resort living for a new generation; both the young and young-at-heart will enjoy the culinary escapes, health and wellness amenities, winding bike and walking trail and cascading pools available through the adjacent Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa.
With our strategic partners at Decco, we seek to convey meaning through thoughtful design and encourage people to develop an attachment to the physical environment. Successful placemaking happens through continuous innovation and nurturing, and we’re excited to share the latest news on the places to come.
SALT Technology Group is Camana Bay’s newest commercial tenant and its team of eight (and growing) has already brought the company’s unique personality to the Town Centre. SALT aims to remove the jargon from IT and help clients make smart decisions about technology.
As its November opening date draws near, Grand Cayman is buzzing about Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa, the island’s first new major resort in 11 years. And it appears that the northernmost hotel on famed Seven Mile Beach will be ready for its much-anticipated debut.
Sustainability isn’t just a buzzword, but a way of life at The Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa and The Residences at Seafire. As one of less than 200 LEED® Silver certified resort-residential properties worldwide, Seafire features best in class-sustainable design, building practices and operations.
In a continuing campaign to give residents and visitors a peek at what the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa will be bringing to the table when it opens in November, the staff and management hosted a private dinner last weekend.
The six giant beams that will form the backbone of a new bridge at Camana Bay swung into place this week. Using a large crane, Decco moved the 95-foot beams into place for the new Maris Avenue Bridge, which will connect the central island and Festival Green to the mainland.
After months of anticipation, a catboat restored by West Bayer Kem Jackson is now settling into its new home at Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa. A crowd of onlookers watched as the symbol of Caymanian maritime heritage was hoisted to the ceiling of the resort lobby.
Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa will open its doors in November 2016, and to celebrate in style, the property is offering an exclusive-for-locals deal: 50 per cent off published rates.
The roster of clients is modest, but Dart’s Disaster Recovery and Data Centre is immense, sophisticated and considers itself among the region’s leading data-protection facilities.
The 2016 Young Caymanian Leadership Award – built around the theme “Step up, stand out” – will be the debut event at the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa on November 5. The event is the YCLA Foundation’s 16th annual gathering, and will mark the opening of the new Dart Realty-owned 266-room hotel.
Business Innovators magazine’s Tavis Bucklin interviews Provenance Properties’ David Seerman and discusses his decade-long expertise in the sales, marketing and development of ultra-luxury real estate and hotels.
Dart Realty (Cayman) Ltd. has introduced a new customer service training program for all public-facing positions in Camana Bay, including its security, janitorial and facilities team members.
Camana Bay has been home to the Cayman Islands Institute of Professional Accountants (CIIPA), the country’s regulator of public accountants, for the last two years. Being based in the Town Centre offers the organisation a central location for any of its 1,000-plus members to pay a visit and the opportunity to be close by many of the financial offices also based in Camana Bay.
In addition to ongoing major infrastructure projects in the area and the construction of a new Class A office building, Dart has plans to build even more office buildings at Camana Bay, expand CIS and develop a large shopping plaza with integrated residential units, as well as a residential tower.
The ultra-luxurious Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa on Grand Cayman is utilising Greenplay® turf to complement the natural beauty of the resort’s surroundings while providing a durable and low maintenance landscape on Seven Mile Beach.
As an expanded crew of around 700 construction workers races to finish the new Kimpton Seafire Resort, the hotel’s management team is ramping up its recruitment drive to find 400-plus staff to work in the new facility.
Second Shelters learned from the experts on what is hot in the vacation home market through a panel discussion at the National Association of Real Estate Editors’ 50th conference.
Dart recognises the value of dedicated, visionary and innovative leadership. We are therefore pleased to announce the promotion of Jackie Doak to President of Dart Realty (Cayman) Ltd.
Today the Cayman Islands Government, the National Roads Authority (NRA) and Dart Realty signed the Third Amendment to the NRA Agreement, an economic stimulus package that has created employment opportunities, road infrastructure and sustainable development projects.
Dart Realty has climbed new heights of design ingenuity with its first for-sale residential property, The Residences at Seafire. The development will be the most luxurious condo to call the famed Seven Mile Beach its home and will be among the first LEED® certified condominiums in the Caribbean.
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is Camana Bay’s newest commercial tenant. Last December, the firm relocated its Cayman Islands office from George Town to the brand-new LEED Gold-certified building, 18 Forum Lane, and this move introduced Camana Bay’s commercial community to nearly 200 new neighbours.
Dart Realty’s developments are unified through distinct and mature landscaping that use native and endemic plants and trees that all come from Dart’s own 26-acre Nursery, conceived over two decades ago long before ground broke for Dart’s flagship development, Camana Bay.
International Meetings Review recently toured the construction site of the ongoing Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa project and can attest that the hotel looks like it will be completed on time for its scheduled November opening date.
The Kimpton Seafire Resort and Spa, now under construction on Seven Mile Beach, will feature an eye-catching piece of Cayman maritime history – an authentic Cayman Catboat – when completed.
Individual homes are going off-grid, like Dart Realty’s Bella Verde, built by GreenTech founder and CREA chairman James Whittaker, which was completed – and sold almost instantly – nine months ago.
Local recycler, Junk, supplies much of the glass and aluminum it collects to Camana Bay, which crushes nearly 2,000 pounds of the former and 20 pounds of the latter every day. The glass is used mostly as construction aggregate, in fill or in pavers, building facades and other concrete forms.
On Saturday April 16, local foodies will converge on Camana Bay for the fifth annual Slow Food Day, which will celebrate local farmers and sustainable, farm-to-table cuisine with a series of culinary events.
Real estate investment company Embassy Investments Limited has today confirmed the sale of assets in Grand Cayman to Dart Realty (Cayman) Ltd including the former Hyatt Resort, Grand Cayman Beach Suites and Britannia Golf Course.
Dart Realty announced today the intent to submit a Coastal Works application to conduct site investigations and remove samples of beachrock in the water just off Seven Mile Beach for further study.
The expansion of the Esterley Tibbetts Highway through the Camana Bay Town Centre and south to the roundabout for the future Airport Connector Road is under construction and on schedule for completion within the next 12 months.
Dart Realty (Cayman) Ltd celebrated the official opening of its latest building, 18 Forum Lane, last night with a ribbon cutting ceremony. At 86,000 square feet, 18 Forum Lane brings the total leasable Class-A office space in the Town Centre to nearly 400,000 square feet.
Cayman Island-based Dart Realty announced this week that PwC has relocated its Cayman Islands’ office to Camana Bay from George Town, the country’s capital. Specifically, PwC relocated its offices to 18 Forum Lane, an 85,000-square-foot office and retail building completed late last year.
Dart Realty, one of the largest developers in the Cayman Islands, proudly unveils its newest property: the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa, Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman, the boutique hotel brand’s first Caribbean property, and The Residences at Seafire.
Build it and they will come, is the philosophy being espoused by the Cayman Islands Government and some of the investors bringing new projects to the Cayman Islands, including Dart Realty and Kimpton Hotels.
Dart Realty confirmed that after offering to purchase the freehold title to the Dragon Bay lands from the Cayman Islands Government, the parties have mutually agreed a purchase price of US$14.574 million.
Dart Realty (Cayman) Ltd. introduces the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa, Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman, the boutique hotel brand’s first Caribbean property, and The Residences at Seafire.
Dart Realty has found success – and a long-term investment model – with a massive master-planned development in the Cayman Islands, Camana Bay. The bigger vision behind the project is to ensure the Cayman Islands’ position as the continued financial center and destination of choice and to create a community that offered a certain quality of life that other Caribbean destinations could not match.
In the 20 years since Kenneth Dart bought the land that has become Camana Bay, Dart Realty (Cayman) Ltd. and its associated companies have also been involved in many other real estate and development activities on Grand Cayman.
Today, Dart is starting the first stage of its US$400 million development commitment to the Cayman Islands by submitting an application to the Central Planning Authority for the widening and realignment of the Esterley Tibbetts Highway.
June of this year will mark 20 years since Ken Dart bought the old Coral Caymanian hotel on Seven Mile Beach and the 238 acres of land it included.
Provenance Properties of Cayman, Ltd., a subsidiary of Dart Realty, has been awarded status by Christie’s International Real Estate, the world’s leading luxury real estate network and a subsidiary of Christie’s auction house. Provenance Properties will market and sell residences developed by Dart Realty.