18 Forum Lane is the first LEED® Gold-certified Class-A office building in the Caribbean located in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands and offers unparalleled energy cost savings for its tenants as well as provides an ideal environment for employee attraction, retention and engagement.
With Earth Day only a week away, we’ve already begun to think of ways we can expand our sustainable business practices at Dart Real Estate and encourage an ecological approach to living in Grand Cayman. Whether you own a condo along Seven Mile Beach or work in one of the sought after office spaces at Camana Bay, you can feel good knowing you are doing your part to look after this planet we call home.
When choosing the right space for your business in the Cayman Islands; amenities, traffic flow and even neighbouring companies can make all the difference, which is why Dart Real Estate offers a variety of Grand Cayman real estate locations to suit your business whether you need office, retail or restaurant space.
March brings with it news of real estate sales at Provenance Properties, Scotiabank’s move to Camana Bay, the CPA approval of an extension to the West Bay Road Underpass, continued construction on the Esterley Tibbetts Highway and a short video demonstrating how we work with local contractors.
One Caribbean hotel, the Kimpton Seafire Resort & Spa in Grand Cayman, was a newcomer to AAA’s Five Diamond list for 2018. The Kimpton Seafire opened in 2016. It was the boutique brand’s first Caribbean hotel and first luxury property.
The Cayman Islands is often associated with palm trees, white sand beaches, gentle southern stingrays and affluent vacationers; but it’s not all play. With a network of world-class services, the Cayman Islands is the premier offshore business destination.
In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, February is a time to reflect on the meaning of love and we have handpicked experiences for you to embrace the love you have for yourself. You’re spoiled for choice, particularly if you work at Camana Bay or live along Seven Mile Beach.
Cayman has historically been known as a financial center, but there has been a recent increase in demand for class A office space financial tenants that are requiring less space. Many are drawn to the Cayman Islands due to changes in physical presence legislation but it isn’t the only reason companies are drawn to the area.
February is proving to be an exciting and accomplished month for us as we announce two significant achievements: our real estate brokerage, Provenance Properties Cayman Islands, has joined the Cayman Islands Real Estate Brokers’ Association and we’re marking another milestone in the Third Amendment to the NRA Agreement.
Tomorrow (Thursday, February 8) the National Roads Authority (NRA) in partnership with development team Decco will officially open one of the new southbound lanes that borders the Esterley Tibbetts Highway median off the Camana Bay Town Centre Roundabout.
The Cayman Islands is known as the “Culinary Capital of the Caribbean” and if you look at the incredible options for Sunday brunches at Grand Cayman’s restaurants, you’ll see why. Ask just about anyone around the island what they have planned for the weekend and odds are, Sunday brunch is on the list.
GlobeSt.com visited the Cayman Islands last week with Dart Real Estate to see more about how to integrate acquisitions, as well as development of the land the company already owns, in a way that fits into a much larger master plan.
Dining by the sea is an enchanting experience and there is no shortage of seaside restaurants in the Cayman Islands. Many of these restaurants cater to boaters and boast a thriving epicurean scene offering everything from global cuisines to local favourites. Read this article to find out which Grand Cayman restaurants you can visit by boat.
Developer Dart Real Estate recently opened its premiere for-sale luxury residential development, The Residences at Seafire, on the acclaimed Seven Mile Beach in the Cayman Islands.
On December 14, the National Roads Authority (NRA) will officially open the Camana Bay South Roundabout and the northbound lanes of the new Esterley Tibbetts Highway (ETH). The road and roundabout opening signifies the completion of another phase of the road network improvements included in the NRA Agreement between the Cayman Islands Government and Dart Real Estate.
The 2017 Governor’s Awards for Design and Construction Excellence ceremony was held on Thursday at the Governor’s Residence, with 18 Forum Lane at Camana Bay Town Center and the “Linger Longer” Silverman Residence winning this year’s awards in the commercial and residential categories, respectively.
It’s been an inspiring year of ‘new’ for us. 18 Forum Lane at Camana Bay made us all proud as the 2017 winner of the Governor’s Award in commercial/hospitality, Camana Bay has launched a new events app and offering complimentary valet parking. We’re opening the road to the future just in time for the New Year.
Grand Cayman’s Dart Real Estate has unveiled its new Residences at Seafire real estate development on Seven Mile Beach in the Cayman Islands. The new development, adjacent to the Kimpton Seafire resort, has 62 private residences on a 12-acre full-service resort site.
Scheduled to open soon, The Residences at Seafire is the premiere for-sale luxury residential development on one of the widest and least populated stretches of world-famous Seven Mile Beach.
Vegan-friendly properties exist everywhere but it’s been challenging to us for some time to find a true luxury brand that understands and executes vegan food well in the Caribbean. It’s nice to know that with the arrival of Kimpton in Grand Cayman, luxury vegan paradise is just a flight away.
We’ve been following the Dart Real Estate project since its inception – luxury residences affiliated with the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa on Grand Cayman, which offers homeowners unlimited access to all the resort’s amenities and services.
Are you considering or planning a move to the Cayman Islands? Here are 10 things to know if you’ll be living in Grand Cayman for the first time.
Living in Grand Cayman, or any island for that matter, might conjure images of tropical prints and rattan furniture, but this isn’t the case at The Residences. Here are five fundamental reasons why we proudly say The Residences at Seafire is unlike other beachfront properties in the Caribbean.
Living in Grand Cayman, we are surrounded by the beautiful Caribbean ocean and are spoiled for choice when it comes to water activities. For those looking for a break from the water, there is much to explore and many things to do across the island. Here are a few top picks at our properties.
It’s a month of celebration at Dart Real Estate! We’re opening 62 condos at The Residences at Seafire, celebrating Camana Bay’s 10th anniversary, paving the way for the Esterley Tibbetts Highway, rejuvenating Paradise Villas in Little Cayman and we’re thrilled to have added The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman to our portfolio.
For 10 years, the Dart Nursery has been the environmental glue in four distinct ways for Dart Real Estate’s Camana Bay as well as for future Dart-owned real estate in Grand Cayman.
As the president of a firm that has developed more than $1.3 billion of property on the Cayman Islands, Jackie Doak has been instrumental in the region’s progress.
Dart Real Estate has purchased The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. The luxury resort property, located along Seven Mile Beach, is an investment that expands Dart Real Estate’s portfolio of tourism assets and reinforces investor Kenneth Dart’s commitment to the Cayman Islands.
An airy supermarket proposed. Luxury residences opening. Office construction winding up. Otherworldly trees rooting. New parking coming. There’s no shortage of anticipation this month as we near completion on major construction projects and look towards the near and long term future of Cayman Islands Real Estate.
Dart Real Estate has submitted an application to the Department of Planning for permission to build a supermarket at the northern end of Camana Bay, Grand Cayman. Foster’s Food Fair, Ltd. will lease the new space.
Life is flourishing in Grand Cayman. It’s a time of innovation, optimism and forward thinking. Major projects and developments are taking shape that will strengthen and transform the island’s economic landscape, paving the way for greater opportunity.
Dart Real Estate submitted an application to the Cayman Islands Department of Planning today to extend the underpass along West Bay Road. The planned road infrastructure is part of master planning at Camana Bay to facilitate expansion towards Seven Mile Beach.
At Dart Real Estate, how we build is as important as what we build. Every detail matters to our development team. We hired some of the best artisans in the world to help craft the final touches at Camana Bay, our first development in the Cayman Islands.
Dart Real Estate has purchased property on Seven Mile Beach adjacent to Camana Bay. The Royal Palms Beach Club is operated on the newly acquired property on Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands.
As fall approaches, several of our road projects are nearing completion, making way for more efficient traffic flow and better experiences for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists. We also celebrate the team at Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa who earned the prestigious AAA Five Diamond Award. Looking forward, we’re preparing for the opening of The Residences at Seafire and completion of One Nexus Way.
Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa, developed by Dart Real Estate in the Cayman Islands, has been awarded the AAA Five Diamond Rating – the highest possible designation from the travel authority.
Visitors to the Cayman Islands are invited to explore shipwrecks and swim with stingrays, and the best place to start discovering this exotic part of the world might be the magical Kimpton Seafire Resort, nestled right next to the blissful Seven Mile Beach.
It’s easy to reclaim your inner calm at The Residences at Seafire as you dig your toes into the powdery-soft sand on Seven Mile Beach and watch your worries fade away with the last rays of daylight.
When Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa opened on Grand Cayman last fall it marked a big step for Kimpton – the brand’s first international property in a long time and its first true luxury property.
Complementing the Cayman Islands’ natural beauty and island hospitality are a robust economy and a modern, well maintained public infrastructure. Combined, these make the Cayman Islands not only a great place to visit, but a desirable place to call ‘home’.
Dart Real Estate is pleased to share news the Cayman Islands has been removed from a travel advisory list warning the transmission of the Zika virus.
Upon entering the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa, I immediately noticed the rolling blue waves. Those waves, however, were not the crystal clear water of the ocean right outside the resort, but the details of the lobby ceiling, which was inspired by the island and its culture.
Complementing Cayman’s natural attributes of sun, sea and sand is warm island hospitality, a robust economy, and modern, well maintained public infrastructure, which combine to make the Cayman Islands not only a great place to visit, but a desirable place to call ‘home’.
When Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa opened on Grand Cayman last fall it marked a big step for Kimpton––the brand’s first international property in a long time and its first true luxury property, according to general manager Steven André.
InsideOut asked Jackie Doak and other experts to weigh in on how – and why – you strike a balance between development and the natural environment.
After the beaches, the sunsets and the friendly, laid-back atmosphere, the dining scene is one of the main reasons to come to Grand Cayman thanks to the world-class chefs who call Grand Cayman home.
On Monday, June 26, the National Roads Authority (NRA) will officially open the new three-lane Camana Bay Town Centre Roundabout, a vehicular underpass and a pedestrian ramp on the new Esterley Tibbetts Highway (ETH).
Who says infrastructure can’t be both beautiful and functional? Here are 10 of our favourite facts about the new Camana Bay Roundabout, vehicular underpass and pedestrian ramp on the recently opened Esterley Tibbetts Highway.
Brilliant placemaking is made possible by effective infrastructure and we are excited to see many of our roadworks projects come to life over the next few months, including the opening of the new Camana Bay Roundabout, the vehicular underpass and the pedestrian ramp.
Jackie Doak traveled what she calls a “very wandering path” that led to her becoming the President of Dart Real Estate. She has been with the company since its flagship development, Camana Bay, and has helped the company break barriers on the island ever since.
Two buildings that were part of the former Hyatt Regency Grand Cayman Resort, which was severely damaged by Hurricane Ivan in 2004, are due to be demolished later this month.
For Linda Podlaski, the Vice President Property Management at Dart Real Estate, and her team, daily duties involve one key component: a heavy focus on customer service.
Dart Real Estate sought a design that would ensure an exceptional experience for guests as soon as they walk into the new Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa, perched on Grand Cayman’s western shoreline, and adjoining Residences at Seafire.
For more than 20 years, the green-thumbed team of Dart’s nursery operations has understood the significant role that nature plays in people’s lives.
Art is not confined to buildings designed specifically for it; instead it is found in the very design of buildings. Installations presented in hotels, restaurants, parks and other public spaces, allow this art to be enjoyed by a large number of people. In Cayman, the new Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa provides yet another arena for some fortuitous and well-deserving artists to display their work. Numerous local artists are featured in the hotel, using a variety of media, from the sculptures to photography to a catboat masterpiece.
What’s in a name? Everything when it comes to the Kimpton Seafire. With its artful inside/outside design, this resort is one of the best places to watch the sea catch fire as the sun sets over another dazzling day on Grand Cayman. But regardless of the time of day, of the colour of the sea or sky, this beautiful resort will give you a true flavor of Cayman life, on one of the Caribbean’s most lauded beaches.
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.
Grand Cayman’s recently opened first-ever boutique resort, Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa, brings travelers a real taste of the Caribbean’s culinary capital. It’s luxurious, perfectly decorated, tech-savvy, and just like all Kimpton properties, dog-friendly. Kimpton Seafire Resort is perfect for all types of travelers: families, millennials, couples, and, most of all, food-lovers. Offering guests the chance to partake in exclusive culinary events, the luxury resort brings a new element to vacation dining experiences.
As the first new hotel on Grand Cayman’s Seven Mile Beach in over a decade, Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa is set to usher in a new generation of tropical traveller. The 266-room Seafire is being touted as the country’s first boutique hotel. The property is a move away from more formal options on the island and is a strident step towards a full-throttle holiday filled with fun and sun.
Spring is the season of renewal and we’re embracing it with a celebration, a reopening, a redevelopment and milestones in achieving improved infrastructure. From a prestigious award for Kimpton Seafire to preparations for opening the new underpass to creating new pedestrian connectivity and canal lots to a reinvigorated beachfront restaurant, we are embracing change and possibilities.
Jackie Doak is known to most as the President of Dart Real Estate, but at home, she’s just “Mom”. Often described by her peers and employees as a superwoman, Jackie humbly concedes it isn’t easy juggling work and home. “With today’s technology and 24 hour connectivity, the concept of ‘work/life balance’ doesn’t exist; for me it’s work/life integration,” she said when asked how she fulfills the roles of president, wife and mother. “I carefully choose how I spend my time.”
Looking for brightest talent in unlikely spaces – that’s the mission of Personnel 2000, the only recruitment agency located in Camana Bay. Calling Camana Bay its choice location for its growing staff, Personnel 2000 specialises in both temporary and permanent recruitment, HR outsourcing, immigration and payroll services. The company is now in its 20th year of operation in the Cayman Islands.
Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa on Grand Cayman offers a stylish vacation retreat paired with stunning private residences. The two new towers rising above legendary Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman Island are striking symbols of a new approach to architecture in the western Caribbean. Most of the 266 guestrooms and suites at the resort and all 62 of the residences boast beautiful views of the ocean or north sound as well as the lush terraces leading to Seven Mile Beach.
The Cayman Islands’ biggest commercial real estate developer and the driving force behind Kimpton Hotels’ first Caribbean property, Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa, Dart Real Estate is taking a shine to the hotel business and has its sights set on more. Under the leadership of founder Ken Dart, the company over many years has developed more than US$1.3 billion in mixed-use, residential, commercial, recreational, educational and hospitality properties throughout the Cayman Islands and is on the cusp of developing a second hotel property, a 5-star resort located on Grand Cayman’s Seven Mile Beach.
It’s always a welcome event when a stunning new hotel arrives in the Caribbean. Kimpton’s Seafire Resort + Spa is a terrific addition to the super-swank Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman. The property is set 24 feet above sea level, which provides an airy vibe and outstanding sunset views. With décor that combines authentic Caribbean charm and a sleek modern beach vibe, endless on-site activities, and multiple dining options, the property has something for everyone.
Sustainable development can be defined as that which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Long-term vision is a quality many developers do not possess, but Dart Development does and the positive impact sustainable development can have on Cayman’s environment, economy and society cannot be understated.
After raising the stakes in luxury travel with the opening of Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa in November 2016, Dart Real Estate has been awarded the Development of the Year Award by The Caribbean Hotel & Resort Investment Summit. One of the most coveted awards by the Caribbean hotel and tourism investment community, it recognises the most outstanding hospitality development built, redeveloped or repositioned within the past year.
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.
As you consider purchasing Grand Cayman luxury real estate and making the Cayman Islands your new home, here are 10 things to consider before swapping city life for island life.
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.
The Residences at Seafire, the newest residential building to call Seven Mile Beach home, aims to heighten Caribbean interior design through its collaboration with noted celebrity decorator Martyn Lawrence Bullard who has crafted a vision of high design previously unseen in Cayman.
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, which encourages women to “fearlessly pursue your dreams and embrace your ambitions”. 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 has spent more than US$800 million in developing the Camana Bay Town Centre, which presently consists of some 700,000 square feet of office, residential, retail and other commercial space.
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.
In partnership with Cayman Solar, an affiliate of the U.S. Solar Institute, Dart Realty recently flipped the switch on a 302 panel solar array that produces 73kW of renewable energy.
The vision for 18 Forum Lane, the newest commercial edifice under construction in Camana Bay, was to seamlessly envelop the building into the existing heart of the Town Centre.
Dart Realty (Cayman) Ltd. has officially relaunched the Cayman Islands Yacht Club, an integral part of the North Sound boating experience that boasts daily traffic of more than 700 boat owners and passengers, following its $7 million redevelopment.
A few brave developers are venturing back into the Caribbean luxury-hotel and resort market, one of the sectors hit hardest during the global real-estate downturn. But only developers with ample financing in the busiest markets are getting off the ground, like Dart Realty (Cayman) Ltd., which plans to start construction in September on a 263-room boutique hotel in Grand Cayman.
Dart Realty (Cayman), Ltd. has broken ground on 18 Forum Lane, an 85,000 square-foot retail and office building in Camana Bay that is designed to achieve LEED certification.
Among the growing Hedge Fund and support services industries in Cayman, Dart Realty has been building and leasing the $700 million mixed-use project Camana Bay on Grand Cayman over the last five years.
With limited space often a major factor when creating a garden in Cayman, a living wall may be the ideal solution for small areas. An example of this type of wall can be found at Cassia Court in Camana Bay where it provides a serene garden ambiance and a visual barricade to the entrance of The Terraces residential area.
The most recent Global Financial Centres Index places accessibility of business infrastructure, availability of first-rate commercial property and overall quality of life among its top 10 competitiveness factors.
Most people know the Dart family made its money, at least originally, as the company that first manufactured the foam cup. However, many people don’t know how the Darts ended up with so much investment in the Cayman Islands.
Camana Bay offers a prestigious address to both the local and international business community. But doing business in Camana Bay means more than just setting up an office.
Spend just an afternoon strolling through the beautifully landscaped courtyards and pedestrian-friendly spaces of Camana Bay and there should be no doubt as to why the Town adopted the tagline “Life Blossoms”.
Camana Bay has ‘gone back,’ to create a future revolving around community. Embracing intimate, mixed-use neighbourhoods, the new town’s nostalgic return to traditional values cultivated with human scale and proportion at its core has schools, shops, civic facilities, parks and entertainment.
When Camana Bay officially opened in 2007, Caymanian residents were introduced to a unique design – New Urbanism. This design movement advocates pedestrian-friendly neighbourhoods that are diverse in use and population, with universally accessible public spaces and community institutions.
Fifteen years ago, Dart Realty purchased the West Indies Club on Seven Mile Beach and 238 acres of land on the opposite side of West Bay Road. The following year, architects and landscaped designers were appointed to imagine a town which would be open to all and provide a walkable mix of commercial, retail, resort, entertainment and residential opportunities.
Globally connected and multi-cultural, the Cayman Islands is a prestigious destination for all finance-related industries and other knowledge-based professionals seeking a new vantage point from which to operate their businesses. For investors, Camana Bay offers a rare opportunity to be part of a truly sophisticated and unique Caribbean community.
Caribbean Construction Magazine catches up with Jared Grimes, Senior Design Manager for Dart Realty, Greg Papay of San Antonio-based Lake|Flato and Cayman architect Burns Conolly of Burns Conolly Group to learn what’s next for Camana Bay.
If there is one development in the Cayman Islands that supports the concept of the past directly influencing the future, it is the newly emerging community of Camana Bay. The absolute embodiment of modern urban living, this new town is also firmly rooted in Caymanian traditions.
Once home to the original Cayman Turtle Farm, today Salt Creek welcomes an altogether new kind of resident but one no less enamoured by the enchanting marine location.