Property in talks over possible branding options
The Grand Caymanian resort is continuing its resurgence with the completion of refurbishments to its Blue Iguana Grill bar.
The property also has added a cabana barbecue and new restrooms to its pool area, all part of the establishment’s improvements, according to general manager Henry Piarrot.
“We’re having a Homebuilders Association Back to School party this weekend and expecting around 300 people for a barbecue, fashion show and property tours; there will be other vendors out as well,” he said. “The outdoor restrooms are done and it all looks like it’s always been here as it matches the buildings.” The general manager said there was a plan to add a swim-up bar, but construction would not begin if it could not be finished before 2011’s high season.
The off-season has given the hotel an opportunity to work on the facility, Mr. Piarrot said.
“We drill until we get it right and then we continue to drill until we cannot get it wrong and it becomes second nature,” he said. “There is a benefit to off-season because although nobody likes to be slow it does enable us to get things done with as little invasion as possible.”
The Blue Iguana Grill has also been reimagined, Mr. Piarrot said.
“It’s not your daddy’s Blue Iguana anymore; we’ve taken out the round bar, put in a bar along the wall and welcomed the Cayman Islands Dart League,” he said. “We have new menus at the designers right now and have become a certified Angus Beef Restaurant.”
In the future, there will be live bands on the outdoor stage near the dock, which has played host to several weddings.
The property’s owners have been on-island along with representatives of the management company, M Gibson Group, to discuss branding opportunities, the general manager said.
“We have had Best Western; we have hosted a gentleman from Holiday Inn; we have spent some time with the Wyndham people,” he said. “The approach is to take this year [since M Gibson took over], entertain possibilities and operate as an independent. That way, if and when we do brand it will be the best thing for the property rather than a hasty decision because once a contract is signed it’s hard to un-sign. We would rather measure twice and cut once; if we do rebrand it will be something that will be good news and extend the life of the property now and in the future.”