The Cayman Brac Beach Resort plans to hold its official grand opening on Friday, following four months of renovation work.
The resort has completely overhauled its indoor and outdoor spaces. The work was completed last month.
Celebrations will kick off with an invitation-only ceremony and ribbon cutting in the morning, which will be attended by Premier Alden McLaughlin and other dignitaries.
Later in the day, artist Jim Hellemn will give a short presentation on his mural that will be hung by the new bar. The public is then invited to the resort’s grand opening barbecue from 6-9 p.m., featuring live entertainment from Bonafide from 7:30–10:30 p.m.
Resort Manager Timothy Williams noted there are countless improvements to the resort, which was originally built in 1987 by Linton Tibbetts and most recently upgraded after it was destroyed by Hurricane Paloma in 2008.
Arch and Godfrey served as general contractor for the current project.
Mr. Williams said the renovation is aimed at ensuring the resort’s long-term success by appealing to current and future generations of guests.
“We are also looking to set a positive example for tourism development on Cayman Brac,” he said.
A major highlight of the renovations is a new 144,000 gallon, 4,500 square foot pool built by Island Pools. Featuring a sloped “beach entry” and lit at night by color changing LED lights, it also has an 8 foot deep end for dive training. The pool will be surrounded by new chaise longues.
“There is also a brand new two-story bar featuring a glass bar top and new bar furniture. Upstairs is a lovely viewing area and may be offered for reserved private events,” Mr. Williams said.
The property now boasts 15,000 square feet of hand-laid travertine tile around the pool, bar and walking paths.
“The renovations also include new soft goods for the resort rooms, including linens, lamps, French door closets, carpeting on the second floor, and paint, among other things. The entire resort has been repainted, and there is a new bar menu and dining ware,” Mr. Williams added.
He said the upgrades are designed to improve the overall experience for guests by harmonizing the property’s best features.
“There was previously mostly empty space between our guest rooms, pool and bar and the beach area,” he said.
“The goal was to bring the beach closer to our guests so there would be a natural progression from the bar to the pool to the beach. Adding additional walkways and improving existing paths also serves to beckon our guests towards the new central features of the property.”