Dart plans children’s resort in new SMB tourism district

Two new hotels to anchor resort area

A children’s resort is being planned as part of a new tourism district surrounding Dart’s new hotels on Seven Mile Beach.

The developer revealed this week that it is planning to build a five-star hotel next to the 10-story Kimpton Seafire resort, currently under construction next to Public Beach. Dart Realty’s chief operating officer, Jackie Doak, says the two hotels will anchor a new resort district which will incorporate the developer’s land holdings from the North Sound to Seven Mile Beach.

Plans for the zone are under discussion but will likely include a “children’s resort,” said Ms. Doak.

She said the resort could include daily activities and excursions around the zone, including zip-lining, kayaking, climbing walls, swimming pools and slides. Features like tree houses dotted around the resort district and a “lazy river” allowing kids to float through parts of the property are also planned.

Aimed primarily at tourists from all over the island, it is also envisaged as including bunks for “sleepover” activities, allowing parents to take a night off or make a side trip to the Sister Islands.

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Family destination

Ms. Doak said the aim is to create a venue that makes Cayman a top destination for families.

She said she saw the “component parts” at various locations on her own travels with her children, including at Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas and on Disney cruises, but she hopes the developer can create a unique attraction.

The resort will have a headquarters between the two hotels but will feature activities all over the “resort zone,” she said.

“Each hotel will have their own kids clubs,” she sad, “but this is going to provide amenities and activities that don’t currently exist in Cayman.

“It is in the conceptual stage at the moment, but the aim is that it will be developed in parallel with the five-star resort.”

She said the plans involve a headquarters around a beach and pool area close to Tiki Beach, and that the entire concept could drive new visitors to the islands.

“It has huge potential to attract families to the Cayman Islands,” Ms. Doak said. “We want to make it so Cayman is the number one destination that comes up for families with children when they are researching where to go on vacation.”

Master plan

She said the finer details of what will be included in the wider resort zone will be determined in a master plan for the area.

Dart took the first steps in the application process for the five-star hotel next to Tiki Beach this week with the submission of a coastal works application to explore the removal of beach rock to create a safer and more comfortable water entry on that stretch of Seven Mile Beach.

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  1. I thinks this will be great for locals and visitors alike, because when children come to the island on cruise ship or by plane they always complain of having no where to go or nothing to do, but just follow their parents around shopping, on tours or the beach.
    With these new plans for a children resort, our local children will have some where to go on weekends and Holidays, and will have the opportunity of meeting visiting children. A very good idea. Thanks again to the Dart foundation.