The NCB Group is naming its new hotel in George Town ‘Kailani, Grand Cayman’, the company announced on Thursday. The first phase of construction on the project began this week.
The seven-storey hotel, located at the site of the old Treehouse Restaurant opposite Kirk Market, will be the first Curio Collection by Hilton property in the Cayman Islands.
The 80-room hotel is slated to open in late 2021.
According to the company, the name Kailani is a combination of ‘kai’ and ‘lani’ which means sea and sky, respectively, in Hawaiian.
The developers said the unveiling of the hotel’s name coincided with the commencement of the first phase of construction, which included pouring of the concrete floor slab and laying of the concrete ground floor walls and Insulated Concrete Form walls on the first and second floors.
According to NCB Managing Director Matthew Wight, the hotel will incorporate renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies.
The hotel, designed by architectural firm A++, will include a wellness spa with a gym, yoga studio, thermal spa, sauna and hydro pool, and relaxation areas on its top floor, as well as two restaurants and a pool-side café.
“As tourist arrivals in the Caribbean continue to grow, we have made this region a priority in our expansion efforts and are proud to announce Hilton’s first property in Grand Cayman,” said Juan Corvinos, vice president, development, Latin America and the Caribbean, Hilton, in a statement.
As well as offering hotel accommodation, NCB is also making some of the rooms available for purchase and more than 40% have already sold, the company stated.