All kinds of fun at Seafire

There are numerous fun activities happening at Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa this month and beyond, but one of them is a secret. Since we trust Camana Bay Times readers to keep a secret, we're going to tell you: The Seafire speakeasy is back.

From 16 to 23 October, Kimpton Seafire would like all fun-loving secret keepers to join its beverage team in the lobby library for a toast to mark 100 years since Prohibition began and America went dry. For almost 14 years starting in 1920, it was illegal under most circumstances in the United States to manufacture, transport, import or sell intoxicating beverages.

The law, however, didn't stop millions of Americans from enjoying a tipple or two. With nowhere to go to buy alcohol legally, many Americans visited establishments that sold alcohol illegally. These "speakeasies" were talked about in hushed tones and customers would often need to use a password at the door. To enter the Kimpton "Library" speakeasy, you'll need to know your "library membership number." If anyone asks, your membership number is 345; but shhhh ... keep it a secret. 

No reservations are required to enjoy the classic cocktails, sounds and styles of the Roaring Twenties, daily from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.

Barbacoa

Jamaica has its jerk, but in Mexico, it's barbacoa, a similar way to slow cook meat over an open fire or, more traditionally, in a fire pit dug in the ground and covered with leaves. The English word "barbecue" derives from barbacoa.

Every Saturday evening in October starting at 5:30 p.m., Coccoloba restaurant will fire up the smoker and BBQ grill to prepare foods — most of which aren't on its regular menu — to honour the traditional Mexican barbacoa. Meals will be served family style at tables on the sand or deck while musicians play live Mexican music.

The evening includes a sunset ritual with a piñata and smoky cocktails that match the theme, like mescal margaritas. Reservations are required. 

Voyage through the Mediterranean

Cayman Islands residents might not be able to travel easily right now because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but they can still take a culinary journey through the Mediterranean every Thursday night at Ave restaurant starting on 5 November. 

The "Voyage through the Mediterranean" event menus will reflect different regional themes every six weeks, starting with Greece. The "Simply Greek" nights will appropriately start with a traditional plate-smashing ceremony. 

The cost is CI$55 for the food, which includes a selection of family style appetisers, entrées and desserts. Beverages are extra. Reservations are required.

Aperitivo Happy Hour

Those looking for a civilised happy hour in a beautiful setting need look no further than the Ave Lounge, which is offering "Aperitivo Hour" Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Enjoy sipping and snacking on handcrafted cocktails and Spanish-style tapas for special prices between CI$5 and $9 from the lounge or out on the Ave Terrace while watching the sunset. 

Beach days

For those who feel like lockdown stress has been replaced by daily grind stress, a day at the beach is in order. Kimpton Seafire is offering a "Day Getaway" where residents can rent a cabana or chaise lounge and enjoy the resort's beach or pool with food and beverage service and access to non-motorised watersports. Prices start at CI$29.

Staycation enhancement

Are you still thinking about taking a weekend staycation, or perhaps enjoying another staycation? Kimpton Seafire Resort is sweetening the pot with a number of complimentary weekend staycation activities for the whole family.

Friday nights offer family-friendly movies under the stars. Welcome the day on Saturday with a yoga class followed by a healthy virgin cocktail, or get in a workout at boot camp. Then there's a DJ by the pool that's filled with floaties for the kids — or for the young at heart. On Sunday, try a paddleboard yoga session or enjoy some retail therapy with a morning sale of items at the Spa at Seafire. Later in the day, enjoy a spa and wellness social hour so that you can wake up Monday morning feeling refreshed and ready to face the work week. 

Beach yoga for all

Channel your inner peace and improve your health with yoga every morning — and early evenings on Monday — on the Beach Deck at Seafire.

Cayman Sports runs a variety of classes including power flow, vinyasa flow, yoga sculpt, hip opener flow and beginner yoga. There's also a boot camp session on Saturdays at 8 a.m. The classes are free for staycationing hotel guests, but non-guests can still attend for a cost of CI$15 per class, or CI$130 for a 10-class package. Juices and smoothies are included after Saturday morning classes. Email beachdeckyoga@gmail.com for more information or to register.

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This article appears in print in the October 2020 edition of Camana Bay Times.

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