Clodagh and Trio Architecture are teaming to design a new Grand Hyatt project on Grand Cayman island in the Caribbean. The wellness-focused, New York-based designer will create the 351-key hotel’s interiors, while Trio—which has an office on the island in Camana Bay and a studio in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida—is serving as the project’s architect. The hotel and residential complex will mark the Hyatt brand’s return to the island and is slated to be completed by the end of 2020.
Set for a 7.1-acre site on Seven Mile Beach, plans for the property follow a Hyatt Hotels Corp. affiliate’s entry into a franchise agreement with locally based developer Pageant Beach Hotel Ltd. Accommodations will include guest rooms, studio suites, and one-, two- and three-bedroom layouts along a seafront eco-walk that project participants say will celebrate the diverse ecology of Grand Cayman. Six F&B venues, a 9,000-sq.-ft. destination spa and fitness center, three swimming pools, retail shops, a kids club, a screening room, and 25,000 sq. ft. of indoor meeting and event space will also be on tap at the resort, which will be managed by a unit of Aimbridge Hospitality.
“We’re delighted that the Grand Hyatt brand is expanding in the Caribbean, and especially in Grand Cayman where the hospitality and tourism sector is primarily aimed at the luxury market,” says David Tarr, senior vice president of development for Hyatt. “The opening of this hotel will mark the welcome return of the Hyatt brand to the Cayman Islands. Guests will experience welcoming luxury and best-in-class restaurants at Grand Hyatt Grand Cayman Hotel & Residences.”
Howard Sitzer, chairman of Pageant Beach Hotel Ltd., adds: “Grand Hyatt Grand Cayman Hotel & Residences will represent a unique concept in the Cayman Islands for international leisure travelers and groups looking for the ideal combination of luxury, comfort and function in their resort experience.”
Hyatt exited Grand Cayman in December 2007 when its 20-year management contract for the Hyatt Regency Grand Cayman expired, Travel Weekly reports. That hotel was damaged by Hurricane Ivan in 2004 and never reopened, according to the newspaper.