Earlier this year, actor Armie Hammer returned to Grand Cayman for the first time since spending five years of his childhood here. He reflected on what it was like to return to the island, with his wife and children, after 14 years away. He also spoke about his stay at The Residences at Seafire.
CBT: What stood out most in your mind after coming back to Cayman after so many years?
AH: It has been 14 years since I’ve been back to Grand Cayman and I still consider it home. It’s been such a huge part of my identity and what I consider my formative years. The thing that surprised me the most is how much the island has actually grown. The development, the infrastructure and Seven Mile Beach itself have changed so much — it’s amazing.
CBT: It must have been great to take your family home for the first time.
AH: When I was living in the Cayman Islands, the idea of kids was the furthest thought from my brain, but taking my children down there felt amazing. I took my daughter to the school I went to when I was almost her age and it was really fun reconnecting because I take her to school every day and I think, “My parents used to take me to school every day here.” It was really cool and it was really special. My daughter and especially my wife keep asking me, “When can we go back?”
CBT: Do you think the development that you saw is good for the island?
AH: I think for the island yes, growth, is a very good thing. The island has continued to find its own identity in the Caribbean and find its place in the new world. For me personally, I miss how empty Seven Mile Beach was when I was there before and now it’s a lot more private and the beaches and hotels are a lot more populated, but at the end of the day, I think it’s good for the island
and the island economy. You know for all intents and purposes I was a local, I was a Caymanian, so for me I kind of miss that feeling. It’s been so long since I’ve been there that I now kind of feel out of place and out of touch with everything, but that’s also probably just an excuse to get there more.
CBT: You stayed at The Residences at Seafire and your father owns a place at The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. How would you compare the two properties?
AH: They are both so fabulous and both so perfect, and both offer a seemingly unlimited amount of amenities and opportunities to enjoy yourself on the island. The biggest difference is the location. One is a little farther north on Seven Mile Beach, but in terms of looking for the perfect experience, you’re going to get it in both places.
CBT: You stayed in a Residences at Seafire unit designed by Martyn Lawrence Bullard. Can you tell us more about it?
AH: The design of the unit was perfect. My wife is very specific when it comes to how she likes things designed and there was literally nothing we could think of changing. Everything from the art on the wall, to the wallpaper, the layout of the living room, the kitchen and the bedroom and the full sliding glass wall — everything was impeccable. If I could convince my wife, we would literally sell everything in the United States and just move down to Cayman into that one specific unit, no question.
CBT: You could always have a second home on Grand Cayman?
AH: If I thought we got down there as much as I would hope we could get down there, I would buy a home in a second. My dad basically lives there … and that gives us an excuse to get down there as much as possible.
CBT: Would you recommend buying The Residences at Seafire? If so, why?
AH: I would recommend anything that involves anybody buying anything in the Cayman Islands. The Seafire location and everything about it is absolutely perfect and unchangeable. The Ritz-Carlton property as well. There’s not a better place or even comparable place that I think your money would be better spent. It’s an island tropical paradise. It’s super close, it’s easy to get to from almost anywhere in the world. It’s paradise and I love it.