On Islamorada Key, part of the Upper Florida Keys, you’ll find Amara Cay Resort, another stop on my Keys trip this past summer. This resort has just undergone a $10 million renovation and now has 110 well-appointed guest rooms and suites.
The suites are massive, modern, and sleek with all the best amenities including fine French toiletries in the bathrooms.
The lobby reflects the Keys relaxed atmosphere and luxurious style with its reclaimed wood tables, sculptures and swinging chairs.
There is a lot to do and see on Islamorada Key. There’s fishing, as this is the sport-fishing capital of the Keys, you can snorkel on the reef, go wreck diving or visit the Florida Keys Brewing Co. where they infuse their brews with local flavours such as key lime, citrus and local honey.
Amenities include the onsite full-service watersports facility. Go on a snorkeling excursion or kayaking, or hop on a wave runner or paddleboard. There is free shuttle which brings guests to sister resorts with wade-in beaches a few minutes away.
If this feels a little too hectic, you can relax with a good book in one of the hammocks, strung between palms trees on the beach, which was right up my alley.
Amara Cay has a great Bar and an Italian dining Room called Oltremare, which offers indoor or outdoor dining, and serves the ever-present fresh Florida Keys fish, charcuteries and hand make pastas. The restaurant features a great wine list to accompany your meal. Choose from Italian chianti’s to California pinot noir.
Chill out at the Tiki bar “Sparrows Rum Bar”, open for lunch and dinner serving American fare and tropical cocktails including their signature drink, an amazing prickly pear mojito.
So if you’re looking for laid-back elegance and a carefree atmosphere Amara Cay should fit the bill; winner of the 2015 Sandi Design Award for Design Excellence Hospitality.