By Laura Myers
The Florida Keys & Key West are unveiling 1,500 additional rooms this summer, showcasing all-new and fully refurbished resorts — and its first “luxury-inclusive” resort — in coming weeks.
“Favorite resorts are revitalized. Visitors can come and experience a new resort with the comfort of knowing the destination,” said Jim DeKeyrel, director of sales for the island destination.
Major properties with significant renovations include Hawks Cay Resort and Cheeca Lodge Resort & Spa.
Eighty percent of all lodging units are open after Hurricane Irma impacted the Keys in September 2017. Key West and Key Largo were least affected.
Major Keys properties, new or reopening this spring and summer, include:
The 12-acre new “luxury inclusive” adults-only 135-unit Bungalows Key Largo is scheduled to open in May at 99010 Overseas Highway, mile marker 99 bayside, with a “Florida chic” design. Bungalows will average 800 square feet and have private outdoor plunge pools or tubs. The property features several restaurants and bars and 1,000 feet of shoreline. Rates are to include lodging, food, premium beverages, activities and water toys. Visit BungalowsKeyLargo.com.
The 60-acre all-suite Ocean Pointe Suites at Key Largo continues its reopening that began March 30 with a newly restored private beach and over-the-water gazebo. Ocean Pointe Suites is located at 500 Burton Drive, mile marker 92.5. Visit opsuites.com.
The 27-acre, 214-unit Cheeca Lodge Resort & Spa reopened March 30 with a $25 million overall redesign of its main resort lodge, 4,600 square feet of formal indoor event space, a rebuilt 525-foot-long wooden fishing pier, a 5,700-square-foot spa with seven treatments rooms, and a refurbished Jack Niklaus–designed nine-hole, par three golf course. A second oceanfront pool and second Tiki bar, named South 25, are to open in May. Cheeca’s three restaurants include Mia Cucina, a new family-friendly Italian-style Neapolitan pizzeria and pasta bistro. Cheeca Lodge is located at 81801 Overseas Highway, mile marker 81.8. Visit cheeca.com.
Islamorada Resort Co.’s four properties in the heart of Islamorada, located between mile markers 84.4 and 80, also are reopening. The 145-unit Postcard Inn Beach Resort & Marina is to begin reopening this month. The 63-unit Pelican Cove Resort reopened March 17. A third resort, the 6-acre 54-unit La Siesta Resort & Marina (except for its five-bedroom house) and sister property, the 110-room Amara Cay Resort, are open. Visit islamoradaresortcompany.com.
Islander Bayside Resort is open at 81450 Overseas Highway, mile marker 81, with 25 two-story, two-bedroom townhomes. Nearby, the iconic 25-acre oceanside Islander Resort is to reopen this fall with an all-new design and culinary concepts. Visit IslanderFloridaKeys.com.
Middle and Lower Keys
On Duck Key, the 60-acre Hawks Cay Resort, a AAA Four-Diamond Award–rated and Preferred Hotel Group Lifestyle Collection member, partially reopened in mid-March with 100 villas and its Calm Waters Spa, Sunset Pool, Coral Cay kids’ activities center and Angler and Ale restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Its dolphin program is open as well. The main hotel, with 177 guestrooms, a saltwater lagoon, three pools and three restaurants, is to reopen this summer. Meetings are to resume Sept. 1. Hawks Cay is located at 61 Hawks Cay Blvd., mile marker 61 oceanside. Visit hawkscay.com.
In Marathon, a new full-service 80-room Hampton Inn Marathon is to open in early June with a pool, Tiki bar, 24-hour fitness center and live entertainment. Hampton Inn Marathon is located at 13351 Overseas Highway, mile marker 54. Visit hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/h otels/florida/hampton-inn-marathon-florida-keys-MTHFKHX/index.html.
Parmer’s Resort on Little Torch Key has 43 (including 14 waterfront) units open, with only one unit remaining under reconstruction. Parmer’s has reopened its 90-foot-long beach with new chairs. Guests also can enjoy the property’s kayaks and paddleboards. The property is located at 565 Barry Ave., mile marker 28.5. Visit ParmersResort.com
The 106-room Havana Cabana resort, formerly The Inn at Key West, is to reopen in April at 3420 N. Roosevelt Blvd. evoking a nostalgic flavor of Havana in the 1950s. Rooms are centered around a 104,000-gallon pool billed as Key West’s largest. The hotel serves a Cuban-inspired menu from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. with fare such as cafe con leche, croquetas and Cuban sandwiches. The Mojitos Pool Bar serves 25 versions of rum cocktails. On-site, the OurKeyWest Concierge offers guests a one-day trip to Havana, Cuba, priced from $995 per person with valid passport. Visit havanacabanakeywesthotel.com.
The 148-unit Parrot Key Resort, 2801 N. Roosevelt Blvd. in Key West, is scheduled to reopen June 1 with a new interior design that includes crisp white walls accented with soothing blues and natural textured linens. Parrot Key is to offers a variety of accommodations with rooms, suites and three-bedroom villas. Property amenities include four pools and poolside al fresco dining. The resort is targeting couples, families or groups traveling together for celebrations. Visit parrotkeyresort.com.
Florida Keys visitor information: fla-keys.com or 1-800-FLA-KEYS
Parmer’s Resort on Little Torch Key has 43 (including 14 waterfront) units open, with only one unit remaining under reconstruction.