To celebrate my 70th birthday, my husband took me to Hawks Cay on Duck Key in the Florida Keys. Having never visited the Keys before, we thought we'd stay in the "middle" and take day trips to explore the rest.. I'm so glad we settled on Hawks Cay. From our arrival to the day we left we were treated like royalty. The resort itself had several beautiful pools, restaurants and superb grounds. Our room was beautiful and our balcony overlooked the adults only serenity pool. There were dolphins to interact with and several great spots and planned activities for children (which, since we don't have grandchildren, we could only enjoy as spectators).
I suppose that most resorts have similar amenities, but what made this one shine were the people. Jason, at the front desk, was our first encounter with the superb care we were to encounter.
When Bethany, the restaurant manager, learned it was my birthday, she seemed to decide we were the ONLY guests there and treated us as such. She was everywhere at once, busily overseeing everything! Yet, when she saw us, she ALWAYS stopped and chatted, making sure we were having a good time and were being taken care of.
When we went back to our room on different nights there were surprises waiting. Champagne and chocolate covered strawberries (the best chocolate and largest strawberries I've ever enjoyed) with a birthday note from Jason and the front desk staff. Another night a bottle of wine mysteriously placed with two wine glasses. One evening the restaurant created a large serving of fresh berries for my room.
Although we explored the Keys, we stayed close to the resort. My massage and pedicure were such a treat. Thank you Sarah and Eviline for the care you took to relax me and make my toes a great shade of bright pink!
All the restaurants served great food in a variety of areas. Outside we enjoyed informal dining while watching iguanas stroll through and seagulls lurking to steal a treat.
Alma, the premier dining place, was so very special. The bartender, Jesse, after discussing Heminway's likes, made a special Daiquiri with a splash of pineapple just for me. (Jesse - sorry if I gave away any secrets). He then created a special rum cocktail for me. It was finished with Jesse sprinkling nutmeg through a flame to top it off. We decided to call it "Almost a Sinner". Ask for it when you visit Hawks Cay. If they haven't put it on their drink menu, ask for Jesse. (I think I'm in love!).
My birthday dinner at Alma included lobster and wonderful service. The wait staff at Hawks Cay couldn't have been more attentive and knowledgeable. Paulo, Oscar, Donalene and so many more. Then the dessert! We ordered a light Passion Fruit sorbet to top off our wonderful meal. Out it came on a white oblong dish. "Happy Birthday" written in a most delicious chocolate fudge calligraphy, lit sparklers imbedded in the sorbet, and the staff singing "Happy Birthday" along with a most handsome man with such a beautiful voice!
I never felt so pampered and so special. I look forward to visiting again. Perhaps for my 75th?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sunset Villa 5005 located on Duck Key Harbor overlooking the Gulf. Expanded size bump-out provides roominess of a cottage villa. Huge master suite with balcony, 2 full baths up, 1 half bath down. Dining room seats 8, sleeps 6, big lower deck and sandy beach. Call Reservations to reserve 5005. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hawks Cay Hotel Duck Key
- Hawks Cay Duck Key
- Duck Key
- Hawk Cay Resort
- Hawks Key
- Hawks Cay Resort Duck Key, Florida