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Amara Cay Resort

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#8 of 20 hotels in Islamorada
Location
4.6
Cleanliness
4.3
Service
4.3
Value
4.0
Amara Cay Resort is anchored in the laid-back style and carefree atmosphere that makes Islamorada the Sport Fishing Capital of the World. Reflecting the easy tranquility of the Upper Keys, Amara Cay Resort seamlessly blends recreation with relaxation. Hammocks dot the sandy shoreline, palm trees sway in the breeze and a shimmering oceanfront pool beckons early risers. It's no wonder Amara Cay was named the winner of the 2015 Sandi Design award for Design Excellence Hospitality by the International Interior Design Association, which recognized our expert balance of relaxed atmosphere and luxurious style.
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Property amenities
Paid private parking on-site
Wifi
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Beach
Bicycles available
Children's television networks
Parking
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Fence around pool
Yoga classes
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Poolside bar
Canoeing
Diving
Snorkeling
Fishing
Board games / puzzles
Highchairs available
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Free shuttle or taxi services
Shuttle bus service
Taxi service
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Gift shop
Outdoor furniture
Shops
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Laundry service
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Private beach
Desk
Refrigerator
Cable / satellite TV
Sofa bed
Bath / shower
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Room service
Safe
Sofa
Bottled water
Iron
Laptop safe
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Ocean view
Pool view
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Centrally Located
Green
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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4.0 of 5 bubbles2,115 reviews
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At Amara Cay Resort, some guests have lauded the stylish ambiance, complete with lively live music and chic decor, as well as the fun atmosphere around the pool. The hotel offers commendable amenities like beach access, a pool, and various games, yet service can be hit or miss, impacting overall satisfaction. While many travelers have enjoyed clean, comfortable rooms with pleasing views, others have encountered cleanliness issues and questioned the value, pointing to overpriced features and rooms that don't meet expectations for the price.
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Expensive
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Mixed
Service
Inconsistent
Amenities
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sebjgreen wrote a review Apr 9
Manchester, United Kingdom249 contributions128 helpful votes
Communal areas all very nice. Rooms quite basic. Staff friendly but not very helpful. We had an issue with our bed - asked at reception a few times and never got resolved. Room service would do just the basics - had to call down for them to bring up more soap etc as the bottles they have in the rooms are tiny but they never replaced them when empty.
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Date of stay: April 2024Trip type: Traveled with family
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Dear sebjgreen, It was a pleasure to serve as your host and we thank you for taking the time to share your review. It's wonderful to know that our setting provided a phenomenal backdrop for an unforgettable retreat, but we regret that our team did not prove helpful. We appreciate your added feedback, and we hope we can one day win your heart with a more enjoyed Islamorada visit. With sun and sea, Sarah Will Resort Manager
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Susan L wrote a review Apr 1
Wappingers, United States72 contributions47 helpful votes
We didn't stay at this hotel--we stayed at their sister hotel (don't do it), however, we visited Amara Cay for dinner. Upon arriving, the waitress gave us water in dirty glasses. I asked for vegan options and the waitress told me about something that was clearly not vegan. When I asked if she could check with the chef and find out what was vegan, she simply said "NO". Needless to say, we left. Wow! Unprofessional to say the least.
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Don't eat here--not knowledgeable about food allergies/preferences.
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Responded 1 week ago
Dear Susan, It was wonderful to welcome you for a meal, though we're sorry that we didn't impress. We regret that our team's typically sparkling hospitality did not shine during your visit, and hope that you will consider returning to give us the opportunity to win back your heart. With sun and sea, Sarah Will Resort Manager
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Terry S wrote a review Mar 2024
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This was the ultimate vacation in the Florida keys! A beautiful resort with very 🧡 friendly guests and employees. We were treated like royalty and enjoyed every moment we were there. It was very hard to leave and next year we will plan to stay longer!
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: You should stay a least a week or longer
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Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Terry, A perfect review always leaves us smiling from ear to ear and we thank you for spoiling us with your kind words. On behalf of all of us at the resort, it was a pleasure to serve as your host, and we look forward to welcoming you again in the months and years ahead. With sun and sea, Sarah Will Resort Manager
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thelimpingtiger wrote a review Mar 2024
Tampa, Florida244 contributions70 helpful votes
Nice small resort. They pair up with the La Siesta resort with transportation between the resorts complementry. Here, the l is nicer. La Siesta has a sand beach. Views from the rooms over the pool are nice (partial ocean view). The bed was comfortable and the shower was very nice, better than a tub. They respond to text messages very quickly, which was very nice too. Tv was excellent quality. Keurig coffee maker was a nice touch too. Only negative was value. A bit over-priced in my experience.
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear thelimpingtiger, Your kind words have us smiling from ear to ear, and we’re delighted to learn of your memorable stay. It's wonderful to know that our complimentary shuttle service provided easy access to our sister resort, guaranteeing that you had everything you needed for an idyllic beach retreat. We would be thrilled to have you back for another comfortable stay in paradise. With sun and sea, Sarah Will Resort Manager
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Krissy G wrote a review Mar 2024
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We booked our wedding room block with Amara Cay, and are so glad we did! The group booking staff including Danielle, Juan, and Kristina were easy to work with and always answered our questions in a timely manner. Our guests enjoyed the amenities including the pool, tiki, waterfront with yard games, and fire pits. The staff was attentive and friendly, and the rooms were clean and comfortable. It’s especially nice for a group, as the pool and tiki area are more intimate in size than some of the other resorts we considered, so everyone was able to find each other easily and spend time together. Highly recommend considering Amara Cay for a group or single room!
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear Krissy, Perfection is always the goal, and we're delighted to know that we were successful. It was a pleasure hosting you and yours for such an exciting occasion, and it's wonderful to know that Kristina, Juan, and Danielle took the lead in ensuring you felt perfectly at home. We thank you for spreading the word and we hope to host you time and again for many years to come. With sun and sea, Sarah Will Resort Manager
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rockgully wrote a review Mar 2024
Maine15 contributions1 helpful vote
We have never stayed at a hotel with friendlier staff than Amara Cay! Every staff person we passed in the hallways, or had contact with during our four day, stay was extremely friendly, helpful, and smiling. The beach area was kept up very nicely, the sand was nice, and the landscaping was beautiful. We saw dolphins, rays, jellyfish, a sea hare, mini fish, and of course, pelicans, ibis and egret all from the beach. We enjoyed the kayaking and saw a sea turtle while out there on the blue water. The pool area was beautiful and the water was warm. The only mildly negative comment I have is that drip coffee in the coffee bar was six dollars a cup. There are complementary Keurig in the rooms, so I would make use of those next time and buy some creamer for the room. The decor of our room was simple, fresh and nice and it was wonderful to not have carpet. Hard floors seem so much more sanitary. The lobby decor was absolutely beautiful, everything was very clean.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Responded Mar 5, 2024
Dear rockgully, We are elated to find that we impressed at every turn, and we thank you for taking the time to share your thoughtful review. It's wonderful to know that our team's sparkling personalities left such a lasting impression on your time with us. We hope that you will join us again for even more sightings of marine curiosities. With sun and sea, Sarah Will Resort Manager
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Adventure525678 wrote a review Feb 2024
Siesta Key, Florida10 contributions2 helpful votes
We were greeted at check-in with a snippy representative. Long story short we questioned the price of the room since it was more than what we were originally quoted, and questioning it was not received well. We agreed to question it later just so she could check us in. Her attitude was abrupt bordering on rude. When we got to the room we realized this was not the room we had originally reserved. We should have had a balcony. We were going to let it go (didn't want to deal with the check in rep again) but after double checking my original reservation, we decided to say something. Fortunately, we dealt with a different check-in rep and she was able to accommodate us no questions asked. The large pool area is very nice overlooking the ocean. The man-made beach area is nice but you need to use a ladder to get into the water. They could use a few more lounge chairs in the pool area. There seemed to be plenty of room for more. We had breakfast, lunch and dinner on different days at the restaurant - all were good but a bit pricey. The tiki bar is nice but drinks were expensive aside from their happy hour from 5 to 7 featuring 1/2 price drinks. They should offer happy hour apps in order to compete with Lazy Days just down the street (2 min walk) which feature lower priced drinks and a nice assortment of discounted apps from 4 to 6 and great bar service. The tiki hut happy hour was never crowded and the bar service was very slow. Overall, the resort was a bit overpriced but nice. I would have given it more than average had it not been for the cold welcome we received upon arrival.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Not enough loungers by the pool, grab one early; Don't waste your time at the tiki bar happy hour...
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Responded Feb 23, 2024
Dear Adventure525678, It was a pleasure to serve as your host and we thank you for taking the time to share your review. It's wonderful to know that our walk-in pool and breathtaking ocean backdrop provided the ideal setting for a tranquil retreat. We regret any confusion at the beginning of your stay with us, and we apologize for any inconsistencies in the typically sparkling hospitality from our team. It's wonderful to know that we were able to accommodate the room change to ensure that you had the perfect space to call your own. We thank you once more for making yourself at home with us and we hope to earn your endless accolades upon your return. With sun and sea, Sarah Will Resort Manager
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Melanie P wrote a review Feb 2024
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Our time at Amara Cay was extraordinary! From the gorgeous water views to the nicely appointed room, our stay was picture perfect. The friendly staff was extremely helpful and knowledgeable of the area. We highly recommend and will stay here again!!
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded Feb 21, 2024
Dear Melanie, Perfection is always the goal, and we're delighted to know that we were successful. On behalf of all of us, the pleasure was ours and we thank you for granting us your magnificent review. With sun and sea, Sarah Will Resort Manager
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Leigh wrote a review Feb 2024
Fort Lauderdale, Florida5 contributions
We stayed at Amara Cay for my husband’s birthday. We had excellent service from everyone we encountered. We had a Garden View room and it actually had an ocean view. In room Keurig was nice for coffee on the balcony. Used their shuttle few times to get around. It was clean and the driver was friendly. Not much of a wait at all. The pool was heated which was surprising for such a big pool. Tiki bar made a mean espresso martini!
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Parking is free. Shuttle is free. Pool is heated in winter months. Rooms are spacious.
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Responded Feb 15, 2024
Dear Leigh, Perfection is always the goal, and we're elated to know that we were successful. It's wonderful to know that you had everything you needed and more for the ideal retreat, from sparkling hospitality to a delightfully comfortable swim. Here’s hoping we see you back soon! With sun and sea, Sarah Will Resort Manager
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Kimberly C wrote a review Jan 2024
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I had a lovely lunch with a business partner today. Maria was our server and she was wonderful! She was very attentive and kind. The food was great, and you cannot beat the beautiful view, right on the ocean! This was a great experience! I’ll be back! Thank you!
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Traveled on business
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Responded Jan 26, 2024
Dear Kimberly, Your perfect review warms our hearts. We thank you for taking the time to write a review and recognize our team member, Maria. We will share your kind words with her. Thank you again. We look forward to welcoming you back to our resort. With sun and sea, Sarah Will Resort Manager
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ALSO KNOWN AS
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FORMERLY KNOWN AS
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Amara Cay Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Amara Cay Resort?
Nearby attractions include History of Diving Museum (3.1 miles), Lobster Trap Art Gift Shop and Gallery (2.3 miles), and Alligator Reef Light House (4.0 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Amara Cay Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Amara Cay Resort?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Amara Cay Resort?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Amara Cay Resort?
Yes, paid private parking on-site is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Amara Cay Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Mangrove Mike's Cafe, Whale Harbor Seafood Feast (Buffet), and Wahoo's Bar and Grill.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Amara Cay Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness center, and yoga classes during their stay.
Are pets allowed at Amara Cay Resort?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Amara Cay Resort?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to Amara Cay Resort?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Indian Key State Historic Site (2.0 miles) and Islamorada Art Gallery By Pasta (1.5 miles).
Does Amara Cay Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbor view available here.