We were drawn to the funky, tropical atmosphere and the friendly, accommodating staff. We paid a bit more for a first floor, large, renovated room on the water. So worth it. A small, sandy "beach" was right off our patio replete with hammocks, palm trees, black mangroves, and a camera shy Iguana. But, no matter how lovely the property, if the staff sucks then your stay sucks! Not at Ibis Bay. The staff made our stay magical. From the rich, luscious, fresh cuisine, made with love by Executive Chef, Tami Ritchey in the open-air restaurant, The Stoned Crab. The resort has their own fishing boats - so it's really fresh seafood on a menu that I did my best to eat my way through. Tami's talent as a Chef is so awesome that we ate EVERY SINGLE MEAL at The Stoned Crab from check-in - to check-out (5 days). Must try the Eggs Benedict and Bloody Mary's in the morning; the delicious Stone Crab claws ANYTIME, for dinner - the Lobster Ravioli is most excellent! My pants were slightly tighter after (5) days and I blame Tami!! The other stand-out staff who made our stay so enjoyable are the day bartenders - GinnaLee Becker (restaurant bar) makes the best Mimosas and is one of those rare and wonderful people that everyone adores! Chris at the pool bar kept everyone entertained while mixing perfect Rum Runners - So Cute! And I must mention Connie Levy who took good care of us in the restaurant, and Peter Maczek who seemed to be everywhere, doing everything. I complimented the Resort owner while on site about his best, most valuable asset - a staff that really cares about the guests, the Resort, their service, and each other. That is why we'll be back and we'll tell everyone we can about Ibis Bay and the great people we met there. So, until our return I will dream about Tami's amazing food - till I can taste it again! SHINE ON!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ibis Bay is exactly what you dream of when you imagine Key West. It's a friendly, quirky resort with design and colors inspired by 1950s Havana. The landscaped white sand beach leads right up to the beachfront guest rooms, and guests can jump right into the beautiful bay for swimming, snorkeling and take jet skis, kayaks or paddle boards right from our dock! The staff are all Key West locals who love the island and want our guests to enjoy their stay. We have exclusive attractions like our poolside Dive-In Movies every Wednesday night on a 20ft screen by the pool, plus Nightboarding nightime LED-lit paddleboarding and kayaking! Wildlife abounds on our grounds including huge tortoises, lots of large colorful parrots, local iguanas (don't touch!) and our namesake, the very pretty ibis birds. In the mood for some fun? Ask our Fun Desk concierge about our jet ski, scooter and electric car rentals on site plus paddle board, kayaks and kiteboard rentals on the beach. They can also recommend off-site activities, restaurants, tours and local attractions. We have 80 hammocks for lazing about, and an amazing restaurant called The Stoned Crab that has two of its very own fishing boats delivering fresh crab, shrimp, lobster and fish every day! What are you waiting for? ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ibis Bay Waterfront Hotel Key West
- Blue Lagoon Hotel