We were originally only going to stay here on our way to Key West. But after only one night in Key West, we returned to this hotel for the rest of our week.
This hotel was absolutely perfect for us! We had a wonderful room - upgraded to an ocean front room on the first floor. We could walk right out to the ocean/beach and see the sun rise. We had a full kitchen and separate bedroom and living room area. It was spacious and had plenty of closet space.
The hotel has a pool (where I spent most of my days), a beach with chairs and hammocks (where my husband spent most of his days), and an Outback restaurant with outdoor space and tiki bar. There's stairs to the ocean and many guests chose to snorkel right there at the resort. The water was clear and there were always plenty of fish to see. One morning at sunrise we were excited to see a dolphin swim by! On the same property there's an "excursion" business where you could rent jet skis, or go on snorkeling/diving tours. We didn't use this business because we'd gone out while in Key West. But they seemed friendly - we'd give it a try next time.
There are plenty of restaurants and shops within driving distance. We ate at Sunset Bar and Grill (just before the Seven-Mile bridge) one evening and loved it. I would also recommend shopping at Lobster Trap Art Gallery. They only sell the work of local artists and they specialize in lobster trap frames. We ordered a special frame for a print we'd purchased and they were super helpful and shipped it to our home for us.
We will definitely stay at this hotel again and recommend it for anyone - younger, older, family, couples...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hampton Inn And Suites Islamorada Hotel Islamorada
- Hampton Inn Islamorada
- Islamorada Hampton Inn