-- The Florida Keys will become home to one of the states newest
luxury resorts when the Tranquility Bay Beach House Resort, a
condo-hotel property here, officially opens later this month.
Built and managed
by Singh Hotels and Resorts, which has three other resorts under
development in the Keys, Tranquility Bay comprises 87 two- and
three-bedroom luxury beach houses built in whats described as a Key
West style on the site of the former Buccaneer Resort
In soft opening
since mid-October, the $62 million resort -- still in the finishing
stages of construction because of hurricane damage last year --
officially will open on Jan. 28.
Strung along a
1,100-foot beach, the 41 two-bedroom and 46 three-bedroom condo
units -- privately owned but available through Singhs rental pool
-- offer what managing director Sam Schorr calls the comforts and
conveniences of home with resort amenities.
while each of the 12-acre resorts two-story houses have fully
equipped, gourmet kitchens outfitted with top-of-the-line
appliances, servingware and utensils, 24-hour room service is
available, as well.
starting at $299 in low season and the savings from cooking in,
guests can stay within their budgets and still have a very upscale
vacation, he said.
Each house has
two porches offering 180-degree beach views; a living room with 42-inch plasma
flat-screen TVs and cable service; two full bathrooms and one half
bath; and two or three bedrooms, including a master bedroom with
king-size bed, private bath and 27-inch flat-screen TV.
daily maid service and in-house amenities such as washers and
dryers, free wireless Internet access and DVD/CD
units are divided into three categories, based on location --
beachfront, beach lawn and poolside -- none is more than a few
strides from the beach and all units are decorated, outfitted and
The beauty is
that every house offers beach views, said Nancy Wexler, director of
marketing. And what travel agents will like is that every client
gets the same type of house, so no one can complain.
Singh, president of parent firm The Singh Co., said seven planned
units were removed from original blueprints to ensure beach views
for the other 87 houses.
facilities include a white-sand beach, tiki bar, swimming pool and
sports and spa services through the resorts adventure concierge. A
supervised kids program is also available.
Cafe, an on-site restaurant, opened Jan. 10 under the supervision
of Executive Chef James Shadow Henahan, who serves up New World
tropical cuisine, combining local ingredients and freshly caught
Tranquility Bay will put Marathon -- now a pit stop on the way to
Key West -- on the map as a luxury destination.
skipped over. There are high-end properties in Key Largo,
Islamorada and Key West, but here weve had modest, mom-and-pop
motels, he said.
Singh said he foresees Marathon and the Middle Keys blossoming over
the next decade. Were helping to set the stage, and standards, for
developments on Marathon include the 67-unit Indigo Reef Marina
Homes Resort, which will open this spring, and the 25-unit Coral
Lagoon Marina Homes Resort, to open by next winter. On Key West,
Singh will open Parrot Key All-Suite Resort next winter.
opens with $1 million in advance reservations, mainly through its
Web site, according to Schorr, who foresees 60% to 65% average
occupancy for 2006. To encourage agent bookings, the resort offers
half-price fam rates along with paying 10% commission.
Destinations editor Kenneth Kiesnoski, send e-mail to [email protected].