Amara Cay, a boutique
resort in the Florida Keys town of Islamorada, began welcoming guests in early
Occupying a former Hampton
Inn, Amara Cay is still working on a renovation of more than $10 million
that will include all 110 guestrooms, including 22 suites, as well as
all the hotel's public spaces. The new resort is designed to feel upscale yet
unpretentious, according to General Manager Kara Lundgren.
The first 44 Amara Cay guestrooms
opened last month, and an additional 21 rooms are scheduled to open this week.
All guestroom renovations are scheduled to be completed by the end of May.
Already finished is the
expansive lobby lounge. The lounge features a rustic look fashioned in
reclaimed wood and is adorned with swinging chairs. The lobby's open design
flows into the new Oltremare Ristorante, where the coastal-Italian menu
features freshly made pasta and Florida Keys seafood.
Guestrooms are conceived
as a contemporary reimagination of a classic seaside cottage and feature simple
designs incorporating natural elements. Every room has a balcony with views of
the Atlantic Ocean.
A new swimming pool
featuring seven private-entry cabanas is also part of the renovation plans.
Rooms start at $349 per night. To book, visit www.amaracayresort.com.