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On Islamorada Key, part of the Upper Florida Keys, you’ll find Amara Cay Resort, another stop on my Keys trip this past summer. This resort has undergone a $10 million renovation a few years back and now has 110 well-appointed guest rooms and suites.

The suites are massive, modern, and sleek with all the best amenities including fine French toiletries in the bathrooms.

Amara Cay Suite view with Kitchenette
Bedroom Amara Cay
View from suite balcony at Amara Cay

The lobby reflects the Keys relaxed atmosphere and luxurious style with its reclaimed wood tables, sculptures and swinging chairs.

View of Amara Cay Lobby
Sleek bar at Amara Cay Resort
Oltremare Dining Room

There is a lot to do and see on Islamorada Key. If you like fishing, I suggest grabbing some supplies from Total Fishing Tackle as this is the sport-fishing capital of the Keys, you can snorkel on the reef, go wreck diving.

After your excursion visit the Florida Keys Brewing Co. where they infuse their brews with local flavours such as key lime, citrus, and local honey,

Amenities include the onsite full-service watersports facility.  Go on a snorkeling excursion or kayaking, or hop on a wave runner or paddleboard. There is free shuttle which brings guests to sister resorts with wade-in beaches a few minutes away.

Islamorada Amara Cay

The beach at Amara Cay Resort

If this feels a little too hectic, you can relax with a good book in one of the hammocks, strung between palms trees on the beach, which was right up my alley.

Chill out at the  Tiki bar “Reelburger’s Tiki bar “, open for lunch and dinner serving American fare and tropical cocktails including wine and beer.  Fresh fish tacos, grilled jumbo shrimp and Key lime pie are among the menu highlights at the bar.

Water Fountain Amara Cay Resort

So if you’re looking for laid-back elegance and a carefree atmosphere Amara Cay should fit the bill; winner of the 2015 Sandi Design Award for Design Excellence Hospitality.


Amara Cay Resort Islamorada

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Rates start at $349. The U.S. for suites.