MIAMI, March 12, 2015 — Ushering in a new era in lodging in Islamorada, Amara Cay Resort, an upscale, boutique resort reopened to the public and welcomed its first guests following a multi-million dollar renovation.
The new resort, managed by Miami-based Trust Hospitality, evokes the subtropical essence of the Florida Keys, where the sun meets the shore. The resort’s 110 guestrooms, all public spaces, meeting rooms, landscaping, retail space and restaurant are completely redesigned and thoughtfully appointed to draw travelers from all over the world.
“We stripped the structure down to its nuts and bolts and rebuilt a distinct and authentic hotel that pays tribute to the property’s past while elevating its status locally and nationally in the travel community,” said Kara Lundgren, general manager of Amara Cay Resort. “The new resort is a chic, yet discreet destination that offers an authenticity with comforts of local flair.”
From arrival to departure, Amara Cay’s guest service is designed to be welcoming and distinctive, yet unpretentious. The resort and its 110 associates connect emotionally with guests by crafting a story that is compelling and extraordinary. Guests are encouraged to indulge in the resort’s amenities, explore the property and its beautiful surroundings and restore and recharge from their daily routine.
Bell staff is on hand to greet guests and assist with luggage and other needs. Check-ins are processed by efficient associates in the recreated, open space lobby. Traditional concierge service is reinvented at Amara Cay Resort. Guests encounter ‘local experts’ who roam the property’s public spaces, offering tips and insider advice on the very best in adventures, dining, watersports and more.
The lobby lounge echoes the historical beauty and charm of Islamorada by combining rustic textures, reclaimed wood and playful papasan chairs into a sense of unhurried comfort and social intimacy. Whether waiting for a dining reservation in the individual seating lounges near the front desk, or enjoying leisure time with friends in the communal area between the restaurant and pool, Amara Cay provides the perfect setting for making memories.
Playing into the open lobby layout, Amara Cay Resort’s new restaurant, Oltremare Ristorante, provides an inviting and cozy environment for guests to enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner. The 60-seat restaurant includes a coastal Italian-inspired menu presented by Chef Dario Olivera. Fresh homemade pasta is prepared daily. Locally caught seafood and farm-grown produce is utilized throughout the menu. The Oltremare Bar offers premium wines, spirits and craft beer with an extensive cocktail list. The focal point of the bar is the “Square Grouper” light feature, which is already becoming a must-see for locals and visitors alike. Reservations for dinner at Oltremare are strongly suggested. Diners can check availability on Opentable or contact the resort.
Sparrows Rum Bar, located poolside, offers a breezy spot to enjoy Caribbean-inspired, classic American cuisine and tropical cocktails amongst the Islamorada backdrop of blue skies and swaying palm trees. Guests can relax after a meal in one of the many lounge chairs and hammocks on the sandy beach area fronting the Atlantic Ocean, or in the heated fresh water pool and hot tub spa.
Conceived as a contemporary re-imagination of the classic seaside cottage, Amara Cay Resort’s guestrooms and suites feature simple, clean designs and furnishings incorporating natural elements such as wood, rattan and dark tile. The layout and decor establish a guest’s sense of ownership and personal space. Each guestroom has a newly extended balcony affording sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean and the surrounding Florida Keys. In keeping with Amara Cay Resort’s commitment to sustainability, the new guestrooms incorporate environmentally responsible elements including LED lighting, improved thermostats, upgraded sinks and showers, and impact resistant glass. The resort has also partnered with the Coral Restoration Foundation to raise funds for the conservation organization.
In addition to the remodeling of the guestrooms, restaurant and lobby, Amara Cay Resort has also added an in-house gift shop with themed souvenirs and a dedicated space ideal for small meetings. “The Glass Bowl” meeting room accommodates 60 guests and can be used for meetings or receptions. Located on the oceanfront in picturesque Islamorada, Amara Cay Resort is the perfect setting for guests to unwind, connect with the sea, and make lasting memories. The resort’s mission is to craft a unique and authentic experience for guests that will remain with them forever.
For more information on Amara Cay Resort and to book reservations, call (305) 664-0073 or visit www.amaracayresort.com.