Not a good hotel
Reviewed 15 September, 2021
We Stayed there for 2 nights. Restaurant was closed. We had to go to different places every night. The room was OK. The downside is the lack of a beach, you cant walk on the sand and dip your toes in. They charge resort fee 35$ + taxes for nothing. Would not return.
Idyllic Keys Resort Quintessential Relaxed Atmosphere
Reviewed 14 September, 2021
Nestled in the island of Islamorada in the FL Keys this resort is a delight example of the quintessential relaxed atmosphere for which the Florida Keys are famous. The beautiful beach front overlooking the Alligator Light Reef (4 Miles off the shore) provides beautiful sunrises and daily reminders you’re in a special location. The resort like most of the accommodations in the Florida Keys is independently operated and thus feels more like an experience then a commercial expectation.
Check-in was as relaxed as the resort. As of this review there is not an option for on-line check-in so you will have to stop by the lobby. The lobby check-in area is small and can get noisy as other guest come and go. If you are in a hurry you may want to check your patience as check-in took a bit, but I found it well worth the wait.
Prior to arrival other then verify my reservation I had not read up on all that was provided with my room (for a small daily fee) and found out during my check-in process. Bike rental, kayak rental, paddle board rentals, in room water, fitness center, shuttle service, lawn games, and pool amenities (aka fresh towels when I needed them) were all included. I found this as a surprise as usually rentals are extra and in the FL keys if you don’t have some means to access the water your experience maybe diminished. I utilized them all and saved some money on expensive excursions out into the waters, and the small resort fee to do so was worth it.
The Rooms – My room was on the 5th floor facing the pool which was a nice treat since I did not reserve a specific type of room. The room was modern and clean except for some minor marks on the wall by the entrance door. It included a small cooling refrigerator, Keurig coffee maker, and both a standing closet and dresser to unload my belongings. It had a small patio with chairs and a small table which was nice in the morning to watch the sunrise and in the evening to listen to the courtyard music or live music from the pool. The room condition and amenities were better than most of the big commercial chains that would charge the same rate. There is also a limited in-room dining menu.
Relaxation – The pool is not huge nor is it deep, but it provides an ideal location just to sit and relax. There are chairs also on the beach if the pool is not your thing. The pool bar is an ideal size for the location and has additional seating. There are lawn games such as giant jenga, connect four, ping pong, and ladder ball. At night there are beautiful fire pits to sit around and enjoy the atmosphere. Although the firepits do put off some heat so on hot nights they appeal better to look at than to sit around.
Food – The only downside I can mention is that the food options are limited and are quite expensive. The pool bar also serves food which was convenient for me but again a bit expensive. The food itself is better than I had expected and rivals’ offsite restaurants. The menus are limited though. Breakfast was the most expensive so I would recommend if you have a large party to venture the island.
Clean – COVID Protections – As most places in Florida begin to act as if COVID is just something of folk lore stories, I was relaxed to see the staff and the resort following CDC recommendations. The public areas were kept as clean as possible at all times, even the pool area, mask were required for guest in the public indoor corridors, there were protectant shields at the check-in desk. Housekeeping is limited to as needed for the safety of employee exposure. Housekeeping staff is happy to service your room when you request it .
The Amara Cay Resort is a destination I would recommend anyone venturing to stay in the Florida Keys whom is there for relaxation and the non-Key West touristy lifestyle. The resort does host weddings if that is something that appeals to your needs. There is plenty to explore and do in Islamorada and Amara Cay Resort is the perfect local to call home while you visit. Whether you are a solo traveler or family there is something everyone can experience at this resort.
Reviewed 12 September, 2021
Resort was awesome and comfortable! Sofia made our stay by greeting us with a smile everyday and made us feel welcomed. She solved any minor issues we had! The staff was amazing as well. Coming back!!
Best quick Florida staycation for us!!!
Reviewed 6 September, 2021
Awesome price, INCREDIBLE STAFF and there are so many little extra surprises all round the property. My wife and I live 2 hours north of the hotel and felt like we were on vacation somewhere special! Check this place out and you get to use all of their other 3 properties near by!
Beautiful tranquil facility.
Reviewed 6 September, 2021
I came here to get away for a couple of days. I was by myself. I really enjoyed the tranquility of sitting by the pool and doing absolutely nothing. It was perfect for me. Their rooms were extremely clean. Everything had a neutral smell which I really appreciate it. All the staff was very professional and courteous.