MIAMI, FL—Amara Cay Resort, an upscale, boutique resort in Islamorada, has reopened to the public following a multimillion-dollar renovation.
The new resort, managed by Miami-based Trust Hospitality, saw the redesign of 110 guestrooms, all public spaces, meeting rooms, landscaping, retail space and its restaurant.
“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.”
The lobby lounge echoes the historical beauty and charm of Islamorada by combining rustic textures, reclaimed wood and papasan chairs, according to the hotel.
Playing into the open lobby layout, Amara Cay Resort’s new restaurant, Oltremare Ristorante, is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The 60-seat restaurant includes a coastal Italian-inspired menu presented by Chef Darío Olivera. 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. Sparrows Rum Bar, located poolside, offers Caribbean-inspired, classic American cuisine and tropical cocktails.
Conceived as a contemporary reimagination 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, according to the hotel. Each guestroom has a newly extended balcony affording 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. The Glass Bowl meeting room accommodates 60 guests and can be used for meetings or receptions.