Address: 61 Hawks Cay Boulevard
Web Address: www.hawkscay.com
Hawk’s Cay is a 60 acre AAA Four Diamond resort, located on the island of Duck Key about halfway down the Florida Keys. It offers one of the best values we have seen for family vacations. Amenities abound….there’s lots to do for adults and children alike and the price is unbelievable. Imagine rooms starting at $239 on a January weekend….where’s the plane?
The resort has a wonderful saltwater lagoon and 5 pools, one of which is adults only; hard surface and clay tennis courts; offshore, reefs, flats and backcountry fishing; scuba, snorkel and SNUBA diving; boat and kayak rentals; kite and paddle boarding; a fitness center and the full service Calm Waters Spa., Named 2009’s #1 spa in all of the U.S. and Canada in Travel + Leisure’s 2009 “World’s Best Awards,”
There are excellent children’s programs, broken into age groups of “Kids 5-12”, “Tweens” 9-12 and “Teens” 12-17. all supervised by a staff of licensed professionals. Hawk’s Cay was voted one of the “Best Hotel Kids’ Programs” by Travel & Leisure Magazine. The kids will love the Pirate Ship Pool and The Indies Club.
Hawks Cay Resort is the only hotel or resort in the continental United States that features an on-site dolphin research facility. The Dolphin Connection program is an amazing experience for your children and one they won’t soon forget. Worth the visit alone.
There are 177 guestrooms and suites in the main building and the resort offers a number of villa options, spread throughout the Key. Larger families or those preferring to stay in and cook once in a while will opt for a villa. For smaller families or couples, I particularly like the Premier Lanai guestrooms which have their own private sundeck and porch.
Rooms and marble baths are spacious and decorated in a breezy West Indies island motif in soft shades of yellow with rattan style furniture, ceiling fans and olive fern patterned draperies. Luxury linens cover Serta Perfect Sleeper beds with feather pillows, there’s a 37 inch LCD TV, Internet access and a Bose Sound System.
The resort’s signature restaurant, Alma, features a blend of Caribbean and Latin cuisines served in an elegant dining room or outside on the veranda. The menu changes daily but here’s a couple of menu examples: as an appetizer, pan-roasted Florida pink shrimp tostada, avocado mousseline, Oaxaca cheeseand and as an entrée, swordfish frito, black rice, roasted chayote squash, green peppercorn sauce.
Very cool bar with an incredible collection of vintage rums. Outside enjoy a drink around the fire pit and if the spirit moves you a hand rolled cigar.
The Terrace and Coffee Bar serve light and full breakfasts and The Beach Grill has great drinks and lunch.
The casual Tom’s Harbor House over on the docks looks out on the fishing fleet, has a great seafood menu, live music and they’ll even cook your catch after a day of fishing. Tom's happy hour features half-priced appetizers, $1 drafts, and 2-for-1 well drinks served 7 days a week from 4 to 6!
For some variety, Islamorada is only 25 minutes north and is home to the Cheeca Lodge, a wonderful place for lunch (have a fresh mango margarita) and three favorite dinner restaurants, the elegant, waterfront Pierre’s, laid-back Uncle’s and the casual and waterfront Lazy Days (Lazy Days chicken or hogfish is an amazing dish)
The staff is pleasant and efficient. Rooms and property are immaculately maintained. Our visit happened to be over Super Bowl Sunday and the resort offered a package of drinks and a buffet for a very modest price at Tom’s. It was great and fun and demonstrated a customer service mindset that makes this a special place.
From $189 off-season to $260 in season. This is a remarkable value.
WHAT OTHERS SAY…
AAA Four Diamond Recipient
There's "a lot for everyone to do" at this "highly recommended" 40 acre Duck Key "resort for families", where a 'wonderful" $30million renovation to the rooms, suites and one-to-four bedroom villas (beds make you feel like "you're sleeping on a cloud"), the addition of Nueva Latina restaurant, Alma, and a "relaxing" new lobby rum bar brings everything up a notch; from "feeding and swimming with the resident dolphins" ("a big hit"( to diving, fishing and partaking in a "great children's program", it's a "dream vacation" for most. ZAGAT
WHILE YOU ARE THERE:
With the exception of golf (not much available to the public in the Keys) virtually anything you would want to do is available at the resort.
Key West is only an hour and 20 minutes away and worth the trip, especially if you have never been there before.
Miami: 2 hours