Amara Cay Resort
What We Love
- Furnished balconies with ocean views from all 110 guestrooms and suites
- A spectacular private beach, complete with hammocks, thatched huts and beach chairs
- The on-site dive shop takes care of all your water-based adventures, from kayaking and paddleboarding to dive certification and diving excursions
- Sparrows Rum Bar, known for its fresh fish tacos and a killer key lime pie
What To Know
- While there is no separate spa, massages can be arranged poolside or in your room
- Islamorada is located less than two hours from Miami by car
- There's a free shuttle for destinations within four miles of the hotel
- Parking On Site
On Islamorada, a Florida Key halfway between Key West and Miami, Amara Cay Resort has 110 guest rooms and suites that all boast private balconies as well as sustainable touches like LED lighting and upgraded sinks and showers (and Nuxe bath amenities). The Italian eatery Oltremare promises fresh local seafood, but serious diners should consider the bistecca fiorentina, a 40-ounce prime porterhouse for two. For more casual fare there’s Sparrows Rum Bar, which is known for fresh fish tacos and a killer key lime pie. The elevated private beach is better for relaxing in the sun than for swimming, but there’s also a heated outdoor pool and whirlpool. For more serious sea-based pursuits, on-site dive shop Sea Monkey’s will hook you up with snorkel gear, kayak rentals or a full-on scuba-diving adventure.
In the Area
Islamorada lives up to its nickname of “Sport Fishing Capital of the World.” To make sure you don’t come home with just a fish story, book your angling experience with Bud N’ Mary’s Marina. If swimming with sea life is more your speed, make your way to Theater of the Sea for the chance to play with dolphins, sea lions, rays and sharks. To see sharks, rays, dolphins and manatees in their natural habitat, rent a kayak to explore Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park, located on a small island to the west of Islamorada.
How to Get There
We stopped here for one night on our way to the Keys but decided to stay 2 nights after we enjoyed ourselves so much. The view was gorgeous. The staff was friendly. The pool areas were relaxing. Great tiki bar!
Booked this hotel last minute after bad experience with another one. Loved how clean and good looking is this hotel. King bed very comfortable and had a sofa with pull out couch. Loved it and will definetly will recomended and stay there again.
The resort has beautiful grounds and adequate rooms. We were on the 5th floor overlooking the chickee bar with a nice view of the water. The restaurant is minimal and prices a bit high. The drinks at the bar were way over priced. One downfall for a resort there is NO room service. Room was cleaned and properly taken care of daily, office staff was pleasant and helpful. The reason for the low rating was the lack of guest safety. There was a group staying at the same time who brought in a motorized balance wheel. Sounds harmless except for the fact they were riding it around the recreation area with no consideration for other hotel guests. They were doing this at night in low light and guests had to get out of their way. I guess Amara Cay has extremely good livability insurance as it was just a matter of time before one of the riders wiped out. Fortunately no innocent guest was involed, yet. Not one employee asked them to stop or to do it off property. Having been in hospitality for many years I found this unacceptable.
Very relaxing spot and the property is gorgeous. Our room was very big, loved the decor and the grounds. This is great for families and couples looking for a relaxing getaway, very nice size pool, hammocks and fun games throughout. They also offer kayaking and paddleboarding. We had lunch at the pool bar, Reel Burger restaurant and it was delicious!
Was an ok place to stay. Unfortunately not much to do when it rains. Everything shuts down very early 10 PM weeknights and 11 PM weekends leaving guests with no where to socialize. After being stuck inside during the rain it’s dishear to have groups that are socializing be told they are closing the tiki area and out door sitting areas with fire pits. This is billed as a resort which means people are on vacation and if with family and/or friends they are usually looking to socialize later in the evening. Staff also was not very attentive with paying attention to tabs and many from our group found extra food and drink items from others on their tabs. Wait staff in restaurant was slow at many of the meals.