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
This was one of the best family trips ever. The staff was so friendly and the property is so gorgeous! The kids played on the dock, swam, kayaked, paddle boarded...it was perfection. It’s just west of alligator reef so we took our boat there for some snorkeling too. What an amazing way to relax and enjoy our family. Will we be back again? Absolutely. With staff like Delores and Sophie- how could we NOT want to be here. The rooms were fresh and clean too! Major props!!!
Let me just say- between checking in with Kenneth and Sophie- and then hanging out and talking with Delores (she is amazing!!!), it was the perfect start to an amazing trip. We kept our boat here (process was so easy) and then had dinner and drinks at the bar over looking the water. Yum!!!
It was the best time. Our kiddos fished off the dock. We were treated when love. Best trip ever.
We just checked into Amara, rooms are clean, pool is perfect temp, and the staff is amazing! A big shout out to Sophie, a welcoming, smiling face that has already gone above and beyond to make our spring break stay awesome. Looking forward to the rest of our weekend. :)
Despite a wedding party occupying much of the hotel during our first stay, their wedding took place in a private area alongside the hotels pool and did not impact the guests in any way. However, this time was completely different! The entire lobby area was cordoned off early in the evening and only reopened around 11pm. The beautiful space which includes a bar, multiple sitting areas, a restroom and acts as the main thoroughfare to the outside bar and pool! As such, all 'other' full paying guests were ushered down a corridor, passed multiple rooms (that wouldn't have known of the increased noise and foot-traffic) and out the side door. The outside area was relatively crowded and dominated by a wedding party from the night before. Despite the physical fight between cousins they were great people and added value to my stay! Although we could finally gain access to the lobby, the outside space was the next migratory spot for the wedding. I was not notified once about this invasion of guest spaces, breakfast was cut short by an hour to commence wedding preparation, some staff were rude about the issue, others were understanding and apologetic and others completely agreed with my grievances. Furthermore, it was my wife's 40th birthday and after multiple phone calls to organize a surprise weekend for her (booking 3 rooms), the staff seemed oblivious to the fact that it was her birthday! Enquire about the extent of wedding invasion when you book! We won't be staying again!
Very family friendly.
Not very crowded.
Beautiful resort. Lots of things to do and enjoy - nice outdoor fire pit at night, ping pong table, bikes for rent, fishing area, kayak, etc.
Staffs are friendly and courteous.
Not enough staff. Wanted to order food by the pool but staff was busy with the bar area.