Hawks Cay Resort, a Florida Keys destination resort, celebrated its grand reopening on Thursday, August 30, debuting a "reimagined" hotel and unveiling new guest experiences. Carey Watermark Investors, the resort’s ownership and executive team, with the help of tourism partners and government officials, cut the ribbon on the refreshed hotel in front of industry partners and community members.
After a nearly one-year closure due to hurricane damage, the reopening marks the completion of the more than $50 million renovation focused on the main hotel, which includes the lobby, 177 guestrooms, two restaurants and public areas.
Local and national leaders and industry partners, including U.S. Congressman Brian Mast, Florida State Representative Holly Raschein, Monroe County Mayor David Rice, Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association President Carol Dover and VISIT FLORIDA President & CEO Ken Lawson, all spoke at the event.
The renovated resort is expecting to be at near capacity for Labor Day weekend. The reopening festivities continue with Hawks Cay’s annual Heroes Salute Weekend kicking off Saturday morning with a 5K run/walk and continuing throughout the weekend with live music concerts, a Heroes Salute tribute ceremony, fireworks and more.
The Hawks Cay sports a design that allows its ocean surroundings to become the centerpiece of the hotel. Influenced by the mid-century design of Morris Lapidus, the architect of Hawks Cay’s main hotel, the new coastal-inspired décor is infused with a color palette of tropical hues and patterns that reflect the movement of the ocean.
The Resort’s dining experiences include two new restaurant concepts. For guests looking for something quick and simple, Hawks Cay Marketplace is a casual eatery with a wide range of menu items from sandwiches and salads to pizzas and pastas, while Sixty-one Prime offers a more gourmet experience. The steakhouse offers fine cuts of meat such as the Grass Fed Delmonico and Free-Range Mountain River Venison Chop, as well as signature seafood dishes like the Chili Crusted Yellowfin Tuna and Florida Keys Seafood Pepperpot. Guests will also be able to coordinate private dining experiences in-room or seaside around the Saltwater Lagoon.
Also new to the resort experience is an expansion of the adults-only area for the 21 and older crowd. Formerly limited to the Tranquility Pool, the new Oasis Cay goes beyond the pool to include a bar, restaurant, outdoor lounge and fire pit. Serving up a variety of island-inspired dishes from salads and sandwiches to tacos and burgers, the restaurant provides lounge chair-style dining with a menu of frozen drinks, beer, wine, and signature cocktails. Once the sun goes down, the fire pit area becomes a relaxing entertainment venue with a cigar menu and live music.
Hawks Cay invites guests to celebrate its grand reopening with a special #HawksCayRises rate. With a savings of 10 percent, the discount offer is available for stays now through Oct. 31, 2018. To book, visit www.hawkscay.com.
This article originally appeared on www.luxurytraveladvisor.com.