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Amara Cay Resort - Islamorada

Key West, FL, US (EYW)

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Based on 1164 reviews
Islamorada is a fanciful, peaceful location famous for fishing, cool tropical breezes, clear waters, romantic vacations, weddings and honeymoons.
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Amara Cay Resort - Islamorada
80001 Overseas Highway, Key West, FL US 33036

Resort Details

Water-front Setting
On-Site Dining
Fishing Charters and Diving Excursions

Accommodation Details

Luxury and style are marks of the Amara Cay Resort guest experience. Fashioned for relaxation, the beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites have comfortable sitting areas, work desks and either king or queen beds. All have 32`` color televisions, in-room coffee makers and superior showerheads. Many guest rooms and suites have furnished balconies overlooking the ocean.

Restaurants, Lounges & Bars

Oltremare Ristorante - Traditional Italian dining with a Tropical twist.

Sparrows Rum Bar - Poolside lunch and dinner dining. American cuisine and Tropical cocktails.


$28 Per Day Resort fee includes:
High Speed Internet
Daily Food and Drink Experience
Unlimited use of Beach Chairs and Pool Towels
Mercedes Van to shuttle Guests within a four mile radius

Hot Hotel Amenities
Private Furnished Balconies
Premium Bedding
Private Beach

Based on 1164 reviews
from Miami, Florida
Submitted on 01-06-2016
I was exceptionally impressed with this hotel as most hotels in the Florida Keys are rundown or outdated however that was not the case at the Amara Cay. Everything at the resort with the exception of the pool (which is next to be updated) was brand new. All of the decor had a neutral, clean, and tranquil feel without overpowering bright tropical colors which is different and very relaxing from typical Keys hotels. We did have some trouble when we first got to the hotel with minor issues such as ... Read more
from Lebanon, Missouri
Submitted on 05-06-2016
This would have been a five-star review, but if not for the ROWDY, rowdy, ROWDY, guests who spent their Memorial Day weekend at this resort. I understand that the partiers from Miami come down to Islamorada to drink and yell over holiday weekends. That was our experience to be sure. There were no chairs to be found around the pool, nor on the man-made concrete "beach". (The ocean water near the steps is not clean, and many were bitten by jelly fish, so you should stay in the pool if you want... Read more
from Florida
Submitted on 30-06-2016
My wife found a deal on the Internet so we pointed the car south and in a few hours arrived at this recently refurbished hotel resort. We were greeted by Jennifer, a very friendly and pleasant person, who seemed to be at the desk smiling every time we went by. Our room on the 5th floor overlooking the pool with a side view of the ocean was new and neat and very comfortable. The pool, while not olympic size, is perfect and well situated inside the L shaped building with a Tiki bar on the far ... Read more
from Overland Park, Kansas
Submitted on 01-07-2016
We have been here several times-the last time while it was under renovation. This time was worth the wait! It is lovely and relaxing. The location is close to two of our favorite places-the midway cafe and lazy days so we really love it here as a family!
Submitted on 03-07-2016
Amara Cay is a lovely hotel in a great location! The hotel has excellent customer service. The rooms were spacious. My only complaint would be that there was a wine fridge rather than a regular fridge and no microwave. They are currently building a new pool but the existing one was good enough. Snorkeling in the reef was fun for the kids. Lots of families there!
from Mount Dora, Florida
Submitted on 04-07-2016
We had an Oceanfront room on the ground floor and would have preferred one a little higher up. Lots of foot traffic in front of our patio which is always uncomfortable when you are sitting out there. Loved the decor of the room and the resort overall. Bed was super comfortable. There was a fridge and supposed to have had a Keurig coffee maker but there was none. Took 3 calls to get one delivered. The cleaning staff did not leave washcloths the first day or towels the last day. We had to call ag... Read more
from Lighthouse Point, Florida
Submitted on 09-07-2016
We tried out this place that used to be the Hampton Inn because online it looked very inviting. The lobby area and the rooms are nice. However, I cannot believe that they put the high end restaurant (which we heard has amazing food) dead in the middle of the lobby so that people are walking by you in bathing suits as you fine dine. Very awkward and not inviting so we canceled our reservation and went to Chef Michael's (amazing). Also, they put so much money into the place but did not update t... Read more
Submitted on 17-07-2016
We loved it! It has all been remodeled.The rooms were very comfortable. The reception area was nice and beachy. We hung out at a large table in that area with another family and played cards and ate snacks. The rum runners were wonderful and Omar fixed the best margarita I've ever had (no mixes, made from scratch). The kids cracked coconuts they found(I snacked on it), chased iguanas and made wonderful memories. We'll be back.
from Jupiter, Florida
Submitted on 17-07-2016
I go to the Keys usually 3 times a year. This is the first time I have stayed at Amara Cay. However, it won't be the last. There is nothing negative at all. The beach is great, housekeeping is wonderful and helpful. The outside Tiki bar was perfect and Eddie the bartender, couldn't be nicer! Islamorada has many good places to eat, but the food at Amara couldn't be beat. All in all, my 4 days couldn't have been better because I stayed at Amara Cay.
from Seattle, Washington
Submitted on 19-07-2016
What a disappointment. The lobby is very nice, but the room walls are paper thin. We heard kids running in hallway, doors slamming, televisions playing, people walking above. We could even hear what they were saying, more than we wanted to know. For the price of this resort, someone did not plan well when building it. We left unrefreshed. Would have mentioned it to management, but what can they do about it?
from Florida
Submitted on 19-07-2016
We spent 4 days at Amara Cay and could not have asked for anything more. The rooms are brand new and we love the wood like tile throughout the entire room. The pool and beach were very relaxing and not overcrowded. The staff is the most friendly we have ever encountered, everyone goes out of their way to make your stay more enjoyable. Very cool bar in the reception area.The shuttle driver took us everywhere, we never had to use our car until the day we left. Will definitely be back again!
Submitted on 25-07-2016
We were very pleased with our 4 night stay here recently. The only thing that would make the room better would be to have a microwave and actual fridge,even a mini. The staff was all great and the tiki bar fabulous. We went to the pool daily and loved seeing the lizards hanging out! My son and I spent time down at the water and saw some awesome stuff! We had a stingray swim right under us as we dangled our legs over the side. You will not be getting in this water unless you are boating or kayaki... Read more
Submitted on 31-07-2016
This hotel was very lovely. We were on the 5th floor with a resort view. The balcony was so large and the room was gorgeous and very updated. We stayed Friday and Saturday night. The tiki bar was king of dead but it was nice. The hammocks are usually occupied. Lol their beach is adorable. Very nice area to just lay and tan. The water wasn't really nice to swim in- it had a ton of algae and made my body itch when I got out. But I still loved laying BY the water. Pool was heated and not very clea... Read more
Submitted on 01-08-2016
Walking into the Amar Cay Resort's 'designed for fun' lobby just puts a big smile on your face. It's just the start of a wonderful time at Amara Cay. This resort has it all - both a lovely lobby bar and Sparrow's Rum Bar sitting right on the resort's beautiful private beach. The resort's two restaurants offer diverse dining with unique casual fare on the water and creative Southern Italian food nestled in the eclectic lobby. The Breakfast Menu will delight you too. Between Dave the concierg... Read more
from Orlando, Florida
Submitted on 08-09-2016
My husband and I decided to celebrate our anniversary in the Florida Keys. I found Amara Cay on the internet. I liked what I read on their site, and the photos were the "hook" that reeled me in. We spent four very lovely, relaxing days there. The full hot breakfasts on-site were fantastic, and they were complimentary. Amenities: Swimming pool in sight of the Atlantic.. Pool-side Tiki-hut bar for a convenient beverage of your choice. On-site upscale restaurant. A well-stocked boutique with ... Read more
Submitted on 18-09-2016
The hotel is impeccable. The staff is friendly and very willing to help you, make you happy and answer any questions. The rooms are super clean and u love that there is NO carpet!!!!! The bathrooms are amazing. We stayed in the suite and it was just like a 1 bedroom apartment. I absolutely loved loved this hotel. Elizabeth and Daniel from the front desk are the best! They helped me upgrade and made me very very happy!!!!!
from Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Submitted on 25-09-2016
My wife and I had to help our mother-in-law buy a car from a dealership in Homestead so we decided to go to Islamorada as we were halfway there. We have stayed at the property a couple of times before and always had a wonderful experience. When we got to the hotel we were pleasantly surprised, as they had a Oceanview Suite available that we were able to upgrade to at a reasonable price. The room was big and beautiful. Unfortunately we are going to be depressed when we come back and can't... Read more
Submitted on 26-09-2016
We stayed here one night on the way to Key West. We arrived after 10pm. It was very clean, comfortable and nicely decorated. Comfy bed too. I woke up too see the sunrise. Very peaceful beach. Super nice ladies at the restaurant: Marge and the Manager ( I wish I remembered her name). Very, very friendly and made us feel special and welcomed. I feel like my vacation started earlier than planned.
Submitted on 28-09-2016
This was previously a Hampton Inn that was purchased and converted to a wonderful, more modern resort. They did an excellent job. Everyone from the front desk to the restaurant staff was wonderful ! Employees got to know our names, greeted us whenever they saw us and were all around super friendly. We got to know Linda and Marge in the restaurant very well as they helped us with breakfast each day. They were THE BEST!!! Resort was clean and quiet even with the new pool construction going on. W... Read more
from Poinciana, Florida
Submitted on 30-09-2016
We enjoyed a three night stay which included a continental breakfast. We were more than surprised that their "continental breakfast" was much more than we expected. Eggs prepared any way, pancakes, etc. The room was quite large and nicely done. The staff were all very friendly and attentive from the front desk to the restaurant staff. From Amara Cay, we did a day trip to Key West and enjoyed returning to Islamorada in the evening. Quiet beach for an afternoon of R&R.
Submitted on 07-10-2016
They do it right. The inside is fresh and inviting with nautical appointments and and cozy areas divided as the restaurant, bar, swing chairs and seating areas reminiscent of a west indies resort lobby. The appetizers were exceptional and the service, very good. Friends and I visited on a quiet off-season evening and loved the island vibe!
Submitted on 08-10-2016
What a gem!! This hotel is so beautiful! The interior was amazing clean and fresh! Helpful accommodating staff!! Will certainly be back again!!!! Perfect location and setting! Perfect place to relax and I unwind!
from new jersey
Submitted on 13-10-2016
Nice hotel-- however the best part of all was the professionalism of front desk agent(supervisor?) David Levy. I had left a medical device in the room and subsequently checked out of hotel leaving the device behind. When I realized my mistake and long gone from the hotel I called in a panic thinking perhaps the device got thrown out. David Levy sprung into action and was not only able to track it down, but went to the post office himself and mailed it out priority. Much to my relief and gratit... Read more
from knoxville
Submitted on 14-10-2016
Excellent resort! My husband and I enjoyed every aspect of this place. The room, bed, shower, pool, beach area, bars, employees, the views, they were all fantastic! Our favorite part was how relaxing the entire place was. We can't wait to visit again!
from Indianapolis, Indiana
Submitted on 16-10-2016
The rooms and the hotel itself were really nice and modern. I really liked the look of the lobby area. Everything in the room was good except the couch wasn't that comfy. The staff was very nice though.
from Miami, Florida
Submitted on 18-10-2016
I have spend 2 days at this hotel. The Hotel was partially undergoing renovation but it did not bother us at all. On the contrary, it was very easy to see the gorgeous transformation that was happening there. Out room was very clean and open. Parking was easy. My compliments to front desk, reservation and housekeeping, all were very friendly and attentive. Great stay if you are in the area, very intimate, very vibrant, very live!
from Coral Springs, Florida
Submitted on 19-10-2016
What a great find! We found a great rate for a Saturday night and gave it a try. The resort is newly remodeled so everything has been redone or is being redone and is new. The lobby was very pretty with hanging wicker chairs giving it a very tropical feel. There is a very large bar on one side, and more seating with high back wicker chairs and overlooks the pool area. The pool is a little on the small side, but it was not crowded. They have a hot tub in a covered tiki hut which makes for a... Read more
from kirkcaldy
Submitted on 24-10-2016
Hotel is under construction well a new pool is old pool is dated hot tub small not very well maintained put a mark on hot tub scum line still there 4 days later pathway to hot tub not cleaned once nice inside bar nice out side tiki bar but what is missing customers I counted 43 cars in car park where are the customers Sunday morning I counted 6 people having breakfast drove 2 miles up read to mangrove Mike's then I realised i had found the missing customers why is most people avoiding the bars ... Read more
from Wilton, Connecticut
Submitted on 27-10-2016
Thoroughly enjoyed our getaway to Islamorada at the Amara Cay! Newly updated, stylish and clean....added to the beautiful views and weather. Friendly staff, nice rooms. We will be back....and can't wait to see the new larger pool.
Submitted on 28-10-2016
Great place to stay. Staff is helpful and courteous, and the ladies at the front desk took good care of us. Rooms were clean and well-tended. The ocean front suite has a beautiful view. Boat ramp is in good shape, we had no problems launching and recovering a 22 footer. Will stay again, hopefully soon.
from new jeresy
Submitted on 30-10-2016
Amara Cay is a work in progress,for the better.Very open spaces with modern tropic touches.While we were there construction of a new beautiful pool was ongoing so noise was a little unsettling but talking to the staff the results for the resort will be very appealing.All staff members were very professional and friendly especially Rum Bar and at the restaurant.Food tasty and well presented.As with most of the Keys the "beaches" are man made sandy spots so some people we talked too were disappoin... Read more
from Seattle, Washington
Submitted on 02-11-2016
Four of us stayed here while hurricane Matthew was passing by to the north and the staff was amazing! We loved the ambiance of the resort and the location was great. They were so helpful with providing us with great places to go and they even had a hurricane party for those of us that were staying there. I highly recommend staying here! Friendly staff and great accommodations!
from Easington, United Kingdom
Submitted on 03-11-2016
Stayed four nights and the hotel rooms and bed are comfortable and clean there are some issues. Room 508 has a floodlight on the wall outside which lights up the area and room even through the blackout curtains. On check in we were not given any guidance on the restaurant opening hours for breakfast, lunch or dinner. We ate breakfast there only once and it was far too expensive for what we got, $61 for oats, eggs on toast, coffee and juice. The old pool area could do with a clean down and there ... Read more
from Venezia
Submitted on 10-11-2016
Very nice hotel. Newly renovated. New pool. Beautiful views, but no swimming beach. Upsetting :( Very nice place to unwind... construction is kind of in the way. Always hearing noise and beeping from construction trucks. I think they should do cheaper pricing when that is going on.
Submitted on 13-11-2016
We have been here several times now and they never fail... Place is recently renovated with a great beach fee that is unlike any mother resort I have stayed at in the keys before. They just recently finished the pool which is a upgrade on the pool that was open on our previous stay. They do have some renovations going on at the old pool site but why did a wonderful job of making sure your stay is not affected. Staff is wonderful, restaurant is good and so it is hard to complain.... Especiall... Read more
from West Virginia
Submitted on 20-11-2016
Had a wonderful time during our stay (5 nights). The new pool that was recently finished provides an excellent locale for relaxing and soaking away your troubles. The beach-area allows for (a bit) more secluded relaxation and potential napping. :-) The construction activity for the removal of the old pool is a bit of an annoyance, to be honest. No noise outside of strict daytime hours, but it provides an inconvenience to walk to the new pool area, or the outside bar. More upfront communica... Read more
from Florida
Submitted on 21-11-2016
I reserved a King room with a view. The room was nice and the view was of the large flat roof to with ac units (room 305). What a disappointment! The hotel is newly remodeled and is nicely decorated. The staff are very friendly. There was one couple hanging at the inside bar over the weekend and I didn't see anyone eating at the restaurant. The prices were expensive on the menu. We went out of the hotel to eat out meals. The pool was very nice with the lights at night. There was no one out aroun... Read more
from Washington DC, District of Columbia
Submitted on 24-11-2016
Spent one night at Amara Cay on our way up the Keys. The hotel has just about finished a major restoration (as of 11/19/16). They have done a terrific job on every detail I could name. Very nice lobby, rooms are completely redone with modern finishes. Very spacious. New pool, new lounging area near the water. Staff very friendly & helpful. If I was staying in Upper Keys again, I would absolutely consider Amara Cay!
from New York City, New York
Submitted on 30-11-2016
My family and I have been vacationing many many years in the Keys and have seen it evolve over the years. We were so pleased to have booked Amara Cay, because the updates to the hotel really speak to the dedication of the tourism industry in keeping up with the times! It's set on a lovely piece of property directly on the ocean and has it's own little beach with about a dozen lounge chairs and a pool with outdoor dining. The hotel was completely refurbished and it has that very modern Malibu hi... Read more
from Treasure Island, Florida
Submitted on 01-12-2016
We spent two nights at the resort during the Thanksgiving holiday. The resort is beautiful. They have a beautiful beach and newly renovated pool with many chairs so you don't have to rush to get one like you do at most resorts. They have games that you can play outside by the beach or pool (corn hole, a large connect four game) as well as a book share just in case you finish your book while you are relaxing. They have an outside bar which serves food. I got the shrimp skewer and it was amazing... Read more