New re­sorts, sunny win­ters

Dreamscapes Travel & Lifestyle Magazine - - Table Of Contents - BY STEVE WINSTON

New re­sorts and sunny win­ters en­sure a per­fect va­ca­tion get­away.

Sur­rounded on all sides by warm wa­ters, the Florida Keys are bathed in beau­ti­ful weather nearly ev­ery day of the year. Which means you can frolic in the water or laze in the sun all day and en­joy cool ocean breezes at night.

And now, you can frolic and re­lax in a wave of su­perb new or up­graded re­sorts in the Keys.

Sched­uled to open on Key Largo this win­ter, Baker’s Cay Resort fea­tures five dogfriendly hectares on which you and Fido can play. There are two pools, a wa­ter­fall grotto, a na­ture trail, an Aveda sa­lon and a beach­side tequila/taco venue fea­tur­ing hot sauces crafted from pep­pers grown on the prop­erty.

Also planned for an au­tumn open­ing in Key Largo is the Keys’ first adults-only, “lux­ury-in­clu­sive” resort. Bun­ga­lows Key Largo boasts 135 stand-alone units, two pools, sev­eral restau­rants and bars and 305 me­tres of shore­line.

Farther south, on Is­lam­orada, the iconic Cheeca Lodge & Spa has re­opened af­ter ex­ten­sive up­grades. The 11-hectare ocean­front resort now has a new lobby and guest rooms, along with a new pizze­ria/pasta bistro, tiki bar, fish­ing pier, spa and a re­fur­bished nine-hole golf course. A third pool, on the ocean­front, is sched­uled to open soon.

There’s big news on the islands of Marathon, too. Near Seven Mile Bridge, Isla Bella Beach Resort is sched­uled to open beach­side in early 2019, with sev­eral con­ti­nen­tal restau­rants, pools with bars, full-ser­vice spa and a ma­rina.

Also in Marathon, the land­mark Hawks Cay Resort, an AAA Four-di­a­mond prop­erty, has just com­pleted an im­pres­sive up­grade. The resort now fea­tures vil­las in ad­di­tion to guest rooms, the Calm Wa­ters Spa, sun­set pool, Co­ral Cay kids’ ac­tiv­i­ties cen­tre and the An­gler and Ale restau­rant.

The Perry Ho­tel Key West is a bou­tique prop­erty sit­u­ated on Stock Is­land in the Lower Keys, which show­cases chic design el­e­ments, two sig­na­ture restau­rants, spec­tac­u­lar views and di­rect ac­cess to a ma­rina and the ocean.

In Key West, the Ha­vana Ca­bana Resort is a funky, “Old Cuba”-style resort on the wa­ter­front, with a pool bar, food truck, 1950s cars in front, and a vin­tage Vespa mo­tor scooter that guests can use.

TOP: The adults-only, “lux­ury-in­clu­sive” Bun­ga­lows Key Largo. Isla Bella Beach Resort LEFT: Exquisite ac­com­mo­da­tion at the Isla Bella Beach Resort in Marathon. Bun­ga­lows Key Largo

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