Many Keys re­sorts are back in busi­ness

A year af­ter Irma, ho­tels get ready to wel­come tourists

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Travel & Life - By Gretchen Day-Bryant South Florida Sun Sentinel

A year af­ter Hur­ri­cane Irma, ho­tels and re­sorts in the Florida Keys are gear­ing up for the fall and win­ter tourism sea­son.

Hawks Cay Re­sort re­opened com­pletely Aug. 30 af­ter $50 mil­lion in ren­o­va­tions. Cheeca Lodge re­opened in March. But Lit­tle Palm Is­land Re­sort will be at work restor­ing the lux­ury prop­erty for another year. In Key West, which suf­fered less dam­age than the Lower and Mid­dle Keys, all prop­er­ties are open ex­cept for two.

Here’s an up­date on some of the new and re­fur­bished Florida Keys ho­tel and re­sort prop­er­ties, ac­cord­ing to the Florida Keys tourism of­fice.

Key Largo

Bun­ga­lows Key Largo: The first all-in­clu­sive, adults-only lux­ury re­sort in the Keys Baker’s Cay, the for­mer Hil­ton Key Largo, will re­open later this fall.

is ac­cept­ing reser­va­tions for Dec. 1. The re­sort will have 135 stand­alone units and two pools. Restau­rants in­clude the fine­din­ing Bo­gie & Ba­call’s, a nod to the 1948 “Key Largo” movie star­ring Humphrey Bog­art and Lau­ren Ba­call. There’s also Senor Sea, serv­ing Mex­i­can, and the ca­sual Fish Tales. Other ameni­ties: Zen Gar­den Spa, land tours and wa­ter ac­tiv­i­ties.

At Mile Marker 99; 99010 Over­seas High­way; bun­ga­lowskey­, 866-801-0195.

Baker’s Cay Re­sort: The for­mer Hil­ton Key Largo is be­ing re­mod­eled as a Hil­ton Cu­rio Col­lec­tion prop­erty. The 200-room, pet-friendly re­sort is Gulf-side and is ex-


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