Key Largo lux­ury re­sort Baker’s Cay to make fall de­but

For­mer Hil­ton reopens un­der new brand­ing

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

The Hil­ton Key Largo will re­open this fall as Baker’s Cay Re­sort, part of the Cu­rio Col­lec­tion by Hil­ton.

A planned re­brand­ing and ren­o­va­tion had closed the re­sort be­fore Hur­ri­cane Irma swept through in Septem­ber 2017. The re­sort, on 13 acres on the Gulf side of the Over­seas High­way, orig­i­nally opened in 1985.

Here’s what you need to know:

What are the room rates? Insea­son rates start in the mid-$500s. Off-sea­son rates start in the mid-$300s. There are 200 rooms and suites with bal­conies and views of the beach or trop­i­cal ham­mock.

What kind of ac­tiv­i­ties are of­fered?The usual as­sort­ment of in­door and out­door recre­ation is avail­able. There are two swim­ming pools plus a wa­ter­fall grotto. A fit­ness room, bike rentals and na­ture trail, plus wa­ter sports such as jet ski­ing, fish­ing and sail­ing. There are also plans for beach­side yoga, volleyball tour­na­ments and a chil­dren’s eco-ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram.

What about some­thing more sooth­ing?There’s an Aveda sa­lon, com­plete with a sig­na­ture bath amenity scent made with lo­cal honey and cit­rus. And a li­brary with read­ing nooks for sun-shy in­tro­verts.

And the din­ing op­tions?Calusa is a Ca­jun-Caribbean restau­rant with views of the bay. Dry Rocks is a beach­side op­tion with a large out­door deck. There is also a pool bar with a food truck, and a tra­di­tional Florida Keys tiki bar.

Just don’t ask for a plas­tic straw with your cock­tail.

Are pets al­lowed?Yes, pets — 50 pounds max — are wel­come ev­ery­where but the pools. There’s a $50 fee. The re­sort’s pro­mo­tional ma­te­ri­als prom­ise “cur­rated bone menus” for Fido.

Baker’s Cay Re­sort, 97000 Over­seas High­way, Key Largo; bak­er­scay.com, 305-852-5553

BAKER’S CAY

An artist’s ren­di­tion of Calusa, a Ca­jun-Caribbean restau­rant.

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