This aerial photo shows an overview of Hawks Cay Resort on Duck Key, Fla., Thursday, August 30, 2018, just before it reopened to visitors. The landmark Florida Keys resort has been closed for almost a year after being impacted by Hurricane Irma Sept. 10, 2017. Property owners spent about $50 million to recover from the storm and enhance the resort's appeal to upscale visitors. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

Almost a year after Irma, leading Florida Keys resort reopens

Almost a year after Hurricane Irma passed through the Florida Keys, Hawks Cay Resort, near Marathon in the Middle Keys, formally reopened to visitors on Thursday, 30 August.

Widely offered by leading UK tour operators including Virgin Holidays, North America Travel Service and Hayes and Jarvis, the subtropical island resort underwent a $50 million construction project to repair damage caused by Irma. The property’s owners, Carey Watermark Investors, used the opportunity to enhance the property’s appeal to travellers.

Enhancements include completely renovated rooms, two new restaurants offering both fine-dining and fast-casual options and Oasis Cay, a new adults-only relaxation area with pool, bar and grill that features its own menu of island-inspired bites and speciality drinks.

The resort’s 177 hotel rooms will boost the Keys hotel capacity to 90 percent operational following September 2017’s tropical cyclone, Keys tourism officials said.

“After Hurricane Irma we didn’t just look at recovering from the storm,” said Hawks Cay Managing Director Sheldon Suga. “That would have been the quickest and easiest way to do this, but it was an opportunity for us to reimagine Hawks Cay. We just took our time to do this right.”

Florida Keys & Key West UK Sales Director Emma Cashmore commented: “Hawks Cay is extremely popular with UK operators and their clients, and it’s great to have the resort back and even better than before.  This is a big moment for the Middle Keys and the destination as a whole.”

For more information on Hawks Cay Resort: www.hawkscay.com/ 

For more information on the Florida Keys: www.fla-keys.co.uk

FOR MEDIA INFORMATION ONLY, please contact Louise Pepper or David Ezra at the Florida Keys & Key West UK Press Office on 01825 763636 / louise.pepper@kbc-pr.com / david.ezra@kbc-pr.com


Natalie Wiles

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