The Best New Hotels and Resorts in the Florida Keys
Baker’s Cay Resort, Key Largo
Perched on a former pineapple plantation, this tranquil 200-room retreat (opened in February) spans 14 acres of lush tropical groves all set along the pristine, quiet Florida Bay. With two swimming pools, tiki bars, a private beachfront, and loads of inviting indoor-outdoor living spaces, one could easily spend the day here kicking back. But with a slew of waterbound excursions on the activity menu—from parasailing to taking a daytrip by seaplane to Key West—we have a feeling you won’t want to.
The Laureate, Key West
Just as the Key West landscape was a haven for this new hotel’s namesake—the literary greats who called the island home—The Laureate is designed to be a haven where travelers can rest and recoup after a day of exploration. Boasting all-suite accommodations—ranging from one-bedroom to three-bedroom—the hotel offers plenty of perks that cater to extended-stay travelers, including a grocery delivery service and pet-friendly policy. Hemingway would definitely approve.
Hawks Cay Resort, Duck Key
Back in late 2017, when Hurricane Irma barreled through the Florida Keys, it was the middle islands that took the worst of the hit. The extensive damage forced many of the islands’ businesses to close their doors and take time to repair. Hawks Cay did that and way more. The Florida Keys mainstay reopened on August 30 after a $50 million renovation resulting in a fresh new look for its guest rooms, public spaces, and pool areas, plus two new restaurants. An adults-only alfresco lounge space, named Oasis Cay, was also beefed up with a bar, restaurant, and fire pit.
Bungalows Key Largo
Billed as the Florida Keys’ first-ever adults-only all-inclusive resort, this dreamy getaway gives fans of all-you-can-everything vacays the feel of a Caribbean escape without the flight. The boutique stay features 135 private bungalows, each outfitted with alfresco soaking tubs and garden showers. And like all great all-inclusives, the resort’s 12 acres offer loads of relaxing ways to pass the time, including kicking back by one of two pools, taking a spin on a beach cruiser, or sipping cocktails on a floating tiki boat. While the luxury resort celebrated its grand opening in January, reservations are currently on hold until December due to a fire in the property's Beach House.
Parrot Key Hotel & Villas, Key West
Another post-Irma overhaul, Parrot Key underwent a $25 million renovation after the storm which included a complete redesign of their 148 rooms, suites, and villas. Now, after their grand reopening in November, boutique accommodations are an inviting reflection of their beachy surroundings, with natural materials and ocean-inspired hues outfitting the interiors. Just a stone’s throw from both Duval Street and Smathers Beach, the tropical escape blends a sunshine- and sand-filled vacay with easy access to restaurants and nightlife.
Isla Bella Beach Resort, Marathon
Freshly debuted in April, Isla Bella is the Florida Keys’ newest luxe resort and the first new outpost to open in the middle Keys since Hurricane Irma. Set on 24 acres just down the road from the 7-Mile Bridge, the 199-room escape sports four restaurants, five swimming pools, a marina, full-service spa, and soothing Greek- and Bermudian-inspired architecture.