Marathon is also home to HAWK’S CAY, a truly sprawling and elegant by the addition of 80 new luxury rooms at SOUTHERNMOST ON THE
resort complex spread across 60 acres on Duck Key that offers just BEACH, including three oceanfront penthouse suites—all with WiFi, ac-about every kind of water-based application short of submarine warfare cess to a state-of-the-art fitness center with personal trainers, yoga
training. Re-opened just last month fresh from a $35 million renovation, classes and massage services, private pier, pool bar and access to
the entire main building from the lobby to all of its existing 177 rooms three pools. The complex is comprised of the SOUTHERNMOST HO-
including 15 suites, plus 100 of its 2-, 3- and 4-bedroom villas located TEL, SOUTHERNMOST ON THE BEACH and the luxurious LA MER HO-
throughout the resort, got a major face-lift, upgrading its already estab- TEL & DEWEY HOUSE—two super elegant B&Bs. These properties are
lished reputation as a “barefoot luxury” resort. All told, there are 225 undoubtedly the best value luxury properties in the Keys with special
villas on property. The resort also opened its new restaurant, Alma, package and introductory rates running from about $175. Call for spe-specializing in Nuevo Latin fare and its Alma Bar, which doubles as a cific rates.
Coffee House during the day serving juices, specialty coffee (espresso, THE REACH RESORT and the nearby CASA MARINA RESORT &
cappuccino, etc.), fresh breads and pastries. Guestrooms run just un- BEACH CLUB are members of the WALDORF=ASTORIA COLLECTION
der 400 sq. ft., while the suites are 500 sq. ft. Guestroom highlights and offer two superb beachfront locations near Old Town in Key West.
include oversized, tumbled marble showers for two or a bathtub with a Both are newly renovated with the more leisure-oriented Reach Resort
luxurious bath area; 300-thread count Egyptian linens and island-style offering 150 elegant guestrooms, while the sprawling Casa Marina of-mahogany four-poster beds set off by unique lighting and light stone fers 311 newly renovated rooms in this classic resort that was built in
flooring. In addition to standard high-end amenities, there’s an MP3 1920 by Henry Flagler to enhance his rail service. Guests can access
docking station; a 37-inch, flat-screen TV (42-inch in suites) and Play- services in both resorts, including high-tech fitness centers, massage
station video games. There’s an onsite dolphin program; boat and fish- studios and spa, as well as three restaurants at Casa Marina and the
ing charters; kayaks; wakeboard and waterskiing school; a deepwater Key West version of the famed Manhattan Strip House restaurant at the
sailing school; jet ski tours; eco tours; parasailing; snuba, scuba and Reach Resort. Rates at both properties start at $199. ■
snorkeling; sunset cruises—in short, if it floats, boats, sinks or flies, it’s
here. There’s much more with no space to list here, but other standouts
include the award-winning Indies Club for kids including a Pirates Pool,
plus the 7,000-sq.-ft. Calm Waters Spa. Room rates run from $145;
villas from $225.
Down in Key West, the SOUTHERNMOST HOTEL COLLECTION offers
a broad selection of accommodation choices, enhanced even more
Casa Marina Resort & Beach Club: (866) 397-6342; casamarinaresort.com
Dove Creek Lodge: (800) 401-0057; dovecreeklodge.com
Hawks Cay: (888) 443-6393; hawkscay.com
Key Largo Grande Resort & Beach Club: (866) 597-5397; keylargoresort.com
Little Palm Island Resort & Spa: (800) 3 GET LOST; littlepalmisland.com
The Reach Resort: (866) 3976342; thereachresort.com
Southernmost Hotel Collection: (800) 354-4455; southernmostresorts.com
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