Carved into the more lush and secluded region of Key Largo, Baker’s Cay Resort is set to debut this fall as part of Curio Collection by Hilton.
Located on the Gulf side of the Overseas Highway, the beachfront resort is tucked away on 13 acres of tropical groves and provides exclusive access to one of the more secluded white-sand beaches in the area. A former pineapple plantation previously owned by the hotel’s namesake Captain Ben Baker, Baker’s Cay Resort pays homage to the historical notion that pineapples serve as a symbol of hospitality and elegance.
“From the moment guests’ step onto the property, they are surrounded by nature and the undiluted pleasures of the Florida Keys,” said Joy Boyd, general manager, Baker’s Cay Resort Key Largo. “We set out to create an experience centered on the feeling of being transported to an island setting with inherent natural splendor and local character. Whether enjoying downtime in a sun-filled guest room, wading in the water just off our beach, or sipping a cocktail at Dry Rocks, our beachfront bar with an expansive outdoor deck, each moment is filled with the authenticity and beauty that make the Keys such a beloved destination.”
Baker’s Cay, featuring 200 rooms, is the first Curio Collection hotel in Key Largo,. Designed by California-based Powerstrip Studios, the resort also features design integrations with hand carved wood furnishings, wicker seating, timeless metalwork and crisp white and textured finishes that radiantly pop. The resort has partnered with Lather to create a bath amenity scent that incorporates local Keez-Beez Honey and citrus infusions.
Guests at Baker’s Cay will have access to the resort’s Aveda Salon, two swimming pools enhanced by a waterfall grotto, a library with reading nooks and a hammock-lined garden. For the outdoorsy and active traveler, programming at the resort will span across wellness, sustainability, informational workshops, watersports and more. Specifically, programming planned at Baker’s Cay Resort includes a children’s eco-educational program, volleyball tournaments, snorkeling, dockside catch and release fishing, exclusive seaplane day trips to Key West, and beachside yoga.
Under the leadership of Executive Chef Andy Papson, the Baker’s Cay Resort culinary team will leverage the abundance of local ingredients, to creat dining and craft cocktail experiences that feature fresh, flavorful menus to befit their settings. Guests can begin and end the day at Calusa, an indoor/outdoor Cajun-Caribbean-inspired restaurant that showcases panoramic views of the bay. From day to night, live music and fire pits complement the upscale beach atmosphere found at Dry Rocks, a seaside hideaway for guests to savor the island’s best tequila.
To round out the dining varieties, The Pool Bar, poolside food truck and the beachfront Tiki Bar each will offer fresh-from-the-grill favorites and ice-cold cocktails.
As of March 2018, the property was the first resort in the Florida Keys to commit to Reef Relief’s “Skip the Straw” campaign, eliminating the use of single plastic straws on-site. In addition, the resort will partner with The Everglades Foundation, Coral Reef Restoration Foundation and Tomorrow’s Reef for responsible community support and educational programming.