Carved into one of Key Largo’s more secluded areas, Baker’s Cay Resort opened today in South Florida. The resort is the newest addition to Curio Collection by Hilton and the first in the Florida Keys.
“Curio Collection is pleased to add Baker’s Cay Resort Key Largo to our global portfolio of nearly 70 hotels and resorts, providing an ideal getaway for every trip occasion,” said Mark Nogal, global head, Curio Collection by Hilton. “From relaxing on the beach to the vast property experiences inspired by nature, Baker’s Cay Resort Key Largo is a destination not to miss in 2019.”
The 200-room resort spans 13 acres of tropical groves and provides exclusive access to one of the more secluded white sand beaches on Key Largo. Located on a former pineapple plantation owned by the hotel’s namesake, Captain Ben Baker, the resort pays homage to the historical notion that pineapples serve as a symbol of hospitality and elegance through its sophisticated touches and amenities.
“We’ve curated an experience where travelers can find the true, undiluted pleasures of a natural island setting complete with a tropical landscape, white sand beaches, intimate waterside groves, and unparalleled access to nature’s calming, restorative, and rejuvenating power,” said Joy Boyd, general manager, Baker’s Cay Resort Key Largo.
Designed by California-based Powerstrip Studios, Baker’s Cay Resort has features that include hand-carved wood furnishings, wicker seating, timeless metalwork and textured white finishes. The guest rooms and suites feature handcrafted furniture, eclectic artwork, private terraces and custom-tile bathrooms.
The resort’s Green House has an Aveda exclusive salon at Baker’s Cay. Other amenities include two swimming pools enhanced by a waterfall grotto, a library with reading nooks and a hammock-lined path.
Activities include a children’s eco-educational camp, seaplane rides, beach golf with bio-degradable golf balls, fishing charters, parasailing and diving.
Under the leadership of Executive Chef Andy Papson who brings a dash of New Orleans soul to the eateries, the Baker’s Cay Resort culinary team leverages the abundance of local ingredients from the island and its rooftop garden to create dining and craft cocktail experiences with fresh, flavorful menus.
Calusa, an indoor/outdoor Caribbean-Creole restaurant, features panoramic views of the bay, turquoise tinged décor and dishes such as Johnny Cakes and a Creole Skillet. The Dry Rocks bar has live music, fire pits and certified tequila connoisseurs who will teach guests to craft their own cocktails using signature Baker’s Cay Patron Reposado and Anejo. To round out the dining varieties are The Pool Bar and food truck offer fresh-from-the-grill dishes and a beach Tiki Bar with ice-cold cocktails.
Baker’s Cay is the first resort in the Florida Keys to commit to Reef Relief’s “Skip the Straw” campaig and has partnered with The Everglades Foundation, Coral Reef Restoration Foundation and Dolphin Plus Marine Mammal Responder for responsible community support and educational programming. Through these efforts, the property will help bring Travel with Purpose, Hilton’s corporate responsibility strategy, to life and contribute to achieving Hilton’s 2030 Goals to double its investment in social impact and cut its environmental footprint in half.
Photos: Baker’s Cay Resort, Curio Collection by Hilton.