Hurricane Irma swept through south Florida in September 2017, closing both the Hilton Key Largo Resort and Hawks Cay Resort in Duck Key for extensive renovations. After a year of work, both properties are taking group reservations again.
The Hilton property has been renamed Baker's Cay Resort, a Curio Collection by Hilton. The 13-acre, 200-room property is set to open early December featuring 17,000 square feet of meeting space that includes two divisible ballrooms, an executive boardroom, and a grand lawn. Two swimming pools plus a waterfront grotto are surrounded by interesting reception spaces as well. A beachside taco and tequila venue offers specialty drinks plus hot sauces made from peppers grown on property. In addition to the resort's main beach, a winding nature trail leads to other hidden beaches. Baker's Cay Resort is a one-hour drive from Miami International Airport.
Forty-five minutes farther down the Keys lies the recently reopened Hawks Cay Resort, a 60-acre, 177-room property also featuring 250 two- and three-bedroom villas to go along with the most meeting space in the Keys: 20,000 square feet. The $50 million refurbishment included refreshed accommodations, a redesigned lobby with more open space, and the creation of an adult-only pool area called Oasis Cay with a dedicated bar and grill. New dining venues include Sixty-One Prime, a seafood-and-steak house, and Hawks Cay Marketplace for casual breakfast and lunch. Angler and Ale Restaurant has been completely refurbished as well. Besides the popular Dolphin Connection hands-on attraction that's on site, new entertainment options at the resort include comedy shows.