Opulent Baker’s Cay Resort opens next week

Opulent Baker’s Cay Resort opens next week - A truck is parked in front of a building - Baker's Cay Resort Key Largo, Curio Collection by Hilton
Located on the gulf side of Overseas Highway, the beachfront resort is tucked away on 13 acres of tropical groves. CONTRIBUTED

In Key Largo, a resort is ready to showcase a reinvigorated look and relaxing feel. 

Following damage sustained due to Hurricane Irma, Baker’s Cay Key Largo, part of Curio Collection by Hilton, is planning to reopen Sunday, Jan. 27. Actual bookings will begin Feb. 14. 

“We are very excited to welcome everyone back,” General Manager Joy Boyd told the Weekly in a recent interview. “The property has a lot of history. It’s definitely a homecoming for staff and a lot of our guests.”

Combining tropical adventure with relaxation, the resort sits on 13 acres and was once a pineapple plantation owned by Capt. Ben Baker. One of the big selling points at Baker’s Cayis the view each of the 200 room has to offer. Boyd said guests are surrounded by nature the moment they step onto the property. 

“It’s definitely part of an enormous, lush, secluded region of Key Largo that really emphasizes natural beauty we have down here,” Boyd said. “We’ve got beaches and areas that are quiet and secluded to plop down.” 

The amenities include two pools, a spa called Green House, a number of food and beverage outlets, and the signature dining outlet Calusa Dining, which is led by Executive Chef Andy Papson and features Cajun-Caribbean-inspired cuisine. There’s also live music and fire pits that complement the beach atmosphere found at Dry Rocks, the seaside hideaway for guests to enjoy a drink and revel in late-night fishing tales. 

Along with outdoor activities, the resort has programming for all ages. It is partnering with organizations like Coral Restoration Foundation to discuss reef rehabilitation efforts and Dolphins Plus to discuss training and rehabbing animals. 

With a commitment to the environment, Baker’s Cay Resort is carrying out eco-waste efforts through various reuse and recycle initiatives. As of March 2018, the property was the first resort in the Keys to commit to Reef Relief’s “Skip the Straw” campaign, eliminating the use of single plastic straws on-site.

More information is at bakerscay.com.

Rooms at Baker’s Cay Resort feature hand-carved wood furnishings, wicker seating, timeless metalwork and crisp white and textured finishes. CONTRIBUTED

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Jim McCarthy is a Western New Yorkers who escaped the snow and frigid temperatures for warm living by the water. A former crime & court reporter and city editor for two Western New York newspapers, Jim has been honing his craft since he graduated from St. Bonaventure University in 2014. In his 3-plus years in the Keys, Jim has enjoyed connecting with the community. “One of my college professors would always preach to be curious,” he said. “Behind every person is a story that’s unique to them, and one worth telling. As writers, we are the ones who paint the pictures in the readers minds of the emotions, the struggles and the triumphs.” Jim is past president of the Key Largo Sunset Rotary Club, which is composed of energetic members who serve the community’s youth and older populations. Jim is a sports fanatic who loves to watch football, mixed martial arts and golf. He loves to hit the links and play some softball with his Make A Play team. He also enjoys time with family (he's expecting a little boy in October).