Duck Key Travel Guide
You want to lie by the pool; your teenager whines that they're bored. Either you remember the drag of traveling with your parents when you're a teenager, or you've got some of those odd creatures yourself: in any case, who can argue with a hotel that dreams up a program for bored teenagers? It's got to be a good idea, and the Hawks Cay Resort in Duck Key, Florida, are onto it.
They're launching an Aquajam Program for teenage resort guests aged from 12 to 17. There's a water theme, obviously, with three days of kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing and sailing. Including lunch every day, the package costs $870 per teen.
We're not sure if today's Nintendo-generation teens will all be wanting to hit the great outdoors, but we're sure that those who do will come back to the hotel room exhausted (and possibly wet). Room rates are now starting from $175 a night although those traveling with teenagers probably want to look into villas which are more around the $300 mark.
Hotel Renovation is the game to play in 2008 and already there's been a few newly renovated hotels that are offering special introductory rates as a way to lure guests into trying the made-over properties.
Joining the fray is theHawk's Cay Resort in the Florida Keys which has just received a $40 million upgrade and is set to re-open on February 1st. The hotel is on its own 60-acre island called Duck Key located in the middle Florida Keys and all 177 rooms and many of its 225 two-three bedroom villas have a new look.
The resort will boast a new lobby area--featuring high-tech check-in pods, dramatic water-front sun terraces, rum bar with signature mojito cocktails and live music nightly, open-air beach grill, and much more. The Resort's design approach is West Indies meets South Beach with heavy mahogany four-poster beds covered in airy white linens in the rooms and spa-like elegance and light tones in the lobby and adult-only pool area.
Say no more. You had us at "adult-only pool area."
The hotel is now offering an introductory package called "Heart of the Keys" which includes Garden View hotel rooms at $225 a night or $255 a night for a Preferred Conch Villa. Normally rates are $395 and $555 respectively.
However, there are some restrictions. The rates are valid through March 2008 (excluding Prez Day weekend) but only during the week and a 2-day minimum is required. There's also a $20 daily resort fee which covers parking, in-room coffee, local calls and toll free calls lasting up to 15 minutes, and a Miami Herald paper from the gift shop. It also includes use of hard "Laykold" tennis courts with reservations, the fitness center and the pool, so make good use of all three for your money's worth.