Hawks Cay Resort

Stay at Hawks Cay Resort in the Florida Keys, with Dates into February

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Family-Friendly Island Resort with Onsite Dolphin-Research Center

In the continental United States, there is only one resort with an onsite dolphin-research facility where visitors are allowed to observe, feed, and swim with Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. The facility, known as Dolphin Connection, is located at Hawks Cay Resort in Duck Key, Florida. Guests of the resort have the rare chance to get up close to the friendly, intelligent creatures while playing with them in the water or even learning to train them in a private saltwater lagoon.

Hawks Cay Resort has enough amenities and activities to keep you busy for weeks. There are five pools, ranging from the tranquil, palm-flanked Sunset pool to the kid-oriented Pirate Ship pool, which features a giant slide, water cannons, and raining palm trees. At the resort’s four onsite restaurants, you’ll have your choice of fresh, casual fare, upscale dining, and fruity tropical drinks. There’s an intimate, romantic atmosphere at Alma, a Latin-inspired restaurant serving local seafood, such as crispy Florida snapper. Dinner at Ocean can be enjoyed outdoors by a swimming pool and fire pit. At the outdoor Beach Grill, you can bury your toes in the sand while noshing on classic American cuisine.

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, younger visitors can keep busy with kids’ and teens’ clubs voted the Best Hotel Kids’ Program by Travel + Leisure magazine. Nature hikes and kayaking are just two activities on the agenda. For those seeking a less strenuous getaway, the award-winning Calm Waters Spa offers relaxing sea-stone massages and pineapple sugar scrubs.

The 85-slip onsite marina and private lagoon, along with the nearby dockside ice-cream shop, are great places to watch one of the keys’ famous sunsets. When it’s time for bed, you’ll retire to spacious accommodations, many of which have private balconies. Each two- and three-bedroom villa is outfitted with a full kitchen, a washer and dryer, and a separate dining area.

Duck Key, Florida: Tiny, Secluded Island in the Florida Keys

Located off the southernmost tip of the Florida coastline, Duck Key is a tiny island—less than 1 square mile—connected to the mainland by a single road, the Overseas Highway. Most of the land is taken up by the Hawks Cay Resort complex, which bills itself as “the only island resort you can drive to.” Duck Key is quiet and private, but if you start craving a wilder atmosphere, Key West is only an hour away.

Beach and water activities are the most popular pastimes on Duck Key. Standup paddling, boat rentals for deep-sea fishing, and kiteboarding are available through Hawks Cay Resort and other spots nearby. Just offshore, you can go diving along the only living coral reef in the continental United States—a habitat for sea turtles and bright tropical fish.

In case you’re looking for a quick day trip, the resort is close to a number of Florida Keys attractions, such as The Turtle Hospital, a rescue-and-rehabilitation center for injured sea turtles located 13 miles away in Marathon. You can take a 90-minute tour of the rehabilitation area and feed the permanent turtle residents. There’s also Bahia Honda State Park, a snorkeling-and-swimming haven on 500 protected acres with a historic rail bridge as its centerpiece.

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What You Get

  • Stay for four in an island-view double-queen room, up to five in a two-bedroom villa or family room, or up to eight in a three-bedroom villa
  • Dates into February 2015

Policies and Fees

  • Reservations: Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased.
  • Cancellation policy: 8-day cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is nonrefundable; reservations made within cancellation window are non-refundable
  • Additional fees: $29 daily resort fee paid at check-in ($39 daily resort fee paid at check-in after 12/1/14)
  • Rates may vary by date and are subject to availability.

No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate; no refunds, rescheduling, or rebooking allowed. Read the Fine Print for important info on offer details and other restrictions.

Amenities

  • Onsite dolphin-research center
  • Four restaurants
  • Five pools, including an enclosed saltwater lagoon and a pirate-ship pool
  • Award-winning spa
  • Award-winning kids’ club
  • 85-slip marina

The Fine Print

  • Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased
  • 8-day cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is nonrefundable; reservations made within cancellation window are non-refundable
  • No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate
  • Traveler name must match ID at time of check-in
  • No refunds will be processed by Groupon after check-in
  • Must be 21 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at check-in
  • Not valid with reward points
  • $29 daily resort fee paid at check-in ($39 daily resort fee paid at check-in after 12/1/14).

Other Details

Room Details

Island-View Double-Queen Room

  • Two queen beds
  • Standard occupancy: 4
  • Maximum occupancy: 4

Two-Bedroom Villa

  • Two queen beds and one sleeper sofa
  • Standard occupancy: 4
  • Maximum occupancy: 5
  • Adding occupants above standard: no charge

Family Room

  • One king bed and one bunk bed with one full-size bed on bottom and one twin bed on top
  • Standard occupancy: 4
  • Maximum occupancy: 5
  • Adding occupants above standard: no charge

Three-Bedroom Villa

  • Four queen beds and one sleeper sofa
  • Standard occupancy: 6
  • Maximum occupancy: 8
  • Adding occupants above standard: no charge

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 4 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Resort fee includes: WiFi, transportation throughout the resort, self and valet parking, daily access to the Indies Club and Calm Waters Fitness Center, local and toll-free calls, and unlimited use of putting course, sports field, and clay-court tennis facility
  • Parking: included in resort fee
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are not available.
  • Room upgrades: upgrades may be available by calling the hotel or at check-in for an additional cost.

Getting There

  • Nearest airport: Miami International Airport (MIA; 90 miles)
  • Distance from Miami: 90 miles

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