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Hawks Cay Resort completes million dollar culinary expansion

Tatiana Rokou - 01 March 2013, 10:51

New restaurants tempt travelers’ taste buds while classic favorites add island-style sophistication.

DUCK KEY, FLA. – Hawks Cay Resort in the Florida Keys has completed phase one of a million dollar culinary update including the opening of two restaurants on-property, as well as two smaller food and beverage outlets for cocktails and coffee. These new culinary offerings are just the beginning of a larger hotel renovation that will transform the AAA Four Diamond Award resort property into Florida’s premier vacation getaway.

Guests seeking a buffet breakfast, a la carte lunch or a Mediterranean-inspired dinner will be delighted with the addition of Ocean, the Resort’s new main dining room. Adjacent to the Resort Pool, Ocean features a stone slab pizza oven and a spacious design that embraces the coastal feel of the Resort’s location on Duck Key. Whether sampling a creative cocktail and wine list under the vaulted ceiling inside or sharing fresh seafood and flatbreads on the patio near the Fire Pit, guests will find that Ocean is the perfect dining destination for a memorable, interactive meal with the family or friends. Additional menu items at lunch and dinner include fresh oysters and clams, homemade pastas and signature pizzetas.

At Tio’s Cantina, a new dockside outpost located at the Resort’s marina, diners will find Mexican-inspired meals with a Florida Keys twist. Tio’s invites guests to unwind with fresh shrimp ceviche, mahi-mahi tacos and frozen Key lime margaritas after a long day on the water. Those wishing to cook up “the fish that didn’t get away” can take advantage of the Hook and Cook option, allowing the chefs at Tio’s to prepare the day’s catch according to each guest’s preference.

Also included in the first phase of the renovation, which launched last spring, was the addition of the Tiki Bar and Island Time. Located, adjacent to the Resort Pool off the main lobby, Tiki Bar serves up refreshing island-infused concoctions and light poolside fare. Also open in the evening, Tiki Bar is the perfect spot for a late night libation to enjoy the Fire Pit or nightly entertainment under the stars. Island Time is a new lobby cafe and gift shop featuring Starbucks-blended beverages and fresh pastries, making it a great stop for guests who opt for a light breakfast and cup of coffee before heading out on the water.

Set to be complete later this year, phase two upgrades will enhance the experience of the adults-only area. The private area, which now includes the Tranquility Pool lined with private cabanas, will be expanded and soon welcome Sand Bar, an alfresco restaurant in the sand serving up sophisticated light bites and specialty island-style cocktails.

Whether in search of peaceful relaxation or lively cocktail conversation, the adults-only area will surely offer a serene respite for those over 21.

In addition to the new and expanded dining outlets, Resort guests can still enjoy Alma, an intimate Florida Keys dining experience in a relaxed, upscale restaurant atmosphere.

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