When I think about an ideal vacation location, I factor in many variables. First thing on my list is peace and quiet~Ha! In an ideal world, that would be a great escape from the constant chaos of being a WAHM to three littles. So an island getaway obviously fits the bill, but I digress...
In all seriousness, some peace and quiet is important and necessary. The checklist would also include activities that are low-key yet fun, an opportunity to focus on wellness, a healthy mix-in of adventure coupled with lazy days filled with lounging and laughter...and good food is a must! Hawks Cay Resort located on Duck Key Island in the Middle Florida Keys was the perfect escape, certainly ticked all the boxes on my wish list and definitely gave me the feel of an island getaway.
Hawks Cay Resort is a paradise located just under 100 miles south of Miami. The tropical resort offers several types of accommodations from villas, to guest rooms and suites with a view (and a balcony!) to townhouses.
Hawks Cay Resort has a little something for everyone making it an ideal spot for a romantic getaway, family vacay, girls' weekend or business trip (although might be hard to get a lot of work done with the surrounding gorgeous views!)
I was living out the "Life is Good" mantra every time I glanced out of my room window~the tropical setting, copious amenities and dream-like landscape. Each and every dining experience was filled with delicious meals, amazing service and just the right atmosphere. Hawks Cay Resort is filled with a staff that is friendly, accommodating and goes out of their way at every turn to make your stay pleasant, relaxing, and memorable.
Not only does Hawks Cay offer picturesque views at every turn, but the amenities include 5 yummy eateries, 5 pools (one strictly for those 21+), a peaceful saltwater lagoon, a myriad of water-sport activities, an award-winning spa, biking, fishing, boating as well as calendar of daily activities. There's plenty to do but no pressure to do anything and that's just the kind of attitude that makes Hawks Cay the perfect vacation destination.
For the kiddos, Hawks Cay Resort offers a kid-friendly pool and fun Pirate-Ship spray feature.
I loved the option of the recreational Kids' Club camp giving both the opportunity for children to have fun yet structured time with other children, and parents time to visit the spa, partake in the sunset cruise or laze around with an afternoon-beverage sans guilt.
You can't help but relax and bask in the warmth of the sun when you have the chance to catch both the sunrise and sunset~ all while the calming tunes of the late Bob Marley let you connect with the beauty surrounding you.
One of my favorite experiences, was the chance to directly interact with the four Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins living at Hawks Cay Resort as part of their educational and training facility.
The Dolphin Connection offers several tiers of interaction, but you can stroll past them at your leisure and marvel at their beauty as often as you like. Getting to watch a training session and hold this graceful creatures' flipper was an incredible experience.
Whether you're looking to reconnect with your family, recharge with your colleagues, or rejuvenate with your partner, Hawks Cay Resort is 60-acres filled with everything you need and nothing you don't.
Insider Tip: On your drive to the beautiful Hawks Cay Resort, grab a yummy and oh-so fresh bite with the locals (all of whom agree that Hawks Cay is the place to be!) and don't forget to give their homemade hand scrub a try!
All opinions expressed are our own. This is not a sponsored post. Accommodations were provided by Hawks Cay Resort.