If “Wasting away again in Margaritaville” holds a special appeal, then Key West’s Ibis Bay Beach Resort may just help you find that lost shaker of salt.
The property, formerly the Blue Lagoon Motel, has quickly earned itself favored status among locals, particularly because of the fundraisers and events hosted here.
Moreover, it is also becoming known to visitors as the antidote to Duval Street. Touted as, “the island’s only beach resort to embrace Key West’s Cuban history,” owner Chris Holland is focused on creating an authentic travel experience, and a fun, unique Key West destination.
“We don’t want to be the Ritz Carlton and have that hotel chain sameness because it’s so boring,” said Holland. “We provide travelers with unique experiences that allow them to enjoy the Key West of the 1950s while utilizing the advantages of modern technology to ensure a fun-packed stay. Our Fun Desk booking service is Key West’s one-stop shop for the island’s best dining, shopping, adventures, tours and rentals. We’re not going for Palm Beach, we’re going for Jimmy Buffet.”
The property offers a laundry list of activities and program, including such locally powered experiences as Key West history tours or the Key West Creepy Ghost Story Tour. There’s plenty of fishing in the area, and guests can enjoy full day fishing charters, deep sea fishing, or crew an all-night “Dangerous Catch” Shrimp Boat, complete with a ready-to-ship cooler of your haul.
Guests looking for a more mellow experience can sign up for sand sculpture classes provided by the hotel’s expert team of sand sculpting champions.
Of course anyone channeling Jimmy Buffet would be remiss if they didn’t participate in the “Duval Street Drink Challenge.” Fortunately, Ibis Bay also provides a “Detox Diet Program.”
Holland has fully transformed what was once Key West’s biggest eyesore with redesigned rooms, new furnishings, new landscaping, and a new dock for fresh daily deliveries from local fishermen.
The property’s new restaurant, the Stoned Crab , offers boat-to-table seafood with daily deliveries of fresh stone crab, lobster and other locally caught specialties.
Rooms start at just $179 per night
Ibis Bay Resort