Amara Cay Resort Review + A Giveaway

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A Midweek Retreat at Amara Cay Resort

I know, I know. I’ve been living in Miami for almost two years and I’m just now visiting the Florida Keys. This past week I had the pleasure of being hosted at the newly renovated Amara Cay Resort in Islamorada, Fl. From the gorgeous decor (upscale beachy, not the usual kitsch) to the super friendly staff, this hotel was the perfect little getaway only an hour and forty minutes outside of Miami.

Day One

Francesca and I headed down Monday (after getting our spray tans of course) and arrived in the early afternoon. We took a quick tour around the property to get the lay of the land which includes most notably a fire pit,  pool, tiki bar, and gym. Fran and I were tired from the drive and decided to stay on site for dinner at ReelBurger – which included some pretty bomb bbq sliders and zucchini fries. We called it an early night and turned in early with some wine to watch Khloe finally reveal her pregnancy on Keeping Up with the Kardashians. I know we are pretty cool haha.

Day Two

The next day we headed down for breakfast in the lobby, and then straight out to the beach area for some sun. Fran’s sister Luccia arrived from Miami around lunch so we headed up  for some poolside cocktails and lunch from Sparrows Rum Bar. After a long day in the sun we headed back to the room for a quick tiger snooze, then headed down the street to Lazy Days for dinner. The restaurant had a chill local vibe and I really enjoyed my Key West Chicken!

Day Three

For our last day we got up early to catch the sunrise on the beach which was so pretty. And just like that it was time to pack up and hit the road. But not before stopping by Midway Cafe & Coffee Bar for breakfast and one last slice of Manny & Isa’s famous Key Lime Pie. PS. the staff was SO friendly and I will definitely be going back on my next trip.

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Lipault Paris Giveaway

If your New Years Resolution was to travel more, then you are in luck! I am so excited to announce my next New Year, New You Giveaway is with Lipault Paris! One lucky reader will win one of their new Dazzling Plume Spinners. I’ve been a longtime fan of Lipault and am loving their new hardside luggage. Plus y’all know I can’t resist anything rose gold! Find directions to enter below – good luck and get ready to cross a destination off your bucket list!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


MAJORELLE green tropical print top and skirt (also love the blouse and dress versions) | ELLEN & JAMES white round rattan bag | MELANIE AULD hoop earring

LPA wrap skirt in rust (matching top was too small on me – order up a size) | BP cami | & OTHER STORIES sandals | HUDSON denim jacket | ELLEN & JAMES bali woven bag | MONICA VINADER bracelets

Photography by Luccia Lowenthal – Photo Editing by Ashley Aspinwall

  • January 18, 2018 - 1:57 am

    Noel Stark - I love your outfits! And the luggage looks so cute!!!!ReplyCancel

  • January 18, 2018 - 2:26 am

    Samantha Tedesco - Maldives and Caraibi.. But I’d also love to go to Lisbona and New York!ReplyCancel

  • January 18, 2018 - 5:12 am

    Lauren Hamilton - I would love to go to bora bora.ReplyCancel

  • January 18, 2018 - 6:08 am

    Gladys - Gorgeous pictures! I would love to go to Japan at some point in the future.ReplyCancel

  • January 18, 2018 - 7:39 am

    Liz N. - The Galapagos Islands, Iceland (again but with hubby this time), Jamaica! But I’m happy to go almost anywhere!ReplyCancel

  • January 18, 2018 - 8:38 am

    Rosalind Gutierrez - You look like a movie star in the Island beach wear.ReplyCancel

  • January 18, 2018 - 9:21 am

    Ella Elston - I’d love love love to go to Paris!!ReplyCancel

  • January 18, 2018 - 9:25 am

    Alina - On my list I have Spain, Greece and London.ReplyCancel

  • January 18, 2018 - 9:40 am

    Brix Staff - Love the photos and outfits! I have Turks and Caicos, Ireland, Portugal and Germany.ReplyCancel

  • January 18, 2018 - 9:42 am

    Sean - Seeing as it’s freezing here in Michigan (high of 10), I’d love any li’l place with a some sunshine. However, I’ve had Positano and Mykonos on my list now for a couple of years.ReplyCancel

  • January 18, 2018 - 9:43 am

    Elle - I have always wanted to go to Australia and New Zealand.ReplyCancel

  • January 18, 2018 - 10:02 am

    Jone - 2weeks left until Spain! Where to next?? 🤔ReplyCancel

  • January 18, 2018 - 10:03 am

    Sam - Hoping to make it to Italy this year!ReplyCancel

  • January 18, 2018 - 10:59 am

    Kim Pincombe-Cole - The first thing I think of when talking Islamorada is Bloodline! {have you watched it on Netflix? so good!}
    Paris is currently #1 on my bucket list. I’m craving some museums, art & French culture. And macarons!ReplyCancel

  • January 18, 2018 - 1:08 pm

    Andrea Darst - I’m dying to go to the Virgin Islands!ReplyCancel

  • January 18, 2018 - 4:27 pm

    Meghan - I would love to go to Bora bora!ReplyCancel

  • January 18, 2018 - 5:35 pm

    bn100 - RioReplyCancel

  • January 18, 2018 - 7:48 pm

    Kayley - I would love to someday visit New York!ReplyCancel

  • January 18, 2018 - 8:37 pm

    Giselle - Love seeing the keys bounce back!ReplyCancel

  • January 18, 2018 - 9:29 pm

    Sandy Pincombe - Looks like this was a great place to vacation. And that suitcase is definitely top of the lineReplyCancel

  • January 19, 2018 - 12:50 am

    Rebecca I. - I would love (and am trying to plan) to go to Hawaii!ReplyCancel

  • January 19, 2018 - 10:52 am

    Ashley Perez - I want to go to Paris, France :)ReplyCancel

  • January 19, 2018 - 10:54 am

    Linda - The south of France and New Zealand are two locations on my bucket list.ReplyCancel

  • January 20, 2018 - 2:23 am

    Anna Z - New Zealand would be great.ReplyCancel

  • January 21, 2018 - 2:54 pm

    Cassie - Love Amara Cay and your blog post about it. I am going on a cruise in a month and would love to travel with that beautiful rose gold suitcase. I also need to plan a weekend getaway back to Amara Cay soon. 💕ReplyCancel

  • January 21, 2018 - 3:15 pm

    Heather S - Paris, Maldives, Denmark… sooo mnay :)ReplyCancel

  • January 21, 2018 - 3:43 pm

    Amanda Whitley - my bucket list includes Australia and Ireland.ReplyCancel

  • January 23, 2018 - 9:59 pm

    Cynthia Richardson - I’m heading to New Orleans for Mardi Gras!ReplyCancel

  • January 23, 2018 - 11:12 pm

    Manda Shank - MontrealReplyCancel

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