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Reservations at Hawk's Cay Resort through our sister site Florida Keys Best.

 Duck Key's Botels and Marina Villas

 

 Duck Key's Botels

The present-day resort, Hawk's Cay, has undergone a number of physical changes since its days as the Indies Inn and Yacht Club. In 1969 Indies Inn executive director Ted Knight believed there was a need for accommodations which

" catered to the needs of the average fisherman, the family pleasure boat seeker or the house wife who does not wish to lose touch with the kitchen."
 

Duck Key botel

Pictured above is a botel unit with pool on Indies Island.

The Keynoter reported that the Indies Inn offered "advanced thinking in marina accommodations" when it built twelve botel units , located a few feet from an inland waterway. Each had two bedrooms, a large modern kitchen and a living room fully furnished with air conditioning and a TV. The botels, equipped with all forms of dinnerware and cooking utensils, were instantly ready for full operation by incoming quests. Thus Duck Key's unique botels or yachtels got their start.

 An internet ad promoting the Duck Key Botels describes

"gentle Atlantic breezes plus green foliage and clear blue water" making "Duck Key a year round paradise."

 

Duck Key's Unique Botel Accommodations available through Realtor, Conch Vacations with Boats

Interested in renting lodging pictured above with boat dockage and pool? Several botels are available for rent through

Conch Vacations with Boats,
11400 Overseas Highway,
Suite 101
Marathon, Florida 33050,
305-743-8877 or e-mail
rentcity@earthlink.net

( See Duck Key accommodations - Conch Vacations with Boats. )

 

Marina Villas

Around the same time, Indies Inn built its Marina Villas, the first two story building one sees on the left upon entering Duck Key Drive from US 1. As with the botels the Marina Villas were sold off by the Indies hotel and are now available for rent through individual owners and real estate rental agents. (See Duck Key accommodations)

 

Modern Day Botels?

RESERVATIONS

In 1998 new villas modeled after Key West "conch houses" were built throughout the resort. The Harbor Villas which are located by Lake Lucille have two bedrooms, a kitchen, dining area, 1 1/2 baths or more baths, a living room , air conditioning ,and TV's with cable. Like the botels above, the villas

"come equipped with dinnerware and cooking utensils, washer/dryers, and are instantly ready for full operation by incoming quests. " Some even have boat dockage.

With the building of the "conch house" villas in 1998 around the protected boat basin, Lake Lucille, and the units popular use by boaters, it would seem that to some extent the botel concept has been revisited.

From the comments of guests at the botels, and villas of Hawk's Cay, the appeal seems to be family comforts and breakfast convenience for children, access to washer/dryer, two TVs, a refrigerator for juice boxes and snacks, and privacy for mom and dad. The botels along the canal and the villas units located around around Yacht Harbor/Lake Lucille are a favorite of fishermen and boat owners who enjoy the convenience of stepping off the veranda onto their boat.

To date no women visitors have been heard to comment such accommodations were chosen so as to not " lose touch with the kitchen."

 

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