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Thanks to the vision and commitment of former New York ad executive Chris Holland, Key West’s biggest eyesore has been transformed into its biggest ‘site’ for sore eyes — the new IBIS BAY Beach Resort! For years, one of the first things visitors to Key West would see was a struggling property called The Blue Lagoon Motel. It did have one thing going for it, however: it was one of only eight Key West hotels with a private beach, and it happened to be the biggest of them all. Since then, Holland has even extended the beach, so that it’s now the largest private beach in Key West!
Now just two years later, the resort has benefitted from significant renovations and upgrades including redesigned rooms, new furnishings, new landscaping, the popular new Stoned Crab restaurant that specialized in stone crab and a new dock for fresh daily deliveries from local fishermen. IBIS BAY has quickly become a favorite among travelers and locals and is already having a big impact on the local community through the many events and fundraisers it hosts. As the island’s only beach resort to embrace Key West’s Cuban history, IBIS BAY stands alone as both a resort and a destination. Holland is all about authentic travel, and he fuses his personal design aesthetic with the island’s classic 1950s style to create 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! We’re looking to provide travelers with a unique experience that allows them to enjoy the Key West of the 1950s while utilizing the advantages of modern technology to ensure a pleasant and 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, so we’ve got something for everyone. We’re not going for Palm Beach,” Holland emphasized, “we’re going for Jimmy Buffet.”
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