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Hawk's Cay Resort
Cliff Drysdale Tennis School

Duck Key, Florida

By Roger Cox, Editor

The Dolphin Connection, Hawk's Cay Resort, Duck Key, Florida
©Roger Cox

The bottle-nose dolphin seemed quite happy to tow me around a lagoon in exchange for a few fish doled out from the hands of the trainer at the Dolphin Connection. It took very little effort on his part, though I'd never moved through the water so fast without the aid of wind or motor, and I was astonished to feel just how powerfully these mammals swim. I came out of the water with an even deeper respect for these lovable animals.

Set on Duck Key, Hawk's Cay Resort takes up all of a roughly boot-shaped 60-acre private island just off the Overseas Highway to Key West, 97 miles south southeast of Miami. Its focal point is a 177-room hotel, which rises behind a perfect circle of a lagoon fringed with sand, but for a small resort it harbors an extensive array of distractions, including a spa, several restaurants, five swimming pools, an 85-slip marina, a watersports center, fishing and scuba diving charters, a dedicated children's center, bike rentals, an eight-court tennis complex, some 100 two-, three-, and four-bedroom villas, and, of course, that dolphin encounter.

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Cliff Drysdale Tennis oversees the operation of the tennis club, which consists of two Hydrocourts, two lighted Har-Tru courts, and four hard courts, all of it enhanced, following the Drysdale takeover, by new windscreens and fencing. Hannah Thompson directs the programming.

Michael Stedronsky, Cliff Drysdale Tennis, Hawks Cay Resort, Florida

Tennis Staff. She began her playing career as a junior in the U.K., becoming nationally ranked both there and in the U.S., where she went on to play for Georgia's Brenau University. After graduating she joined the university's coaching staff before moving on to Pennsylvania's Camp Towanda and subsequently joining Drysdale Tennis.
Tennis Programs. At Hawks Cay, she inherits a stable of local players who along with guests are kept active with morning adult clinics, Cardio tennis, and family tennis classes throughout the week as well as private and group lessons. The staff also arranges singles and doubles matches or, alternatively, a "beat the pro" lesson option at half the price of a regular lesson if you win more games than the pro, while a once-weekly round-robin affords another way to meet compatible players. She has also introduced kids programs (by levels, from 4 to 13+) twice a week as well as a once weekly junior day and tournament. She rounds that all out with a willingness to custom-design programs for groups and teams.
In addition, Hawk's Cay runs a year-round 2-, 3-, or 4-night Cliff Drysdale Adult Tennis Camp. It consists of your choice of accommodations, three hours of daily group instruction, unlimited court time, buffet breakfast daily, and the usual amenities of the resort, including fitness center access and the Coral Cay Kids club.
Courts & Fees. There are currently eight courts: two Hydrocourt, two Har-Tru (with lights), and four hard. Court fees: none, not even for lights.

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Hawk's Cay Resort, Duck Key, FloridaBeach. You won't find a beach washed by the ocean but rather one that encircles a man-made lagoon at the hotel. The lagoon has a floating platform at the center, lounge chairs and umbrellas at its perimeter.

Spa & Fitness Center. The resort's Calm Waters Spa mixes traditional with locally inspired spa treatments, among the latter Flowing Currents (a combination of touch therapies with aromatic oils) and Key Lime Mojito (an exfoliation with mojito sugar followed by a Key Lime infused shampoo and conditioning). Spa goers can relax in an outdoor garden with a quiet pool or in the Jacuzzi and eucalyptus steam rooms inside. The fitness center in another part of the same building has Life Fitness cardio equipment (with windows on the kids' splash pool) and exercise stations as well as yoga, beach body boot camps, and personal trainers.

And ... The most unusual of the other activities is the Dolphin Connection, which takes small numbers of people into the water to interact with the dolphins while anyone in the resort is free to watch from the side of the dolphin pond. Otherwise there is a fully equipped marina offering sportfishing charters, dive boat and snorkeling excursions, sea kayak rentals, jet ski rentals, parasailing and kiteboarding trips, sunset cruises, and Segway tours. Other watersports equipment, including standup paddleboards and kayaks, are available in the lagoon. And bicycles can be rented at the

Children's Programs

With its own building and a fenced playground with everything from miniature golf to a pirates' ship, the Indies Club schedules a full day of activities from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for those ages 5 to 12 as well as a variety of social and recreational activities for teens.

Lodging

The main block of accommodations are the 177 rooms and suites in the main hotel. These have a West Indies decor, upscale amenities, and, with the exception of a few standard room, broad terraces with views of the island or water. Alternatively, the resort offers villas ranging in size up to four bedrooms and situated somewhat removed from the main hotel in four villages.

Restaurants

There are half a dozen dining outlets, including Alma's, the signature restaurant for fresh seafood and steaks; the low-key Tom's Harbor House for burgers, catch of the day specials; and then a mix of places for breakfast, lunch, or snacks, including an Emack & Bolio ice cream stand.

See Also

If you're contemplating a beach and tennis vacation, with options for kids, you also ought to look at:

Rates and Reservations

Hawk's Cay Resort

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Hawk's Cay Resort
61 Hawk's Cay Blvd.
Duck Key, FL 33050
305-743-7000 ext 1571
Toll-free: 888-313-5749
Fax: 305-743-5215
Web Link: Hawk's Cay Resort

Cliff Drysdale Tennis Adult Tennis Camps at Hawk's Cay

These are 2-, 3-, or 4-day camps with a choice of accommodations, 3 hours a day of group instruction, unlimited court time, and buffet breakfast daily. Rates vary seasonally and with the type of accommodations and duration of stay. 

Dec. 19-Apr. 2, 2017
From $719/person

Apr. 3-Dec. 22, 2017
From $579/person

Cliff Drysdale Tennis Adult Tennis Camps at Hawk's Cay
Hawk's Cay Resort
Duck Key, FL 33050

Travel Essentials

Seasons. Year-round, though busiest from a tennis perspective from mid December into April.

Travel Instructions. By Air: The nearest major airport is Miami International Airport (MIA), 104 miles to the north.

General Tourist Information. For information about travel to the region, visit Florida Keys & Key West.

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Ratings

(142 Reviewers)
Tennis Overall
4½-Ball Rating Instruction
4½-Ball Rating Tennis Complex
4-Ball Rating Lodging
3½-Ball Rating Spa & Fitness
3½-Ball Rating Dollar Value
4-Ball Rating Kids' Programs
4½-Ball Rating Solo Travelers
4-Ball Rating
Tennis Staff
5-Ball Rating Game Matching
4-Ball Rating Junior Tennis
4-Ball Rating Cuisine
3½-Ball Rating Other Recreation
4½-Ball Rating Setting
4-Ball Rating Romance
4-Ball Rating


Cliff Drysdale Tennis Adult Tennis Camps at Hawk's Cay Ratings
( 7 Reviewers)
Tennis Overall
4½-Ball Rating Instruction
4½-Ball Rating Dollar Value
4-Ball Rating
Tennis Staff
5-Ball Rating

©2017 Roger Cox