Snorkeling in the St. Augustine Aquarium, I was fascinated by the three stingrays that circled the 80,000-gallon tank. The rays would often stop and attach themselves to the windows where young children …
The Islander Resort, a Guy Harvey Outpost Opens its Doors in Islamorada
ISLAMORADA FL— SEPTEMBER 17, 2014— Islander Resort, a Guy Harvey Outpost, was officially unveiled this week by Dr. Guy Harvey before a crowd of Islamorada village officials, civic leaders, media representatives and residents. After a year-long multi-million dollar renovation, the popular resort joins the expanding collection of Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts, oceanfront resorts and lodges that showcase the marine wildlife art, scientific research and conservation advocacy of Dr. Guy Harvey, the company’s chairman.
The ribbon cutting ceremony included a tour of new guestrooms, dining and banquet facilities, a Guy Harvey Outfitter retail store and property-wide upgrades throughout both the main 114-unit Oceanside resort and the 25-unit Bayside marina townhouse compound. Under the terms of the conversion to a Guy Harvey Outpost Resort, ownership and management remains unchanged.
As the Sport fishing Capital of America, I am genuinely honored to fly our Guy Harvey Outpost flag here in Islamorada, commented Dr. Harvey. Without question, the waters around Islamorada offer our adventure travelers some of the world’s best diving and fishing, and for my scientific colleagues, endless opportunities for important cutting edge marine research. I know I’ll be here often.
In his most recent visit, with an audience of fly fishing icons in attendance Guy inaugurated the resort’s new Trophy Room Lounge, created to honor the history of Islamorada sport fishing and its legendary anglers and celebrities.
With this new Guy Harvey affiliation, our family continues its commitment to making the Islander a unique and special destination for families and visitors to Islamorada, said David Curry, President of Hobbs & Curry, the resort owner. The Guy Harvey Outpost mission aligns perfectly with ours. I don’t know of any other brand that focuses so completely on integrating scientific understanding and environmental awareness with an overall resort experience.
The popular Oceanside resort is situated on 22 acres with 1,300 feet of oceanfront, making it one of the largest resort playgrounds in the Florida Keys. Situated on site is the resort’s newly opened Florida Key History and Discovery Center, an elegant venue for weddings, social and group events.
Our mission is to inspire people to travel with a purpose, says Mark Ellert, President of Guy Harvey Outpost. By our way of thinking, every Outpost guest is on an expedition, and the Outpost Islamorada crew is there to deliver a remarkable and memorable adventure, whatever that may be.
Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts is based in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The Company’s Signature Collection resort properties carry the Guy Harvey Outpost brand name with customized Guy Harvey Outpost design. The Islander Resort, a Guy Harvey Outpost joins other Signature Florida Guy Harvey Outpost resorts: the Guy Harvey Outpost, a Tradewinds Beach Resort in St. Pete Beach and newly announced for St. Augustine Beach.
Members of the company’s Expedition Portfolio are independently operated and managed boutique sized hotels and lodges in off-shore destinations that offer superior service and amenities. Member hotels enjoy access to Outpost marketing and its reservation system and on-line booking engine. Expedition Properties include four in the Bahamas: Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour at West End, The Bimini Sands Resort on South Bimini, and the Green Turtle Club and the Blackfly Bonefish Lodge, both in the Abaco Islands. Other Expedition Properties include The Southern Cross Club in the Cayman Islands, Hotel Playa Media Luna in Isla Mujeres, Mexico, Ft. Young Hotel in Dominica and the Iguana Crossing Hotel, Isabella, Galapagos. Plans are also underway for the construction of 30-unit eco-lodge on the island of San Cristobal in the Galapagos Islands.
The company also maintains a system of Expedition Outfitters – dive shops and fishing charter operators offering top of class service often used in Guy’s own globe-trotting scientific research expeditions. The company’s Expedition Series program offers exclusive opportunities to join Dr. Harvey and other scientists and experts as they engage in cutting edge marine research.
The company was founded in 2007 by Mark Ellert, a veteran hospitality developer, and is co-owned by Dr. Harvey, Bill Shedd and Charles Forman. Shedd is the owner of AFTCO, the official licensee of Guy Harvey sportswear, and recognized worldwide for its big-game fishing tackle and merchandise. Forman is a practicing eminent domain lawyer and early partner of Dr. Harvey in the growth of his licensing and publishing activities.
Islander Resort, a Guy Harvey Outpost is located in Islamorada, Florida is an icon of the Florida Keys. With a beachfront longer than three football fields, the Islander Oceanside offers the best in casual Keys hospitality to be found in the town that bills itself the Sportfishing Capital of America.
With its 114 guestrooms and suites spread across 25 acres, Islander Oceanside offers the best in casual Keys hospitality with its expansive beachfront and extensive pool and patio areas. Purchased in 1999 by current ownership, this Islamorada institution is now joined with Islander Bayside, a 25-unit villa complex and marina. These two-story two and three bedroom villas are fully equipped vacation homes, all with dramatic sunset views of Florida Bay and the resort’s private 14-slip marina basin.
Islander Bayside is located across from the historic Green Turtle Inn, one of the most popular restaurants in the Village of Islamorada, with its colorful décor dedicated to the history of Islamorada. The Islander Oceanside enjoys similar neighbors, located across from The Lorelei restaurant, where visitors and residents alike gather for sunset celebrations and the opportunity to share fish stories worthy of the legendary Zane Grey.
Whether on the beach or on the bay, Islander Resort, a Guy Harvey Outpost evokes the feel of Old Florida Keys yet complete with modern facilities and amenities, including the resort’s stylish new ballroom and conference center complex overlooking the Atlantic. For work or play, for a short or long term visit, for beach or boating, sunrise or sunsets, Islander Resort, a Guy Harvey Outpost offers it all, in the heart of the fabulous Florida Keys.
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