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Hotel Gift Shops Offer Great Finds

Posted on: September 9th, 2013 by Leah No Comments

Hotel gift shops have come a long way.  Many of these shops no longer merely provide a selection of items one may have accidentally forgotten while packing but instead focus on providing their guests the opportunity to do some actual shopping.  In the Florida Keys, many feature art, fabulous gifts, resort wear, unique jewelry and accessories.  These shops have a lot to offer hotel guests as well as locals.

A few of my favorite hotel gift shops throughout the Keys include Kona Kai Resort’s art gallery and botanical gardens, Cheeca Lodge and Spa’s Signature Store, Island Trendz at Hampton Inn, and the Ocean Key Resort and Spa gift shop.

Kona Kai Resort

Offering a beautiful international fine art gallery featuring pastels by Beth Kaminstein, Dirk Verdoorn’s ships on canvas, paintings by Italian Franco Passalacqua, and Antarctic ice paintings by Xavier Cortada.  Located at 97802 Overseas Highway in Key Largo and open from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.  In addition, tours of their award winning botanical gardens are open to the public.  Their ethnobotanic teaching garden is one of only two frost-free tropical botanic gardens in the southeastern United States.   Garden tours are available Tuesday through Saturday for $25.00 per person, of which $20 is tax deductible.  Advanced reservations are required by calling 305-852-7200.

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Tommy Bahama resort wear available at Cheeca’s Signature Store

Cheeca Lodge and Spa

Cheeca’s Signature Store offers a large variety of men’s clothing by Tommy Bahama that include dress shirts, linen slacks, relaxed shorts, swim trunks and sandals.  In addition, the Signature Store features a great assortment of women’s clothing, resort wear and swimwear by Lily Pulitzer, Debbie Katz and Island Company.   Buy an entire outfit for dinner as well as a casual look for on or off the water for both men and women at this specialty store.    I especially love their fun sun hats, jelly sandals, island decor, and beautiful handmade jewelry.  Located at 81801 Overseas Highway in Islamorada open 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday -Thursday and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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Statement Necklaces and Clutch from Island Trendz at Hampton Inn

Island Trendz at Hampton Inn

Island Trendz boutique is located within the Hampton Inn in Islamorada and features an amazing collection of bold, colorful, and affordable statement jewelry, beautiful women’s cover-ups and dresses, a wide selection of bags and clutches, and ocean-themed house wares.  Pick-up a great dress and statement necklace for dinner or wear it over a swimsuit for day.  Open from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Sundays. Island Trendz is located at 80001 Overseas Highway in Islamorada.

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Bejeweled sandals and nautical clutches from Ocean Key gift shop

Ocean Key Resort and Spa gift shop

At the very end of Duval you’ll find this great gift shop tucked inside Ocean Key Resort and Spa.  Shoppers will enjoy the ever changing selection of clothing for men, women and children, local artwork, handmade gifts and home accessories.  I especially love the choice of women’s bejeweled sandals, nautical themed clutches, cute gifts, and colorful sunhats in a variety of shapes and sizes.   Ocean Key Resort and Spa is located at Zero Duval Street in Key West open daily from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.