Ibis Bay: An Eco-Friendly Resort


| 8/8/2016 4:02:00 PM


Tags: green travel, sustainable seafood, Karyn Wofford,


Image courtesy Ibis Bay Resort

At home, we commit ourselves to pure living. We use natural products, recycle, and work to conserve energy. Why should things be any different when we travel?

Ibis Bay Resort, a Key West resort built in 1956, has recently been restored to its former, retro glory. The hidden waterfront gem allows guests to experience the true “old Florida” feel that visitors search for when vacationing on the island. Its resurrection was a far better alternative than bulldozing the property, only to waste materials on building another hotel. Salvaged bikes, an old boat front desk and other age old décor are a few second life character pieces around Ibis.

Blending with Nature

Ibis Bay’s colors and design mesh flawlessly into the tropical back drop of the Keys. Centrally located between the coral walled buildings resides a spacious turtle sanctuary for two large rescued turtles, and a tiny one who has recently been accepted by its new family. You’ll also find friendly, very talkative parrots around the property, some of whom have also been rescued from dire situations and now live their lives in paradise, being loved by the employees and guests. Even the friendly nurse sharks that swim near the dock of The Stoned Crab, the resort’s restaurant, are fed unused food scraps, preventing waste.

Keeping it Local

Three Hands Fish is Ibis Bay’s personal fish market that not only supplies The Stoned Crab, but many other seafood restaurants as well. Fisherman head out early in the morning and bring back fish that are professionally prepared, then served only hours after they are caught. The market works to keep things sustainable by fishing locally, informing customers about their food, and promoting the consumption of invasive fish. From the fisherman, to the filet master, to you: that’s the motto. Hence the name, Three Hands Fish.

 
Image courtesy Ibis Bay Resort




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