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Heading to the Keys on your next vacation? Any one of these 17 resorts are sure to help create the ideal getaway. From family friendly activity-packed resort properties to romantic bungalows, we’ve put together the ultimate list below.
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Tranquility Bay Beach House Resort sits across 12 waterfront acres on Marathon Key. This property features luxurious and tropical Victorian-style homes divided into multi-story two- and three-bedroom suites with fully equipped kitchens and stunning water views. Each beach house includes a gourmet kitchen with a separate dining area, two-and-one-half baths as well as a living room. After a day of play, enjoy unwinding with a 42-inch plasma TV featuring premium cable and wireless internet. You’ll love the French doors, found on both levels, which lead to expansive porches with magnificent unobstructed water views of the Gulf of Mexico. Guests also have access to a private beach that used to have a problem with seagrass washing ashore and littering the beach, but the resort constructed an eco-friendly fence offshore that keeps this idyllic stretch of sand in pristine condition.
As you step into Hawks Cay Resort, you’ll feel as if you’re entering a small village, with its huge size and long list of amenities, including having its own 85-slip marina. Many of the resort’s guests arrive by boat, as it’s located on Duck Key, which is a fairly secluded spot quite a distance from the airport on Key West, though driving in is easy too. Popular with families and for family reunions, with a multitude of activities, including a dolphin experience, a water slide shaped like a pirate ship, miniature golf and a kids’ club, as well as its multi-bedroom villas and a small beach that sits at the edge of calm waters. The resort is also used for corporate retreats, destination weddings, fishing groups, romantic getaways and more. The diverse eco-system offers the chance for renowned fishing, and also brings the beloved Atlantic bottlenose dolphin right along the shore. Access adventure concierge services to arrange a kayak ride through mangrove forests and view a variety of marine life – and, be sure to explore the only living coral reef marine sanctuary in North America.
This intimate resort with just 40 rooms caters to upscale travelers, hosting luxurious, beach-chic cottages and sophisticated amenities. Located on Sunset Key, a residential island just 500 yards off Key West, you’ll find a magnificent palm-tree lined beach and clear waters along with a beautiful pool and spa. This idyllic, exclusive property can be reached via boat ferry service from Key West 24 hours a day and boasts an authentic island experience across 27 lush acres. Accommodation options include private homes as well as two-, three- and four-bedroom cottages, all capturing the casual Key West lifestyle, including tranquility and charm with Victorian-style tin rooms and pastel-hued wood finishes. The highlight is surely the spectacular panoramic views of the cerulean waters, thought the gardens filled with jasmine scented courtyards, brightly colored hibiscus and frangipani also add to its allure.
The Hyatt Key West offers its own manmade beach, and is one of the few properties where you can soak up the sun and the sand, while also being just a short stroll away from the streets of Old Town. You can enjoy an extensive array of water sports too, as well as fitness options and two excellent restaurants. Rooms feature an Asian flair along with balconies overlooking the gulf and walk-in showers with rain showerheads. Guests are also pampered with lovely touches like fluffy robes and heavenly down comforters.
This 153-room resort can be found in northern Key Largo, just a short drive from the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, world-renowned for its outstanding snorkeling and diving opportunities. It’s also close to many shops and restaurants. Right onsite you’ll find a diver’s center, spa and a small but picturesque private beach. Spacious rooms offer flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi and decor that tends to be nicer than most of the other mid-range properties in the area. For the best experience, be sure to book a room with an ocean view for taking in the awe-inspiring Key Largo sunsets.
The Pier House Resort and Spa sits on a tranquil stretch of sand at the foot of Duval, offering an ideal quiet setting while still being close to all of the action Key West is known for right at the edge of the historic district. Enjoy cozy, colorful rooms with a pool, garden or ocean view – or, choose one of the six high-end suites that extend right over the water, providing glorious sunset views. The picturesque courtyard is dotted with soaring coconut palms and hibiscus blossoms, while the expansive complex of weathered buildings includes an original Conch house. It stands out from the competition with its outstanding amenities that include an onsite spa, pool, restaurant and bar – the oldest in Key West, as well as proximity to Sunset Pier for watching the sun go down in style.
Casina Marina Resort features 311 rooms that are light and sophisticated with an island feel, featuring sleek hardwood or tiled floors along with sheer curtains and neutral tones. The fluffy bathrobes, espresso machines, iHome clock radios and luxurious designer toiletries make it feel like a boutique hotel. The beautiful grounds are filled with lush foliage and palm trees, while the property also boasts a hard-to-find amenity in Key West, a 1,100-foot-long swimmable beach. Though the beach is too rocky for wading directly into the water, there is a long dock that extends out to a sandy bottom.
The Reach offers relaxed sophistication with a quiet getaway, away from the chaos and crowds of Key West in a beachfront location. This full-service, luxury resort offers sleek rooms with modern amenities as well as shared access to its sister Casa Marina resort nearby, including a spa and tennis. It also hosts the Strip House, a naughty steak house with nude images and a bordello feel. Elegant touches include turndown service and plush-lined robes in the room as well as life-sized chess and bocce in the courtyard and a pool concierge that delivers popsicles and the drink special of the day. Rooms with various layouts contain high-end furnishings, including especially comfy beds, along with iPod docks, espresso machines, and wet bars – allalong with a private stretch of white sandy beach and a pier for fishing.
The Cheeca Lodge & Spa is a time-honored resort as one of Islamorada’s original luxury properties, dating back to 1946. It’s hosted a number of celebrities and high-profile guests over the years, including George W. Bush. One of the largest resorts in the Keys, it sits on 27 acres and is also big when it comes to amenities. You’ll find lots of luxurious touches, including soaking tubs that fill in a stream from the ceiling as well as the chance to soak up fabulous views from the glass, floor-to-ceiling showers. There are three oceanfront dining establishments onsite, including a sushi bar, as well as an outdoor pool with underwater speakers and a tiki bar. Indulge in the spa, offering a bevy of signature treatments, including hot lava shell massages, a fitness center and an adult-only lap pool. There is also a 1,200-foot private beach, access to bikes, kayaks, fishing rods, a walking trail and an educational program for kids, Camp Cheeca. Rebuilt in 2009 after a fire gutted the main building, today it boasts bright and spacious rooms with elegant, tropical décor and especially expansive bathrooms. Almost magical at night, the lush grounds boast Tiki-torch-lit paths.
Lime Tree Bay Resort offers a more affordable seaside oasis, as one of the best mid-range resorts in the Florida Keys, set across palm-shaded sandy shores. You’ll find lots of options for relaxation as well as adventure, including hammocks and a hot tub, perfect for soothing sore muscles after a long day at play. You can also enjoy kayaking onsite, cooking up meals on the barbecue grills and swimming in one of two outdoor pools. An array of accommodation options await, including 56 rooms, most of which offer a patio or balcony with sea views as well as flat-screen TVs, a microwave and refrigerator. Choose a three-bedroom townhouse and enjoy canal views as well as a private garage. Suites feature kitchens or kitchenettes too.
The vibrantly colored Kona Kai resort is small and unpretentious, set across two acres as an adult hideaway that offers one of the most picturesque spots to stay in the Keys. Each of its intimate cottages boast furnishings that add to the tropical feel, simple but thoughtful, with touches like ceramic tile floors and rattan footstools.The spacious studio, one- and two-bedroom suites come complete with full kitchens, original art and an abundance of natural light. Enjoy the outdoors by hanging out in a hammock or lounge chair, soaking in the hot tub and taking in beautiful sunsets from the deck. The property is arranged around gardens of palms, orchids and hydrangeas as well as a mosaic-covered pool where you can help yourself to complimentary fruit and bottled water.
This iconic resort, formerly known as the Holiday Isle Beach Resort was recently revived – following the $11-million renovation, everything was updated, from the public spaces to the rooms. Today, guests enjoy “boathouse chic” style, including faux-wood-tiled floors, white wood accents and comfy daybeds. The stenciled quotes from ocean lovers, to ocean lovers, are an especially lovely touch. For those that want to stay busy, you’ll find a multitude of things to do, from diving and snorkeling to fishing charters and water-sport rentals – as well as the famed “Holiday Isle Tiki Bar.”
Located along the Gulf of Mexico, just minutes from Historic Old Town, this destination resort was revamped recently, providing the feel of an old-fashioned beach community – complete with rocking-chair porches and picket fences. Mangrove groves line its manmade beach at the edge of Florida Bay, while room décor features cheery pastels with beach cottage chic. Set across five acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, complete with palm groves, this waterfront hotel boasts four secluded swimming pools, each surrounded by lush gardens as well as white-sand sunbathing terraces, glorious sunsets, lots of water sports right onsite and casual island dining around the pool at Café Blue.
Known as the best of the best when it comes to Florida Key Resorts, this Gilligan’s Island-like resort boasts 30 duplex units along with extraordinary service – all accessed only via boat or seaplane. You’ll enjoy spacious rooms under a thatched roof, as well as spectacular views of the water and bamboo-enclosed outdoor showers. The property is also known for its number of thoughtful touches, including having your name in wood blocks above the door. This piece of paradise is home to a private marina as well as some of the state’s most gorgeous stretches of sand.
This resort, located a block from the Atlantic Ocean and Duval Street, boasts a secret garden bordered by private balconies, terraces and 35 luxurious two-bedroom accommodations. Bedrooms feature flat-screen TVs as well as custom designed leather furniture and spacious closets, while the master bath is decorated with Chinese glass tiles with dual designer shower heads. The marble walls, natural stone counters and large mirrors give it a spa-like feel. Enjoy relaxing around the sensual pool in a comfy chaise surrounded by fragrant native wildflowers, exotic trees and lush, tropical greenery. VIP treatment includes turn-down service with candies on your pillow as well as concierge services designed to meet your every need. Even while at the beach, you’ll be greeted by friendly staff who is ready and waiting to make your time on the sand a luxurious one, with chairs, towels and more.
A favorite in Key West, Southernmost on the Beach offers polished rooms with soothing, beach-inspired décor – most have balconies, and some feature corner, wrap-around balconies with jaw-dropping ocean views. Enjoy lounging in a hammock, strung between the palm trees or reading a book in an Adirondack chair that overlooks the water. You’ll also love the breathtaking beach, private sunbathing pier and long pool. If you want to get more active, just head to the sunny fitness center. The location on the quiet end of Duval also means you won’t have to deal with the hustle and bustle of downtown, unless you want to – it can be reached within about a 20-minute walk. The beach is right across the street, along with a restaurant, and you can also grab a drink and a snack from the onsite pool bar.
This boutique resort along the beach blends a retro look with modern conveniences. Most rooms are lined along the shore, encircling a lagoon, while others overlook a tennis court. You’ll find high-tech features like CD players, MP3 players and flat-screen TVs along with coral stone and dark wood accents. Enjoy a tropical atmosphere with a lush private lagoon, exotic birds, flowering hibiscus, swaying palms and endless ocean views. Enjoy swimming in one of two outdoor heated pools or soak in the spa, both along the waterfront. Activity options include unlimited use of non-motorized watersports right onsite, including kayaking, pedal boating, biking and sailing.