We loved this place. It has a huge play pool right on the beach (pretty much), as well as a nearby jacuzzi. A little lagoon is adjacent - which you can slso go in for a dip. And then there's the beach/ocean as well. So many options. Fortunately we had the time.
The resort fee is a bit high,$39, but it includes use kayaks, sail boats, movie rentals, bike rentals, even the golf course (small 9 hole.) My wife and I almost thought we were on our second honeymoon (the only thing stopping us was our three year old!)
I think this is one of those rare places that works for couples with, kids or couples w/o kids. You can walk to great restaurants which are across the street and just a bit up or down the road. (A rarity in these parts.) Again, these are eats that work if you are mit kids or sans the little munchkins. Often they were so friendly, and treated us like locals though we clearly weren't.
Sadly the restaurant on site is very expensive and not the food quality acceptable. Hopefully this will change someday. Meanwhile, just go to outside bars for drinks.
Hotel staff are great, helpful, easy going. There is some formality here in varying degress sepending on the position. We did some "stuff" issues, ie. phone static for the in-room phone, a sticky lock, even the elevator which sometimes didn't open all the way! I just couldn't get myself to care very much about these things because I was having such a great time and was so mellowed out! The place just seems to take all the built up aggravation and stress out of you.
One last thought about the staff - when our walk up call didnt work the day were leaving, some guy knocked on our door at 7:37, 7 minutes after they realized our phone wake-up didn't happen, and with a big smile said 'I'm you're wake up call!' Gotta love that.
In sum...If you can't relax here, you're in trouble. Big trouble!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The "Queen of the Florida Keys", Cheeca Lodge & Spa, an exclusive hideaway for generations of celebrities, business leaders and U.S. Presidents. Set on 27 private oceanfront acres in Islamorada, Cheeca – reopening Dec. 15 - is has been constructed with its original porte-cochere entrance, traditional Florida Keys architecture, chic West Indies décor, and spirited tradition of “barefoot elegance” -- a term coined at Cheeca – all intact. Along with a new Lobby Bar. Cheeca will boast two distinctive restaurants - Nikai Sushi Bar offering the Florida Keys’ freshest sushi, Asian-inspired fare and a unique selection of Japanese sake and wine, and Atlantic’s Edge with a seasonal fine-dining menu of fresh local seafood, prime steaks and organic local produce. The new Cheeca Lodge & Spa will also feature 2,400 square-feet of new retail shops with a Cheeca Signature store featuring Tommy Bahama products. An expanded roster of activities will include on-property flats boats with seasoned local guides for backcountry fishing, sightseeing, eco-tours, kiteboarding, and a junior angler program for teens.The resort’s signature features – classic 525’ wooden fishing pier, tropical gardens, crossing palms archway, saltwater snorkeling lagoon, nature trails, Tahitian-style Spa Lagoon, spectacular purple sunsets, secluded white sand beaches, Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, Camp Cheeca children’s environmental activity program, and access to world-class sportfishing – will remain intact.Located just 90 minutes south of Miami International Airport in the Florida Keys, Cheeca Lodge & Spa is just a few hours by air or drive from major East Coast U.S. and Canadian cities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cheeca Hotel Islamorada
- Cheeca Resort Islamorada
- Cheeca Lodge Florida
- Cheeca Lodge And Spa
- Cheeca Lodge Islamorada
- Cheeca Lodge Spa