I read all the room reviews and after much thought booked the oceanfront king. We weren't disappointed. The temperature during our stay (November) was so perfect we slept with the sliders open. Imagine the sea breeze blowing in all night, the sound of the waves, and waking to the sunrise over the water. Even though we were right above the beach it was quiet -- and that's with a fishing tournament and a few weddings going on.
The food was wonderful.
We took the island cruise offered at the sea activities shack. Well worth it.
The property isn't really that big -- so I wouldn't plan a super long stay. We were there for 5 days and did lots of stuff off the property.
You can borrow bikes, although the ride along the major highway is kind of scary on the bridges.
The toilet water is heated (odd). So the seat is always wet if you leave the lid down (yuck). Leave the lid up and you'll be fine.
Smoking isn't forbidden like at lots of other places. If you are really bothered by smoke, just be aware that folks do smoke on the balconies, beaches and at the outside restaurants & bar. Not enough to be really bothersome -- but again if this is a big deal for you, you should keep it in mind.
Just remember that if you love long walks on the beach, the keys aren't really the place for you.
Seemed kid friendly, and all the kids were really well behaved. Although there were separate adult only areas we didn't really need them.
Wait staff was decent, but don't expect fast service. Hostesses were pretty much universally salty and not helpful. At least they aren't waiting on you!
- Also Known As:
- Cheeca Lodge
- Cheeca Hotel Islamorada
- Cheeca Resort Islamorada
- Cheeca Lodge Florida
- Cheeca Lodge And Spa
- Cheeca Lodge Islamorada
- Cheeca Lodge Spa
- 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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