Staying at Casa Morada in the middle of our week long Keys vacation was the highlight of our trip. My wife and I have stayed at several boutique resorts and this was among the best we have experienced.
I would suggest staying in the main building in a suite on the second floor. All the rooms have lots of space and from the second floor you have a great view of the grounds and the water. The area is very quiet, there is no street noise.
Our room had a sitting room, bedroom and screened porch. The interiors were tasteful. Each room comes with complementary snacks and drinks; beer and wine are extra but very reasonable ($4 per beer). They replenish everything daily, including Fuji water (nice for the pool in the heat). Fluffy bath towels!!! They also offer free use of Kyaks, bikes, and DVDs (nice for when it rains).
The owners worked with Ian Schrager and this shows in the service. These people do not say 'no'. Everyone we met that worked there was friendly and knowledgable about the area.
The pool island was great; just over a little bridge. Its more of a lounge than a pool area. Plenty of room for everyone. There is a nice sized cabana/bar over the water with games like chess and scrabble to get you out of the sun for a little while. They will bring you lunch at the pool from the menu of a nice Greek place across the highway, they pick up the food for you and plate it nicely; worth the few extra bucks for the convenience.
Threy have a nice continental buffet each morning with breads, cereals and fresh fruits. Its served on a deck overlooking the water.
For dinner try Morada Bay, Ziggys, Lazy Days, or order in from Tower of Pizza and eat on your terrace. The best meal we had all week was at Kaiyo.
Down the street from Casa Morada is Lor-e-lei. Before the hurricanes last year it had a full menu and inside/outside dining. They got hit very hard and are rebuilding. They offer a small selection of food, all served outside. Lots of local guides hang out there and its a good spot to plan a day trip by getting to know the regulars. If you're not looking for a charter you ought to drop in for happy hour drinks one evening or lunch on day and support their efforts to get back to normal.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casa Morada is an upscale sixteen suite privately owned hotel inspired by the informal character of the Caribbean. The atmosphere is private, peaceful, and serene. The staff is known for their warmth and attentiveness. Raymond Jungles, a renowned Miami Landscape Architect known for his natural lush landscapes, designed the award-winning garden spaces throughout the property. The highlight of the resort is Casa Morada's spectacular private island. The island is accessed by a dramatic footbridge and features a fresh water pool, secluded cabana and the Sunset Gazebo bar with stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico. Casa Morada is a 90 minute drive south from Miami International airport and 90 minutes north of Key West. Guests of Casa Morada may also arrive to the hotel by boat. Casa Morada is a pet-friendly hotel and welcomes children 16 and older. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Morada Hotel Islamorada