Where to begin? Well, we are South Floridians, who regularly travel to the Islamorada/Tavernier areas, a couple times per year. This year, our 'usual' place was booked, so I was forced to look elsewhere for accomodations. Due to our party having 5 adults and 2 small children, the options were slim. Eventually, I found my way to the La Siesta website, read the amenities, and booked the room. Later that day, I checked Tripadvisor, to read the reviews, and I was EXTREMELY CONCERNED, to say the least! (I was actually FREAKING!) But, the reservation was in, and we were heading down the next day, so, there was nothing I could do......
Upon arrival to the property, I was MORE than PLEASANTLY SURPRISED!!!!! The grounds are AMAZING! I was a Horituculture major, prior to my sons birth, and I was LITERALLY in HEAVEN! I even told everyone in our party that I planned on taking some plant cuttings with me before we left, and thanks to Steve, (the AWESOME MANAGER!) I was able to just that! (THANKS again, Steve, the Frangi's are already in soil! BTW, Steve, if you ever need a home for some of your blue Frangi cuttings, I'm your gal!) :-) I NEVER once saw ANY trash around the property, it was truly a TROPICAL OASIS!
Our 'room' was # 107. I would and will reccommend this 'room' to anyone! It is, in fact, not JUST a 'room', but, rather, a 2 story, 2 bedroom, 2 bath, free standing HOUSE! It was SO LARGE (1500 sq feet!), perfect for our group! (A pregnant couple, a single Mom and her 2 yr old son, myself, my fiance', and our 1 yr old son.) The living room, dining room, and kitchen were HUGE! The 2 bathrooms (one up, one down) were KEY! The bedrooms had AMPLE room for our sons play pen and then some! The second bedroom had two doubles, and it easily accomodated the pregnant couple, single Mom and her son. # 107 was SO CHARMING......TOTALLY reminiscant of Old Florida. (The place could use a LITTLE updating, and from what I have been told, it is already in the works!)
When we first arrived, I ran upstairs to check the place out. To my COMPLETE SURPRISE, we had a MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR view from our balcony! (Many years ago, we found a lighthouse, located in the middle of the ocean, by boat. We dropped anchor, and swam over to it. It has a huge platform, about 2 stories above the water, and we climbed the ladder up and dove off! It was AMAZING! My fiance' and I are both into photography, and we took hundreds of pics of that lighthouse, that day, and on some level, we think of it as 'our lighthouse!') Well, I almost DIED when I threw back the curtains and saw OUR LIGHTHOUSE.....RIGHT THERE......directly out from our balcony! WOW! I was overwhelmed by joy, to see it's familiar shape! (Especially since I knew we were boatless this trip, and I did not expect to see it!)
The amenities on the property were PERFECT for ALL of us, and the two boys, ages 1 and 2. The zero entrance pool was exactly what I needed after a day of sun and fun, to relax and unwind. Both boys enjoyed it, thoroughly, including the water slide! Even us 'adults' felt like kids, while flying down it! The 2 yr old also loved the playground! It was the perfect complimentary tool (to the pool) for wearing him out! ;-) His Mama thanks you!
The free continental breakfast was an unexpected delight! It offered not only cereal and milk, but an array of baked goods, juices, coffee, and even hot food! I am NOT a morning person, and I am SO GLAD I took advantage of the breakfast, while enjoying the sunrise around the pool deck! (GREAT idea!)
In response to what some other reviewer wrote about the property, I would like to say this. La Siesta was the PERFECT FAMILY DESTINATION (for us)! It is not a 5 star palace, but, that's WHY the PRICE is RIGHT! If you want 5 stars, GO PAY FOR THEM! If, on the other hand, you want a QUAINT, CLEAN, SUPER friendly, FAMILY -oriented, LAID-Back Keys-style vacation, in the 3-4 star range, THIS IS THE SPOT FOR YOU! Also, I was barefoot the whole time (must be a Florida thing!), and never once felt any sticky parts on the carpet. Likewise, I did bring my own sheets, comforter, pillows, etc, as I ALWAYS do. The bed was not bad at all. I simply covered the whole thing with our sheets, and crashed easily on it! As for the ants, FLORIDA is COVERED in ANTS because Florida (especially COASTAL Florida!) is covered in SAND! We brought a TON of food, and NEVER had ANY ant problems in the kitchen, but, we also didn't leave sugary donuts sitting out! (Next time, maybe put the opened sugary stuff in a ziploc and then in the microwave, just a tip from a Native Floridian!)
The staff was SUPER KIND and I would like to say "THANKS AGAIN" to Keagan, Marilynn, Carolyn, and especially Steve! You all made us feel AT HOME in your home! We loved meeting "Sugar" the barking cockatoo, as well as all the cute kitties who wonder the acres. Oh yeah, YOU CAN BRING YOUR DOGGIES! (I WISH I had known!) We met MANY friendly dogs, even LARGE ONES, not just ankle biters!!!!! Next, time, our 'other son' (Mr. Tyson) will join us, for sure!
We were able to take SO MANY lovely photos while there, at La Siesta, and I am going to include a couple! It was really a photographers (and horticulturalists!) DREAM LOCATION!
Next time we come back, I am getting on that flying machine you all have tied up on it's own dock! Hopefully, we will also be able to take advantage of your cute marina! Oh yeah, as for the beach, it is a TYPICAL, Florida Keys, gravelly beach. The Keys aren't known for their sugar sand beaches, but, that's part of it's charm, too! The water was lovely! MUCH CLEARER than at MANY other Islamorada 'resorts!'
La Siesta was an IDYLLIC, REFRESHING, POSITIVE place to come back to each day after enjoying Keys recreations! We will DEFINITELY be returning!!!! All in all, it was an EXCELLENT TRIP, we WISHED we could have stayed there LONGER!
THANKS AGAIN for making our 2 day trip feel so REJUVINATING!
Amanda and (R.) Kelly Mc.........
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- One of the best kept secrets and favorite escapes of Keys aficionados, La Siesta in Islamorada, is located on 6-acres of oceanfront accessible by the historic Overseas Highway at mile marker 80. Our hotel is less than 90 minutes from Miami, putting the resort in the heart of the lively Florida Keys, providing a tranquil escape among native flora and fauna for an uncommonly relaxing retreat. Retreat from the everyday and embrace the natural beauty of Florida at its best. The shimmering blue hues of the Atlantic Ocean will greet you upon arrival and the private sugar sand beach will call your name. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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