I just returned from a 2 night stay at the Cheeca Lodge in Islamorada, Florida. I am a frequent traveller to the Florida keys and I have to say that this resort is probably one of the nicest that I've ever seen in the keys. There are a few other resorts that can compete (Hawk's Cay, Hyatt Key West, Little Palm Island) but in general classy accomodations are few and far between in the keys. The service at Cheeca Lodge was on par with many other fine hotels and resorts. A tip for future guests is to forego valet parking and just park your car in the lot yourself. The walk from the parking lot is a mere 20 steps past the valet area and it will save you the trouble of having to tip the valet attendant every time you leave and return to the resort (which we did several times per day).
There is plenty to do at this resort if you decide not to leave at all. There is a small golf course, kayaks, a fishing pier, bikes, and even a red box style movie rental system, which is all included in the daily resort fee. There is also a spa on site that is fairly high end.
Food at the resort is good, and I recommend eating at least once during your stay. We chose the italian restaurant on site, and it was pretty good. Another option is asking to eat in the private members only dining room, which I was told wouldn't be a problem for resort guests, all you have to do is ask. There is also an outside bar overlooking the beach (not much of a beach, although impeccably maintained there is no direct water access which is pretty typical for the keys due to the coral reefs and rockiness of the shore) and fishing pier which is definitely a great place to sit and take your mind off of everything for a while.
I also recommend getting out of the resort for a while, after all you are in the keys and there is tons to do and lots of great local "dive" restaurants where the food for the most part is pretty good!
Theater of the Sea is within a mile or two of the resort and it is a great spot to take your kids for a short day trip.
Overall, I can't really say anything bad about Cheeca Lodge. I'll definitely return!
- 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 And Spa
- Cheeca Lodge Florida
- Cheeca Lodge Islamorada
- Cheeca Lodge Spa