My wife and I had a daughter 6 months ago and my parents offered to watch her for a weekend while we went to Cheeca to recharge. We are super active people who are not into lounging on the beach. Cheeca was the perfect fit for us (although if you do want to lounge it would be great as well).
The hotel setup a half-day fishing trip for us with Captain Rich Burson. I highly recommend requesting him if you are interested in a half-day backwater trip. A great guy. We caught a 40 pound spinner shark, mackerel and at least 13 other species of fish. Lots of fun and beautiful scenery.
Earl at the front gate is awesome. The hotel couldn't have hired a more welcoming person to greet guests.
Dinner at Atlantic's edge was delicious. And the tiki bar is a blast. I highly recommend ordering two cocktails that were out of this world -- the Key Line Pie cocktail and the Painkiller (cool tin souvenir mug).
The adult pool is gorgeous and the waitress out there was very friendly and attentive.
Also, kayaking is lots of fun and included. We saw a 4 foot swim right under our two person kayak which was a real thrill.
The hotel generously upgraded us from a resort view to a lagoon view which was very nice and unexpected. We were not offered champagne when we arrived (as all the other reviews reported) but it was around noon so maybe it was too early. But we shrugged it off as we were in paradise. My one critical comment would be that I've never been so confused on how to find and turn off the room's light switches in my life. A very bizarre problem to have, but the interior of the room was gorgeous.
I highly recommend the hotel restaurants, but if you are looking to grab lunch off the property go to Ma's Fish house and order the fish tacos (no atmosphere but amazing food). And for dinner go to Chef Michael's (Hogfish, Hogfish Hogfish!).
We had such a great time, we are planning to go back next year with our daughter, my parents and brothers. We didn't even check out the 9 hole golf coarse and tennis courts which we will next time. Can't wait!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The "Queen of the Florida Keys", Cheeca Lodge & Spa has been an exclusive hideaway for celebrities, business leaders and U.S. Presidents for over 70 years. Set on 27 private oceanfront acres in Islamorada, Cheeca has been constructed with a porte-cochere entrance, traditional Florida Keys architecture, chic West Indies décor, and spirited tradition of “barefoot elegance” -- a term coined at Cheeca. Along with a new breakfast bistro and lobby bar, Cheeca boasts three distinctive restaurants: Nikai Sushi Bar and Lounge offering the Florida Keys’ freshest sushi, Asian-inspired fare and a unique selection of Japanese sake and wine; Atlantic’s Edge with a seasonal fine-dining menu of fresh local seafood, prime steaks and organic local produce; and its family-friendly Limoncello Italian restaurant serving up Tuscan favorites in a casually rustic setting. Cheeca Lodge & Spa features 2,400 square-feet of retail shops with a Cheeca Signature store featuring the latest designer fashions and accessories. An expanded roster of activities include offshore and backcountry fishing, parasailing, sightseeing, eco-tours, paddleboards, water trikes, kayaks, golf, tennis, pickleball, shuffleboard and more. The resort’s signature features include a classic 525’ wooden fishing pier, tropical gardens, crossing palms archway, nature trails, Tahitian-style Spa Lagoon, spectacular purple sunsets, 1100 feet of beaches, Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, Camp Cheeca children’s environmental activity program, and access to world-class sportfishing. 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. 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