My wife and I stayed at the resort over Memorial Day weekend 2014.
Overall, our inaugural experience was a positive one. That said, there are a few things that first time visitors might want to know about.
> The resort is very, very expensive.
> Contrary to Google Maps, the southbound turnoff (to the resort's land side base) on Route A1A (Overseas Highway) is left on Barry Road, not right.
> The water shuttle between the land side base and the resort departs the land side on the half-our and departs the resort on the hour. The trip takes about 15 minutes.
> While the expensive room rates set high expectations for the resort's clientele, the resort also welcomes day-trippers to use the dining and spa facilities.
> The resort has about 30 suites. While the small island is generally quiet, suites located near the active work/maintenance/receiving facilities may experience higher than expected noise levels.
> The small, egg-shaped island has open water views along its east and west sides. The water exposure to the east is marsh-like at low tide. The staff advises guests to use this side for sunning themselves on the beach chairs but not to go into the water due to the marshy footing. The "beach" is a narrow strip of sand about 20 feet wide. The west side exposure has more accommodating footing and has abundant aquatic life. We observed lots of different small fish, a crab or two, juvenile barracuda, and a few nurse sharks within wading distance of the shoreline. During our stay, few, if any, resort guests chose to venture into the water for swimming. Instead, most opted for canoes, kayaks, and small motor boats as the recreation of choice.
> Finally, in our suite the top of the mattress was about 3.5 feet off the floor, necessitating use of the provided steps in order to facilitate ingress and egress.
All in all, a special place. We offer these few tips so others considering this resort have an idea of what to expect.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Little Palm Island has been the escape of choice for presidents, high profile celebrities and savvy travelers alike. The magic of this island is its exclusive location where a captivating view exists in every direction. All Bungalow Suite are housed in thatched roof bungalows, with custom-made beds so plush some guests never want to leave; outdoor showers and all the requisite luxe amenities. There are no telephones or televisions, or guests under the age of 16 - the only distractions are the outdoors and each other. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Little Palm Island Hotel Little Torch Key
- Little Palm Island Resort And Spa
- Little Palm Island Fl
- Hotel Little Palm Island
- Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, A Noble House Resort Little Torch Key, Florida