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“Dreamy”
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Melody Key
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Summerland Key
Kalamazoo, MI
Level 1 Contributor
1 review
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“Dreamy”
Reviewed February 28, 2010

Melody Key is truly the perfect island getaway. Warm breezes, gorgeous views in every direction, and total privacy while still having all modern amenities including wireless internet. The most difficult thing about being there is trying to decide which balcony to sit on while you have your morning coffee (or mai tai later in the day). If you do want to go off of the island, Mike (the island manager) is seriously just a phone call away and always willing to help out. This was truly an extraordinary vacation and we can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Cincinnati
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed July 16, 2008

You simply cannot know what freedom feels like until you are inhabiting your own private island.

Melody Key is your own personal utopian experience... that you wouldn't believe! We spent our 5 year anniversary there with our closest friends and all of us felt that we could now die happy having satiated ourselves on sun, drink, and indulgence.

We spent 3 glorious weeks at Le Meridien Bora Bora when we were wed and found ourselves guessing as to which tropical island paradise was the greater bom-diggity. Of course, Bora Bora was exotic and intoxicating to the senses. Melody Key, though, was much closer and quite nearly as rich of a sensual experience. All modern conveniences that you could desire plus 360 degree Caribbean views that you don't have to share with anyone else.

First and foremost, a quick shout-out to the discreet and solicitous island caretaker. Let's make this clear, he is never there unless you request him to be, but you'll find him a lifeline to procuring everything from groceries to dining out to helpful advice while staying on your private island. He is a colorful and gracious character who is a vital part of the Melody Key experience.

Beautiful and relaxing, Melody Key is a respite for your world weary soul and a sublime place to get away from it all, where from chaos comes clarity. It's not for those of you who are needy or unable to entertain yourself. However, if you understand how to lounge in the sun and read a book while naked in your eco-friendly salt-water private pool... you'll fit right in and find yourself looking forward to your daily visit from Herman (the 5ft. iguana who loves grapes). Early morning coffee at 8:16am on your choice of 6 balconies while reading Yahoo news on your wireless internet connection, showering alfresco, or kayaking are just some of the satisfying activities you can pursue throughout the day when you're shipwrecked on Melody Key. Enjoy the multifarious fish, lobster, and rays off the long dock. The island is completely surrounded by mangroves that are host to many different species of birds. We watched the sun set to the west and the full moon rise to the east from the crow's nest with a gentle warm breeze comforting our sun soaked bodies while a million stars revealed themselves in the night sky.

For any couple, group or family you can't go wrong with a stay on Melody Key. It's truly a one-of-a-kind experience that will help you find your Mana (look it up if you don't know what it means) and bring out the Treasure Island/Lord of the Flies in even the most jaded of us. As 311 fans, it raised our experience to another level. We're going back in 2009 and look forward to more sunlit and uninhibited frolicking. These kind of trips are what makes all the hard work and catering to The Man worth it. Seriously, do yourself a favor and withhold X-mas and birthday gifts and treat yourselves to something special.

MCHJ in Cincy, OH

Stayed April 2007
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COCONUT CREEK, FL
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed August 10, 2006

Melody Key (formerly Money Key) is truley a slice of heaven! The feeling of tranquility sets in almost immediately. Accessed only by private boat, you are the only one on the island, leaving your stress and chaos of every day life at the dock. I visited with my 6 year old son, brother, father and his girlfriend. The owner (the lead in a famous rock band but I won't say who) prefers not to rent to children and had me sign a waiver but I can understand why. It is very easy for a child to wander off and end up in the water very quickly. This was not a problem for us at all since my son is very well behaved and can swim, but I would not recommend this for younger children, unless maybe an infant. The caretaker greeted us along with the woman who manages the place at the dock exactly on time. They were very kind and accomodating without being intrusive or in the way. They said they would make themselves available at any time during our stay as they were only a cell phone call away - and they were. The house itself was very nice. Since it is on an island it is self sustained with generators and solar panels but you could never tell! The central A/C worked great! The house has been under some renovations recently, but we were not affected as it was beautiful and there were no signs of construction. 3 bedrooms, all with their own private baths and balcony with great views of the sunrise and sunsets. Only down side to the bedrooms is that they are on the second floor, beneath the living area so if you like to sleep in and the others with you do not, you will hear them walking above you. The caretaker told my father that the floor was going to be replaced upstairs, although I thought it was gorgeous, and it would be better insulated. This could easily be true because he told us today that the island is closed to guests for the next 2 weeks so he could finish up his projects. The great room was nice, fish tank built into the bar, plasma tv, sound system and high speed internet connection. Internet connection was not quite the high speed we are used to, but it did the job well enough. We shouldn't have brought work with us anyway!!! Kitchen was a nice size, very well equiped. Gorgeous views from everywhere, including the crows nest accessed by a spiral staircase on the west deck off the kitchen. Pool was nice. A little on the small side, but good enough for a small number of people. It is salt water which was a surprise, but was refreshing none-the-less! Because the hurricanes did some damage to the island in 2005, there is not much shade on the island but they did install a great umbrella that you can open over the pool to give you great shade if you so desire. The boat provided was a lot of fun and the fishing was great right off the dock! My 6 year old even caught a shark - very exciting! We saw stingrays, barracuda, hundreds of Snapper and even found some lobster for dinner (luckily it was lobster season!) Nice outside barbecue that we made good use of and there is also a fire pit on the other side of island. When there is no breeze, there are lots of mosquitos and no-seeums but not a problem with a little bug spray! Looking up at the stars at night was amazing! Almost forgot to mention "Herman" our nickname for the "giant" iguana on the island! Definitely did not want to leave. We had a wonderful week and will have life long family memories made on beautiful Melody Key!

  • Liked — THE VIEW
  • Disliked — COULD BE INCONVIENT BEING ON A ISLAND IF THE WEATHER IS BAD, BUT IT WASN'T FOR US SO THIS WAS NOT AN ISSUE!
  • Tips/Secrets — BE PREPARED FOR PEACE AND TRANQUILITY!
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled with family
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Property: Melody Key
Address: 1 Melody Key, Summerland Key, Lower Keys, FL 33042 (Formerly Money Key)
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Lower Keys > Summerland Key
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Summerland Key
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Melody Key is a private island accessed only by boat from Summerland Key. The Florida Keys are totally unique and what you find here you will not see anywhere else in the United States. The Keys are famous for their natural beauty and nature: One hundred and twenty miles of overseas highway connects more than 1700 islands and are there to be explored.However when all you want to do is relax: Melody Key Private Island is the perfect place to put your feet up, lay back and observe the beautiful sunset from one of the several balconies which circumference the house.Why not sit watching the sun setting with a cocktail, feast on fresh seafood fished from the surrounding waters, or just recline on a hammock suspended between two palm trees, simply unwinding and letting go with the outgoing tide. You will be, after all, on Melody Island time.When the heat gets too much, be assured that cooling off in the sea water is only a footstep away. Or perhaps have a refreshing dip in your private plunge pool.If you want to explore the neighbouring waters why not take out one of the kayaks or take a sail in our 14ft Catamaran.On Melody Key Island, the temperature is around 70 degrees farenheit (21 degrees celsuis) in January, rising to 84 degrees farenheit (29 degrees) in July.Melody Key, located near Key West, Florida is totally off the grid with solar inverter and a on-demand muted generator. Water is amply made through a desalination system.The heated pool, Jacuzzi, central air-conditioning, satellite TV, great sound system, Wi-Fi, Washer-Dryer, 5-burner pro Grill and Kayaks are some of the conveniences, but if you require anything else, it can be arranged.Transportation is provided to and from the Island 24/7 (stay in Key West as late as you like!). The parking area is the closest point of land to Melody Key, located one mile east on Summerland Key with parking for 5 cars.Communication with caretaker can be made through VHF radio or cell phone (caretaker lives only 5 minutes away) and monitors 24/7. ... more   less 
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