A calming, minimalist antidote to the kitsch of the Keys, bayside boutique hotel Casa Morada sits serene in a pocket of lush tropicalia: poolside palms hung with hammocks, a kaleidoscope of Floridian fauna, and the balmy waters of the Gulf of Mexico just a saunter from your suite.
Best spot in the Keys for sport fishing
Serene, adults-only setting
Beautiful, calm alternative to South Beach
Cocktails or glasses of champagne upon arrival.
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Get the ball rolling with a game of bocce on the hotel’s court. There is also free yoga offered Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 9am (private sessions can be arranged for US$125).
Bring a waterproof camera to snap the manatees as they float by. And fret not about forgetting sunscreen and bug spray: the hotel has a small supply for sale by reception.
You’re dining poolside, so anything goes. Cover up the swimsuits with a kaftan to shield your skin from the high noon sun.
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Every hotel is visited personally by members of our team and given the Smith seal of approval. As soon as our anonymous reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in the Florida Keys and unpacked their sarongs and conch shells, a full account of their beach escape will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Casa Morada in Islamorada…
Like the orchids that grow in the wild Everglades, Casa Morada is a special find among its surroundings. Except in this case, that find is a serene adults-only haven in a busy tourist destination known for fried fish and family-friendliness. Palms and tropical gardens surround the 16 suites of this secluded space on the Gulf of Mexico. In the mornings, guests can practise sun salutations by the bay at yoga classes, or sip Florida orange juice by the pool. Come evening, cocktails are served as guests watch the sinking sun cut orange streaks across the horizon. But the best action happens on the water, where guests can snorkel in search of manatees, kayak the Gulf or cast a line in pursuit of the biggest fish.
The white bedrooms are exquisite places to sleep at the end of the day. Each is decorated with Mexican antiques, simple furniture and crisp linens, with large windows out, and a private terrace, many of which are set by the sea. Fittingly, there are also orchids in the room. Perhaps they’re meant as a reminder of just how rare and special Casa Morada is.
136 Madeira Road, Islamorada, Florida 33036, United States
6.0 mi / 9.6 km from city centre
- Onsite laundry
- On-Site parking
- Internet services
- Room service
There is no dedicated restaurant, so guests should make plans to explore Islamorada each night for dinner. By day, the open-air café is simply decorated, with native flowers and orchids on some tables. Breakfast, which is served at the Seaview Terrace, includes fruit, cereal, granola, pastries and egg sandwiches; lunch at the Gazebo is salad, cheese plates, soup and panini.
There are no bad views here, but the tables nearest to the water get the best breezes.
Snacks are generally available at the Gazebo until sunset.
Continental breakfast can be delivered from 7am until 11am daily. After that, panini, salads and light bites can be brought to you until 9pm.
The hotel has a small bar that serves wine, beer, sake and champagne; drinks are also served poolside.
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