Cheeca Lodge is a hidden oasis that has been welcoming guests for more than 60 years, but after a fire destroyed much of the property on New Year’s Eve 2008, it was completely rebuilt and now includes an open-air lobby, oceanfront banquet room with panoramic views, and an exclusive indoor/outdoor lounge. Nestled on Islamorada (between Key West and Key Largo), the hotel has re-emerged to offer a whirlwind of amenities and a quiet Caribbean-like sanctuary that will make visitors forget they are still in the United States.Cheeca Lodge — Photo courtesy of SouthernBoating.com
Set on 27 sprawling acres, Cheeca Lodge features an oceanfront pool, hammocks, a 525-foot wooden pier and palm-lined beach. Golf enthusiasts can appreciate the Jack Nicklaus designed nine-hole golf course, and after a round, a luxurious spa offers poolside cabanas with personalized butler service, flat screen plasma TVs, fruit, and smoothies for those seeking ultimate relaxation. There are five different bars and restaurants on the premises including the recently re-opened Nikai Sushi Bar and the Atlantic’s Edge which features fresh seafood and organic produce.Cheeca Lodge Decor — Photo courtesy of FloridaDesign.com
More than 12 different rooms and bungalow options are available that are set on the private beach, in the gardens, or on “Spa Island,” and each option showcases a West Indies-style décor. Balconies are fitted with outdoor tubs and bathrooms come complete with glassed-in rain showers with massaging jets.
With its high-end amenities and tropical ambiance, Cheeca Lodge has a way of mesmerizing visitors with the peaceful essence of island life in the Florida Keys.