It’s hard to imagine that this 27-acre private island could become any more prestigious, but its recent conversion to a Starwood Luxury Collection Resort guarantees just that. The Luxury Collection’s portfolio of 15 diverse hotels in North America range from the iconic Palace Hotel in San Francisco to the modern, Art Deco Chatwal Hotel in New York.
These award-winning properties have one thing in common: unparalleled service.
At Sunset Key Cottages, renovations, upgraded amenities, more personalized services and creative programs take the customer experience to a new level of comfort, style and class – all to captivate the discerning traveler.
Two-bedroom cottages will be renovated as part of the transition to The Luxury Collection — Photo courtesy of Sunset Key
From the moment you arrive at the resort's mainland porte-cochère (The Westin Key West Resort), you’ll be treated like a VIP. An Island Ambassador will whisk you away, via golf cart, to the ferry – the only access to the island.
You’ll then be welcomed with the resort’s signature cocktail and The Luxury Collection brand’s signature concierge service. The 40 quaint cottages perch along a white swath of sand, and the upgraded beach concessions make spending a day by the water an indulgent experience.
The beach concierge will keep you in towels, Key lime coladas and munchies from the pool bar. Cool down with frozen treats delivered by a bell-ringing, bicycle-riding ice cream man. Don’t miss your daily ration of complimentary rum from their new Up Spirits program.
With a nod to Conch architecture, the two- three- and four-bedroom cottages sport pastel wood finishes, tin roofs and verandas, and the two-bedrooms are slated for a renovation. You’ll find upgraded technology like access to Press Reader, which delivers thousands of the world's most popular papers and magazines to your laptop or mobile device.
In the evening, enjoy the inspired turndown amenities like complimentary bottled water and chocolates before collapsing into a cocoon of sumptuous sheets and double pillow top mattress.
Chef Brendan Orr took the helm as executive chef of Latitudes in December — Photo courtesy of Latitudes Key West
Their restaurant, Latitudes, offers luscious waterfront dining, and while the panoramic sunset views are ever-eternal, Brendan Orr took the helm as executive chef in December.
Chef Orr has called Key West home for 16 years, and most recently was at The Reach Resort where he served as executive chef. Previously he was executive chef at RoofTop Café for 10 years and spent five years as the sous chef at Louie's Backyard. He also spent several years in Paris, where he worked as executive chef of a bistro-style restaurant.
Chef Orr is well known locally for his New Island cuisine, an artful combination of fresh local fare, Caribbean spices, Asian influences and French technique.
He's inspired by the bounty of fresh ingredients available in the Florida Keys. Each day he gets his pick of tuna, hogfish, mutton snapper, shrimp and lobster, not to mention passion fruit, pineapple, avocado, mango and even black mangrove honey.
He also tries to source produce, like heirloom tomatoes, sweet watermelon and crisp cucumbers from Homestead – the breadbasket of South Florida located right above the Keys. Buying fresh daily is a habit Orr cultivated while working in France. His additions to the seasonal menu are widely anticipated.