A totally romantic resort in the Florida Keys, Little Palm Island is located 3.5 miles off shore from the mainland at mile marker 28.5.
Accessible only by boat or seaplane, this private-island resort for guests 16 years of age or older opened in 1988. Since then, it's racked up an impressive list of world's-best awards from leading travel magazines.
To begin your island idyll, park and walk to the welcome center/lobby on the mainland to check in and tag your luggage. You'll be offered a Gumby Slumber (rum coconut drink) while you wait for the hotel's wooden motor boat to speed you across the water to the resort. The trip takes 15 minutes, and the boat leaves every hour on the half hour.
Prior to your arrival, you will have received an email to assist you in making reservations for dining, spa treatments, and romantic turndown amenities during your stay.
Once you land on the island, you can take a quick tour of the nearly six-acre property, which includes 28 oceanfront bungalows and two grand suites, all with a thatched roof. The tour includes the great room (which houses the resort's only TV), the Zagat-rated Dining Room, Spa Terre, the quiet beach, the small pool, and the quarter deck, which is a 24-hour information hut.
Note: Wi-fi is only available in the great room library. Cellphone use is prohibited outside of suites.