The best hotels in the Florida Keys make for great romantic getaways. And getting to these Keys hotels is part of the fun: To cross this island chain that stretches from Key Largo (just below Miami) to Key West (at land's end), you'll traverse Route 1's numerous scenic overwater bridges.
As you count down mile markers in this sunny area, you'll feel yourself start to relax. These are the top places for two in the Florida Keys.
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Named "Best U.S. Resort" in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers Choice Awards, luxurious Little Palm Island Resort & Spa is located three miles offshore in the Lower Florida Keys. It is only accessible by boat or seaplane. Intimate and romantic, this secluded, adults-only hotel has 30 thatched-roof bungalows with private decks and ocean views. The Indonesian-inspired SpaTerre offers pre-wedding treatment packages, and an on-site wedding coordinator organizes ceremonies and receptions.
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One of the largest hotels in the Florida Keys, this property is located on 60 acres within Duck Key. Hawk's Cay has both guest rooms and multi-bedroom villa suites, so it can host families and groups as well as couples. The honeymoon package includes room service breakfast the first morning, a bottle of champagne and souvenir glasses, a dinner for two, a sunset sail, and half day bike rentals. NB: The hotel's resident dolphins are fine fishy friends.
Luxurious yet laid-back, Cheeca Lodge Resort & Spa in Islamorada is, with its 212 guest rooms, one of the larger hotels in the Florida Keys. The layout is open and airy, and guests have easy access to the beach from Cheeca Lodge's Main House. There is a 525-foot-long fishing pier jutting into the Atlantic Ocean, perfect for sunset strolls.
Located on a former Florida Keys coconut plantation, the Moorings contains 18 quiet beachfront cottages on 18 acres in Islamorada, known as the Sport Fishing Capital of the World (here more than 600 species of fish swim in the ocean and bay waters). The quaint Honeymoon Cottage has a kitchenette, living room-dining area, and laundry.
On 12 acres of land overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, the Tranquility Bay condo-hotel property opened in January 2006 with 87 two- and three- bedroom beach houses along its 1,100-foot beach. Each has two bathrooms, a full kitchen, a living room with a 42-inch plasma TV, wi-fi, two porches, waterfront views, and daily maid service, making it ideal for families. This Florida Keys hotel welcomes wedding parties ranging in size from 5 to 160 guests.
Updated Victorian clapboard houses with marble bathrooms make this one of the most charming hotels in Key West's historic district. Activities that the concierge can help arrange include snorkel and diving trips of the Florida Keys, sailing on a catamaran, dolphin encounters, fishing trips, bike and moped tours. Cafe Marquesa, the in-house restaurant, is highly rated by both AAA and Zagat Survey tasters.
Find bliss in a hammock strung between two palm trees at Kona Kai Resort in Key Largo, the first of the Florida Keys you will reach driving south. Privacy, personal service, and a lovely manmade beach all make Kona Kai one of the best hotels in the Florida Keys. The hotel's accommodations consist of just 11 unique cottages. This unique, adults-only property also features an art gallery and orchid house.
This secluded, 16-suite hotel is located in Islamorada, which is nearly equidistant between Miami International Airport and Key West. Each of the units has its own terrace or garden space. On Casa Morada's private Florida Keys island, the hotels guests can swim in the pool, secure a private cabana for lounging, and savor breakfast and lunch on the waterside terrace.
Choose the Reach Resort in Key West if you want to be in the fun-loving heart of Old Town. The 150-room Florida Keys hotel, now a Waldorf Astoria resort, features Key West's only natural beach in its backyard. Private balconies overlook the water. The spa has both indoor and outdoor treatment rooms. There's also a heated outdoor swimming pool.
One of Key West's most waterfront hotels, Pier House is a leafy retreat with a private beach right off Duval Street. Pier House Resort & Caribbean Spa contains 126 guest rooms and 16 suites, most with a private patio or balcony to enjoy the brilliant Florida Keys sunsets. A five-night romance package consists of a chilled bottle of champagne upon arrival, two 50-minute massages, a sunset sail, and a dinner for two at One Duval restaurant.