An island for romance
Little Palm Island, once a private retreat, is a blissfully quiet hideaway where every detail to designed to further a state of tranquility. From the ever-present hammock to soul-renewing spa treatments to gourmet dining, every need is anticipated and filled, all within an air of rustic elegance and unspoiled beauty punctuated by tropical lushness.
Thirty suites set in 14 wood bungalows feature bamboo accents, tiled floors and thatched roofs. Amenities include minibars, umbrellas, bathrobes and Cocomango toiletries. Complimentary newspapers and dial-up Internet access keep guests connected to the outside world. Select rooms feature jetted tubs. Turndown service and complimentary bottled water are also available.
Dining is an event at Little Palm Island. Although thatched roofs and hammock may bring Gilligan’s Island to mind, the cuisine is not everything coconut. The resort features multiple dining options, including the all-wood Dining Room with linen service meals at waterside tables for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The cuisine is a blend of French and Pan Latin flavors. Guests can also while away the hours at poolside bars and open-air lounges.
Complimentary pontoon boats are available for fishing, snorkeling and water excursions. The Spa Terre offers private outdoor showers, hot stone massage and yoga classes. Recreational options include outdoor pools and a fitness center with an Indonesian lounging bed.There are plenty of activities available if hammock-swinging grows tiring. The Florida Keys are known for superb scuba diving, snorkeling and deep sea fishing, and the resort offers daily trips to Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary and the wreck of the Adolphus Busch. Tours are also offered to the Great White Heron Wildlife Refuge as well as day trips to Key West.
Little Palm Island
Location: 8500 Overseas Highway, Little Torch Key, FL 33042; nearest airport is Key West, 25 miles away; the hotel can arrange transportation by car to their launch which will bring the guest to the island; alternatively, one can arrive via seaplane.
Luxury style: Robinson Crusoe with his every wish fulfilled; one of the most perfect romantic getaways ever.
What we’ve heard: Little Palm Island is serious about “getting away from it all” and there are no TVs or phones on the island (although Internet connection is provided.) Some guests find that this feature (the lack of modern distraction) is one of the most luxurious of all!