An island with sandy beaches, palm trees and cool drinks is nearly everyone's idea of an ideal vacation. There are many unique island resorts in the Florida Keys, including great options not far from Miami. Plan a quick weekend trip or stay a while, the choice is yours. The Florida Keys, comprised of 882 islands, offer an array of activities to couples, honeymooners and families: scuba diving, sunbathing, swimming, art galleries, fine dining and entertainment. Stretching for 120 miles from Key Largo in the north to Key West in the south, this romantic destinations offers some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world.
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»Sunset Key Cottages
Sunset Key Cottages, A Westin Resort is located on a 27-acre island in the Florida Keys. Guests are accommodated in one- to three-bedroom cottages with outdoor verandas which face the ocean or the fragrant resort gardens. In the morning, a complimentary breakfast basket is delivered. Guest room interiors are decorated with Caribbean island touches and Old Florida furnishings. The Spa offers treatments in stylish spa suites with private bathrooms and French doors that open to a private patio, perfect for relaxing afterwards. Guests receive additional relaxation time after the treatment to fully take advantage of this beautiful space. Available treatments include facials, wraps and massages. Latitudes Restaurant has an indoor dining room decorated with photos of Ernest Hemingway and an outdoor patio overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Dine under the stars surrounded by romantic tiki torches. The restaurants serves entrees that incorporate locally-sourced fish and tropical fruit. Romantic cottages start at $615 per night (website).
»The Gasparilla Inn & Club
The Gasparilla Inn & Club is an elegant hideaway surrounded by sandy beaches on Gasparilla Island, known for its slower pace of life and spectacular views. Guests are accommodated in rooms and suites at the inn, or in private cottages and villas, some with lanais and fireplaces. Couples and families have access to a diverse range of activities, from championship golf and tennis to spa services, fitness and boating. There are many fun activities to choose from: explore the shore in a kayak, go paddle boarding, sign up for an eco tour or take a romantic sunset cruise around the island. Be sure to allow some time to get pampered at the spa and enjoy its luxurious facilities, including the steam rooms, saunas and relaxation areas. The fitness center offers fitness classes, personal trainers and a 80-foot heated lap pool. Boca Grande on Gasparilla Island is a quiet village with no traffic lights where you will find charming shops, restaurants and friendly locals. The best way to get around the island is in a golf cart or by bike. Room rates start at $255 per night, cottages from $445 per night (website).
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»Little Palm Island
Located in the sunny Florida Keys, Little Palm Island Resort & Spa is a luxury private getaway for couples seeking romance. The resort has 30 thatched-roof bungalows that will remind you of the South Pacific. The resort is located offshore of Little Torch Key and accessible only by boat or seaplane. For your romantic honeymoon, book one of the bungalows with a private verandah overlooking the ocean. Some of the guest accommodations feature private outdoor showers and jetted tubs.
The resort can arrange a romantic turndown with a chilled bottle of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. Bungalow rates start at $790 per night. The All Inclusive special is a great idea if you plan to take advantage of all of the resort activities. If you prefer to pay as you go, there are several romantic offers to choose from. The 5-night Romance includes: Five nights in a suite, airport car service, champagne, Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, Non-motorized water sports, $200 spa credit per person and One snorkel trip per person ( website).
»Grove Isle Hotel
Grove Isle Hotel overlooks Miami, but is set on a 20-acre private island with a marina. Plan a romantic getaway filled with stunning sunsets, relaxing days by the pool and rejuvenating treatments at the spa. From luxury guest rooms to the 700-square-foot Grand Luxury Bay Suite, guests can choose from several great layouts when booking their stay. The five Grand Luxury Bayfront Suites offer spectacular views of Biscayne Bay from their large windows (website).
»Orchid Key Inn
Combining traditional architectural design with a taste of modern luxury, Orchid Key Inn is a relaxing retreat in the heart of Key West. Lush tropical gardens surround 24 beautifully appointed rooms and suites which feature marble floors, plush décor, and state-of-the-art technology, including climate control and i-Home sound systems. Relax in style on the elegant sun deck, take a dip in the heated swimming pool, or head to the whirlpool spa. A dedicated concierge team is available to secure restaurant reservations and help you decide which attractions to visit. The inn serves a complimentary Continental breakfast overlooking the pool. The Orchid Bar serves snacks and light meals during the day and exotic cocktails in the evening as the sun dips below the horizon. The hotel is near famous Key West attractions such as the Hemingway House, art galleries, theaters, bars, and restaurants. Rooms start at $364 per night (website).
»The Gardens Hotel in Key West
Located just steps away from the famous Duval Street, the luxurious Gardens Hotel is set within The Peggy Mills Botanical Key West Gardens, providing its guests with plenty of privacy and magnificent tropical garden surroundings. The estate houses 17 guest suites which range from beautiful garden cottages to historic rooms and the exclusive Carriage House. Individually designed and decorated in chic Bahamian plantation style, guest rooms feature private entrances, wide outdoor verandahs, luxurious marble bathrooms with Jacuzzi tubs, and ultra-modern amenities, including Kuerig coffee makers. Begin the day with a delicious al fresco-style breakfast on the porch overlooking the gardens, before spending the day next to the heated pool. Request a massage poolside as you sip cocktails from the pool bar. In the evening d’vine Wine Gallery offers an excellent selection of wine for evening sundowners. Rooms start at $495 per night (website).