- Style Minimalist bayside beauty
- Setting Palm-shaded strip of Islamorada
Forget everything you knew about the Florida Keys being kitschy and meet Casa Morada hotel on Islamadora, a tasteful tropical escape with large minimalist rooms and a freshwater pool – carved into the expansive pristine beach – surrounded by palm-trees strung with hammocks. The waters of the Gulf of Mexico are only steps away. We'll take these keys to Florida any time.
Need to know
- Rooms 16 suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $250.00, excluding tax at 12.5 per cent.
- More details Rates include Continental breakfast, minibar snacks, water, yoga classes and use of bikes, kayaks and paddle boards.
- Facilities CD/DVD library, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, CD/DVD player, Malin & Goetz toiletries.
- Poolside Set apart from the hotel by a footbridge, the heated freshwater pool is carved into a small sandy island in the bay, alongside a snack cabana, gazebo and hammocks.
- Check–out 11am, but can by pushed to 1pm with advance notice. Earliest check- in, 3pm, though guests are welcome to arrive early and use the pool.
Children Leave them at home: Casa Morada only accepts young adults 16 and older.
- Also Dogs are welcome, with a non-refundable $35 deposit is required. The hotel can provide dog beds, bowls, treats and a list of pet-friendly restaurants.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Every suite is simply decorated with Mexican antiques, but only Sea View Suites have picture-perfect views of the bay, and a private terrace that is perfect for watching the spectacular sunsets. Opt for the Iguana, the largest suite, which overlooks the bay and includes a private outdoor deck and a Jacuzzi. The Manatee also overlooks the Florida Bay, and has an especially large tub with a rain showerhead in the bathroom.
- Packing tips Bring a waterproof camera to snap the manatees as they float by. And fret not about forgetting sunscreen and bug spray: the hotel has a small supply for sale by reception.
- Also Get the ball rolling with a game of bocce on the hotel’s court. There is also free yoga offered weekend mornings at 8:30am on the island.
Food and drink at Casa Morada
- Hotel restaurant There is no dedicated restaurant, so guests should make plans to explore Islamorada each night for dinner. By day, the open-air café is simply decorated, with native flowers and orchids on some tables. Breakfast, which is served at the Seaview Terrace, includes fruit, cereal, granola, pastries and egg sandwiches; lunch at the Gazebo is salad, cheese plates, soup and panini.
- Dress code You’re dining poolside, so anything goes. Cover up the swimsuits with a kaftan to shield your skin from the high noon sun.
- Top table There are no bad views here, but the tables nearest to the water get the best breezes.
- Last orders Snacks are generally available at the Gazebo until sunset.
- Room service Continental breakfast can be delivered from 7am until 11am daily. After that, panini, salads and light bites can be brought to you until 9pm.
- Hotel bar The hotel has a small bar that serves wine, beer, sake and champagne; drinks are also served poolside.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details