Looking for more Staycation ideas? With all the new offerings in The Florida Keys & Key West, you’ll want to take a look here for your next getaway. The Keys reopened to visitors June 1 and there’s a lot new, from hotel enhancements and new places to stay along with new experiences and tours and more flight service. Here’s Part 1 on what’s new on where to stay in the Florida Keys. Part 2 will be on new things to do.
In Islamorada, the 214-room, 27-acre oceanfront Cheeca Lodge & Spa has added a third pool and second open-air Tiki bar. The zero-entry, 1,100-square-foot pool features Atlantic Ocean views alongside a private resort beach. Accessible to all guests, the new pool complements the resort’s existing nearby family pool and an adults-only pool at The Spa. Cheeca Lodge is located at 81801 Overseas Highway. Visit cheeca.com or call 800-327-2888.
The Florida Resident Rate offers 20% nightly rates with an additional 10% off all resort purchases including restaurants, spa, signature store and watersports. Nightly weekday rates start at $360/night. When guests book with the Florida Resident offer, weekday rates are as low as $288/night. Guest must present valid Florida ID upon check-in. Blackout dates apply and this offer only applies to new reservations and cannot be combined with other offers.
Off Little Torch Key, the exclusive adults-only Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, accessible only by boat or seaplane, is open with a British Colonial design and 30 thatched-roof bungalow suites for a maximum 60 guests. The new Dining Room is enhanced to encompass sweeping ocean views. The oceanfront pool area offers private cabanas and beach lounge chairs. Hammocks are tucked off crushed seashell paths. Suites are priced from $1,500 per night, with a 12.5 percent resort fee, and include welcome cocktail, landside valet parking and motor vessel transfers, nonalcoholic minibar beverages, fitness center, nonmotorized watersports, nightly turndown and gratuities. Access to the ultraluxury resort, part of the Nobel House Hotels & Resorts collection, is at 28500 Overseas Highway. Visit littlepalmisland.com or call 888-413-0560.
On Big Pine Key, the four-room boutique-style Deer Run on the Atlantic is the only Keys property — and one of only six in Florida — with a prestigious Florida Green Lodging Program 4-Palm designation, awarded from the Florida Department of Environmental Education. Located oceanfront in the heart of the National Key Deer Refuge, it utilizes organically sourced bedding, supplies and food as a 100 percent vegan establishment. Guests can enjoy bicycles, kayaks, a daily full vegan breakfast, an on-site beach, parking, Wi-Fi and private porches. One room is pet-friendly for companion animals weighing less than 40 pounds. Deer Run, located at 1997 Long Beach Road on Big Pine, also has an event planner and caterer. Visit deerrunontheatlantic.com or call 305-872-2015. Starting rates in July are $225.
In Key West, the new 219-room Kimpton Key West collection has opened the 85-room Winslow’s Bungalows, the first of five new boutique properties, at 725 Truman Ave. Named after artist Winslow Homer, the property is the collection’s largest and features three pools. Scheduled to open individually any day now are three other Kimpton pet-friendly Old Town resorts: Ella’s Cottages at 811 Simonton St. for groups and extended stays; Ridley House at 601 Caroline St., ideal for honeymooners and VIPs; and Lighthouse Hotel at 902 Whitehead St. The fifth, Fitch Lodge, is to open July 15 at 1030 Eaton St. Each resort features its own pool, hammocks, hosted breakfast and complimentary bikes. Kimpton offers a package with complimentary parking.Starting room rates in July are $215. Properties are the former Historic Key West Inns. Visit kimptonkeywest.com or call 877-219-4500.
The recently converted 184-room Barbary Beach House Key West, located across the street from Key West’s half-mile stretch of Atlantic Ocean shoreline at Smathers Beach, opened June 1. Amenities include a lagoon-style pool, lounging hammocks, bicycles, complimentary shuttle service to Duval Street and downtown, a 1,500-square-foot event palapa (an open hut with a thatched roof crafted from dried palm leaves) and a full-service restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating and pool bar. Across the street at the Barbary Beach Club, guests can enjoy Hobie Cat sailboats, paddleboards and kayaks. An on-property coordinator assists with beachfront weddings and other events. Located at 2001 S. Roosevelt Blvd., a mile from Key West International Airport, the property is owned by DiamondRock Hospitality Co. Visit BarbaryBeachHouseKeyWest.com or call 855-335-1072. Starting rate for advance purchase is $297 a night.
Note: The Keys visitor website at fla-keys.com offers comprehensive COVID-19 guidelines for visitors traveling to the destination.