Cheeca Lodge & Spa
What We Love
- A rich history: Served as a vacation spot for everyone from Paul Newman to President George H.W. Bush
- Excellent stargazing and the glow of tiki torches around the lagoons
- Camp Cheeca environmental program for kids (full days of fishing, scavenger hunts, lagoon swimming and snorkeling, for a fee)
What To Know
- A per-day activities resort fee provides unlimited use of bikes, rods, golf course, kayaks, WiFi and more
- The property was renovated in 2010
- Very family-oriented, so expect lots of kids and teens
- The adults-only pool is open only from dawn to dusk — no late-night skinny-dipping
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
The Florida Keys’ come-as-you-are ideology and tropical simplicity have attracted travelers for many decades. In the heart of these iconoclastic islands, the historic Cheeca Lodge & Spa has evolved into a serene barefoot-luxe destination since its 1940s inception as an exclusive hideaway for the Washington elite, bringing a new level of sophistication to the sport-fishing capital of the world while remaining true to the Keys’ renowned casual vibe. Beyond the cascading waterfalls and tranquil lagoons, the inland Luxury Rooms and Suites have private screened balconies, rich mahogany furnishings and West Indies–style accessories. Closer to the ocean, Cheeca’s main building is composed exclusively of Premier Suites, with extraordinary window-side spa tubs, glassed-in rain showers and floor-to-ceiling glass walls that look out over the ocean or the island foliage. Behind the resort’s soaring palm trees, a Jack Nicklaus–designed nine-hole golf course dominates the northern half of the property. Along the south you’ll find six lighted tennis courts, a state-of-the-art fitness facility and the sumptuous spa island. But the resort’s appeal rests on its 1,100 dazzling feet of private sandy beach, a rarity in the rocky Keys. The pier juts 525 feet into the sea, so it’s ideal for a romantic amble or fantastic fishing by day, spectacular stargazing and moonlit conversation by night.
In the Area
Halfway between Key West and Miami, Islamorada shines as Florida’s oceanic playground — the sport-fishing capital of the world, home of the best snorkeling and diving in the state and a haven for water sports enthusiasts. Save your appetite and camera batteries for lunch at the original Islamorada Fish Company. It’s mildly touristy, but the resident sharks, tarpons and pelicans are guaranteed crowd-pleasers. If you’re an avid snorkeler or diver, charter a boat and find underwater rapture aboard the sunken Eagle ship or at Davis Reef with its resident moray eels. Visit the Dolphin Research Center and have a personal encounter with rehabilitated dolphins in a safe, welcoming and healthy environment.
How to Get There
We stayed at Cheeca lodge and spa over the weekend and it was exceptionally awesome had some problems with getting service but Daniel on the beach made sure everything was taking care of and really made are stay the way we wanted to be. I will definitely be coming back to the Florida Keys again thanks you for the first great experience
This is a lovely longtime resort that has been recently renovated. This was our second stay and we enjoyed it. The setting is beautiful and the rooms are very nice. We stayed in the bungalows and had views of the beach and ocean. It’s a great mix of couples and families and lots for everyone to do. The staff was very friendly the only comment is there should be more servers/ staff to work in the dining rooms and outside bars. Would definitely recommend this resort as a perfect place to relax and enjoy life in the keys.
My husband and I loved this place. Has everything to keep you busy along with a beautiful landscape and beach enjoy while relaxing. We guessed when we booked here but it was a great call!! Dont hesitiate you'll love it.
The grounds were beautiful. We were in a king Ocean View room to the right of the lodge. Our room was poorly decorated, tv remote that did not work well, mold in our badly designed shower, and ants. You could hear the adjacent neighbors talking in their rooms. The elevator did not always work. Also, be careful booking fishing trips through the hotel. Ours were not booked correctly and the young worker did not feel sympathetic about making the mistake. I would book through another outfitter.
TERRIBLE Service, Food AND Staff. OVER PRICED and we had ROACHES IN OUR ROOM. The WATER Smelled and pressure was weak. JUST AWEFUL and HUGE MISTAKE for choosing this place. Don't believe what the sell you on the website or phone.