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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
I agree with other reviews - the staff are great, a special mention to Janell on the Concierge desk who recommended some super sightseeing trips for our first visit to the Keys.
Our suite was delightful - fully fitted kitchen, huge bathroom, great balcony, comfortable bed and two TVs.
The food in the restaurants was delicious, all served with a friendly smile from professional and efficient team.
One of the pools is still under construction (due to be complete end August 2019) but we were warned about this and there are two others to choose from.
We loved this place!
Overall, we loved our stay at Cheeca. The staff was welcoming from our first moment on the property. The resort and views are beautiful. Our room was spacious and the boys loved taking a bath on the balcony - with views of the ocean. Orlando in the game room/bike rental was awesome as was Renee in the restaurant. The water sports hut arranged a snorkel trip and a fishing charter on short notice when the winds died down enough to go. We look forward to returning when the new pool is complete.
My family stays at Cheeca whenever we are in the Keys. It is truly our happy place. Clearly it is going through renovations and an additional pool is absolutely necessary. We are currently staying here and many of the guests are obnoxious and appear to feel entitled. I observed a woman being extremely rude to an employee and it sickens me. Her family as well others have demonstrated behavior which is abhorrent. Cheeca is a beautiful place and we have observed many changes throughout the years. It is maintaining the traditions of the past and evolving at the same time. Yes, the pool is overcrowded and there aren’t enough chairs. AN ADDITIONAL POOL WILL BE COMPLETED SOON! If you can’t sit with at the edge of the pool and enjoy your family and this tropical oasis until a chair becomes free, please stay at another resort and don’t ruin it for those who appreciate everything about Cheeca! My hope is that staff is recognized by management. Many staff members are being verbally abused by guests. Cheeca is a very special place and I hope that it does not become an atmosphere conducive to elitist, snobby clientele. A special shout to Junior who helped me carry 4 cups of coffee to my room this morning! Thank You!!!