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
We stayed in a Beach Bungalow but wish we had chosen the Lodge as it had been renovated. Appreciative of Restaurant GM who was able to fit our family of 8 in for dinner w/o a reservation.Good menu selections but food was of only average flavor. The Resort has some real possibilities to be special.The star was the camp counselor for the Kids Camp for our grandchildren. He was spectacular!
My husband Don and myself try to come to Cheeca once a year for my birthday. 2019 was the best ever. Wonderful food, met lovely people, am entire day and the spa and just swam and relaxed. Came home feeling marvelous.
If you are looking to get away like you never have before... this is your place! The vegetation is UNBELIEVEABLY gorgeous all through the property. That was our favorite part outside of swimming with a random manatee just off the pier! There were cute little roosters walking around. The staff is super friendly all through the resort. The pools and rooms were also beautiful and well kept. The food in the restaurants was excellent. There isn't a bad thing we could say about this place and we are definitely looking forward to our next visit! #StayCheeca