The Moorings Village
What We Love
- The 18-acre resort houses just 18 cottages and homes, providing a sense of privacy and seclusion
- The 1,100-foot private white sand beach is the largest of its kind in the Keys
- On request, certain massages and spa treatments are available in a beachside cabana
- Residences contain fully equipped kitchens and (in most cases) washers and dryers, perfect for longer stays
- Toes-in-sand dining at neighboring Beach Café, with dishes such as Florida lobster tail stuffed with crab and paired with coconut rice
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- Fishing buffs will love the island, known as the Sportfishing Capital of the World, for the 500 species of fish that populate America’s only living coral barrier reef
- Open layouts provide plenty of sunshine, while soothing pistachio-colored walls, earthy beige linens and pastel throw pillows remind you that this is paradise
- A $20 resort fee per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
This secluded all-villa resort sits halfway between Miami and Key West on Islamorada, a sport fishing destination that’s known for some of the area’s most spectacular sunsets. Once a private estate built in the 1930s, the resort is now home to 18 cottages and residences and an 1,100-foot private beach. The colonial-style wooden cottages recall the property’s early days, with bright pink shutters, whitewashed walls and rustic first- and second-floor balconies. Open layouts provide plenty of sunshine, while soothing pistachio-colored walls, earthy beige linens and pastel throw pillows remind you that this is paradise. Rinse off the day’s saltwater and sunscreen in the rainfall shower (the Molton Brown bath products should do the trick) before heading to the neighboring Beach Café for toes-in-the-sand dining. Order from the raw bar for a yubi conch salad (served with red, yellow and green peppers) or go for broke and feast on a Florida lobster tail stuffed with crab and paired with coconut rice. Upscale fare is on offer at nearby Pierre’s, a two-story plantation house overlooking Florida Bay. The food here leans French with local influences — think pan-seared sea scallops with chorizo succotash, or a local catch meuniere.
In the Area
Fishing buffs and sun worshipers alike will find their bliss on Islamorada, a key halfway between Miami and Key West. The Keys claim America’s only living coral barrier reef; it houses some 500 species of fish. You can hunt big game fish in the Gulf of Mexico, seek out mahi mahi on a deep sea excursion, or visit during one of the island’s many tournaments, including the Bonefishing World Championship. Beach bums can set up for the day on the hotel’s pristine private beach, while adventurous types should book an eco-tour (to spy on dolphins, crocodiles, manatees and flamingos) or set off for some snorkeling (the area features mini-walls and even shipwrecks in addition to the reef). Or you can opt for the ultimate in relaxation and book a massage in the beachside cabana (weather permitting). Finish the day with a sunset cocktail at the Beach Café; Spanish colonists named the island Islamorada, which means “purple island,” in honor of the deep purple sunsets that color the skies most nights. If the moon is out, keep the night going at the Beach Café’s monthly full moon party. The festival is a nighttime carnival on the beach, with live music, DJs, face painting and a smattering of performers (Brazilian capoeria dancers, acrobats, fire blowers). And the bar stays open until you stop drinking.
How to Get There
We stayed at the Orchid cottage. It is lovely, quiet, & peaceful. The cottage has everything one could possibly want & then some. The beach is so close - just as their picture shows. We would highly recommend this spot.
An outstanding anniversary weekend at The Moorings Village. We stayed in the Treehouse cottage and it was AMAZING! Newly renovated and beyond expectations, it was private and although it wasn't directly on the beach, we had a beautiful view of the ocean. The staff was extremely welcoming and accommodating. We highly recommend The Moorings Village!
Traveled here for our 30th wedding anniversary. It was the perfect choice for a quiet couple’s getaway. The staff works very hard to provide an atmosphere of peace and serenity. As in some other reviews, we were stopped once while walking on the beach and asked if we were guests from a neighboring resort or guests here. We confirmed who we were and continued our walk. It was nothing we took offense to, but rather a necessary part of ensuring the peace and quiet we came here for. We stayed in the orchid house. How lovely it was to sit there as a couple and listen to the sound of the palms and wildlife. We made good use of the kayaks and bikes as well as the high quality paddle boards. Our time here was perfect in every way. Life is short, go ahead and book it!
People will complain about almost anything no matter how insignificant. My only complaint about the Moorings from the staff to the Parker house,the beach the pool, etc.... is that I'm not there anymore. It is a beautifully created and super well maintained private and secluded property that without question is the best of the best in the keys. We were 2 couples and we all had an exceptional time there. We will go back.
Only suggestion would be to add a limited cocktail service to the beach. And I only suggest that because I kept running out of my drink.... which was my fault I guess!!!
Awful discriminatory experience. I planned my wedding at the moorings village on the beach in front of the property I rented (plantation house). After all contracts were signed for my wedding ceremony and Property, Morada Bay wedding planner Diane Richey stops responding to emails after many trails of correspondence with planning details. After being ignored for days I decide to call and to my surprise my wedding and my reservation for the house at the moorings was canceled. When I pleaded with Diane for a reason she said her and Debbie the GM couldn’t disclose the details as to why they decided to cancel my WEDDING. The moorings had already received full payment for my wedding. I had to reach out to Diane to hear this heartbreaking news. This is a personal decision from the moorings/Morada Bay and DISCRIMINATION. This was a destination wedding and I had already booked local hotel rooms for my guests and transportation to the venue along with all other costs that are incurred during planning. No bride should have to go through this. Diane was cold, unapologetic and just plain UNPROFESSIONAL when telling me my wedding was canceled. I was left hurt, distraught, and in shock of how an establishment can treat a customer this way. And they gave NO REASON!! Leading me to believe this was based on personal feelings and is discriminatory treatment towards my wedding. It’s 2018 and myself and my partner feel that the moorings/Morada Bay factored in elements that should not matter. Myself and my partner have been given no reason to the cancellation and we know it’s discrimination. All people matter and all weddings matter not just the typical couples they at the Morada/Moorings are use to seeing. Please beware if you do not fit their standard they will take ALL your money and leave you high and dry. I am 30 days from my Wedding Date with NO VENUE….NO REASON…. This is not fair.. #MYMONEYMATTERS