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
This was a spur of the moment getaway for my husband and I. We had previously visited this property and kept our fingers crossed we would be able to find a cottage even on short notice. We were so excited to confirm a weekend escape at your gorgeous resort. We arrived late but our staff had everyone and everything waiting for us. An escort to our candlelit cottage as well as a chilled bottle of wine waiting was just the beginning of two days and evenings of complete peace and beauty. The Moorings staff is gracious, warm, professional and most of all obviously delighted to make your stay exactly as you hope for. The cottage was cozy, perfectly appointed and immediately felt like home. The privacy is unmatched. The natural surroundings are an oasis of beauty... the Garden of Eden could not have been lovelier or felt as secluded. We left our cell phones in our suitcases and had a few days of pure peace to indulge ourselves in. We departed reluctantly but also completely refreshed. Thank you to the entire Moorings family for creating such a special oasis and taking such good care of us.
Went for a quick 2 hour drive from Miami to a couple of days in uncrowded paradise. We only had 2 days before we had to be back in Miami so going half way down to the keys was the perfect idea. The road down is one or two lanes (45 or 55 mph) most of the way once you hit the keys and we ran into accidents in both directions which slowed down our drives (make sure to add in extra time in case you're headed back to a flight just in case) Once we arrived at the Moorings it was pure relaxation. Check in was a breeze and everyone we spoke to was incredibly helpful with directions, suggestions and reservations. Our beach cottage was nice and secluded and we felt like we were in a tropical forest surrounded by palm trees facing the ocean with white sand beaches. There are only 18 (if I remember correctly) bungalows on the property which is the same size property as the neighboring Checca Lodge (but with a very different feel - this is wide open space and there is more of a busy crowded resort). There is room to walk and not see another person here. It is quiet and spacious with hammocks and lounge chairs on the beach, a nice pool area and tennis court. We had planned to take a drive to Key West but once we arrived we didn't want to leave. They have bikes and paddle boards to use and you can ride around the area and to local restaurants. There is a sister restaurant across the road (Morada Bay Cafe and Pierre's) that you get priority seating at during their very fun Saturday night parties (live music and toes in the sand seating for dinner at the Party). We were there during the week so I am sure it gets more crowded but there is so much open space here I am positive you never feel packed in. Overall fabulous quick retreat that we wish was longer! we will be back
We visited in mid October...been coming here since 2002 and will keep coming back as long as the place exists. Location, people ( I mean the amazing staff) are pure kindness and professionalism. Native plants and respect for the local environment abound. We come here because we are exhausted and this place is a blanket of pure serenity. To the folks who prefer room & maid service service, maybe this is not the place for you but all your needs can be met here in a lovely and discreet way. We were gifted when we crossed Route 1 to the sister restaurant, Pierres, and had the pleasure of meeting the manager David (AKA DaDa). He gave us his spotify music link so we can listen to it all day and recall our happiness during our retreat. We live in a crazy city but when we pull up the music and relive the pictures of our last visit, we revisit heaven.
Came down to the keys to pick spots for daughters destination wedding. Went to look at specific units to rent for 4-5 days. The front desk was very pleasant but did not communicate to security staff nor give us a tour. Needless to say security would not allow us to view the outside of the five units. Asked off property very rudely. We will not be booking here. We’ll spend the 15k somewhere else.
First, this is a stunningly beautiful place. I live here, so I know. Also, the people who run this resort CARE about their guests, and the surrounding environment, so you can enjoy this place in its natural beauty! Their accommodations are first class, and then some. It will cost you some cash, but you DEFINITELY get what you pay for! This island is 40-45 minutes from Key West, and the hustle, bustle, noise and price jacking, of Key West. Why not stay here and unwind and listen to the palm trees rustle, and swim in the beautiful, crystal clear ocean, or the pools, and walk along the awesome, perfectly manicured private beach? THEN, go to Key West for the day, or however long you wish. Rejuvenated, tanned and smiling!