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
If you’re looking for a place to relax and enjoy the beauty of the Florida Keys, then this is THE place to stay! Conveniently located in the heart of Islamorada, the grounds and beach make you feel as if you’re at your own private retreat. Top notch service and accommodations! Can’t wait to go back!
We stopped here on our way back to Key West from a College Tour at the "U". I was looking for a half-way point to meet our daughter if she ends up at the U for college and we end up in Key West for the winter. This property is beautiful! It looks just like the scenes from Bloodline! Instead of calling them bungalows (like Cissy Spacek does), they're called "cottages". I feel like we'll be spending a few nights here either before or after check-in at our Key West place during the winters. We ate dinner across the street at Pierre's and it couldn't have been any better! Superb!
This place was just what my husband needed. He has a very stressful job and this is where I finally saw him relax. I honestly cannot remember the last time I saw him this relaxed. We stayed for 2 nights in a cottage with a view of The Rayburn house. Yes we are big Bloodline fans and that is the reason we picked this place. It exceeded our expectations!! We were celebrating our 25th Anniversary and we had a bottle of bubbly with a nice note in the fridge. The grounds were beautiful and so quiet. We sat by the pool, on the beach and our porch as much as we could. I kept saying this was the most beautiful place. The staff were outstanding and we went to Pierre's for our anniversary dinner. Look for my review of that - excellent!!! We cannot wait to visit again!!
the hotel is very clear about what it dies and does not offer..it offers large open spaces covered with lawns, tropical vegetation and sand paths, a few bungalows interspaced..with all modern facilities and all done up in very good taste..a private beach..not for bathing, but for sun bathing and kayaking and the rest..a receptive front desk,,and a pool with a view..
it does not offer room service (housekeeping is provided),or a bar or a restaurant on site..
the result is a rare combination of absolute privacy in perfect luxury..the lack of density of guests in servers means that u have the place particularly to yourself..
good eating options are all at walkable distances..
and if u so wish, the kitchen is well enough appointed for cooking whatever ..
i have stayed at very highly serviced asian bungalows such as the phum baitang in siem riep, and fully enjoyed them..
our time at the mooring village was just as good!
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.