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
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!
We'd been to the Moorings some years back and decided -- despite damage from the hurricane -- to try it again. It was a great decision since they have restored the property to the amazing level it earlier had. It is among the most wonderful places I've visited, with a gorgeous beach setting, palm trees, simple but elegant accommodations, and attentive service. Your blood pressure drops within minutes of settling in!
White sand, blue water, palm trees and lounge music! It doesn’t get more cozy than this!
The place is really amazing! Magic on earth.
The cafe/restaurant outside is really perfect to enjoy in the sunny weather.
We traveled to the Moorings Village for our 25th anniversary and couldn’t of made a better choice. It was just magnificent in every way. From the time we arrived to the time we left the service was impeccable. The staff were warm and caring and went above and beyond to ensure our stay was perfect. The grounds are beautiful, the rooms are spotless clean and you can tell that they take pride in maintaining the property. We can’t wait to return in hopefully the very near future.
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.