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 of all- the one star reviews for this place are a joke. They seem to be complaints by trespassers on private property. I’m glad the Moorings keeps people who aren’t guests off the property. There were a few who trespassed while we were there, and they were thankfully asked to leave quickly and politely.
The property itself is unlike anything I’ve ever seen, and pictures absolutely do not do it justice. The landscaping is beautiful, as are the cottages, and while it was completely booked, you feel as though there are only a few others onsite. The beach is spacious with hammocks, kayaks, and paddle boards for guests to use.
If you need to recharge, relax, and get away in beautiful accommodations, this is the place for you. There are wonderful restaurants nearby, and the staff were amazing without being intrusive. The guest experience from check in to check out makes you feel like you are at home.
I can’t wait to go back!
We came for our wedding anniversary and had a lovely long weekend. We live in Miami and have been to the Keys several times, and the Moorings has been on my bucket list for years! We were finally able to come to celebrate our anniversary. The beach is beautiful and secluded and it is absolutely paradise. We loved how our villa was totally prepared with kitchen utensils, ice, and towels. Also, the air conditioning is very good! And customer service is great. We like to work out and the gym has cardio machines and weights (see photo). It is too bad that the spa closed permanently after Hurricane Irma but there are other spas nearby. While there are no food or beverage offerings at the hotel, it is walking distance from several excellent dining options. If you’re looking to escape for a few days, this is perfect!
What a gem of a place. You feel like you are staying in the middle of a tropical oasis. The villas are well decorated and original. Luxury -- with a Florida Keys vibe. A truly special place you will always remember. We drove down from Miami, yet feel a world away. Worth every penny.