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 is a resort that is different from almost all others - it’s more like renting a beach house in a meticulously landscaped garden. It’s the perfect place to go and get away from everything. While there are other guests, you rarely see or hear them. I mostly had a long white sand beach dotted with palm trees to myself. I heard just the sounds of birds and the palm fronds blowing in the wind. There are kayaks, paddle boards, bikes, a pool, and tennis courts for activity at your leisure, but you are left entirely to your own devices to sit in one of the many hammocks dotting the beach.
The cottage was bright and fresh and very cute, albeit on the smaller side. A new Publix is about 2 miles down the road, so it’s easy to get provisions - the only drawback in my cabin was that there wasn’t an oven, just a stovetop and microwave. There was a nice cheese and fruit plate waiting for me in the fridge along with coffee, creamers, and sweeteners. Overall, it was a great, relaxing experience.
There are just a few key drawbacks: 1) Cheeca Lodge is next door, and the music they play at night is audible, mostly on the north edge of the property; 2) the water isn’t tropical blue along this stretch, it’s more like the typical Atlantic; and 3) there is a ton of seaweed in the water and beach; one day a worker was out early clearing some, but he maybe tackled 25 yards of it; when the tide goes out, you have several think inches of stinky seaweed lining the length of the shore as much as 15 feet or so from the beach out to the water; when the tide is in, the same seaweed is there, meaning this isn’t a swimming beach; and this seaweed really smells rank.
Absolutely gorgeous! The grounds are stunning. The pictures don't really capture how pretty it really is. Not a place we could afford to go regularly, but for special occasions, it is at the top of our list. Definitely plan on coming back at some point. The only minor "complaint", was the smell of the seaweed; it was bit overpowering at times, but obviously that is just nature, no fault of the place. I would recommend the Orchid room for couples. It is in the low to mid-range pricing point (relatively speaking of course), but worth the jump up from the Lodge, if you want a little more space. We loved every minute of the trip!
I have never vacationed at such a magical place. Once you enter the property Your stresses all disappear. The cottages are super cute, comfortable and with every convenience you will need. The beach was serene and you only hear the wind whispering through the palm trees. It was very difficult to leave and I hope to return again one day!
We came here as a family and the place is so quiet and calm you can’t help but relax.
The welcome was great. James took us to our cottage and had a plate of fruits and cheeses waiting. We rented a two bedroom cottage by the pool and enjoyed it greatly.
We managed to kayak and Paddleboard every day without problems. Someone asked if they allowed nude sunbathing and yes they do. Our neighbor was 100% nude on the lounge chairs and no one called to make a fuss nor did they say to cover up.
But this is the vibe here. Mind your business and do your thing. No loud music and just enjoy yourself. Location is perfect. We chartered a fishing boat walking distance and jet ski rentals are a short bike ride away. Many restaurants along the area.
A ticket to paradise, however it is expensive. If you can afford 1000.09 a night. I found a special for 400.00 for a one bedroom villa. The grounds and pool are are gorgeous but the icing on the cake is the beach. In my opinion, the most beautiful beach in the Florida Keys. You also can go out and enjoy the restaurants in the area.