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
Islamorada is one of the more quieter islands of the keys and I must applaud the moorings for an absolutely stunning location! When we first arrived I was a little surprised when the staff said it was only for two people when we were three since the cottages are so big. However this issue was quickly fixed. The whole hotel area feels like a much quieter version of a resort. There is a large pool in the middle of the complex. Close to the pool there is a massive tennis court and a kayak and sailing rental area for guests of the hotel. I also would love to recommend the beach cafe on their sister hotel. The food is delicious and a perfect spot to watch the sunset. Overall a great experience, thank you Moorings Village!
We were a group of 5 friends, one of us stayed there before and he was telling us the place was great and we should go soon, he said let’s have a quick visit to convince us and a really rude security men came to kick us out in really bad manners. We try to explain him the situation and he was even more rude and ask us to leave immediately, so we will make sure to not go and to tell people how rude they are!
So some of us have been here...you've had to ignore the one you love, working nights, weekends and national holidays. You finally get to a point where this is all too much for both of you and decide to get away. This is the place to do it...some of the most beautiful grounds I have seen in a while, hammocks under the palm trees, a beautiful pool with a view of blue ocean and gently lapping waves. If you are staying in a cottage and pick up supplies on the way in, you might only have to see a few people while you are here. This is for the couple who truly does not care whether there is a night life or whatever; there are plenty of places to eat and things to do during the day in the area, but if you want to reconnect this is the place.