Tropical suites at an adults-only Florida Keys hideaway
What We Love
- A B&B stay at a Caribbean-inspired all-suites getaway, with watersports equipment and yogaMaking your home in a suite, among lush gardens, landscaped by a leading designer
- Counting as your fellow hotel fans such impressive publications as Condé Nast Traveler, Departures, GQ and Vogue.com
- Getting busy on a sailing lesson on the skipjack, a snorkel around the States’ only living coral reef
- Indulging in some complimentary yoga and making use of the complimentary watersports equipment
What To Know
- It's an intimate boutique property with only 16 secluded suites
- There's complimentary parking, WiFi, and continental breakfast
- Extremely pet-friendly; no need to leave fur babies at home
If you take an urbane band of Chicagoans and stick them in one of the most remote stretches of the States, you’ll likely end up with a pretty hip hideaway. As such, it’s no great shock that Casa Morada, founded by Ian Schrager vets, feels as smart and stylish as it does. Yet, as observed by Condé Nast Traveler, Departures and GQ, this boutique gem still comes as a bit of a surprise. Maybe it’s partly the lack of a welcome sign (or any indication of the hotel’s address). There’s more to this hotel, though, than meets – or doesn’t meet – the eye.
Just start with your own suite, one of 16 in the entire TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence-winning hotel; luck out, and it comes with secret path to a Raymond Jungles-landscaped garden. Or the hotel’s 19-foot O’Day Mariner, which doubles as the classroom for frequent sailing lessons. And then there’s the pool. Not content to settle for your average any-old-deck location, this one lives, with a cluster of hammocks, over a bridge, on its very own secluded and quiet island. At least, until the rest of those urbanites find out about it.
Casa Morada houses no more than 16 suites, keeping the atmosphere quiet and intimate. These abodes are elegant and artistic; each artfully places Mexican antiques alongside fresh orchids, both complementing the modern accents that are built into the hotel’s design.Each also offers an outdoor terrace and living space, alongside your lushly landscaped garden and your bedroom, which will house a king bed and daybed. If you’re lucky, you may also receive a private outdoor shower, a screened balcony, an open-air Jacuzzi tub or your own private path to the central garden and its waterfall.
You didn’t come to Casa Morada to sightsee (at least, beyond the sunny sights of Islamorada itself), but you also don’t have to fear that your simple stay here will make you stir-crazy. The staff’s made quite the effort to keep things fresh, offering a film library and a skipjack, managed by the hotel’s resident captain, that can take you out on a sailing lesson or eco tour. If you head farther out, you can visit the Theater of the Sea, play a rousing game of tennis, snorkel around the coral reef – this is the only living one in the States – or go for a fish: This is the Sport Fishing Capital of the World.
How to Get There
We keep returning to Casa Morada. It spacious suites are comfortable and clean and the team really friendly and helpful. The pool and bar area are restful, the view amazing and there are always comfortable sun loungers available. The morning breakfast is fresh and tasty - it is even healthy too. And, to top it all, it is just a few minutes walk from the best bar in the Keys - Lorelei. You deserve a stay at Casa Morada!
My husband and I stayed there over New Year holidays. The setting of the hotel was beautiful and we loved our room with an outdoor shower. The hotel appeared to have everything for guests to be happy and relax. But, the hotel obviously lacks sufficient staff to run the place. For instance, we had to wait over an hour for our lunch upon our arrival after a few hours of driving from Palm Beach. It seemed that the waitress who took an order was also a cook? She was also busy taking care of things around the pool. So, towels by the pool were scarce. No one around to attend at the bar area in the evening by the pool so, we had to go somewhere to get some drinks. Breakfast items were also limited and dirty dishes on tables stayed for a while. Although we enjoyed staying by the pool and used free kayak, we felt that the hotel could offer much more if they had sufficient staff to take care of guests.
After several visits to the Keys, this is my favorite spot. This is an old 1950’s beach home renovated as a resort. We stayed in the unit on the water - probably the original home. The little island with pool is very nice. Our stay was nice and quiet. Super relaxing.
The salt and weather are so brutal in south Florida - you have to change your expectations of what is possible. The room we had was “spartan” as other reviewers have noted, but excellent for the middle keys. Very nice people staff the resort. Sunset views from the bar which serves “saketinis”.
Secluded with beautiful grounds; a great pool and waterfront with a bar and gazebo. Unfortunately we hit some bad weather and couldn't take advantage of the waterfront. We stayed in Hideway which is a lovely garden suite with outdoor pool overlooking the gardens. The suites have a very cool vibe; Malin and Goetz bath products; a continental breakfast and very nice front office staff who will recommend restaurants and things to do. We loved it only wished the weather had been better!
This hotel popped up as I was looking for a top property in Islamorada. The site on the gulf is great - well landscaped, privacy, ample safe parking. Staff was great. Free breakfast had limited options and was pretty good but not great. Free use of kayaks and bicycles. The only problem is that the rooms, while large and spacious, were not well appointed. No microwave, no coffee maker, no full-length mirror, no desk or desk chair, flat-screen TV's way too small for the rooms.