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.
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Casa morada Hotel, special place run by a special lady. This could be what paradise will be like in the other life, ideal private living, we were made to feel at home and nothing was any bother. From the reception to the bar girl to the grounds staff, everyone was delightful and helpful, topclass service with a ☺ smile. If only others could copy this standard then life would be a dream. Thanks everyone. Alex
We just spent a long weekend at Casa Morada and it exceeded our expectations . The room was large, the bed comfortable and the outdoor two seater nook the perfect place for relaxing with a good book. We took the sunset cruise with Capt Bill and Ellie and really enjoyed it. Ronnie provides great drinks and conversation. Everyone was helpful and we really de-stressed. We’ll be back soon
From arrival to check out, everything was perfect. Tom and Terri in the office took care of anything we needed. Ronny and Sydney at the poolside bar mixed some great drinks and prepared us some great snacks. Captain Bill and Helen made our sunset cruise amazing. We will be back.