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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Visited with my family and had a wonderful stay. The facility is clean and comfortable, and the staff is accommodating and conscientious. We took out the kayaks and the surrounding areas are a great place to explore. Can't recommend the place highly enough!
What a perfect stay. We were in the Sea Turtle room. It doesn't overlook the water but we found it didn't matter. The bed was so comfortable, the room quiet. This is the perfect place for rest and relaxation and to feel pampered. Ellie was wonderfully attentive and a pleasure. If you are looking for a place where you want to feel special and like a person, not a number, this is the place for you. We will be back!
Spent an amazing 2 nights at Casa Morada. Beautiful boutique style rooms, we had the Iguana suite which was stunning. Greeted on arrival with a glass of bubbles and a cold beer for my husband. The pool is on their own island and is so idyllic and our suite looked towards it, the perfect place to watch the sun go down with a lovely cocktail or 2. Breakfast is continental style with lots of lovely pastries, breads, eggs, fruit and cereals, it sets you up for a day chilling and enjoying this beautiful place.
Our welcome was warm and genuine. We were upgraded to a beautiful room with a large terrace which allowed us to sunbathe straight from the room. The resort is very peaceful with a lovely pool and bar to relax. A manatee swam past into the lagoon as we were enjoying a cool glass of wine!
Invited to a destination wedding in Islamorada and didn’t know anything about the area. Started researching the accommodations recommended by the wedding couple and even though Casa Morada wasn’t one of the choices I read the reviews and I thought it sounded more appealing to us. What a perfect choice. Jessica at check in made us feel instantly welcome. The room was very appealing, lots of style. A very satisfying light breakfast is included. What we appreciated the most was the grounds, beautiful, serene, lots of unique areas to just sit and enjoy the natural surroundings. We enjoyed strolling the grounds and then sauntering over to the “island” to sit and read a book in peace. Only two nights was far too short and yet we were totally relaxed in such a short time. They were very accommodating on late check out which we appreciated. We look forward to returning.