Refurbishing our new sailboat requires a lot of work, so on our Sunday day off, it is but apt to enjoy some much-deserved luxury. This time, we made Cheeca Lodge & Spa our home for the weekend in Islamorada, Florida Keys, Florida.
What is more, my college best friend flew in from Canada and joined us! He has never been to the Florida Keys so I told him that we will work on the boat then go on “mini-trips”! He helped us with the interior painting of the sailboat and was happy to become our photographer. It was definitely a great weekend.
If you are not familiar with this area, check Google because it is crazy popular and expensive to live and travel! Oops! But it is every bit worth it.
The Florida Keys is a tropical paradise. It has that “forever summer” feel. The water is a gorgeous turquoise, the palm trees dance in the gentle breeze, and if you are a serious angler, this is the Sportfishing Capital of the World! Apart from the beach, Florida Keys is also rich in mangroves, sandbar islands, mudflats, and tidal bars. There is plenty to see and plenty of parties to attend, too!
But like us, no matter how hard your day or week has been, you know you can always relax and recover at Cheeca Lodge & Spa.
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A Luxurious, Fun-filled Stay at Cheeca Lodge & Spa
To start, the hotel is located on 1000 ft of private beach, along with 27 acres of beautiful gardens. The setting alone is a promise of rejuvenation.
No doubt, this luxury resort packs so much good stuff one weekend is not enough to experience them all.
There are 214 spacious rooms and suites. We stayed in the spacious, elegant, and incredibly comfortable Lagoon View Double Queen Guestroom. I like how the accommodation design is luxurious but it still gives you that comfortable home feeling. The atmosphere is relaxed so it is all too easy to relax.
Golf Course Double Queen and King Guestroom – Private and with beautiful views of the Jack Nicklaus-designed Executive Golf Course, this 361 sq ft rooms have a West Indies style decor and private screened balcony. Queen or King beds, luxurious rain showers, reserved parking spaces, and proximity to the main lodge and beach area add to your comfort and convenience.
Golf Course One Bedroom Suite – In addition to all the features of the Golf Course Double Queen and King Guestroom, this one bedroom suite further satisfies with bigger space and a separate living room with a Queen pull out sofa. It is 681 sq ft and accommodates two adults and two children under 16.
Resort View Double Queen Guestroom – Rest your head and find a good night’s sleep in the two plush Queen beds inside this room. There is also a deep soaking tub and separate glassed-in shower. The room connects to the Luxury Resort View One Bedroom should you need a bigger space. It is close to the tennis courts and tropical gardens.
Resort View One Bedroom Suite – This accommodation delights with a separate living room with Queen pull out sofa, screened balcony, deep soaking tub and separate glassed-in shower, and full kitchen. It accommodates up to six guests.
Resort View Bungalow – Dive deep into your holiday feels within the comforts of this lovely bungalow with landscaped ground and partial beach views. It has a King bed, oversize bath and shower with separate dressing area, screened balcony, and vaulted wood beam ceilings. Next to it are the family pool and beach.
Lodge Island View Double Queen and King Suite – Located in the main lodge, these 840 sq ft accommodation features two plush Queen or King beds, plush interiors, large open-air balcony with private soaking tub, spacious bathroom with large glassed in rain shower and his and hers closets and wash basins, and seating area with comfortable seating and queen sofa sleeper.
Lagoon View Double Queen Guestroom and Lagoon View One Bedroom Suite (OUR ROOM)– Relax on your private balcony, two plush Queen or King beds, and deep soaking tub and separate glassed-in shower, with calming views and sounds of the Lagoon Waterfall. Additionally, the one bedroom suite has a breakfast bar, full kitchen, and separate living area with sleeper sofa. These two rooms connect to each other if you are after more space, too.
Lodge Oceanfront Double Queen or King Suite – Indulge in your private oasis, steps from the beach, offering sweeping views of the Atlantic. The rooms feature floor-to-ceiling glass walls, a private lanai, open-air spa tub, and living area with plush seating and Queen sofa sleeper.
Oceanfront King Guestroom and One Bedroom Suite – Luxurious and spacious, these retreats present stunning ocean views best enjoyed from the private balcony. The pillow top King beds are adorned with fine linen while the well-appointed bathroom with large shower adds to your comfort. The Oceanfront King Guestroom conveniently connects to the Oceanfront One Bedroom Suite should you prefer a larger abode. This room adds a separate living room with Queen sofa sleeper.
Beach Bungalow – Are you looking for some romance? This oceanfront adult only area is the best choice. It features vaulted wood beam ceilings, a seating area, private balcony overlooking the Atlantic, spiral staircase leading to the private outdoor beachfront area, and a deluxe granite bathroom with oversized shower.
Islamorada Suite – At 1,400 sq ft you know you are getting the best accommodation. The living room is spacious, as well as the fully equipped kitchen. There is plenty of space in the open-air balcony and the dining table comfortably seats eight. The marble bathroom with shower is luxurious while the hidden outdoor soaking tub with shower is romantic. The ocean views are unparalleled, too.
Obviously, the facilities are superb. But the best part about Cheeca Lodge & Spa is how attentive the staff is. It was so hot in Florida and they were happy to give us more bottles of water. Also, when we arrived, they handed us a welcome gift – two souvenir hats!
Spa – Choose from a long list of treatments at The Spa at Cheeca Lodge and get the decadent pampering that your mind and body deserves. Located behind the gardens and cascading waterfalls, this tranquil spa features a host of luxurious amenities like a heated lap pool with butler service, wet room with Vichy shower, and fully-equipped fitness center.
Spa exercise classes – Yoga on the beach is always a great idea!
Camp Cheeca – Cheeca Lodge & Spa is kid-friendly! Let the kids have fun and let them have a pleasurable experience doing supervised outdoor activities, arts and crafts, beach exploration, and games.
Watersports – Marine life in Islamorada is so rich there is absolutely no shortage of ways to enjoy it. Snorkel, scuba dive, go on family fishing trips, eco tours, and sunset cruises, charter a sailboat, or enjoy paddleboards and parasailing. My best friend and I tried the standup paddleboard – it was so much fun!
Sports facilities – A beautiful 9-hole par 3 golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus is on-site, perfect for weekends where you want to chill out. Alternatively, there are six lighted tennis courts where you can play for fun or indulge in a friendly competition.
Two heated swimming pools and one saltwater lagoon – One is an adults-only pool, which is nice if you want to relax without unruly children screaming around. But the beach is a really nice and quiet option, too!
More deluxe facilities at Cheeca Lodge & Spa include:
- Fishing rods, sea kayaks & bicycles
- Shade cabanas for beach chairs
- Valet parking
- Concierge Services
- Cheeca Signature Store
- 1,100-foot palm-lined private beach
- 525-foot wooden fishing pier
We did not eat here because the best restaurants in the area are nearby. The resort is a strategic location if you are planning on an awesome food trip though. But Florida Trend magazine hailed Cheeca Lodge & Spa as one of the best places to dine in Florida. There are three restaurants and bars on-site and below are some information about them:
- Atlantic’s Edge is the flagship restaurant famed for fresh local seafood, prime steaks, and organic local produce.
- Limoncello offers casual and rustic family dining. It is Tuscan-inspired where you can find gorgeous servings of housemade pasta and other classic Italian favorites. They also have a full children’s menu.
- Nikai Sushi Bar & Restaurant features artful, stylish, and delicious sushi with plenty of choices.
- Tiki Bar has lovely ocean views and serves Keys-inspired hand-crafted cocktail.
- Coffee Bar presents homemade food and drinks in a casual setting. The food is healthy and made from organic and local ingredients.
- Lobby Bar offers a selection of handcrafted cocktails, ideal for pre-dinner drinks.
Anne’s Beach – One of the most beautiful beaches in the Florida Keys, this sandy beach is a nice destination for a day out. It has a shallow swimming area, picnic tables, boardwalk, and five covered pavilions.
History of Diving Museum – Interested in diving? This museum has the largest and most comprehensive collection of diving-related gear, tools, and memorabilia in the world.
Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park – This is a former quarry site filled with Key Largo limestone and fossilized coral. You can explore along the eight-foot-high quarry walls, take walks on the self-guided trails, or have a picnic in the available tables.
FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions About Cheeca Lodge & Spa
1. How much does accommodation cost at Cheeca Lodge & Spa?
2. What is the check-in and check-out time?
Check-in time is from 4 PM and Check-out time is 11 AM.
3. Are children allowed to stay free in the hotel rooms?
Yes. Up to two children under 16 years old can stay free of charge when sharing beds with their parents or guardians.
4. Are child cribs available?
Yes. One child under 2 years old can stay in a crib for free.
5. Is Camp Cheeca free?
No. The Kid’s Club costs $80 for a full day.
6. Is Cheeca Lodge & Spa pet-friendly?
Yes. You can even get your Golf Course Double Queen Guestroom or One Bedroom Suite converted into the pet-friendly room when you avail the Pup in Paradise Package offered by the hotel.
7. How expensive are the watersport activities?
These vary in cost. Generally, you can find activities between $55-$650.
8. Are there meeting spaces in Cheeca Lodge & Spa?
Yes. There are boardrooms, meeting rooms, and other events facilities and equipment that you can use.
9. Where is the nearest ATM?
There is an ATM on-site.
10. What languages are spoken in the hotel?
English and Spanish.
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