Florida’s diverse hotels and resorts beckon for a holiday marked by some welcome constants – sunny days, balmy temperatures and the whistle of sea breeze-meets-palm frond virtually all year ‘round. And for all the state’s paradise-like properties, it’s a rare resort that claims as many superlatives as Cheeca Lodge & Spa in the Florida Keys.
Cheeca Lodge’s location, for starters, is most idyllic. The property sits on lushly landscaped, oceanfront acreage on the island of Islamorada, less than two hours south of the Fort Lauderdale and Miami airports. It’s a hidden piece of paradise tucked between two of Florida’s world-renowned natural highlights – Everglades National Park and the only coral barrier reef in North America.
And when Cheeca Lodge & Spa re-opens on Dec. 15, 2009, following the construction of a brand new main lodge, the historic property will be the most buzz-worthy destination in the Florida Keys.
In the 63 years since the resort opened, presidents, celebrities and some of the world’s keenest anglers (after all, Islamorada is “The Sport Fishing Capital of the World”) have sought sumptuous shelter at Cheeca Lodge & Spa. The main lodge has been redesigned to evoke past glory and nostalgia while upping the luxury ante all around, and when you add the resort’s ambiance of “barefoot elegance” to the equation (did you know that phrase was coined at Cheeca Lodge?), you’ve got all the makings for a holiday in paradise with plenty of panache.
West Indies décor (think paddle fans, rich mahogany finishes and tropical accents) meets breezy Florida Keys architecture in the new main lodge, home to 62 brand-new premier oceanfront and island-view suites complete with sweeping balconies, full ocean views and private, open-air soaking tubs. With 840 square feet of room to breathe in these new suites, they’re the largest in the Florida Keys. And from the pillow-top beds to the marble bathrooms, no luxury has been overlooked.
A Family Affair
Why not make it a family affair? A premier suite with two queen beds and an additional queen-size pullout couch in the living area could easily accommodate a party of six. And all premier suites are outfitted with microwaves, mini-fridges and wet bars to help you settle in for a spell. For families looking for the convenience of cooking facilities for an extended stay, Cheeca Lodge & Spa’s traditional outlying buildings offer villa suites with kitchenettes and views of the resorts golf course.
Cheeca Lodge also caters to water sports enthusiasts of every ilk. For snorkelers, the saltwater lagoon by the beach that’s stocked with tropical fish effervesces with endless fascination. Offshore snorkeling trips leave from the resort’s pier, where boats also leave for backcountry fishing adventures into the Keys’ legendary bonefish-rich shallows and deep-sea fishing destinations. Landlubbers can also look forward to rod-and-reel action from the resort’s 525-foot-long wooden fishing pier, where a catch-and-release rule is in effect.
The resort’s renaissance brings an upgraded spa environment, too, with an expanded oasis of 11 treatment rooms, an adults-only lap pool and an oceanfront tiki hut for al fresco treatments.
And the resort’s 1,200-foot-long private beach is another swoon-worthy superlative. Cheeca Lodge has one of the finest beaches in Florida, if not the entire country – a palm-lined stretch of secluded sand fronting a seascape that looks like a parfait of layered sapphire and turquoise.
To celebrate the main lodge’s new look and the resort’s re-opening, Cheeca Lodge & Spa is making it even more tempting to reserve your room, with pound-pinching specials on stays booked by Oct. 31, 2009.
You’ll save 20 percent off the normal rate in one of the new premier rooms in the main lodge when you stay from Dec. 15, 2009 to Jan. 2, 2010. And the savings on premier rooms skyrocket to 30 percent for stays between Jan. 3, 2010 and Dec. 15, 2010 (ask for savings of up to 15 percent on all other room categories at the resort during this time, too). Loyal past guests can enjoy even more savings – up to 40 percent off premier rooms and 20 percent off all other room types – by contacting the Resort direct. This Past Guest special must be booked by Aug. 31, 2009.
This article is brought to you by Cheeca Lodge & Spa. To plan your own holiday, visit www.cheeca.com.