Cheeca Lodge & Spa Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Islamorada, Florida Keys, Florida

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Pros

  • Adult-only pool lined with private cabana tents
  • Large bathrooms, some with big soaking tubs
  • Balconies and 42-inch flat-screen TVs
  • Many rooms have pull-out sofas; some have full kitchens
  • Oceanfront rooms have jetted tubs on their porches
  • Lush 27-acre grounds
  • Free kayaking and bike rentals
  • Private fishing pier with free fishing rod rental
  • 9-hole par-3 Jack-Nicklaus-designed golf course on-site
  • Excellent sushi, Italian, and seafood restaurant options

Cons

  • Beachfront is manmade and occasionally muddy
  • On-site dining is expensive, especially breakfast buffets
  • Family pool can get crowded

Bottom Line

The 114-room Cheeca Lodge was one of the original luxury properties on Islamorada, dating to 1946 and earning plenty of celebrity cachet over the years (high-profile guests have included George W. Bush). The property was rebuilt after a fire gutted its main building in 2009, and now has bright, spacious rooms with tropical-luxe decor and massive bathrooms. The lush grounds are especially pretty at night, with Tiki-torch-lit paths. But the hotel's beach is manmade -- there's even a rock ledge on the water's edge -- making it muddy at times and less than ideal for swimmers and waders. And the family pool can get crowded; those traveling without children will probably prefer the much calmer adult-only pool.

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 Location

Located in Islamorada, between Key Largo and Marathon on the Florida Keys

Cheeca Lodge is located on the Atlantic side of the village of Islamorada, made up of a small cluster of tiny Keys, between Key Largo and Marathon. There is less to do here than on neighboring islands, but there are still several small restaurants nearby, and plenty of attractions within driving distance. Water sports enthusiasts will find plenty to keep them occupied: there's kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, and windsurfing, not to mention sport fishing -- Islamorada advertises itself as the "sport fishing capital of the world."

  • 90-minutes from Miami International Airport
  • 4-minute drive from the Theater of the Sea marine life observatory
  • 26-minutes from snorkeling at the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
  • 27-minute drive to swimming with dolphins at the Dolphin Research Center.
  • 38-minute drive from sandy Key Colony Beach
  • 120-minute drive from Key West

 Bottom Line

The 114-room Cheeca Lodge was one of the original luxury properties on Islamorada, dating to 1946 and earning plenty of celebrity cachet over the years (high-profile guests have included George W. Bush). The property was rebuilt after a fire gutted its main building in 2009, and now has bright, spacious rooms with tropical-luxe decor and massive bathrooms. The lush grounds are especially pretty at night, with Tiki-torch-lit paths. But the hotel's beach is manmade -- there's even a rock ledge on the water's edge -- making it muddy at times and less than ideal for swimmers and waders. And the family pool can get crowded; those traveling without children will probably prefer the much calmer adult-only pool.

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Address

  • 81801 Overseas Highway, Mile Marker 82, Islamorada, FL 33036

Room Types

  • Luxury Golf Course View One Bedroom Suite
  • Luxury Golf Course View Suite
  • Luxury Lagoon View One Bedroom Suite
  • Luxury Lagoon View Suite
  • Luxury Resort View One Bedroom Suite
  • Luxury Resort View Suite
  • Luxury Resort View Two Bedroom Suite
  • Premier Island View Suite
  • Premier Oceanfront Suite
  • Superior Beach Bungalow
  • Superior Beach View Suite

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 214
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Internet: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Kids Club: Yes
Jacuzzi: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Islamorada, Florida Keys
Address: 81801 Overseas Highway, Mile Marker 82, Islamorada, FL 33036
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