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Located on a beautiful and secluded private estate on Islamorada Key, Cheeca Lodge is a tropical retreat, complete with 1,000ft of private beach and a fishing pier.
There are 214 rooms and suites in total, decorated in a classic style with a warm colour palette, mahogany furniture and a touch of tropical through palm print fabrics and artwork, and palm woven ceiling fans. Private balconies overlook the ocean, lagoon or lush gardens.
Guests can choose from a number of dining options, including Atlantic's Edge, which specialises in fresh off the line seafood, served with Atlantic Ocean views. Limoncello is a family-friendly Italian restaurant serving up Tuscan favourites in a more informal setting, while Nikai Sushi Bar serves the island's freshest sushi complimented by 35 varieties of sake - this one's not for the kids. Meanwhile, the Tiki Bar & Chart Room is the place to enjoy a cocktail or select from the extensive wine list.
The resort boasts 27 acres of tropical gardens, two swimming pools, a nine-hole golf course, tennis courts, a gym, a spa and a Kids club - Camp Cheeca. Camp Cheeca offers a range of activities from arts & crafts to watersports, as well as offering Mum and Dad a little downtime.
This spot is world-renowned for fishing, and serious anglers can charter a boat from Cheeca Lodge to head out in search of over 500 species of fish within minutes of the shore. The less adventurous fisherman can simply cast a line from the end of the 525-foot pier - the longest in the Keys. A host of other activities can be found at the resort, including snorkelling, sea kayaking, bicycling, and diving.
Why we love it
As a keen fisherman, for me it has to be the incredible sport fishing opportunities within minutes of the shore. For the less angler-inclined, it's a fantastic family friendly resort, with plenty to keep the whole brood occupied.
Will, Original Traveller