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Just 30 luxurious suites are available on Little Palm Island – a resort only accessible by seaplane or boat, and blissfully TV and phone free. This is the resort to retreat to for a luxurious digital detox, and perhaps a little celeb spotting too.
Located just off of the fabled Florida Keys coastline, Little Palm Island is easily the most exclusive of all Keys hotels, where guests can truly switch off and unwind, and have every whim catered for by the team of welcoming and efficient staff.
Air-conditioned thatched bungalow suites are linked by crushed shell pathways, and scattered within six acres of tropical gardens just steps from a white sandy beach. All have private terraces on which to while away hours in the sea breeze, enjoying a signature 'Gumpy Slumber' cocktail, and outdoor showers with bamboo screens. Most bathrooms include hot tubs, some of which sit under decadent chandeliers, whilst all suites include spacious lounges. Guests of Island Elegance, Island Romance and Island Grand Suites are even met with chilled champagne upon arrival.
The Dining Room at Little Palm Island offers a menu of 'French-pan-Latin' fare, under the watchful eye of executive chef Roly Cruz-Taura. Expect plenty of fresh seafood with a latin twist, including the delicious Yellowtail snapper ceviche, with passion fruit and coconut gelee. Little Palm Island aims to personalise the stay of every guest, and so dining is not restricted to The Dining Room - lounge in Suite, or opt for a private dining experience on the island, perhaps beachfront dining at Sandy Point, lit by the glow of Tiki Torches.
SpaTerre offers a range of treatments to soothe body and mind, from Asian inspired massages and body scrubs, to the unique Madrugada Water Massage which includes a seashell massage, with the soothing sounds of the ocean, as waves lap the feet of the massage table.
Post spa pamper, lounge by the pool or on the powdery sand beach, retreat to the library, or enjoy yoga or meditation in the Zen garden. There's sure to be no noise to disrupt your Zen here, as Little Palm Island is an adult's only resort - sorry parents.
If all that relaxation becomes too much, there is plenty to keep the more active souls occupied too. Complimentary water sports include kayaking, kite boarding, diving and snorkelling. Guests can travel further afield to swim with dolphins at Marathon Key, enjoy a deep sea fishing experience, or view the bird life at the Great White Heron Wildlife Refuge. Island hopping dreams can also be accommodated with cruises on a 38ft catamaran, for an afternoon sail, sunset cruise or private island dinner experience.
Why we love it
It's tough to find a relaxing island idyll which offers an off-grid escape, without the need for an arduous journey. Little Palm Island does just that - a two hour drive plus boat crossing will see guests arriving from Miami international airport.
Will, Original Traveller