by: Ira De Ritis
A quick weekend escape to re-charge
Me and my photog. (a.k.a. hubby), Pablo De Ritis.
Fresh, delicious fare like the Burrata Caprese served poolside or en-suite.
Lush gardens by Raymond Jungles inspire a loyal following among many.
Casa Morada’s Garden House peaking out behind from lush gardens.
The gazebo-come-game room is perfect for cocktails, reading or a scrabble match.
In-room amenities by Malin + Goetz.
Designed to embrace the scenery, indoor/outdoor spaces abound. Bicycles are provided for guests at reception.
The refreshing ‘Casatini’ and aptly named ‘Sake at Sunset.’
Sol Sister – the Casa’s adorable vessel is available for a sail on Islamorada Bay with local historian Captain Bill.
Legend has it Islamorada was dubbed ‘Isla Moroda’ (purple island) by its first Spanish explorers who became memorized by the ethereal purple + orange sunsets. No filter needed.
Highs + Lows
Privacy – Casa Morada’s private island is for hotel guests only. Typical Keys tourist traffic is not on the guest list.
Only 1.5 hour drive from Miami, Casa Morada’s laid-back vibe is worlds away from the buzz of the city. 48 breezy hours is a game-changer…and a post Art Basel Miami Beach recovery must.
Included daily, the ‘Casa’ Breakfast offers fresh tropical fruit, pastries, cereals, yogurt, juice and coffee + tea. Gluten free options are available on request. Have your breakfast in bed for a $5 service charge.
Complimentary amenities/activities: bicycles, bocce ball, snorkeling gear, yoga, kayaks and paddleboards are all included.
Not known for its beaches, Islamorada can’t compete with other tropical destinations. What it lacks in sand it makes up for with uninterrupted views of the sea.
Food and beverage service ends at sunset at the hotel. On weekends, local dining hot spots fill up quickly and close early. Have the hotel make dinner reservations on booking, not check-in.
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‘Luxe-enough’ barefoot-boho tropical.
Secluded and intimate. Casa Morada is tucked off Florida’s iconic Overseas Highway, 90 miles between Miami and Key West. A quick drive or bike ride from local dining, fishing and diving spots.
16 suites, each has an outdoor space (some with private showers).
Mostly serene silence, chill/lounge music at sunset, crickets at bedtime.
- Year Opened
- Designed By
Outdoor gardens by Raymond Jungles.
Pool + man-made beach. No gym, but plenty of outdoor activities to burn off the conch-fritters.
The poolside gazebo serves fresh salads and light bites.
Also available poolside is a nice selection of wine, champagne, bottled beer and creative sake cocktails. Last call is at sunset.
Basic, with the essentials: a local beer (Key West Sunset Ale) + Red Stripe + mini Veuve.
On the house.
The hotel’s lazy romantic vibe suggests a weekend trip to Grandma’s. Besides, kids under 16 are not allowed.
A touch pricey, but justified. Rooms are simple and the hotel’s food and beverage closes at sunset, but the privacy, secluded location, and modern concept is a rare find for the Keys.
In the Area
Daily sunset in the gazebo.
US-1, Key West, FL 33040
Wind the afternoon down with a chess game or scrabble match.
Casa Morada, Madeira Road, Islamorada, FL, United States
Hotel Location: 136 Madeira Rd, Islamorada, FL 33036