Ira De Ritis

Casa Morada

with Ira De Ritis
  • Where:Florida Keys

  • Why:A quick weekend escape to re-charge

  • When:August 2014

  • Who:Me and my photog. (a.k.a. hubby), Pablo De Ritis.

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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.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Life Changing

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Overall Value

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

Total: 40/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Boutique hotel

  • Vibe

    ‘Luxe-enough’ barefoot-boho tropical.

  • Location

    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.

  • Rooms

    16 suites, each has an outdoor space (some with private showers).

  • Music

    Mostly serene silence, chill/lounge music at sunset, crickets at bedtime.

  • Year Opened


  • Designed By

    Outdoor gardens by Raymond Jungles.

  • Pool/Gym

    Pool + man-made beach. No gym, but plenty of outdoor activities to burn off the conch-fritters.

  • Restaurant

    The poolside gazebo serves fresh salads and light bites.

  • Bar

    Also available poolside is a nice selection of wine, champagne, bottled beer and creative sake cocktails. Last call is at sunset.

  • Minibar

    Basic, with the essentials: a local beer (Key West Sunset Ale) + Red Stripe + mini Veuve.

  • Wifi

    On the house.

  • Children

    The hotel’s lazy romantic vibe suggests a weekend trip to Grandma’s. Besides, kids under 16 are not allowed.

  • Price

    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.

Wind the afternoon down with a chess game or scrabble match.

Daily sunset in the gazebo.

US-1, Key West, FL 33040

Wind the afternoon down with a chess game or scrabble match.

Casa Morada

Casa Morada, Madeira Road, Islamorada, FL, United States

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