Ira De Ritis

Casa Morada

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  • 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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Casa Morada
Casa Morada The pool.

The pool.

Casa Morada Fresh, delicious fare like the Burrata Caprese served poolside or en-suite.

Fresh, delicious fare like the Burrata Caprese served poolside or en-suite.

Casa Morada Lush gardens by Raymond Jungles inspire a loyal following among many.

Lush gardens by Raymond Jungles inspire a loyal following among many.

Casa Morada Casa Morada’s Garden House peaking out behind from lush gardens.

Casa Morada’s Garden House peaking out behind from lush gardens.

Casa Morada The gazebo-come-game room is perfect for cocktails, reading or a scrabble match.

The gazebo-come-game room is perfect for cocktails, reading or a scrabble match.

Casa Morada In-room amenities by Malin + Goetz.

In-room amenities by Malin + Goetz.

Casa Morada Designed to embrace the scenery, indoor/outdoor spaces abound. Bicycles are provided for guests at reception.

Designed to embrace the scenery, indoor/outdoor spaces abound. Bicycles are provided for guests at reception.

Casa Morada The refreshing ‘Casatini’ and aptly named ‘Sake at Sunset.’

The refreshing ‘Casatini’ and aptly named ‘Sake at Sunset.’

Casa Morada Sol Sister – the Casa’s adorable vessel is available for a sail on Islamorada Bay with local historian Captain Bill.

Sol Sister – the Casa’s adorable vessel is available for a sail on Islamorada Bay with local historian Captain Bill.

Casa Morada 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.

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.

The Barometer

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  • Life Changing

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

    2003

  • Designed By

    Outdoor gardens by Raymond Jungles.

  • Health & Wellness

    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.

  • 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.

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