800 ‘keys’ make up this geographical region, spread across 180 miles and all connected by a web of 42 bridges. It has the most sea turtle nests in the US (plus a world-leading sea turtle hospital) and a coastline proliferated by artificial reefs, many of which were created by sunken ships. Of the islands in the archipelago, Key West is the most famous and lauded for its nightlife. While Key Largo (the second best-known), features in the lyrics of the Beach Boys song ‘Kokomo’, as a quintessential tropical paradise. These are our favourite resorts on the glitzy Florida Keys.
Baker’s Cay Resort Key Largo, Curio Collection by Hilton
A coastal theme blends with a Tiki style and contemporary island living at this resort on the edge of the Everglades. The family-friendly poolside has its own waterfall and a mobile food truck serving ‘snacks and sips’, or there’s an adult-only swimming area and guests can make use of the private white sandy beach with a host of watersports. Fishing excursions are popular – take part in the hook-and-cook programme to bring your catch back to the kitchen, where the chefs will prepare it for you. Pets are especially welcome too, the hotel even has its own Director of Pet Relations!
The Reach Key West, Curio Collection by Hilton
Facing out onto the Atlantic, The Reach has Key West’s only natural sand private beach – and the ocean is right beside the hotel’s poolside, which features a floating gazebo. Seafood, steaks and chops are specialities at the restaurant, Four Marlins, however, guests also have access to the dining options at its sister property, Casa Marina. Sunday brunch at The Reach is famous, taken indoors or on the patio (both have incredible sweeping views). 150 modern bedrooms feature shell headboards, bathrooms with abstract art, and private balconies. This resort is a short walk to the heart of the action, yet far enough away to feel peaceful.