Little Palm Island
28500 Overseas Highway, Little Torch Key, Florida, 33042, United States
Exclusive and romantic
Resort was originally where PT 109 was filmed. Bungalows start at $3500.00/week (low season) and go up to over $8K/week. Obviously, it is A/I.
Unique Quality: Accessed only by boat.
Directions: by boat from Little Torch Key
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I don't have enough money to dine here. The resort is supposed to be very romantic and exclusive. The island can only be accessed by launch, so you have to have reservations. The backdrops for the JFK movie PT 109 were constructed on this island. A brunch starts at $40 per person
Protected Hawk Channel Anchorage
From Miami, the ICW goes down the west side of the Keys. Most services and anchorages are on that side. But the channel is too shallow in some places for us to feel comfortable in it.
In any case, the ICW crosses over from the west side in Marathon (going under 7 mile bridge), and goes down the (by this time) south side in Hawk Channel. There's really only one protected anchorage that we can get into and that's passing by Little Palm Island and going up by the bridge between Big Pine and Little Torch Keys in New Found Harbor.
What can I say?!?! Everything about Little Palm Island was incredible and impeccable - esp the service. Beginning with driver Chris picking us up in Key West to take us to the boat to Little Palm Island we knew we were headed somewhere special. At the boat dock, we were greeted with the Little Palm special drink (very potent!). The boat ride was lovely- too short! Upon arrival on the island, we were told our room would not be ready until 4 or 5. We headed straight to the beach and instantly relaxed. Although we were perfectly content with not unpacking and settling into our room, the manager felt so badly about the delay that when we finally checked into our room, there was a chilled bottle of champagne waiting for us. The resort is very exclusive in an unsnooty, unpretentious way. The guests were all friendly, most there for a weekend jaunt (and all age ranges- we are 30 and did not feel too young). Food was great- got a little repetitive at dinner but definitely high quality. Still dream about the crab cakes served at lunch. Also, definitely recommend the modified meal plan. Although the beach is small and is not a swimming beach, it was perfect for us to lie out and go swimming in the heated pool. Service on the beach was unbeatable. We simply stuck a flag into the sand and the beach attendant brought us food or drinks immediately (and she was so nice too!). This is not a place for people who constantly need activity. Activities are limited to boating, snorkeling, using the small fitness center and getting spa treatments. The spa was lovely but definitely pricey- loved the outdoor couples massage. Little Palm was the most romantic vacation spot. I can't wait to return!
From the moment we checked into the resort on Little Torch Key, my husband and I felt we were "VIP's" to the staff. This one night stay was a special birthday gift to my now 50 year old husband as part of a longer birthday vacation to the Keys. We were graciously met at the hotel's check-in center on Little Torch Key and provided with complimentary drinks while we awaited the arrival of the boat to take us to Little Palm Island. We quickly fell into the "no worries" lifestyle, being pampered from the beginning. My husband and I are seasoned travelers and we have noted in the past that it usually takes 3-4 days of vacation for us to unwind from our daily hectic lifestyles, finally achieving relaxation. Not so at Little Palm Island! - sumptious serenity was achieved quickly on this island paradise. The accomodations are a treat for the senses - luxury while appearing rustic, the cabana has an old Florida vernacular design and includes a thatched roof, bamboo, an outdoor shower and a romantic netting canopy on the bed. The Birthday Guy enjoyed a great massage at SpaTerre before luxurating in the outdoor shower, changing for dinner. The dining staff, knowing that it was my husband's birthday, arranged for us to dine on the beach by torch light, where we viewed a most spectacular sunset. The next day we lounged by the small beach and used the complimentary kayaks to explore around the island. All in all, I felt the 24 hour experience was well worth the price tag and we look forward to returning for a longer stay in the near future.
Little Palm Islan is great. We were lucy enough to stay three nights and leaving was the hardest part. The food is great along with the classic bungalow style room but the highlight is the service and the chance to "get lost and do nothing" Live music every night and all the amenities you could hope for. I strongly reccomend LPI to anyone who loves sun and relaxation.
Expected grand honeymoon, disappointed in quality of rooms.
This property is lovely and the island solitude is wonderful. But the rooms are small and dark and we could hear the neightbors next door. The linens were not luxurious as one would expect for the $1300. per night rate. The pillows were so hard and huge we had to ask for the lovely down that was advertised in the gift shop section of the Little Palm website. We stay in luxury hotels around the world, this is not a luxury hotel. The last guest's soap was still in the soap dish in the tub, which had bits of mold in the very old cracked grout. I expected much more for a mid life honeymoon. Our package rate was $5,000 for three nights and we were dismayed to find they charged us for the cappuccinos we ordered with our included breakfast. $15. for two cappucinos is ridiculous when one is paying that much for three nights. We wish we had made another choice for our special time together.
You get what you pay for. Everything from the boat ride to the dinners on the beach was amazing. We took out a 14' boston whaler w/ a fully packed luch and a bottle of wine. What else can you ask for. As for the prices-just don't look at it and enjoy yourself
My husband and I just returned from a 2 night stay at LPI. The best part was the boat rid to and from the island! It was not a bad experience, we had a nice time but for $1000+ a night, we expected a good deal more than what was delivered.
The room was nice but in need of an update. The bathroom had cracked tiles and we were not given replacements on our bathroom amenities the second day we were there and were running low on shampoo. Also, we were able to hear our neighbors in the next hut which was disturbing when we wanted to be lulled to sleep by the ocean and breezes. While there was a room satisfaction survey given to us at the end of our stay, no envelope was provided so I wonder if the staff wanted to really know our feedback.
The restaurant (there is only one option for dinner) is mediocre at best and quite expensive. We would not mind the prices at all, especially at a place like this but would expect a certain quality of food preparation. Lunch was especially bland.
On the plus side, it is a relaxing place and the opportunities for nature viewing are plentiful. Staff overall seemed to be nice not outstanding but no major complaints. The place as a whole also appeared to be rather manufactured. With so many other incredible places to stay, I would suggest that people go somewhere else!
2002 Trip - Part 1 - Protected Anchorage
"Jan 6, 2002 - Leaving Boca Chica"
For the beginning of 2002, I reset the GPS to zero. We cast off from Boca Chica about 10, and motored over to Oceanside Marina for fuel -got 22 gallons of diesel and motored out into the channel, which was easy to see in the sun - so no danger of running aground. There's a lot of wind, and Bob put up the sails and turned off the engine. The sky clouded over and the water turned a milky yellow-green. A line of thunderstorms was reported.
The line of thunderstorms went by about 1310 - I had gotten Bob to pull in the jib, but was not able to get him to put down the cockpit curtains. The wind shifted after the squalls went by and Bob put up the staysail and turned on the engine.
When we got to Newfound Harbor, we motored in past the Little Palm Island resort (only access by boat) where they filmed PT 109. Now it's a very exclusive place.
Bob wanted to anchor out by the channel, but we had great difficulty finding a spot with enough water where the anchor would hold. Finally a dinghy came up to us with a Favio type guy and his girlfriend. He was on a boat called CATNIP (an Irwin) that we had seen in Fernandina. He told us where we should go to anchor up by the highway, so we followed his advice and were anchored after 28.9 nm.
"January 7-8, 2002 - Next Marathon"
We had dinner in the cockpit and a llittle shore bird came aboard and walked around the edge of the boat.
Jan 7-8. The weather was too bad to move for two days. The yellow and green houseboat that was anchored up closer to the land left on the 7th. The ketch with the blue hull and light blue stripe from Canada left before us. The yellow tri is still here, but the trawler that was here had also left.
As we motored out of the channel about 0900, we saw that a boat that came in yesterday and anchored down near the end was a CSY like ours named SIRENA DEL MAR, and we had some conversation with him on the radio. When we passed the blue ketch, it appeared to be aground, and was listing. I think they tried to cut the corner out to the channel.
Next stop, Marathon
Little Palm from our boat
Hi! My husband and I are in our late twenties and were wondering if anyone knew and low key romantic areas for our 3 year anniversary. We live in Tampa so we have been to the surrounding beaches like Clearwater,St.Peterburg,Anna Maria, Siesta Keys and Caladesi Island. We have thought about going to Key West by taking the ferry from Ft. Myers but we hear that it's a younger crowd and mostly bars and shops. Plus, I hear it has gotten commercialized. Not that you can really get away from that these days. We only have three days so we don't want to drive for more that 4 hours. We are nature people but love our luxury at the same time. hehe.
Any advice would be appreciated!!
RE: Romantic Getaways
I was in Key West in Jan. What a tourist destination (trap). I would never go back. It is quaint in some areas but the downtown area, loud music, bars, drunks, loud cars, congestion, a romantic getway, no way you could certainly do better than Key West. To bad that this once beautiful and historic area has come to this.
RE: RE: Romantic Getaways
I agree with Phil on Key west however look here,
RE: RE: Romantic Getaways
Little Palm Island is very , very expensive!!!
We where at the East coast in Cocoa beach and really enjoy the area.
It is very laid back with a lot do do and not that far from you.Maria
RE: Romantic Getaways
You are young enough to enjoy recreation, so consider a trip to Marco Island where you can use jet-skis to explore the inland water ways on a day excurion, take another into the Everglades, and have dinner for two and dancing on the beach or waterfront. Look into staying at the Marriot Beach and Spa resort or the Radisson, both on the Gulf Shore side of Collier Blvd. The vendors who provide recreation opportunities are right out on the beach behind the Marriott.
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Address: 28500 Overseas Highway, Little Torch Key, Florida, 33042, United States