The Moorings Village
MM 81.6 OS, 123 Beach Rd., Islamorada, Florida 33036, USA
It’s all about privacy and solitude at this stunning oceanfront property. Eighteen superb Keys-style cottages are spread over 18 lush acres, so you’ve got plenty of breathing room, and one of the largest private beaches in the Keys just steps from your cottage.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Housekeeping only comes if you request them, with at least a day’s notice.
Great care has been taken to create a classic, maritime ambiance with exceptional comfort. While the cottages vary in size and décor, all are high-end yet inviting, and the plantation-style porches are perfect for lazing the days away in shaded comfort. Fully equipped kitchens, Wi-Fi and flat screen TVs modernize your stay.
We are partial to the 2/2 Albright cottage as it occupies a corner at the far end of the property.
Artistic tile work, glass enclosed shower, some offer a large soaking tub, but all have soft, monogrammed waffle robes, and plush towels.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The colorful shutters on the outside of the window might make you feel uncomfortable, privacy-wise, while doing your business. Simply close the plantation blinds on the inside of the bathroom for doubt-free discretion.
This white clapboard cottage-style home, with its cheery accents of blue and green on the door and shutters, is the perfect intro to your sumptuous stay. Park on the brick pavers beneath the enormous shade trees then step inside. Fruit-infused water, an upscale gift shop, and genuinely friendly staff await you.
Surrounded by a white picket fence, green foliage, fantastic palms, and fuchsia bougainvillea, you’ll thoroughly enjoy lounging here. And at 82’ in length, and heated, you’ll also love swimming here. Teak adjustable loungers with padded cushions and pool towels are at the ready.
By appointment only, book a massage with Amy at the spa house, or enjoy your treatment on the beach under the Tiki; curtains provide privacy. Her specialty is a Kobido Japanese facial ritual.
Follow the pathways to the fitness center and you'll find a decent space with a large treadmill, bike, weights, balls, and a water cooler.
There is no dining onsite, but they suggest Pierre’s and The Beach Club, located across busy US1. Several other restaurants are within walking distance, and some will deliver to your door.
No bars onsite, and no mini bars in the room.
While there is a staggering 1,100 feet of oceanfront, and there are plenty of teak loungers, remember that Keys’ sand is not soft. The coral reef just offshore is the reason--it prevents sand from washing on shore, instead, it’s finely ground coral.
With such a great location, you can walk to many shops and restaurants. Parking is not a problem in Islamorada (unlike Key West) so driving your own vehicle is always as option, as is an Uber. There is no shuttle service.
Chef Michael’s (4-minute walk) is one of the best restaurants around, specializing in fresh seafood, prime steaks, and a great Sunday brunch. Ma’s Fishcamp (5-minute walk) is an affordable option for lunch and dinner and feature daily fish specials. A local favorite for breakfast, lunch, and dinner is the Bayside Gourmet (4-minute drive). They've got good pizza, salads, and the best Grouper Reuben sandwich.
Florida Keys Brewing Company (2-minute walk) is a little place with local craft beer brewed onsite. The Lounge at Pierre’s (3-minute walk) is on the bottom floor of Pierre’s restaurant. Sit indoors at the bar or on sofas, or outdoors on the patio.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Imagine an entire stand of coconut palms, so elegantly bent, and curving every which way (this was a former coconut plantation so they're blessed with an abundance). But you’ve also got a 180-degree view of the Atlantic. And not just a view, but access. Walk on in, launch a kayak or hunt for seashells--just watch for hermit crabs--you’ll think a seashell is empty and a half hour later something is moving in your pocket. The cottages are so serene and set back from each other, it is a welcome treat to not be on top of your neighbors. One cool phenomenon is how bursts of colors appear inside the cottage from the colorful shutters that adorn the outside. The color just seeps through with the sunlight. Now, imagine, sitting comfortably on your porch, listening to the waves, and the fronds of the palms rustling in the wind. No one is there to care if you're in sweat pants. It's just you and your million dollar view. Who knew serenity could be so enjoyable?
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