From the busy road, you can’t see much, just a long driveway leading to a resort that is nowhere near the action of Old Town. But don’t judge just yet. With a free shuttle, pastel-painted villas, white picket porches, and onsite watersports like few resorts can offer, you’ll soon see you’ve made a wise choice.
Spacious guestroom, suite, or villa? Relax, it’s all good. With glorious splashes of island color, from sunset red to key lime green, the décor is upscale tropical in every way. Larger units have fully equipped kitchens, smaller units a mini fridge. Bedding is comfortable and your view can be of the water or the stately palms. All have Wi-Fi, flat screens, and a Keurig coffee maker. The colorful, hand-painted furniture makes the whole room feel happy.
Your typical upgraded bathroom with painted walls, modern vanities, good lighting, walk-in shower, and sought-after L'Occitane products. It's spacious and the makeup mirror comes in handy.
If you've been to Oceans Edge Resort on Stock Island, it's like déjà vu. Gorgeous striped wood floors, impressive art on all the walls, a concierge desk, and a walk-up check-in counter. It's like getting to visit an art gallery.
Four pools onsite, and we bet you've never seen anything quite like them. Besides sparkling with lots of wood loungers topped with comfy, colorful cushions, each is surrounded in total lushness by tropical foliage. And popping out of the foliage is a collection of outdoor whimsical art that adds an element of fun to your poolside retreat. Not to mention, to get to each pool area, you'll enter through a unique wooden door--hung amid the flowers, trees, and vines.
No spa onsite.
For the size of the resort (5 acres), the fitness center is small and boring. A few treadmills, some weights, a water cooler and a few towels on a shelf. No TV, no extra anything, no views.
Cafe Blue has a full liquor bar that's open from 11 a.m. to about sunset.
Take the free shuttle to Duval and then walk from there. You can walk to some of the local stores from your resort.
Hogfish Bar & Grill (8-minute drive) is a local hangout known for their hogfish sandwich. Seven Fish (8-minute drive) is an out of the way corner place with fresh fish dishes and good key lime cheesecake. El Siboney (6-minute drive) is THEE place for great Cuban food, homemade every day, like your Abuela used to make. It's also super affordable.
The Rum Bar (8-minute drive) is in the lobby of the Speak Easy Inn is a must-do for rum lovers. The bar tenders are excellent and can make you anything. Louie's Backyard (8-minute drive) is known for its food but it also has a bar upstairs where you can get appetizers and good cocktails. Schooner's Wharf Bar (8-minute drive) has great music and an outdoor patio perfect for dancing the day (or night) away. It's a local favorite.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Parrot Key is hidden luxury, and a haven among the crowds and noise of the city. The buildings are architecturally exactly what you hope to see here with their conch-style clapboard exteriors, bright Adirondack chairs, gingerbread trim, and white picket-fenced lined paths. It's so serene and tropical, you won't even mind being far from the Key West hot spots.
For families, this is an excellent choice because you can choose a large 3-bedroom unit and stay in total comfort (and keep what happens on Duval Street, on Duval Street). While the quietude might not be what you thought you wanted, after you've had it, you'll look forward to returning to your off-the-path paradise.