Little Palm Island – Tahiti Style Luxury in Florida

February 8, 2009 | By | 2 Replies More
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If you’ve ever yearned to experience the lush verdant beauty of Tahiti, but don’t want to fly half way around the world, take heart – a visit to Little Palm Island is about as close to tropical nirvana as you can find in the continental USA.

Your journey to this island paradise begins on Little Torch Key where the concierge reception center greets you and a classic motor yacht awaits to whisk you on a 15 minute cruise across the bay to 5 acre/5 star Little Palm Island.  Cheerful staff members meet you on the dock and personally escort you to one of the 15 luxurious thatched-roofed bungalows or grand suites.  Take a deep breath and leave your cares behind – you’re about to be pampered in grand style.

Each of the bungalows have gorgeous ocean views, are surrounded with lush tropical landscaping and are handsomely decorated in deep sensual tones.  Dramatic four poster beds are draped in fine white netting and stand VERY tall – I’d need a step ladder to even think about bouncing into one!  And you’ll love the private outdoor shower enclave that wraps you in bamboo, vines and warm fragrant breezes.  You’ll find every amenity for a romantic interlude inside the bungalows, and will never miss a TV, alarm clock or telephone (which are intentionally missing), although the resort does have complimentary Wifi throughout. Little Palm Island welcomes guests over the age of 16, and because of the local Key Deer population, does not allow pets on the island.

Strolling along the island’s meandering pathways reveals delightful pockets of indulgence.  The Spa Terre invites you into its Zen Garden and Palpa Point Pavilion where you’ll be pampered and soothed.  Up the bend and around the corner brings you to a perfectly sculpted half-moon white sand beach where rainbow colored adult water toys invite you to frolic in the turquoise waters.  Or recline by the lagoon-style pool to your heart’s content.  You’ll also find discreet hollows where hammocks swing, chaises beckon, and there’s even a giant chess set with tiki thrones inviting you to challenge your partner.  And of course, the island wouldn’t be complete without a  wonderful library cottage filled with great reads and a wide screen TV for anyone who just can’t miss the important game.

Perhaps the most memorable part of your stay will revolve around the restaurant, Monkey Hut lounge and outdoor terraces.  Dining on Little Palm Island is a wonderful culinary treat.  As I popped open the menu, my eyes went blink, blink, blink as I read the full page of exotic caviar selections (and their jaw dropping prices!).  We’re talking gourmet dining with a capital ‘G’ here folks – refined, but never stuffy and completely delicious.

The night becomes magical on Little Palm Island.  As the tiki torches are lit and the Buddhist gong entreats you to gather on the dock for the sunset ceremony.  Twinkling lights sparkle below the dock bringing in pools of brightly colored tropical fish, and live entertainment plays each evening in the cocktail lounge.  Dine in the moonlight, sit by the fire pit or dance the night away with your special someone – you’ll never forget a visit to Little Palm Island.

Have a look at my photo slide show of the island.

Now that I’ve filled you with superlatives, there are a few straight facts you’ll need to know.  Getting to Little Palm takes some maneuvering as it’s located in the lower Florida Keys.  You can fly into Miami, Marathon or Key West, and then arrange for a car service or rental car to take you to Little Torch Key.  Room rates are not for the faint of heart – pricing at Little Palm Island is commiserate with the top luxury resorts around the world.

Here’s the good news. Anyone can enjoy an excursion to Little Palm Island while they’re staying in the Florida Keys, by making a luncheon reservation by calling the Concierge desk at 305-872-2524.  Non-guests can take the complimentary boat launch to the island and indulge in an elegant, leisurely lunch.  Although most of the island is reserved for hotel guests, you’ll be able to enjoy the restaurant’s creative menu and take in some of the dazzling ocean views.  Attire for visitors is ‘country club casual’.

If you’re looking for a destination that drips with romance and luxury, look no further than Little Palm Island in the Florida Keys.

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