500 yards off the bar-hopping scene of Key West, rests the secluded 27 tropical-acres of Sunset Key. On this tranquil little key you will find the Sunset Key Cottages – 2, 3 and 4 bedroom luxurious cottages.
This is a ‘Luxury Collection Resort’, so I was delighted when told, on a recent trip, that I would be staying here for three nights. I found myself ferried to the Sunset Key from the Westin Key West Resort and Marina; it’s just a 7-minute ride.
This was definitely ‘paradise found’, and an amazing experience for three days.
Each cottage is custom designed and fully equipped for the sophisticated traveler. The pastel-coloured rooms are impeccably appointed with Caribbean influences and wrap-around verandas.
There are courtyards set in jasmine scented gardens, a spa, fitness centre, swimming pool and tennis courts along with heavenly beaches.
Each morning I was amazed to find a breakfast basket had been delivered to my front porch which included freshly baked muffins, croissants, fruit and jam.
Latitudes Restaurant, open for lunch and dinner, serves fresh island cuisine. We had a delicious dinner at the restaurant one evening where exquisite island cuisine (yellowtail snapper, Ceviche, beef tenderloin) is served indoors or alfresco with “toes-in-the-sand’ overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.
I found the bar was the most relaxing place to finish the day with a smart cocktail; while enjoying lovely views of the ocean and incredible sunsets.
So if you like a laid-back lifestyle, luxury, and demand the best, this is the place for you. It was voted a 2014 Member Favourite Resort for ‘Best Small Luxuries’ and 2013 ‘Winners for Family Travel’ by Travel and Leisure Magazine.
Sunset Key Cottages, just 150 miles south of Miami (90 miles from Cuba), is considered the ‘gateway to the Caribbean’.
Hotel Details: Sunset Key Cottages Luxury Collection (Starwood Property) 245 Front Street, Key West, Tel: (305) 292-5300 or go to www.sunsetkeycottages.com.
Rates start at $950 + night.
Disclaimer: My stay was hosted by Sunset Key Cottages and Florida Keys Tourism. All opinions expressed in this article are my own.