Cheeca Lodge and Spa

Cheeca Lodge and Spa
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81801 Overseas Hwy
Islamorada, Florida 33036
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Reviewed by Candyce Stapen

Cheeca Lodge is a 27-acre gem full of Florida Keys flair that's known for bone-fishing, eco-sensitivity, and groundbreaking kids' programs. Located 20 miles south of Key Largo, Cheeca Lodge fronts the Atlantic and features a patch of protected beach, a rarity in the Keys. The décor of the 199 handsome rooms and suites incorporates a dash of Hemingway plus a splash of the tropics. Adding even more "atmosphere," headstones from a historic pioneer cemetery dot parts of the

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Cheeca Lodge & Spa is located on 27 oceanfront acres on Upper Matecumbe Key in the Village of Islamorada, approximately 78 miles south of Miami International Airport and 80 miles from Key West.
The property's amenities include a palm-lined beach, 525-foot wooden fishing pier, two heated swimming pools, saltwater lagoon stocked with native fish, full line of water sports, award-winning Camp Cheeca for kids, six lighted tennis courts, and a par-3 golf course.
The award-winning Atlantic's Edge Restaurant serves elegant dinners featuring fresh seafood and steaks with panoramic views of the ocean. Limoncello offers guests bold Italian cuisine with a rustic flare. From the moment you enter into the authentically chic atmosphere of the newly designed dining room, the Tuscan experience begins. Ocean views through 10 foot glass doors framed in mahogany perfectly complement the earthy tones and casually polished surroundings. Limoncello's menu flawlessly combines southern, central, and northern Italian gastronomy, while embracing a personal rustic touch. The Nikai Sushi Bar offers fresh delectable sushi rolls and sashimi, Asian appetizers and entrees, at an exclusive 12 seat sushi bar. For a more casual experience, join us at the outdoor beach bar and deck for tropical drinks and light fare. During the day, butler service is also available poolside and on the beach.
The Spa at Cheeca offers an array of indoor and outdoor spa treatments for singles and couples, as well as facials, custom massage therapies, aromatherapy, and body treatments. A fitness room, steam rooms, adult-only swimming pool and butler-serviced cabanas, selection of indoor and outdoor fitness classes, and spa boutique complete the amenities.
Most of Cheeca's 214 guestrooms and suites feature plasma screen televisions, DVD and CD players, ceiling fans, complimentary bottled water, turndown service, hairdryers, irons and ironing boards, designer toiletries, and bathrobes. Some rooms may also feature screened patios, or open air balconies, with and table and chairs.
The property charges a mandatory $39 amenity fee per room which includes: tennis (court usage, racquets, balls), golf (green fees, clubs, and balls), fishing rods, beach cabanas, sea kayaks, bicycles, fitness studio, spa yoga & Pilates classes, DVD movie rental, lobby Internet stations, wireless Internet, valet parking, in-room Starbucks coffee service, in-room bottled water, housekeeping gratuity, daily newspaper, guest fax service, local and toll-free calls.
PLEASE NOTE: The Resort Fee is paid directly to property and is NOT included in the rate.

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