March 2020: Little Palm Island Resort & Spa is scheduled for a soft reopening the Sunday 1st March, almost two and one-half years after Hurricane Irma ravaged the 4-acre island off Little Torch Key in the Lower Florida Keys, following a complete redesign and rebuild.
Accessible only by boat or seaplane, the exclusive adults-only property is part of Noble House Hotels & Resorts and features a British Colonial design with 30 thatched-roof bungalow suites, accommodating a maximum of 60 guests. The air-conditioned and non-smoking suites offer minibars, Wi-Fi, a coffee display, private sundecks and outdoor showers or copper tubs.
“We’ve invested a lot of careful thought and attention to details in rebuilding Little Palm Island to retain elements loved by guests while ushering in sophisticated new design elements and amenities,” said general manager Kevin Geanides. “We are also thrilled to welcome back 50 percent of our staff and many local sellers.”
Described as among the “most exclusive accommodations in the Florida Keys,” the two 1,020-square-foot Island Premier suites — ideal for honeymooners — each offers a private fire pit and four-poster bed. Two 1,000-square-foot Island Grand suites feature travertine flooring, crystal chandeliers, a king bed and deep claw-foot tub.
Guests are greeted with the resort’s signature “Gumby Slumber” rum and coconut cocktail. The Dining Room, overseen by Miami-raised Chef Daniel Ganem, is split by a 360-degree bar. An intimate six-person “chef’s table” experience can be reserved.
Dock slips can accommodate vessels up to 120 feet long with a 6-foot draft.
Suites are priced from $1,500 per night, with a 12.5% resort fee, and include a welcome cocktail, landside valet parking and motor vessel transfers, non-alcoholic minibar beverages, Wi-Fi, use of a fitness centre, non-motorised water sports, nightly turndown and gratuities.
Little Palm Island is the final Florida Keys property to reopen after Irma. Almost all other affected properties resumed welcoming guests less than a year after Irma passed through the island chain in September 2017. The resort is to mark its formal reopening in mid-March.
“Throughout the Keys, all of the new and renovated properties are providing a fresh, contemporary luxury experience for our visitors,” said Jim De Keyrel, director of sales for the 125-mile-long island destination.
For more information on Little Palm Island, visit: littlepalmisland.com
For more information on the Florida Keys & Key West, visit www.fla-keys.co.uk