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Casual yet decidedly upscale is the best way to describe Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort. From the moment you enter the portico entryway, you can tell that the 1920 hotel is luxurious. Built by architects Thomas Hastings and John M. Carrere (who designed the Metropolitan Opera House and New York Public Library), it still maintains a Keys-like atmosphere, from the airy white lobby with large windows, hardwood floors and a coffered wood ceiling to the contemporary tropical furniture in each guest room. The rooms don’t do island kitsch; they are elegant, with dark wood and shades of tan mimicking the sand just outside.
The design style always goes back to the scenery — simply sitting at one of the oceanfront pools, or the Sun-Sun pool bar, and gazing around the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended property, it is easy to lose yourself in the beauty of it all.