A classic Keys resort
The first guest to stay at Cheeca Lodge & Spa after its construction in 1946 was President Harry Truman. Since then, the laidback resort, located on Islamorada in the Florida Keys, has hosted scores of other politicians (George H. W. Bush) and celebrities (Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward), as well as couples and families looking to get away from it all. After a devastating fire on New Year’s Eve in 2009, which started in the tiki bar and made its way into the hotel's elevator shaft, Cheeca Lodge had some major repairs to make. With that came a huge renovation, transforming the property into a luxurious escape.
Complete with a par-three executive golf course, six lit tennis courts, a rejuvenating spa and activities for the kids at Camp Cheeca, the Florida Keys hotel has all the makings of a fun getaway. Spend your time fishing from the 525-foot-long pier, indulge in a meal at one of three restaurants or simply lounge by the two heated pools and lagoon. If you prefer sand between your toes, there is 1,200 feet of clear blue water along the private beach.