The luxurious Little Palm Island Resort & Spa underwent a soft reopening recently following a complete redesign and rebuild. This came almost two and a half years after Hurricane Irma ravaged the 4-acre island off Little Torch Key in the Lower Florida Keys.
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 up to 60 guests. Each suite boasts a private sundeck plus an outdoor shower or copper tub.
“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 each feature crystal chandeliers, a king bed and deep claw-foot tub.
Guests are greeted with the resort’s complimentary 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.
Suites are priced from $1,500 per night (approx. £1,166), with a 12.5 per cent resort fee applicable. Included within the nightly rate are amenities such as landside valet parking and motor vessel transfers, non-alcoholic minibar beverages, Wi-Fi and non-motorised water sports.
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.
“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.