Travel Blogs from Islamorada
Well, as you may have guessed from all previous posts, I am a very lazy person. I admit it... It is almost a month since I can back from America and yet I'm sending out blog posts NOW. I guess at least I'm doing it and not procrastinating anymore, that's the good thing! Okay, so where I left off was straight after Cape Canaveral and now we headed …
Vera and I were both in desperate need of a disconnect from our lives. I have been traveling way too much lately and found myself mentally and physically exhausted while Vera has been dealing with many challenges of her own at work and in her personal life.
Before I departed on my latest business trip to Holland I had asked Vera to look …
... stayed at the MacDill AFB FamCamp, just hanging out, exercising at the base gym and getting a winter tan.
We spent a day over in Tarpon Springs which is a really neat place and home to the largest community of Greek-Americans in the U.S., and those Greeks do know how to cook. I had a wonderful dish which consisted of meat and veggies wrapped up in grape leaves. It was awesome and gluten free! Russ had the Greek ...
... south Florida. The Keys, the Marco Island, Naples, Pine Island, Matlacha, and we also went on a Royal Caribbean cruise with our friends the Koontz's and visited Haiti, Jamaica, and Cozumel.
I think all in all it turned out to be a nice way to wind down our trip.
SO great to be back in the USA!!
Right now, Chari and I are in Islamorada just south of Key Largo, staying at our favorite place, Casa Morada. ...
... After making a run to the bathroom to wash our hands before touching anything we heading back to the room for another good nights sleep- this sea air is an amazing sleeping pill!!!!
Today we woke up to beautiful sun, not a cloud in the sky and a warm breeze coming off the Gul- good way to start the b-dayf. Thank you for all the B-day wishes everyone- certainly made me feel loved so far from home!
Craig surprised ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
- Swimming pool
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- Wheelchair accessibility
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Historical Traveler Reviews Islander Resort Islamorada
MY WEDDING AT THE ISLANDER RESORT
My husband & I just got married in March at the Islander Resort. My wedding was so spectacular! All of our guests stayed at the resort. The food was wonderful. The staff was so pleasant, and they catered to everyone's needs. The Food & Beverage Manager was so helpful in the planning of all my wedding details. My guests and I agreed, the Islander has the prettiest beach we have seen in the Keys. We are planning to return for our anniversary for a 2 week stay. In all my travels, I have never been so pleased as I am with the endless amenities & friendly staff at the Islander.
My family has stayed at the Islander for many years and loved each and every visit there until this past March. Our group of 8 (staying in 4 rooms paying $188/night for nearly a week) left feeling disgusted and cheated by management's misrepresentation of what would await our arrival at their facility. We were told that all the renovations would be complete (including a new fresh water pool with tiki-bar) by the time of our arrival. What we woke up to every morning was a lovely view of backhoes and port-a-potties between our rooms and the ocean. Had we been informed of this we might have still stayed there (out of loyalty and respect for honesty), but not for nearly $200 a night!! Evidently, the new owner holds his revenue generation in much higher regard than the satisfaction and trust of the very customers whose dollars put food on his table and enables him to drive around in his black Mercedes. I'm sure the resort will be truly magnificent upon completion, but the owner's/management's lack of honesty and integrity are truly disheartening and appalling. When our group approached the front desk to complain we were each given a $170 per room discount, but that doesn't even begin to approach adequate compensating for being taken advantage of by dishonest and greedy management and ownership. The Parrish/Parscarella Family
My stay at the islander resort was wonderful. They are under construction at this time, however, all the staff and management went out of there way to make us as comfortable as possible. The staff is friendly,helpful, and happy to be at their job. The property has the look and feel of old style florida. The rooms are all new, very clean, and the continental brekfast was great! My wife and i could easily stay here for a long time. The management is very helpful with any questions we had. They also had a welcome party for all guests during the x-mas week with free booze and food! Now thats not something you see everyday! With actions like this I am sure the Islander will be the premier resort in Islamorada. My wife and I plan on returning as soon as they get the Tiki Bar open. We know thats the place to be for service,atmosphere,great people and beautiful grounds.
Love the relaxed atmosphere
Have been going to the Islander for many years. Have enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and its great location in the Keys
Have stayed in many hotels in the Keys from Largo to Key West and have spent $200 per nite in some hotels. The Islander is where we now stay.
It is lower cost, but the rooms are clean, the A/C works, the rooms access their own beach directly, the two pools are great, and the beach is nice too. Each room has its own kitchen, so we save big on food costs by cooking ourselves. During the week, you have the place to yourself almost. Last time we stayed there though, it seemed all off of Miami's lower class showed up for the weekend and we had fights and loud drunken people right outside our room around the pools at 2AM.
Other than that one episode, we enjoy the location and will definetly go back in the future....
Sunsets are amazing!
Driving down on impulse to the Keys, we decided to stop in Islamorada as the area seemed quiet and peaceful. After one too many stops of low-season high-prices, we happened upon the Islander. At the time most of it was going under construction (11/02)and we were leery, but the front desk agent gave us a chance to look at two newly renovated rooms. Upon opening the door, we were surprised by the room having a "condo" look and feel. Open, airy and sliding doors which lead to a sandy backyard. There is a kitchen and utensils too. The water was hot and the a/c cold! The only thing we didn't approve of was the breakfast. Free, but not worth it. The front desk staff was rude. If you can bypass these things, its a great family place.
My first thought when we pulled up to the Islander was "I think I'd rather camp." The kids said it looked scary - I agreed. First impressions can be deceiving and I'm happy to say that was the case at the Islander. The room turned out to be very clean and had a lot of character - marble tile, high ceilings and jalousie windows. The view from the porch was fantastic - Atlantic ocean and swaying coconut palms. The kids ended up loving it. Between the two pools, fishing pier and piles of coconuts on the ground, they had plenty of things to keep them busy. As a matter of fact, they found so much to do that I was able to relax on the back porch with a glass of wine and watch the clouds drift over the palm trees. The Islander turned out to be a fantastic place. We will definitely go back.
Don't be fooled like me
The place may say its a resort but it may be the furthest thing from it. For the price that hopefully you won't pay, it is a ripoff. This place looks like a big cheap motel, not a resort. The office people are rude and wouldn't even give me a receipt on my bill. How ridiculous is that? Don't stay here.
Not so pretty
While visiting Islamorada recently, we went to look at this property. All I can say is that it was very rundown. The pools looked like they were well-maintained and the view of the ocean was nice enough, but the buildings and surrounding areas were in need of work.
Don't Get Your Hopes Up
My husband and I went to this "resort" thinking we were going to have our best vacation ever. Well our door was broke to our room. Which I found out when I tried to change because someone was looking in at me. Then we go to the phone in our room to call the front desk and tell them about it and to no surprise the phone was broke. The
oceanfront room we were promised was only oceanfront if you were over six feet tall and standing on your tippy toes. There was no kitchen just a refrigerator that didn't even have ice in it but they had ice trays. The a/c didn't work too well so we were sweating profusely. We are from Fl and
we still live here so we can deal with heat pretty good but for the amount of money we paid it wasn't worth it.