Little Palm Island Resort & Spa
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I was in a wedding party that took place at Little Palm Island on 2/28/04. It could not have been any better. The wedding coordinator took us on a tour of the island (only about 5 acres) after which we ate a delicious lunch on the beach. We then had our hair and makeup done at the island salon. The photo ops were endless and I watched as good friends were married during one of the most beautiful sunsets imaginable. The staff was friendly and attentive, even to those of us who were not staying on the island. The food was excellent (especially the pan seared tuna appetizer). And, as if on cue, a dwarf key deer came up to the deck during the reception and gladly ate flower buds out of our hands... incredible. I definitely would recommend this resort to anyone, especially wedding parties, and look forward to booking my own trip soon!
My wife and I had dinner at Little Palm Island's dining room on February 2, 2004 and will remember it always as the worst dining experience of our lives. The inattentive waiter dropped a full glass of wine on my wife's head and barely apologized. The rude hostess offered no assistance and my wife was left to dry off with napkins. She was freezing as she was wet to the underwear, yet nobody offered help. When we asked to move inside we were treated as troublemakers. A slice of pie offered as consolation was a joke for a $250 dinner. Having eaten in most of the best places in NYC and Long Island, I can reliably state that this place is no better than a truck stop, where you would certainly find more professional and courteous service. PS: The food was good but not great.
Not up to our expectations and very overpriced. The "beach" is nonexistent and not as advertised. Don't go here if you expect to be in the water. The food was expensive and unimaginative. We tried to eat dinner on our patio, but were overrun with flies. Our best friend on the island was a citronella candle. Save your money, choose another place.
Not up to expectations
Stayed for 3 nights end January. Very disappointing. First night tried to call housekeeping for fresh towels, no reply. Same with concierge, manager etc. Eventually spoke to very rude and abrupt individual.
Manager summoned from mainland at midnight. Seems nobody in authority on island after 10pm. In fairness, manager did compensate for the problems, but a simple answer to my call would have avoided everything.
Hardly top class. Food and general ambience OK except for coffee stained cups at breakfast. Rooms very tired indeed. Bathroom in particular (cracked tiles around bath, mold on bath caulking) plus cobwebs in bedroom and stains on the couch. The resort puts itself up at the top along with international resorts such as Aman, Oberoi and Banyan Tree. However, having stayed at many of these, Little Palm Island is simply not in the same league either in terms of resort quality or service.
Little Palm Island is Fabulous! I spent my honeymoon there in October, after having the wedding of my dreams at Cheeca Lodge in Islamorada. It is the absolute perfect honeymoon spot! You can lay on the beach and do absolutely nothing all day, or you can take advantage of a wide variety of activities. The resort is small, and quiet, and you never feel like you are surrounded by people. The staff is very polite and attentive, and they get you everything you need, but they don't get in your face.
The rooms are so neat and romantic. They are all little thatched roof bungalows with four poster beds and mosquito netting. The best part of the room is the outdoor shower. It is so amazing to take a shower while watching and listening to the ocean. An indoor shower will never live up to this! Take advantage of the massage for two at Palapa Point. You are outdoors in a little hut overlooking the ocean and it is magnificent! The food at Little Palm is wonderful. The conch chowder is the best I have ever had and we ate it every single night! Also, dessert was delivered to our room every night at our request. After dinner, we would take a walk around the island to spot the resident Key deer, and when we got back to our bungalow, dessert would be waiting with linens, silver, the whole package. While you are relaxing on the beach, don't miss the Gumby Slumbers, a specialty cocktail of Little Palm. They certainly take the edge off! We cannot wait to go back for a second honeymoon in paradise at Little Palm!
Needs a bit renovation
We stayed here two nights. We arrived pretty late (10 PM), after a trip from europe and a three hour drive from Miami and were pretty exhausted. Nobody was at the reception, but i found instead a paper with instructions. We had to wait another 45 minutes for the boat to come, however the trip was faboulous at night with a magic sky view and arrival at the island. The food at the restaurant was perfect as well and compared to what i saw at other places not so overpirced. The rooms are really big but need a big renovation for the price paid (We shared our bathroom with ants, and even found > 40 ants the first morning) and each time we took a shower, the whole room stood under water for some unknown reason. Room service was also rather on the slow and lazy side.
Still it's a gorgeous place to stay, and one to recommend IMO.
We just returned from a two night stay and had two luxurious, peaceful days followed by two aggravating evenings in the dining room. Lest I spoil your expectations, I will assure you the food was exquisite and the Island is a dream. The wait between courses was excruciatingly long, however. From the time each plate was removed there was a 20-45 minute lag to receive the next course. After waiting 20 minutes for each of our first two courses and nearly 40 minutes for our entrees the first night, neither my husband or I even wanted them. I told the waiter and after another wait, the $90 worth of entrees appeared. When the barely eaten entrees were removed, we still had to wait yet again for coffee. Perhaps they think that this is somehow a relaxing pace, but I can assure you that expensive neglect is not relaxing! The same process was repeated the next evening leaving me with the impression that the kitchen is out of sync and the waitstaff is not at all in tune with the patrons. I advise you to let your waitperson know your desired pace and perhaps you will save yourself similar frustration. The condescending evening hostess who glares over her spectacles at you, barely acknowledges you, and slaughters your name several times before allowing you to correct her is also out of sync with the environment, but if she gives you trouble quickly find Jill, the dining room manager. She is delightful! Christine & Brian Fingado
From the moment we stepped onto the island the stress melted from our bones. Even before we had the tropical essential oil full body message, we were pampered with fresh melon intermetzzo ocean side while lounging on "dressed" loungs by the water. The dinner by torch light on the beach mirrors the brochure and the food and staff were beyond words. Romantic...and the bungalo furnishings, stores (2 one shore and one island) WOW. No detail was missed. From fresh melon mango candles lit in our room when we arrived to dinner with exquisid attention to detail...Can't wait to go back!
My wife and I were married on Little Palm Island on October 11, 2001 just one month after the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. It was a perfect way to escape. We stayed in one of the Suites, which was wonderful, but I think a bungalow stay would be nearly as good. If you do decide to stay in a suite, try to get the one on the top. For two days we had to listen to a woman's high heels marching across the ceramic tile floor above us until they finally checked out. We chose a meal package that allowed us lunch and dinner at the island restaurant. The food prepared there might be the best I've ever had. But, it was SO filling that we actually regretted having to eat there twice a day. For us, one meal (dinner) would have been better. I thought the service was outstanding at every turn and the relaxation factor was 10+. What I found to be the best activity on the island was lying next to the fresh water pool in the morning, reading the paper, and drinking a bottomless cup of coffee. That says it all. We cannot wait to get back there. Ron and Val Hall
Misanthrapist's delight !
Anyone wanting to get away from children, who have a few spare thousands to spare this is the place... no children allowed! along with several friends aboard our yacht we spent 2 fantastic days at this island, totaly private and safe!
in one word paradise! sorry kids this is just not your day !!
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... in from the mainland. The island was discovered by Ponce Deleon and was originally named Bone Island (translated from Spanish) since he found bones everywhere from the Indians who had died there long before Deleon arrived. Later the English renamed it Key West. The town has had several industries that have come and gone over time – salvaging ships sunk on the reefs until a lighthouse was built to warn ship captains, cigar factories, ...
... Drive with all the old Art Deco Hotels does have a little more charm. A lot of roadworks & a slightly grotty feel though. ( actually this true of a lot of places over here ) Grotty is probably a bit harsh, because you always see workers cleaning up, more of a tired, over used feel Tuesday, up a bit earlier than usual for a last look at South Beach, unfortunately we haven't really seen the beach like we expected ...
... to check out the pizza part. The pizza was a winner. I am not sure if it was because it was that good or because the place is hard to find and that makes it that good. Once again too much deep thought .
Lunch complete, Key West is west. Today a visit to Mel Fisher’s Gold Museum, which in a word, was disappointing. Then to the Key West Shipwreck Historeum Museum which gave some insight into the people of ...
... going up. Liam just wanted his legs dunked which suited me just fine so I went with him. Dave and Cade saw a Manta Ray and Sea Turtles. Liam and I were too busy laughing and talking and didn't see squat but had a great time. We dedicated our parasailing experience to my friend Brenda who recently passed knowing that she liked Key West and being up in the sky where it was so quiet made us feel closer to her. Bren, wherever you are, you're with us on this trip. Love you girl!
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later. I just don't want to forget what we did on which day.
I got up around 10:30, ate another donut, and checked out the prices for the Key West Aquarium and Butterfly Conservatory. We decided yesterday to come back down to KW again today because (1) our trolley tickets are good for two days and ...