Sumptuous Suites with Private Views of Purple Isle
Since it debuted in 1940s as the Olney Inn, Cheeca Lodge & Spa has played host to presidents, performers, athletes, and other luminaries. The opulent resort occupies 27 acres on Florida’s Upper Matecumbe Key and features an onsite nine-hole golf course and a private beach lined with shade cabanas and palm trees.
Whether you're traveling with your family or for a couples getaway, the resort offers a wide variety of activities. You can cast a fishing line off of Cheeca's 525-foot dock or trawl. Kids can try their hand at arts and crafts and scavenger hunts at Camp Cheeca ($45/child for a half-day; $75/child for a full day). There's also a tucked-away spa, which has a variety of pay-per-service treatments. There's also a fitness center here, which you can access free of charge with the package's included resort fee; fitness lessons are available for an additional fee.
Private patios are attached to each of Cheeca Lodge's suites, each of which overlooks the ocean or the lagoon. Suites feature living rooms outfitted in modern or Tahitian decor and bathrooms with marble accents.
The Florida Keys: Maritime Escape on the Overseas Highway
Islamorada is located in the upper portion of the Florida Keys, southwest of Key Largo. It's a quiet, laid-back place that typifies the Keys lifestyle; many people visit just to bask in the sun. You can also go from snorkeling with dolphins at one marina to kayaking with paddle-wielding manatees at the next. Most restaurants offer beach or patio seating for a nice view of the sunset.
The historic Overseas Highway was once a railroad connecting the Keys; after it was hit by a hurricane in 1935, it became a thoroughfare for motorists to drive right along the water. At Bahia Honda State Park, there's a bridge that commemorates the old railway.
Promotional value expires Sep 28, 2012. Amount paid never expires.
Must book by 9/28/12 or promo value expires
Valid for travel 8/19/12-10/11/12
Not valid 9/1-9/2
Premier oceanfront suites not valid 9/23-9/25
Valid only for option purchased
Reservation required, subject to availability
Limit 3/person + 2 more as gifts
7-day cancellation notice required or fee up to Groupon price applies
Must be 18 or older to check in
2-night minimum required on Saturdays
Credit card required at booking and check in
12.5% tax not included
Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
One king bed plus queen sleeper sofa or two queen beds
Standard occupancy: 2
Maximum occupancy: 4
Adding occupants above standard: $10 for adults 18 and older; kids 17 or younger stay free
Check in: 4 p.m.
Check out: 11 a.m.
Resort fee includes: access to beach, fitness studios, pools, sports facilities, watersports, sporting equipment, WiFi, fax services, and valet
Rollaways: not available
Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking.
Room upgrades: available for an additional fee
By plane: 79 miles from Miami International Airport (MIA); 108 miles from Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL)
By car: 80 miles south of Miami
By shuttle: Private car service from MIA and FLL is available by reservation through Emerald Transportation at 305-852-1468. Keys Shuttle, a shared airport shuttle service, can be booked in advance by calling 1-888-765-9997. Shuttle rates vary based on number of passengers, and rates for both services vary based on origin of departure.