Islamorada's Cheeca Lodge Reopens With Post-Irma Splendor

The iconic 72-years-young property is aglow after a $25 million renovation.
When Islamorada's iconic Cheeca Lodge & Spa reopens on March 30—six months after Hurricane Irma slammed into Southwest Florida—it does so with a $25 million refreshed and re-imagined aesthetic that introduces the colors and textures of the Islamorada flats to the independent brand's idea of oceanside luxury. Take a peek inside the revamped property that's been delighting guests in the Florida Keys since 1946.All images Courtesy Cheeca Lodge & Spa

Seamlessly blending into the ocean landscape, Cheeca's sandy-brown exterior makes the beach feel like an extension of its posh offerings. 

The fluid design of Cheeca's lobby was the brainchild of design firm EoA Group, who breathed warm island hospitality into an open layout that uses naturally weathered woods inspired by beach-worn driftwood.

To pay homage to Islamorada's moniker as the "Sportfishing Capital of the World," a tri-panel painting by local artist Elena Madden depicts the dance of Cheeca's signature tarpon motif. 

A natural flow through Cheeca's lobby leaves visitors in the wake of Atlantic's Edge, the hotel's flagship restaurant. It's back with a new refined take but the same flavors it's revered for—those native to the Florida Keys. 

Cheeca offers 20 distinctive room types, but its most luxurious is the Islamorada suite. Vibrant marine blue fabrics and forged iron wall sconces add flair to the 1,400-square-foot digs; a fully furnished balcony offers up sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean. 

The most coveted amenity, however, are the suites' private outdoor soaking tubs.

Those who can't snag a suite shouldn't fret, though—with an oceanside pool like this, days have never been more carefree.

Amenities abound at Cheeca's serene spa. Revitalize yourself at this revitalized space with seven treatment rooms, a wet room with a Vichy shower and an adults-only heated lap pool. Or, take to a cabana for an oceanside massage with butler service.

When it's time to get your game on, a 9-hole, par-3 golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus awaits. Tennis enthusiasts will find six courts; beginners can take a class from USTA professional. There's also beach volleyball, basketball, shuffleboard and hopscotch.

From snorkeling to jet-skiing, water activities can be as wild or as mild as you like. Combine them both with a Hobie Cat ride—lessons and rentals are available.

The entertaining Camp Cheeca teaches kids to appreciate the environment and its creatures through beach exploration, scavenger hunts and coconut painting. The day camp makes Cheeca one of the top area resorts for families.

Edited 03/28/18 -SS