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Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, Little Torch Key

Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, Little Torch Key

FLORIDA, HOTELS, LUXURY TRAVEL, RESORTS & SPAS, UNITED STATES

Little Palm Island Resort & Spa is a exclusive private island resort located 28 miles east of Key West in the Florida Keys, with thirty thatched-roof oceanfront bungalow suites. The entire island is only five acres.  It was first inhabited by a fellow named Newton Munson in the 1920’s who planted some 250 Jamaican coconut palms. More than 20 years later, Little Palm opened as a resort. In 1995 it was sold to Patrick Colee and was made a part of the Noble House Hotels & Resorts.

 

Little Palm Island, Little Torch Key, Florida
Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, Little Torch Key, Florida
Little Palm Island & Resort Spa Bungalow
Little Palm Island & Resort Spa Bungalow
Little Palm Island Outdoor Bungalow, Little Torch Key, Florida
Little Palm Island Outdoor Bungalow, Little Torch Key, Florida

 

Little Palm Resort & Spa is open to guests age 16 and over.   It mostly attracts couples looking for a romantic escape like us.  The island houses a ten-slip marina, 28 one-bedroom bungalows, and two grand suites. Each of these luxurious, thatched-roof huts is named for a local bird, and each is nestled discreetly among Little Palm’s, well, palms. Most bungalows have indoor and outdoor showers, private verandahs, chandeliers, and ocean views.

From the moment you park your car in Little Torch Key you are greeted by the warm friendly staff member with a nice rum drink.  After a short 15 minute boat ride on “The Truman” the islands private boat, you arrive in your own little fantasy island.  It’s name the Truman because of the frequent visits by President Harry Truman to the island.  Little Palm Island is only accessible by boat or seaplane.  If you prefer to pull up in your private yacht. The marina can accommodate yachts up to 120 feet.

 

The Truman Boat, Little Palm Island
The Truman Boat, Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, Little Torch Key, Florida
The Truman boat ride to Little Palm Island, Little Torch Key, Florida
The Truman boat ride to Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, Little Torch Key, Florida
Inside The Truman Boat on the way to Little Palm Island, Little Torch Key, Florida
Inside The Truman Boat on the way to Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, Little Torch Key, Florida
Little Palm Island Resort & Spa Dock Area, Little Torch Key
Little Palm Island Resort & Spa Dock Area, Little Torch Key

 

Upon arriving the islands dock the staff takes you on a short tour of the grounds and explains the rules on the island.  No cell phones are allowed anywhere in the island except your bungalow.

 

Little Palm Island dock, Little Torch Key, Florida
Little Palm Island Resort & Spa dock, Little Torch Key, Florida
Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, Little Torch Key
Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, Little Torch Key

 

The bungalows are very personal with your last name displayed in the front. You walk into the living room area with a welcoming bottle of champagne and fresh fruit awaiting your arrival. The bathroom is spacious with a his/hers section. The bedroom has a very high king size canopy bed with requires a step stool just to climb on or off it.  The bedding is extremely comfortable.

 

Little Palm Island Bungalow, Little Torch Key, Florida
Little Palm Island Resort & Spa Bungalow, Little Torch Key, Florida
Little Palm Island Bungalow Living Room Area, Little Torch Key, Florida
Little Palm Island Resort & Spa Bungalow Living Room Area, Little Torch Key, Florida
Little Palm Island Canopy Bed, Little Torch Key
Little Palm Island Resort & Spa Canopy Bed, Little Torch Key
Canopy Bed in Little Palm Island Bungalow, Little Torch Key, Florida
Canopy Bed in Little Palm Island Bungalow, Little Torch Key, Florida

 

You can spend the day lounging around the pool enjoying a cool cocktail, admiring the ocean on the beach, getting a relaxing massage in the spa, taking a sea kayak out, snorkeling or sailing.

 

Beach Area at Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, Little Torch Key, Florida
Beach Area at Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, Little Torch Key, Florida
Pool Area at Little Palm Island, Little Torch Key, Florida
Pool Area at Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, Little Torch Key, Florida
Little Palm Island Resort & Spa
Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, Little Torch Key, Florida 

 

The food service is exceptional and the menu changes every night. The view of the sunset is breathtaking as you sit and enjoy dinner on the beach. If you’re lucky you’ll see a few of the endangered Key Deer roaming around the property.

 

Dessert selection at Little Palm Island, Little Torch Key Dessert selection at Little Palm Island, Little Torch Key
Dessert selection at Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, Little Torch Key
Outdoor Dining at Little Palm Island, Little Torch Key, Florida Outdoor Dining at Little Palm Island, Little Torch Key, Florida
Outdoor Dining at Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, Little Torch Key, Florida
Little Palm Island Outdoor Dining, Little Torch Key, Florida
Little Palm Island Outdoor Dining, Little Torch Key, Florida
Key Deer at Little Palm Island
Key Deer at Little Palm Island, Little Torch Key, Florida 
Sunset at Little Palm Island, Little Torch Key, Florida
Sunset at Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, Little Torch Key, Florida
Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, Little Torch Key, Florida
Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, Little Torch Key, Florida

 

Little Palm Island is a place for leisure and relaxation.   The bungalows nightly rate ranges from $990- $2200 a night.  The private bungalows have no phones, or TV’s in any of the rooms. Wi-Fi is limited to your bungalow.   Although, you can get cell phone service and Wi-Fi in most of the island.  Signs are posted all over the island to remind guests to refrain from using mobile devices anywhere on the island, including the beach other than in their private bungalow.

 

Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, Little Torch Key, Florida
Little Palm Island Resort & Spa Pool Area, Little Torch Key, Florida

 

Living in Florida everyone knows that in the summer and early fall especially in the florida keys, there are mosquitos.  Be prepared to bring with you bug spray and cortisone cream.

Only three words come to mind when I describe our weekend at  Little Palm Island Resort & Spa “Romantic, Luxurious, Getaway”   We loved our weekend getaway at Little Palm Island, and hope to return again soon.

 

About the author

Carmen Edelson is the Founder and Senior Editor of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Our travels allows her the opportunity to pursuit her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.

22 Comments

  1. Michelle Grabuski
    February 15, 2014 at 11:02 pm
    Reply

    This looks like a wonderful, romantic getaway…and peaceful! I love the size of the island, no crowds. My husband and I tried to spot a key deer when we were on some of the islands near Key West, but no luck.

    • Carmen
      February 15, 2014 at 11:31 pm

      That’s a shame you didn’t see any Key Deer. The one in the picture above came right up to me when I was lying by the pool. It’s a very tranquil feeling with so few people on the island which is what I enjoyed the most.

  2. A Southern Gypsy
    February 16, 2014 at 7:53 pm
    Reply

    That looks wonderful, but wayyyy out my price range! 😀 Thanks for linking up to the #SundayTraveler!

    • Carmen
      February 16, 2014 at 11:27 pm

      It’s not cheap that’s for sure, but worth every penny. Thanks for sharing my post.

  3. SJ “Mrs Chasing the Donkey” Begonja
    February 16, 2014 at 8:49 pm
    Reply

    Ohhh Carmen, I so need some of this un right now… BADLY! Thanks for linking up with us to #SundayTraveler

  4. Bianca @itsallbee
    February 16, 2014 at 10:11 pm
    Reply

    wow! This place looks amazing! Beyond my budget but nonetheless I can still dream.

    #Sundaytraveler

    • Carmen
      February 16, 2014 at 11:38 pm

      Bianca, if you’re ever looking to splurge on a vacation this is the place to go. You certainly feel like you’re in a dream at this island.

  5. Nina
    February 18, 2014 at 3:37 pm
    Reply

    Pure beauty! Another place to dream about. 🙂

    • Carmen
      February 19, 2014 at 12:52 pm

      Nina, dreams do come true sometimes. They did for me that weekend.

  6. Michele {Malaysian Meanders}
    February 20, 2014 at 4:06 am
    Reply

    What an idyllic place to retreat to for some rest and relaxation. Just looking at the photos and reading your descriptions is making me more stress-free.

    • Carmen
      February 26, 2014 at 12:52 pm

      Thanks Michele, It was a very relaxing weekend for my husband and I. Especially, not being able to use our electronic devices around the property was a plus.

  7. frankaboutcroatia
    February 20, 2014 at 4:28 pm
    Reply

    What a beautiful island. It sounds like a perfect romantic getaway. And I love no phone policy (or reminders). Otherwise it wouldn’t be relaxing. Gorgeous photos!

    • Carmen
      February 26, 2014 at 12:56 pm

      Thanks Frank! Even though you have no TV’s in your room, and are a bit isolated with the outside world it’s perfect. The island has a lot of activities to keep you entertained.

  8. Sarah Fazendin
    February 21, 2014 at 1:46 pm
    Reply

    Looks fantastic! I keep thinking I should add US beaches to my blog, right now only cover Mexico and the Caribbean, some great places especially in the Keys. Thanks for sharing!

    • Carmen
      February 26, 2014 at 12:58 pm

      Thanks Sarah for stopping by. We have a lot of beautiful beaches in the U.S, especially Florida where I live. I’m heading to the Caribbean (Cuba) this weekend. Have you been to Cuba?

  9. Samantha @mytanfeet
    February 21, 2014 at 3:39 pm
    Reply

    Looks fun and a great place for a vacation! But man that is out of my budget unfortunately!

    • Carmen
      February 26, 2014 at 1:28 pm

      Hi Samantha! Yes, it’s a bit pricey but worth every penny. It’s a fantastic couples getaway vacation. A place to reconnect with each other.

  10. Jess
    February 22, 2014 at 5:12 am
    Reply

    That definitely looks luxurious – and relaxing! I love the little deer – I had no idea that there were deer on the Florida Keys!

    • Carmen
      February 26, 2014 at 1:48 pm

      Hi Jess! The Key Deer is on the endangered species list. It’s great to see them roaming around the island free.

  11. Barbara
    March 10, 2014 at 5:23 pm
    Reply

    Little Palm Island is such a wonderfully romantic get-away destination. Living in Florida all our lives we have always dreamed of visited one day. After reading your post and seeing your pictures, it seems that time may be near! Thanks so much for sharing, it looks like you both had a great time!

    • Carmen
      March 16, 2014 at 12:52 am

      Hi Barbara, I hope to return someday in the near future. It was truly a very memorable experience for us. I hope you get a chance to go.

  12. The Dessert Engineer
    March 17, 2014 at 9:52 pm
    Reply

    I have read so many wonderful things about Little Palm Island. Really enjoyed your trip report on your stay there. The island looks like it belongs in the Pacific Ocean… hard to believe that it’s part of FL.

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