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.
NOTE: I recently returned to Little Palm Island after 8 years, and several renovations because of hurricane damage, and you can read my new 2020 review here!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.