Make like a bird and fly south in search of eternal summer. We’re headed just about as far south as you can get in the United States, all the way to beachy, serene Casa Morada, our hotel of the week.
Style Minimalist bayside beauty
Setting Palm-shaded strip of Islamorada
Why this week? Got the back-to-work blues? Life is bright and warm outside those cubicle walls. The sun is shining on Casa Morada, where Smith members staying three nights or longer will receive a free upgrade, an hour-long couples’ massage, a bottle of chilled rosé and welcome cocktails.
Our favourite bits… A calming, minimalist antidote to the kitsch of the Keys, this bayside boutique hotel has poolside palms hung with hammocks, a kaleidoscope of Floridian fauna, and the balmy waters of the Gulf of Mexico just a saunter from your suite. Roll the bocce ball on nearby courts, join yoga by the water on weekend mornings or just summon a cocktail and keep your eyes out for manatees.
Mr & Mrs Smith say…‘Like the orchids that grow in the wild Everglades, Casa Morada is a special find among its surroundings. Except in this case, that find is a serene adults-only haven in a busy tourist destination known for fried fish and family-friendliness. Each bedroom is decorated with Mexican antiques, simple furniture and crisp linens, with large windows out, and a private terrace, many of which are set by the sea. Fittingly, there are also orchids in the room. Perhaps they’re meant as a reminder of just how rare and special Casa Morada is.’