Accessible only by seaplane or boat, the five-and-a-half-acre Little Palm Island Resort & Spa has been a slice of paradise since the mid-twentieth century. And by the time of its reopening in early 2020, it will become even more of an exclusive retreat, thanks to a multimillion-dollar investment.
President Harry Truman liked to fish here. Actors Robert Wagner and Jill St. John honeymooned here. Scarlett Johansson liked to seclude herself here. And now, Little Palm Island has even more to like, after a multimillion-dollar makeover – prompted by 2017’s Hurricane Irma – inspiring even more daydreams of retreating to this remote piece of paradise.
What can guests expect? The new Monkey Hut and Dining Room have returned with the same philosophy: uncompromising service and award-winning fare within a luxurious, yet comfortable island atmosphere, reports Scott Colee, CCO for Noble House. “Inspired by British Colonial architecture and design, the restaurant features a cocktail lounge and fine dining room, now split in the middle by a 360-degree full circle bar, and wine room. The main attraction continues to be the waterside dining overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, with sunset views and fire pits for enjoying a nightcap.
The guest rooms also bring back the rich history of the island, with dramatic canopy beds, high-end linens, claw-foot tubs, outdoor showers, and private decks with Jacuzzi tubs, all with the same British Colonial island aesthetic – a kind of opulent Swiss Family Robinson, if you will. A game table is provided in every living room as well as a fully-equipped minibar stocked with everything you could possibly need that does not require a battery – including binoculars for those interested in bird watching. A brand-new, two-story spa features outdoor tubs, couples treatment rooms, and a lush, tropical, open-air lounge. Designers incorporated Balinese style into the spa therapy as well as the architectural surroundings.
“The goal is to bring back the essence of Little Palm,” says Colee, “to deliver a world-class destination in the Florida keys, exotic and removed, as though miles away from home, and yet within the continental United States.”