Waldorf Astoria Hotels Near Key Largo

by Joanne Thomas

The Waldorf Astoria Collection, which is part of the larger Hilton chain, consists of 24 luxury hotels and resorts around the world, seven of which are located in Florida. Although there are no Waldorf Astoria hotels on the island of Key Largo, there are four Florida properties that are close enough to Key Largo for a day-trip: Casa Marina Resort and the Reach Resort in Key West, and Boca Raton Resort and Boca Beach Club in Boca Raton.

Casa Marina Resort

The Casa Marina Resort in Key West was built in 1920 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It encapsulates the ambiance of old Key West with its elegant Mediterranean-style decor, flowering tropical vegetation and panoramic ocean views. The resort sits on a 1,100-foot private beach -- the largest in Key West -- with its own pier, offshore sun raft, hammocks and water sports equipment rental center. It is within walking distance of Key West attractions like Southernmost Point USA, Ernest Hemingway's house and Duval Street, with its vibrant nightlife. Its 311 guest rooms and suites offer luxurious features such as private balconies overlooking the beach, 9-foot ceilings and hardwood floors. Guests enjoy access to two oceanfront swimming pools, a massage studio and a relaxed beach bar and grill.

The Reach Resort

The Reach Resort in Key West offers 150 guest rooms with views of the only natural sand beach on the island. Guest rooms and suites offer views of the island, the ocean or the resort pool. The intimate property is located in the heart of Old Town, one block from Duval Street. With its private 450-foot beach and pier, the resort offers guest an array of water sports and activities, including snorkeling, parasailing, jet skiing, kayaking and deep-sea fishing. A water sports package is available that includes waverunner rental, a two-hour reef snorkeling trip and a parasailing adventure. On-site attractions include a heated outdoor pool surrounded by private cabanas, a fitness center and a massage studio that offers relaxing beauty and wellness treatments in both indoor and outdoor settings.

Boca Raton Resort

The Boca Raton Resort covers 356 acres of beachfront property with its accommodations arranged in a village-like setting. In addition to its varied accommodation options, the resort features two 18-hole championship golf courses, 30 tennis courts, seven swimming pools and the Spa Palazzo. The "village" consists of five distinctive areas: Boca Beach Club, which offers 203 guest rooms and suites steps from the resort's half-mile-long private beach; the Yacht Club, which takes its inspiration from a grand Venetian palace; the 27-story Tower that offers golf course views from its spacious guest rooms; the Spanish-Mediterranean-style Cloister, which dates to 1926; and the residential-style Boca Bungalows with one or two bedrooms. Guests have a choice of 10 on-site restaurants, which include a sushi bar created by Masaharu Morimoto of "Iron Chef" fame; contemporary Italian fare at Cielo; and Lucca, which offers Tuscan cuisine and an award-winning wine list.

Boca Beach Club

Boca Beach Club is bordered by a half-mile-long private beach and offers panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. Rooms and suites are available in eight categories, ranging from 420-square-foot standard rooms to 1,260-square-foot, two-bedroom ocean vista suites. All the rooms and suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows and ocean-inspired decor. They boast plush down bedding, LCD-screen televisions, rainfall showerheads and deep-soaking tubs. One of the resort's most attractive features is its Pool Oasis, a complex of three swimming pools, numerous private cabanas with ocean views, comfy chaises lounges and an oceanfront bar offering cocktails, frozen drinks, burgers and salads. Boca Beach Club guests enjoy access to the ample recreational facilities of the sister Waldorf Astoria Collection property, Boca Raton Resort, which is connected to the hotel via shuttle.

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