01 November 2018
FLORIDA KEYS – Weddings at Florida Keys hotels are memorable affairs. Planners can assist couples with all event elements — including wedding arrivals by boat, helicopter, seaplane or even parasail.
In Key Largo, the new 12-acre “luxury inclusive” adults-only 135-unit Bungalows Key Largo bayside with a “Florida chic” design, opens in late 2018 with 800-square-foot bungalows and outdoor plunge pools or tubs, Tiki-style boats and 1,000 feet of shoreline. A dedicated coordinator, several venues, full catering and spa services are on-site. BungalowsKeyLargo.com.
Curio Collection by Hilton opens its 13-acre Baker’s Cay Resort as its first Keys property in early 2019 in Key Largo with 200 rooms, 17,000 square feet for weddings, a 10,000-square-foot ballroom and 7,000-square-foot lawn, two pools, waterfall grotto, nature trail with beach nooks, and pet programming and amenities. bakerscayresort.com.
The 14-acre, 178-room Playa Largo Resort & Spa offers an 8,600-square-foot lawn, wedding gazebo and 4,760-square-foot ballroom for 360 guests. The Autograph Collection Hotel, opened in Key Largo in 2016, has 10 secluded bungalows, three-bedroom beach house, full-service spa and 6,000-square-foot beach. playalargoresort.com.
Key Largo’s six-villa Dolphin Point Villas, opened in late 2017, hosts weddings up to 125 in an open-air pavilion or lawn. The two-story three-wing Nautilus House villa has five bedrooms, five baths and private pool, sleeping 16. dolphinpointvillas.com.
Honeymooning divers can sleep at Jules’ Undersea Lodge — the United States’ only submerged recreational hotel. Fresh pizza can be delivered underwater to the Key Largo lagoon. The lodge has hosted over 10,000 overnight visitors. jul.com.
In Islamorada, the fully renovated 214-room, 27-acre oceanfront Cheeca Lodge & Spa has several pools, 4,600 square feet of versatile space and a Tahitian-style Spa Island. Its Bougainvillea Ballroom has 12-foot ceilings and 2,100 square feet for 120. Its 1,870-square-foot Sunrise Ballroom, with Atlantic views and open-air terrace, hosts 100. cheeca.com.
The Moorings Village in Islamorada is a luxurious 18-acre resort with 18 cottages and homes made famous by the popular Netflix thriller-drama series “Bloodline” that ended in May 2017. Intimate weddings for up to 10, including bride and groom, can be booked with accommodations. Larger events are hosted at Morada Bay Beach Cafe and Pierre’s Restaurant & Lounge, bayside across the Overseas Highway.
The 25-acre oceanfront Islander Resort, reopening in late 2018 in Islamorada, offers contemporary cottage-style units and screened-in lanais, a 6,000-square-foot lawn with event space, 2,760-square-foot Blue Marlin Ballroom and Tarpon Terrace; 114 oceanside villas and 25 two-story, two-bedroom bayside townhomes. IslanderFloridaKeys.com.
In Islamorada, Casa Morada hosts intimate wedding ceremonies and packages with a two-hour ceremony and reception, honeymoon suite, photographer, cake, champagne toast, fruit and cheese platter and other amenities. Weddings for over 20 guests require booking of all 16 guest suites for a minimum two to four nights. Private space for up to 80 guests is offered. casamorada.com.
Sixty-acre Hawks Cay Resort on Duck Key has 20,000 square feet of waterfront, two ballrooms for 480 guests or 450 banquet-style. Events include welcome receptions, pool parties, sunset cruises, fishing excursions, dolphin encounters and farewell brunches. The Preferred Hotel Group Lifestyle Collection resort reopened with a $50 million renovation in fall 2018 and has 250 two- and three-bedroom villas and 177 guest rooms. hawkscay.com.
The 24-acre, 199-unit Isla Bella Beach Resort, to open in early 2019 at mile marker 47 in Marathon, is to offer more than 20,000 square feet of function space, including a 3,800-square-foot Hibiscus Event Center and 16,000 square feet of outdoor space, a mile of shoreline, a 4,000-square-foot spa and oceanfront event area. On-site amenities include five pools and four food and beverage venues. islabellabeachresort.com.
The 125-room Faro Blanco Resort and Yacht Club, a Hyatt Place, at Marathon’s landmark Faro Blanco Lighthouse offers wedding packages for 200. Options include a waterfront jetty ceremony, plush reception lawn, plated or buffet dinners and a “dock-tail” marina party. There’s 1,820 square feet of flexible indoor function space and a waterfront restaurant. faroblancoresort.com.
Oceans Edge Resort & Marina near Key West features an outdoor venue for casual weddings and ceremonies for 10 to 150 guests. The resort, opened in 2016, offers 175 water-view suites and rooms, six swimming pools, scenic harborwalk and open-air bar and grill. An on-site marina has 111 wet and 52 dry slips for access to Gulf and Atlantic islands. oceansedgekeywest.com.
The 100-room The Perry Hotel Key West, opened in 2017 at Stock Island Marina Village, accommodates small weddings for 65 at Matt’s Stock Island Kitchen & Bar. Its 700-square-foot Grand Suite balcony overlooks the Keys’ largest deep-water marina. The pier-end Captain’s Lounge can accommodate 25. perrykeywest.com.
On a 27-acre island just off Key West, Sunset Key Cottages has 40 cottages, private beach, zero-entry pool and two whirlpools, spa, two tennis courts and upscale waterfront Latitudes restaurant. A three-bedroom Paradise Cottage is ideal for boutique weddings. sunsetkeycottages.com.

In Key West, the 18-room, oceanfront Victorian-style The Southernmost House offers 5,000 square feet of space and heated infinity pool. The Historic Hotels of America property can be booked exclusively for 300. southernmosthouse.com.
Florida Keys visitor information: fla-keys.com or 1-800-FLA-KEYS
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