Oysters Caribbean style on rock salt
Gourmet dining on Little Palm Island
The Dining Room is the resort’s restaurant which serves all day with short breaks in service between meals. Fortunately for us, we discovered that they will happily accommodate if you want something when they’re not officially serving. Meals are not included at Little Palm Island. We chose to sign up for the full meal plan at $195++/pp daily, but dining a la carte is also available (check the website for current pricing.)
Dress for dinner
Jeans and beach attire are not preferred in the dining areas, but shorts are acceptable during the day. For dinner, it is suggested that men wear collared shirts and long pants. Putting shoes back on wasn’t as bad as we’d expected. Specializing in seafood with a Caribbean flair, Chef Luis Pous brings his Cuban roots together with French techniques learned from his days in Paris at the George V Hotel’s Le Cinq. His efforts have not gone unnoticed, as The Dining Room has been rated by Zagat as the #3 hotel dining facility in the U.S. and #1 in Florida. The dining was so enjoyable, we jokingly wondered if the resort boutique shouldn’t sell Spanx to wear on the trip home.
After experiencing Little Palm Island, it’s easy to understand why so many haven’t heard of it. The ability to stay anonymous is unusual in such a small setting, but it seems to work. Yes, there were famous names among us, but somehow it didn’t seem to matter to anybody. And that is the success of Little Palm. The nearest airport is 25 miles away in Key West, where you can arrange for a car or a sea plane charter. Rates range from about $700 to $2100 per night, depending on the season and accommodations. Prepare yourself to be spoiled.
Not exactly an insider secret, but plan to spend a few hours in nearby Key West if possible. It is like visiting a foreign country without the passport. I never get tired of visiting the Hemingway Home & Museum. I always leave wishing one of their 40 famous six-toed cats could come along with me.
Have you been to Little Palm Island in the Florida Keys?
This is a guest post by Ralph Warren. Photos courtesy of Little Palm Island.