Discover Paradise at Little Palm Island & Retreat to Pure Bliss.
Little Palm Island is ‘Paradise Found’ on 5 1/2 acres. Key Deer swim here. There are 30 rooms at Little Palm, so the maximum number of guests will never reach above 60 (unless you decide to rent out the island).
“As the last rays of the sun illuminated the island… I was in sheer awe.”
Not long after our arrival, we went to the Western part of the island to watch the sunset. As the last rays of the sun illuminated the island and the last part of the sun snuck away, I was in sheer awe. A sliver of the moon shown above and a pelican broke into flight as we were relaxing fireside with champagne. Places like this inspire the best out of anyone.
“It feels like a storybook…”
The lodging at Little Palm Island, among many of Little Palm’s immeasurably amazing attributes, is perfection. We stayed in the Skimmer Suite. Our glamorous suite possessed touches of island life throughout.
The West Indies inspired interiors were stunning, from the rich rattan furniture to the colorful and calming blue accents. These handsome touches of blue graced the living room. The ceilings of the bungalow suite were vaulted, resplendent with a thatched roof – for the ultimate island feel. I had the feeling I was in another place and time. Would we see Hemingway walking by on the island?
In your suite, you’ll find the most thoughtful touches – from personalized stationery to binoculars so you can enjoy bird watching. This is just scratching the surface. Can’t bare to leave the bungalow? Want breakfast in your room? No worries, leave the details in the bamboo mailbox outside of your suite. There is suite service for all meals and beverages. Everything has been considered – even your impromptu requests. Two towels and a beach bag are available in your room to help you make the quick escape on a boating adventure or other escapade.
The bedroom is incredible. It feels like a storybook, the way the sheer drapes surround the bed. Two timeless and majestic chandelier table lamps grace each bedside. As we drifted to sleep on the heavenly bed, I could hear the gentle drops of tropical rain outside. Ah, Paradise Found.
Two French doors near the bathtub enable you to view the bedroom while bathing. The open space creates the ultimate romantic atmosphere. As a matter of fact, you can arrange a special turndown service while you are away from your suite. Options include rose petals, champagne, candles placed throughout your suite, or even a steaming hot bath.
On another note, you have the option of showering in your room, or outside in a secluded outdoor shower. The outside shower, per traditional Key West style, may be entered from outside or inside your room.
In short, our suite was indescribable. It’s best to let the photography do the talking.
For your body, mind, & spirit, you should enjoy one of the many incredible services that Little Palm’s SpaTerre offers. The pièce de résistance of the Spa includes both the Global Rituals and Spa Packages.
“A profound full body experience…”
The Global Rituals include Hot Poultice Therapy: Thai Herbal or Hydrating Coconut, Javanese Royal Treatment, Mai Pai Thai Ritual, Fire-Stick Purifying Ritual, and Ancient Earth Cleanse. Each treatment is as amazing and varied as the next one. For example, the Mai Pai Thai Ritual consists of a Table Thai Massage followed with a Bamboo Ginseng Exfoliating Scrub. This is accentuated after a fragrant shower, with a Japanese soaking tub prepared with flower petals and luxurious scents. Lastly, a Lemongrass lotion is applied to finish the ritual.
Little Palm’s SpaTerre offers four Spa Packages: Romance Package, Beauty Package, Bridal Package, and Groom or Gentleman’s Package. Each package is full of an array of services to heighten your experience. The Beauty Package boasts an 80 minute Noble Massage, Milk & Honey Body Treatment, 80 minute Anti-Aging Facial, Express Manicure/Pedicure, and Moisturizing Hair Treatment.
Massage Journeys, Body Excursions, Ritual Bath Experiences, and Facial Indulgences
SpaTerre also offers a multitude of other services. Some of the massage journeys include the Madrugada Water Massage, Mother-to-be Massage, Himalayan Salt Stone Massage, and Abhyanage Massage. Body excursions such as the Dilo Rescue Wrap, Targeted Toning Tightener, and Milk & Honey Body Wrap will leaving your body supremely nourished. There are two ritual bath experiences, Detox & Love. Facial indulgences vary from Pro-Collage Age Defy to NuFACE Eye & Treatment, and even more.
Our Profound Spa Experience
A profound full body experience – the Romance Package – includes three services for couples: an 80 minute Couple’s Massage, Couple’s Love Bath, and Couple’s Sugar Body Polish. We chose the Javanese Royal Treatment with the Romance Package. The Romance Package is an absolute must for couples staying at Little Palm who want to get the ultimate romantic experience.
The extraordinary Javanese Royal Treatment involves a full body Balinese massage with Jasmine scented flower oil. After the massage, our bodies were covered in a Rice and Turmeric scrub, which was followed by an application of warm Yogurt. After this treatment, we showered and walked over to the Teak Bath covered in rose petals. Hidden away among the palms and linen curtains, we soaked in the Teak Bath, while sipping on champagne. The finale of our package included a Sugar Body Polish. Tammy and Tanaca were our superb masseuses. Re-connect with yourself and your body, this is the solace you have been seeking. Our experience at SpaTerre was both jubilant and meditative all at once.
Salon services are also available, such as hair & nail services. For those brides who want to get married on Little Palm, there are Bridal Services offered at SpaTerre. The Bridal Services include Bridal Hair Style, Bridal Make-Up Application, Bridal Hair Consultation, and False Eyelash Application.
Fitness & Wellness Offerings
You may also choose to nourish your body with Yoga, Meditation, Personal Training Classes, Paddle Board Core Fit Class, and Paddle Board Yoga. In Personal Training Classes, Professional Instructors will create a program specifically for you. Each fitness & wellness offering includes instructors that will assist you with your specific needs.
There are no cell phones and no TVs on Little Palm. There is a little outhouse if you simply MUST use your phone when you are away from your room. In other words, this is heaven.
Paddle Board, Snorkel, Kayak, or take a Hobie Sailboat out to enjoy the water. Motorized boats are also available. Snorkel and fishing equipment is available for your use. Consider booking a fishing charter for deep sea or even fly fishing. Of course, you may also fish from one of the docks. Frozen bait and fishing rods are provided. If you catch a large fish, the Chef will prepare your fish for you. Alternatively, the pool is always open. Stop by the Concierge desk for any inquiries.
Little Palm isn’t far from Looe Reef or the wreck of the Adolphus Busch, which provides a great opportunity for an instructor guided dive or snorkel trip. Little Palm is actually a registered PADI Resort Dive Center. If you choose to dive, you’ll be taken out on the Island Girl, a 30 foot custom built premium dive boat. This is just the tip of the iceberg – there is also the possibility of arranging a specialty diving course such as Peak Performance Buoyancy, Underwater Photography, Night Diver, Wreck Diver, and more.
Little Palm’s 38′ Admiral Executive Yacht can whisk you away for a daytime or evening excursion. For the daytime, snorkel gear and fish trolling is available. This catamaran can also be arranged for you to watch the sunset. Please note that the sunset is also spectacular from the island itself.
“Stargazing has another meaning on Little Palm.”
You may decide to schedule a Full Moon and Star Light Sail with Chocolate-covered Strawberries and a bottle of Champagne. Whether you book a sail or not, stargazing is splendid from the island. Stargazing has another meaning on Little Palm. This is the true meaning of stargazing. Because there is no light pollution surrounding the island, Little Palm is ideal for both stargazing and viewing the Milky Way.
The Great Room on Little Palm is another special hideaway on the island. Two paintings grace the walls of the Great Room – one of President Harry S. Truman and First Lady Bess Truman; who came to Little Palm to fish. Within the Great Room is a lending library, board games, and the island’s only television.
We spent time wandering the grounds of Little Palm – unbelievably in love with the surroundings. Nature abounds here. Pelicans stop by from time to time. We even caught a glimpse of a nurse shark in a nearby mangrove. You have the option of taking a motorized boat eco-tour, where you will have a great opportunity to enjoy more wildlife. This is fantastic option for photography enthusiasts who want to capture shots of Dolphins and Sea Turtles. Of course, there’s always a chance that you may see the Key Deer. We learned that the Key Deer swim from island to island, and that is how they arrived on Little Palm. Presently, you are likely to see a Mother and her two Children.
“Dining is superb on Little Palm.”
Dining is superb on Little Palm. There’s no reason to leave the island, and everything has been considered so that you don’t feel the need to – that includes excellent dining for Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon, & Dinner.
For our first day, at Breakfast, we ordered an Island Fruit Plate and Avocado on Ciabatta. The Avocado on Herb Ciabatta with Tangerine Oil and Black Lava Salt was moreish.
The perfectly toothsome Island Fruit Plate consists of Seasonal & Tropical Fruits & Berries accompanied with Lychee Juice. Ordering the Island Fruit Plate and Avocado on Ciabatta was the best balance of sweet and savory.
For our Breakfast Beverages we chose the Chef’s Daily Fresh Squeezed Fruit: Cucumber and Pear Fruit, and for the following day: Kiwi Fruit, Orange, and Pear. Both were refreshing and perfectly sweet. Ideal for island life.
The following day we enjoyed the Little Palm Island French Toast and Quinoa Oatmeal. The Little Palm Island French Toast with Toasted Marcona Almonds, Amaretto Mascarpone, and Guava Marmalade came recommended, and it was outstanding. The Quinoa Oatmeal, with Candied Pecans, Dried Fruit, and Agave Nectar, was divine.
As we arrived for Dinner, we were given the option of dining candlelight on the veranda, or dining under both star and candlelight on the beach. We chose the beach. The ocean breeze lightly touched upon us as we were greeted by our wonderful server Aziz.
For our Appetizer, we chose the Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Romesco Sauce, Crushed Marcona Almonds, Lemon Aioli, and Poached Organic Egg, which was the optimal starter for our meal.
For our Entrées, we chose the Seared Local Wahoo and Seared Diver Sea Scallops. The Seared Local Wahoo accompanied with Okinawa Puree, Red Pepper Tapenade, Parsley Jus, and Blue Crab Panzanella created a extravagant flavor fusion. The Seared Diver Sea Scallops, with Pastrami Rub, Smoked Salmon Hash, Sunny Up Quail Eggs, Dill Crème Fraîche, and Lemon Nage were excellent.
For Dessert, we had the Key Lime Pie and the Sorbet. The Key Lime Pie, a choice dessert in the Keys, was just the right amount of tart and sacchariferous delight. Strawberry & Blueberry Sorbet, accompanied with Pineapple Juice and a Cone with Coconut, was ambrosial.
Alas, three Key Deer graced us with their presence during our dinner, as they walked by on the beach. It was both fantastic and by far one of the most romantic dinners ever.
“You carry certain places with you in your heart – Little Palm Island will always be one of them.”
The magnificent treatment received at Little Palm Island touches upon every aspect of your stay. In fact, you are encouraged to share specific needs or requests with staff, including assistance in setting up romantic private dinners or excursions. Enjoy your bungalow and take a shower outside, before setting out on your adventure for the day. Explore the reefs nearby, go an adventure, indulge in a spa treatment, or relax poolside. This exotic and exclusive resort is a getaway like no other. A telling token that we received upon leaving was a small card placed in our vehicle, after we had taken the private boat back to the mainland. Inside our vehicle, waiting on the dashboard, above the two cold bottles of water they placed in our car for the journey home, and a dash of sweet smelling signature scent they provided for us in a travel-size bottle, was a note. On the note it said, “Don’t be sad that it is over. Be happy that it happened!” Oh, tis’ true. In other words, don’t be sad that you are leaving paradise, be happy that you found it. You carry certain places with you in your heart – Little Palm Island will always be one of them.
Make a Reservation Here: littlepalmisland.com
Little Palm Island Resort & Spa
28500 Overseas Highway
Little Torch Key, FL
(Located at Mile Marker 28.5)