The Florida Keys’ newest luxury resort offers everything you could want in a tropical vacation: oceanfront rooms, impeccable service, private white sand beaches and a nearly unlimited array of activities for fun or leisure. Centrally located on Knights Key in Marathon, Isla Bella Beach Resort is the first new resort built in the middle or lower Keys since Hurricane Irma and the only luxury resort in the Keys to offer ocean views from every room and suite. Situated on 24 acres, the property is a secluded destination prime for rest and relaxation. In addition to 199 oversized guest rooms, Isla Bella offers four restaurants and bars, five pools, a full-service spa, an on-site marketplace, a fitness center, a fishing pier and a marina with water sports. The resort provides guests with everything they need, making it an ideal spot for a romantic getaway or a relaxing family vacation. And if exploring is on your agenda, the property is convenient for making a quick jaunt to Key West, located an hour to the south, or to Islamorada, 45 minutes north.
All 199 guest rooms and suites boast breathtaking ocean views and a private patio or balcony for soaking up the sun and scenery. Relying on a modern spin on traditional beach décor, the design aesthetic is airy, chic and contemporary. In addition to the outdoor living space, rooms are equipped with oversized bathrooms that include double vanities, a soaking tub and Molton Brown toiletries.
When it comes to dining, the crown jewel is Il Postina, which serves up fresh pasta and seafood and handmade wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas. For more casual fare, the poolside Burger Palace's burgers, hot dogs, salads and ice cream are a perfect afternoon snack, and the Marketplace Café is a great spot to grab a morning coffee and pastry. And no trip would be complete without a visit to the Beach Bar, an outdoor tiki bar offering tropical cocktails alongside killer views.
Start your day with complimentary beach yoga before settling into an island state of mind at the Spa at Isla Bella. The 4,000-square-foot facility boasts five treatment rooms, a relaxation steam room and a lounge area with tea service, fresh fruit and infused waters. The skillful staff offers facials, massages, manicures, pedicures and waxing services to keep you looking and feeling your best during your stay.
The resort’s daily schedule is packed with complimentary activities for the whole family, ranging from hula hoop contests at the main resort pool to live music at the Beach Bar at sunset. If it’s adventure that you crave, head over to the marina for a full roster of water sports and activities, including jet ski tours, fishing excursions, kayak rentals, and snorkeling and scuba trips.
1 Knights Key Blvd., MM 47
Marathon, FL 33050
Drive: 1,023 miles
Fly: EYW, MIA or FLL
Photographs by Douglas Friedman