Visit The Sunshine State And Experience The Only Private Island Resort In The U.S.

If you're in the mood for a private island experience, you may not have to venture as far as you think. Whether you're craving a little solo R&R or want a proper getaway with a special someone, Little Palm Island Resort & Spa near the Florida Keys is just the ticket. Free from TVs, phones, and distractions (it's island policy, after all), you'll have no choice but to take in the sights of paradise and live in the moment.

Sitting three hours south of Miami, you'll start your journey at the Shore Station on Little Torch Key. From there, a motor yacht will take you 20 minutes away onto a private island in the Caribbean unless you'd prefer to arrive by seaplane. You can expect welcome cocktails on arrival, along with snacks, cigars, and a warm bath with rose petals, should you arrange for one ahead of time. Though you may feel a world away walking along the crushed seashell pathways, there's no passport necessary for this hidden gem.

Suite options and fine dining

The adults-only, 4-acre island features 30 thatched-roof bungalows with vaulted ceilings and interior design inspired by the British West Indies, complete with wooden furniture and bamboo chairs. The suites range from 550 to 1020 square feet, featuring stunning ocean views, indoor and outdoor showers, and private decks. Select suites have copper outdoor tubs and your own sand beach with a fire pit. The bungalows range from $3,290 to $5,356 per night, with prices subject to change depending on when you book.

Just outside your bungalow, more luxury awaits. The island restaurant has been recognized as the best hotel restaurant in Florida and No. 3 in America overall. It's the perfect place to enjoy fine dining on the beach with dishes you can't get anywhere else, as the head chef sources the seafood, produce, and spices from nearby islands. When you're done, sip a nightcap under the stars at one of the nearby fire pits.

Things to do at Little Palm Island

At this beautiful hotel, you can be as lazy or as active as you like. On laid-back days, visit the SpaTerre for massages, facials, and ritual experiences like sound therapy with Himalayan singing bowls, among other delights. Visitors can add on a private yoga hour or a meditation session, taking the pampering up a notch. Round out a peaceful day in a lounger at the beachside swimming pool, cocktail in hand.

Once you've had your fill of relaxing moments, there's a whole other menu of activities on offer. Kayaks and paddleboards are available for guests every day from 9 a.m. to sunset, allowing you to explore the turquoise waters and mangroves surrounding the island. There's also fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, and seaplane adventures that can be arranged, along with off-island excursions like dolphin encounters and skydiving. With an amenities list this robust, you'll never want to leave. This is one island, at least, where it's good to be stranded.