This Florida Beach Resort In A Prime Location Is A Luxurious Escape From A Cold Winter

It's no secret that Florida offers respite from the cold weather in many other states during the winter. But for the ultimate winter escape — and some of the warmest beaches in the Sunshine State — you'll want to head to Key West. The island city, which sits closer to Cuba than it does to Miami, is a tropical paradise all year round. Even in the dead of winter, temperatures hover in the 70s and 80s (degrees Fahrenheit), making it the perfect destination to thaw your bones and replenish your body's vitamin D.

Any accommodation in Key West would do, given how spectacular the area is, but if you're seeking luxury, the Parrot Key Hotel & Villas might be one of the best gems around. The resort is perched on the island's north shore in a serene spot away from the most bustling districts (though the action is always just a short shuttle ride away). Once you walk onto the property, you're met with a bright and cheery oasis with palm trees, sea views, and colorful Adirondack chairs begging you to sit back and relax.

What the resort offers

Parrot Key has been recognized as a fan favorite in Key West for years, but in 2019, the resort got even better after its massive renovation. Guests are now treated to refreshed rooms and villas, which are said to be some of the largest found on the island. Parrot Key boasts 5 acres of gardens filled with lush tropical plants just outside the rooms. 

Four pools are located amid the surrounding greenery, each with its own distinct style and features. The Grove Pool is right next to the bar, while the Gallery Pool is adorned with many of the property's unique works of art. The Oasis Pool is perfect for those seeking a more secluded experience, and the Sanctuary Pool is exclusively reserved for adults. Another notable feature of Parrot Key is its discount on watersports. Booking a service at least seven days before your arrival can save on kayaking, jet skiing, dolphin watching, and other sea adventures. As a convenient bonus, some activities occur in the resort's marina, so you don't have to venture far from your room. 

Delicious food can be found all over Key West, but when you're looking for a quick (though still tasty) bite, the hotel's Grove Kitchen & Bar has you covered. Grab breakfast after rolling out of bed, or order a pizza or burger in the evening. For lazy days, food can be delivered to your room, the hotel's terrace, or one of the pools.

Booking your stay

Parrot Key Hotel & Villas houses 148 rooms, ranging from 375-square-foot guest rooms to villas with an astounding 1,525 square feet (large enough for six to eight people). Despite their size, don't expect a full kitchen and other homey amenities. The rooms are designed to encourage you to get outdoors, with inviting porches and balconies. Some accommodations offer up to three private balconies, waterfront views, and a sandy terrace just outside your doorstep. Still, the interiors feel stylish and comfy, with clean and crisp white walls and contemporary furnishings.

No matter which accommodation you choose, watch out for the daily resort fee, which can add a hefty price to your rate. The fee currently sits at $48 per night, plus tax, and covers many luxurious services at Parrot Key. For instance, the fee covers the resort's shuttle service, complimentary refreshments, and discounted watersports. Note that parking, too, comes at an additional cost. Parrot Key offers valet parking (no self-parking option) and charges $23.00 plus tax per day per vehicle for the service.

While the resort may seem pricey, numerous discounts and package deals make visiting Key West on a budget possible without sacrificing luxury. Search Parrot Key's website for exclusive special rates, or call the hotel to inquire about current offers.