Just 500 yards off the bar-hopping scene of Key West, rests the secluded 27 tropical-acres of Sunset Key.  On this tranquil little key, you will find the Sunset Key Cottages – 2, 3 and 4 bedroom luxurious cottages.

This is a ‘Luxury Collection Resort’, so I was delighted that I would be staying here for three nights. I found myself ferried to the Sunset Key from the Key West Resort & Marina; it’s just a 7-minute ride.

Pier at Sunset Key
Pier at Sunset Key
The beach at Sunset Key
The beach at Sunset Key

This was definitely ‘paradise found’, and an amazing experience for three days.

Sunset Key Cottages
Sunset Key Cottages

Each cottage is custom designed and fully equipped for the sophisticated traveler. The pastel-colored rooms are impeccably appointed with Caribbean influences and wrap-around verandas.

Bedroom inside Two Bedroom Cottage

There are courtyards set in jasmine-scented gardens, a spa, fitness centre, swimming pool, and tennis courts along with heavenly beaches.

Swimming Pool at Sunset Key
Swimming Pool at Sunset Key

Each morning I was amazed to find a breakfast basket had been delivered to my front porch which included freshly baked muffins, croissants, fruit, and jam.

Breakfast basket delivered to cottages.
A breakfast basket delivered to cottages.

Latitudes Restaurant, open for lunch and dinner, serves fresh island cuisine. We had a delicious dinner at the restaurant one evening where exquisite island cuisine (yellowtail snapper, Ceviche, beef tenderloin) is served indoors or alfresco with “toes-in-the-sand’ overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.

Latitudes Restaurant at Sunset Key
Latitudes Restaurant at Sunset Key
Key Lime Martini, Yellow Snapper and Key Lime Pie

I found the bar was the most relaxing place to finish the day with a smart cocktail; while enjoying lovely views of the ocean and incredible sunsets.

Sunset Key

So if you like a laid-back lifestyle, luxury, and demand the best, this is the place for you.

Awards for 2018

•Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards – #5 Resort Hotels in Florida
•Condé Nast Traveler – Readers’ Choice Awards – #2 Resort in the Florida Keys
•Latitudes Restaurant awarded Wine Spectator Award 2018


Sunset Key Cottages, just 150 miles south of Miami (90 miles from Cuba), is considered the ‘gateway to the Caribbean’.

Hotel Details:  Sunset Key Cottages (owned and operated by the Opal Collection Hotels & Resorts) Col245 Front Street, Key West, Tel: (305) 292-5300 or go to www.sunsetkeycottages.com. Rates start at $1100 + night.

Disclaimer: My stay was hosted by Sunset Key Cottages and Florida Keys Tourism.  All opinions expressed in this article are my own.