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Paradise Close to Home- Little Palm Island

By: Danielle Sisson-Jones

Paradise awaits at Little Palm Island Resort and Spa–a private island paradise with no passport needed. This little slice of paradise is 4.5 acres of pure private island located in the Lower Florida Keys. There are only 30 thatched-roof bungalows on the entire island and there are never more than 60 guests on the island at a time, making it the perfect place to socially distance.

Guests will arrive at the docking location conveniently located 30 miles from Key West on Little Torch Key. From there, guests will check-in and sip on the Island’s signature drink, The Gumby Slumber, a tropical rum punch, while staff load your bags and valet your car. Then, you board your own private boat to take you over to the most unforgettable experience of your life!

Once the short tour is over, guests are free to explore the island on their own. All bungalows feature private decks overlooking the water, outdoor showers, private sunning chairs, and luxurious King beds. Some of the other suites boast even more features such as the Island Romance Suite, which includes private terraces, outdoor copper tubs, and personal fire pits. No matter which room you choose, you will surely be pleasantly surprised with how wonderfully decorated and comfortable the bungalows will make you feel!

There is no need to leave paradise as there are plenty of things to do and see on the island. There are unlimited complimentary water sports such as paddle boarding, single or tandem kayaks, daily sailors, motor boats, snorkeling equipment, and fishing gear. Or simply relax  by the pool and enjoy some cocktails at the poolside bar. The staff is super friendly and will even bring food and drinks to you while you relax in one of the pool cabanas. The island Spa is also a must and features a long list of services. I highly recommend the Royal Treatment Massage, which includes relaxing oils, based on your body type, and a full body scrub. The massage ends with a Royal Bath where tea is served and you bask in the peace and serenity of the island views.

Food on the Island is absolutely delicious and fuses international flavors and techniques into the most beautiful dishes. Fresh seafood and expertly crafted food make for an unforgettable experience– especially when you are eating dinner overlooking the most breathtaking sunset while the clear water lapps at the edge of your table. If you’re lucky, you may even be visited by a Key Deer while you are eating dinner!

Overall, Little Palm Island is the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Little Palm’s motto of Get Lost will be so easy once you step onto this little private oasis. The best part is it’s just a plane ride away!

Danielle Sisson-Jones is a contributing editor for Virginia Bride Magazine.

Danielle has a Master’s in Reading, Language and Literacy and is currently a Reading Specialist for The City of Richmond Public Schools. She will complete her Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction this summer.

In her spare time she loves to read, write, travel, and rock climb.

She loves young adult novels and great coffee.

Danielle resides in Mechanicsville, Virginia with her husband, PJ, her dog, Dutch and two cats.

If you are planning a wedding in Roanoke Virginia, Richmond VirginiaFredericksburg/Northern Virginia, The  Shenandoah ValleyCoastal Virginia or in Charlottesville/ Lynchburg Va. we can help with your wedding planning and ideas.

The author: Angeline Frame

Angeline is the owner/publisher of Palm Beach Weddings Magazine and Virginia Bride Magazine and the show producer for The Greater Virginia Bridal Shows. She has a degree in Public Administration and Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. A former model and wedding venue owner- she loves all things wedding , fashion and decorating. In her spare time she likes to write, travel and get new ideas to share with brides.