Little Palm Island Resort & Spa

28500 Overseas Highway | Little Torch Key, FL 33042 [See Map]
#19 in Best Florida Hotels
Hotel Class 4.5-star Critic Rating Good Guest Rating
TripAdvior Traveler Rating

Based on 526 reviews
Property Type Boutique hotel with 30 rooms, 1 floors
Primary View(s) Ocean
Style Modern, Rustic
Best For Couples

U.S. News Review

Recent visitors frequently use the phrase "paradise found" to depict Little Palm Island Resort & Spa. Nestled off the Florida Keys coastline on the secluded isle of Little Torch Key, this romantic island hideaway has perfected pampering: Guests can arrange to have drinks, cigars, snacks or even a warm bath waiting for them upon arrival. Some of the suites feature iron and teak ceiling fans, mother of pearl-tiled bathrooms and bamboo-ensconced outdoor showers. What rooms don't have: phones or flat-screens that might distract you from relaxing. Something else you won't find here are guests younger than 16, which adds to Little Palm Island's romantic allure. The luxury doesn't stop at the rooms; recent visitors rave about the delicious on-site dining, but warn of exorbitant meal prices. And note that Little Palm Island Resort & Spa is approximately 30 miles east from Key West International Airport (EYW), but you'll have to take a boat or seaplane to reach it.

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Critic Reviews

Travel + Leisure

“Accessible only by boat or seaplane, Little Palm is Florida's most secluded and romantic retreat, a bona-fide tropical idyll set along a white-sand beach on a private 6-acre island in the Keys.”
Award: Travel + Leisure 500 World's Best Hotels 2015


“Haute tropicale best describes this luxury retreat, and "second mortgage" might explain how some can afford the extravagant prices. But for those who can, it's worth the price.”
Award: Fodor's Choice


“This exclusive offshore escape — host to presidents and royalty—is a destination unto itself.”
Award: Frommer's Exceptional

Other Awards:
  • Concierge.com Editor's Pick
  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2014

Guest Rooms

The hotel's thatched-roof bungalows are decorated with British colonial-style furnishings and have private balconies. TVs, clocks and phones are noticeably absent, and the use of handheld devices in public areas is discouraged. There's a TV in the Great Room, where Wi-Fi is complimentary.

  • Each bungalow has a separate living area, king-sized canopy bed and outdoor bamboo shower
  • Slate-tile baths include jetted soaking tubs, terry robes and slippers
  • Guests greeted with the resort's signature cocktail, the Gumby Slumber

Standard room size:

550 square feet
  • Internet
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available
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Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 526 guests have reviewed the Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating: 4.5 (based on 526 reviews)

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  • Room Service
  • Shuttle Service
  • Business Center
  • Dining
  • Parking
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Fitness Center
  • Pool

Location & Parking

Located on a private 5-acre island reachable solely by boat or sea plane, this secluded resort is situated amid the Florida Keys. There are no other restaurants, stores or businesses on Palm Island other than the resort. Guests seeking a change of scenery must hitch a ride on the complimentary shuttle, a motorized yacht departing hourly.

  • Bahia Honda State Park, on Big Pine Key, is 8 miles north on U.S. Route 1 from Little Torch Key
  • 24-hour valet parking
  • 24-hour self-parking (free)
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach
  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping


Little Palm receives high marks for its stellar French/pan-Latin cuisine, and the The Dining Room serves all three meals daily, plus Sunday brunch.

  • The Dining Room is open to the public, and often very busy
  • In addition to room service, the resort offers alfresco dining in secluded spots for romantic bliss
  • Picnic lunches can be arranged for excursions on or off the island
  • The pool bar serves refreshments and cocktails daily

Number of restaurants:


Cuisine types:

Latin American, French


  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast


Teak lounge chairs and oversized umbrellas line the resort's pool, which is just steps from the beach.

  • Tropical landscaping and shady palm trees surround the freshwater, lagoon-style pool
  • The Palapa Bar serves cocktails poolside

Number of pools:


Pool types:

  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Seasonal
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • Indoor/outdoor combo

Pool amenities:

  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar


The resort's SpaTerre offers a full menu of services and rituals. In addition to body treatments, facials, hydrotherapy and massages, the spa offers healing rituals from around the globe, such as the Mai Pai Thai, which starts with a ginseng scrub, followed by a fragrant shower and culminates with a relaxing soak in a tub strewn with rose petals.

  • Salon services, such as waxing and hair cutting, available seven days a week
  • The spa boutique is stocked with bath and beauty products, including those used in treatments

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna


Little Palm Island Resort & Spa is an adult-only property. In an effort to maintain a quiet, peaceful atmosphere, children younger than 16 are not permitted at the resort.

  • Kids club
  • Cribs
  • High chairs


The resort's fitness center is equipped with free weights, stationary bikes, elliptical machines and treadmills.

  • Complimentary water, cool towels and fresh fruit available
  • Yoga and meditation classes can be arranged through spa’s receptionist
  • Personal trainers on staff for private sessions
  • Complimentary rentals of outboard motor pontoon boats and Boston Whalers for fishing, snorkeling and excursions to other islands
  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
  • Bicycles (free)
  • Tennis
  • Guided runs
  • Paddle boats (free)
  • Motor boats


More of a romantic getaway than a meeting destination, the resort's conference space is limited, but the Great Room can comfortably hold up to 15 people for meetings and other corporate events.

  • With an exclusive island buyout, the resort can accommodate conferences with up to 60 participants
  • The resort’s business center is outfitted with a computer, printer, fax machine and copier
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in public spaces

Number of meeting rooms:

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available




Wedding ceremonies can take place on the beach, at the end of the Sunset Dock or in a spot of the couples' choosing. The resort can only accommodate parties of 40 guests or fewer, unless the entire island is rented exclusively for the wedding. Then the guest count can go up to 60, and children can be included.

  • Packages for groups of 10 or more include motor yacht transfers for guests and the services of a professional wedding planner to assist with the details
  • Professional wedding planners help secure vendors, offer menu advice and tend to island-specific details

Maximum wedding guest capacity:

  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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Little Palm Island Resort & Spa

28500 Overseas Highway | Little Torch Key, FL 33042 [See Full Map]