Approximately 4 hours drive south of Miami; Key West is a stunning city island less than 100 miles of Cuba. Beautiful houses, lush and tropical Key West the must do, two day mini trip, when visiting Miami.
Known as “The best gay resort in the world” and thought to be the first real mens resort of the world, I was really excited to visit The Island House Resort after hearing some great reviews from several friends who have visited.
Delightfully charming and with a friendly, relaxed atmosphere; the resort certainly lived up to my expectations. Versatile in that you can choose to get involved in the more “steamy” activities there are on offer or mind your own business by the pool or jacuzzi.
Located in Old Town, The mens only, clothing optional resort offers 39 rooms, with a staff of 37 friendly men you will certainly feel well taken care.
The poolside cafe and bar serve drinks, free tea and coffee, meals and snacks 24 hours. Cuisine is a showcase of delicious recipes from the Caribbean, Asia, Mediterranean as well as some American favourites.
A licensed massage therapist is available for appointment at the poolside cabana. A large outdoor jacuzzi surrounded by greenery is also available for guests. Powerful jets can be controlled by the timer. The perfect place to relax under the night time stars.
The health club at the resort includes a good sized gym, equipped with free weights and cardio equipment. A Spa with group shower, dry sauna and steam room, also an adjoining erotic video room, all open 24 hours.
Delightfully bright and clean, the rooms at the resort include large feather beds and HD, flat screen TVs. Bathrooms are stocked with Aveda bath products. Some rooms feature a view of the Historic Fleming Street. Luxury rooms on the second floor feature a private entrance and porch. Room rates at The Island House resort are reasonable for what’s on offer, starting at $250 and go up to $450 for the premium apartments.
Local LGBTQ things to see and do include seaside bars and nightclubs. ‘The Pink Triangle’ is on the 700 block of Duval Street, and surrounding side streets. Popular destinations include Aqua Nightclub, Back Bar, Side Bar, the 801 Bourbon bar, Saloon 1 and Bobby’s Bar, most are open till 4am. Highlights are the Bourbon Street Pub and LA-TE-DA, which holds their world famous tea dance on Sundays at 4pm.
Key dates for your diary include Key West Gay Pride held in June and Bear Weekend in November.
If you’re not looking to party or recovering from the night before, there are many beautiful beaches to visit in Key West. The best way to get around the island is by bicycle. The resort offers a very helpful delivery and pick up service for bike rentals. Taxi and Uber are both available, as well as jeep and electric car rentals.
LGBTQ activities in Key West can include, clothing optional snorkel trips and sunset cruises. Retail therapy can be easily achieved by visiting the Leather Master of Key West, Graffiti Clothing Store or In Touch novelties for some souvenirs. Local galleries and museums can also be visited on selected days.
One of the most LGBTQ friendly cities in the world, Key West was a highlight of a return trip to Miami and The Island House Resort was a delightful stay which lived up to the glorious reviews I had heard from friends and acquaintances.
For more information or to book your stay at Island House Resort – Key West, you can visit their official website here.
Published at Wed, 24 Apr 2019 16:07:04 +0000