As the temps turns frigid, trade the wintry blues for the blue waters of the Gulf Stream by visiting Bungalows Key Largo (season rates starting at $998/person). Reopened last month after a fire in May, Bungalows has the vibe of a private island, while being only a 90-minute drive from the Miami airport.
The perimeter of the all-inclusive, adults-only resort is lined with 135 bungalows — mini-oases situated within the resort’s botanical gardens and waterfront. Bungalows feel light and airy, decorated in neutral tones. A private veranda with a soaking tub and outdoor rain shower equip each to be a tranquil retreat from the strong Florida sun.
The resort is a haven for activities. Watersports, like kayaking, paddle boarding, and snorkeling, are included, while add-on excursions include a catamaran sunset cruise and seaplane island-hopping via first-class private charter. The Sunset Pool boasts prime water views; there is an outdoor Tiki Hut gym; and the Zen Garden Spa features a Himalayan salt room, eucalyptus steam room, and outdoor cabanas for massage/body treatments.
Dining options are equally diverse: Fish Tales offers pizza, a salad bar, and tasty New England clam chowder. Sea Señor serves coastal Mexican cuisine: ceviche, shrimp ajillo, and carne asada. For a more formal dining experience, Bogie & Bacall’s offers thoughtful plating and dishes like five-spice duck breast and braised short ribs. Just want a cocktail? Cruise along the bay on a BYOB floating tiki boat.