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Key West is the most famous of the Florida Keys, known for its laid-back ambiance, its famous sunsets at Mallory Square, eclectic bars and restaurants and the unpredictable behavior of some of its residents and guests.

Key West offers many choices of accommodations but when it comes to luxury, comfort and the perfect location, there is only one Ocean Key Resort & Spa. Ocean Key Resort boasts a vivid décor, exciting amenities and worldly charm.

This intimate resort offers 100 deluxe, oversized rooms and suites with living and dining areas, over-sized Jacuzzis and balconies with views of the Gulf of Mexico, the Key West Harbor or Mallory Square, and the famous Duval street. Whatever the view it is guaranteed to take your breath away and entice you to enjoy as much as Key West has to offer. I personally enjoyed the resort so much I had no desire to ever leave.

Our favorite place during the day was Liquid Pool, Bar and Lounge. This rooftop pool is exclusive to Ocean Key Resorts guest’s and is simply the perfect place to relax, unwind and enjoy all the beauty and vibrancy that Key West offers. The furnishings are charming, comfortable and dream-like. Guests enjoy an incredible choice of culinary delights for lunch and afternoon snacks with gracious and friendly service. Just when you think it couldn’t get any better than your day at Liquid Pool, the staff will bring you fruit infused waters, frozen fruit skewers and misted towels to refresh you.

So after our spectacular day we were unsure what we wanted to do that night. There are several choices for dinner right at Ocean Key Resort, and the charm of Key West did tempt us to leave the resort, but in the end we decided we would dine at the Hot Tin Roof restaurant on premises which boasts a AAA’s four-diamond award and the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, two of the most prestigious awards in the industry. The ambience of the restaurant is only matched by the spectacular sunsets overlooking the Sunset Pier at the end of Mallory Square. Executive Chef Scott Maurer has created a totally unique menu that is hard to describe. It combines local seafood and produce with a unique blend of Cuban flavors. The menu provides so many choices that you will want to sip slowly on your cocktail while you ponder which fabulous dishes to sample.

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There are plenty of appetizers and small plates to choose from and we decided to share several different ones. If you are a Tapas lover, this is the perfect restaurant. A visit to Key West is not complete without Conch Chowder and Hot Tin Roof’s has its own unusual twist of chive crème fraiche. Staying with the conch theme, we selected the Black-Eye Pea and Conch Croquettes to share. You can order Key West Pink Shrimp by the piece, so we both decided to order one each. Believe me it was hard to eat just one. So far everything exceeded our expectations. Since they were small plates to share we thought we would indulge in one more and then share one main course. Since we were enjoying the Cuban flare to the dishes we chose the Pork Empanadas with salsa as our last small plate. Then we shared the Yellowtail Snapper as our main course and the freshness of the fish combined with the seasonings and the accompaniments was amazing.

The weather was so nice we decided to indulge ourselves a bit more and enjoy the nightly music and dancing at the Sunset Pier. Sunset Pier has a more casual menu to enjoy and all types of specialty cocktails. This is a happening place and a great place to people-watch, make new friends and simply enjoy the lively music.

I would be remiss not to mention the incredible spa on premises, with menu items and treatments derived from exotic places like Bali and Thailand. The spa is about Eastern wellness practices using indigenous oils and herbs. The spa offers a full menu of services for women and men alike. Ocean Key Resort & Spa also offers a complete fitness center.

Ocean Key Resort & Spa is part of a privately held company of 30 years, Noble House Hotels & Resorts. Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, the corporation owns and manages an upscale portfolio of 18 distinct and visually captivating properties spanning across the U.S. From luxury resorts in Palm Springs, California and Seattle, Washington to Jackson Hole, Wyoming and the Florida Keys, each property maximizes and showcases its physical setting. We have been privileged to stay at Noble House’s Little Palm Island Resort & Spa in the Florida Keys, LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort in Naples and Pelican Grand Beach Resort in Ft. Lauderdale Beach, all of which are in our very own sunshine state.

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