In early March, we had the pleasure of spending a few days down in Islamorada, FL. We spent a lot of time in the Keys as kids and Jason and I (Danielle) got married there, too, so it was a nice treat to come back and make new memories here. Our friends, the Frisbie family, opened a brand new property, The Islands of Islamorada, and graciously invited us to come check it out. They also own Harborview Nantucket, which we absolutely adore, and their new property is incredible, too. Come along today to see our vacation diary with lots of pictures that are filling our hearts with the love we all need right now!
The Islands of Islamorada is a stunning new property in the heart of Islamorada that features 22 brand new waterfront villas. Each of the three-story villas are more than 3,000 sq ft and offer four bedrooms (three king bedrooms and one bedroom with 2 twin beds or 2 twin bunks), 4.5 bathrooms, a full kitchen, dining room, living room, and outdoor spaces. They will also soon be opening 8 one-bedroom suites directly on the water!
We had two villas for our two families and brought along our mom and her boyfriend and my husband’s parents to enjoy time with us and the kids. The villas are impeccable and our favorite highlights were the thoughtful layouts, inspiring artwork (our villas featured surf photography from our friend Drew Doggett) and luxurious linens, towels and toiletries!
Our first full day there, we woke up and ordered breakfast to-go from the nearby Midway Cafe while we set the table on the balcony. We love India Amory’s beautiful tablecloths and brought this one with us to set the table. We went all out and packed fresh fruit, flowers and juice and used the cute fish plates, silverware and glasses right from our full kitchen!
After breakfast, their lovely on-site management-meets-concierge team headed by Matt and Morag had set up a fun morning of fishing and kayaking on property. We all went down to their point that overlooks the ocean, and Matt was so patient with helping the kids bait, cast and reel their fishing rods. There are tons of little snappers and other small fish that were perfect for the kids to reel in and let go. It was a highlight of our trip, for sure!
Later that afternoon, we came down to the beach to set up a special seafood dinner by the sea. Jason and I celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary and I wanted to recreate our wedding table, so we brought a pink and white awning stripe linen to set the table and added fresh pink and white flowers and fruit. Matt and Morag ordered an assortment of stone crab, lobster and shrimp, and it was a dinner right out of heaven. After dinner, we played corn hole and when the sun went down, we went back to our villa to play scrabble!
On our last day there, we bounced between swimming in the pool and playing on the beach. The pool was perfect on the breezy day and the kids loved playing on the rafts we brought with us. We also played Marco Polo and had swimming and floating contests. After the pool, we took out their paddle boards, pushed each other on the swings under the tiki hut and soaked in the views from their private point that overlooks the ocean.
Later that afternoon, we were treated to massages in Beth’s master bedroom that overlooked the ocean. It is an extra special touch they offer as well as other healthcare services like strength training and yoga. The entire property is peaceful, relaxing and full of the natural beauty of the Keys. This vacation was definitely one for the books!
P.S. You can shop all of our looks from our favorite family-friendly shop, Vineyard Vines!
Photography: Iris Moore
Location: The Islands of Islamorada
Clothing: Vineyard Vines