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“Beautiful, Romantic and Secluded”
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Island Bay Resort
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Tavernier
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Fullerton, California
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721 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 323 helpful votes
“Beautiful, Romantic and Secluded”
Reviewed 7 February 2014

That pretty much sums it up for this wonderful resort. If you are looking for a beautiful location convienant in the Keys, this is it. If you are looking for a romantic hideaway, you have found it. If you are looking at finding a location that is secluded and private, look no furthur. We booked to stay here after we decided not to stay at a hotel and I am so happy we did. We stayed in Cottage #7 and had a fantastic stay. We were going on a cruise and this was a great place to stay and hang out for a few days before our cruise. We are already planning to come back in 2015 as we had such a great relaxing time in the Keys thanks to the Island Bay Resort.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Acton, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 6 February 2014

There have been no corners cut anywhere. There are limited amenities, sure, but the attention to detail here and the immense amount of thought behind all that they do and offer is clear. Every corner of their property is well-maintained, and well-decorated. We have simply never had the level of customer service anywhere else as we experienced at the Island Bay Resort. Carol and Mike answered every question we had, and connected with us in passing to ensure that all was well. This place really lives up to the ratings - we highly recommend it!

Room Tip: Next time we would choose the "Key West" room, which is right on the beach. In general, th...
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Green Features: They do a great job! I really appreciated the recycling center outside next to the parking areas - made it easier to hop out of your car and drop in bottles and cans.
  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 January 2014

We arrived for a 10 night birthday celebration stay at this small 10 cottage bayside property in Tavernier. We wanted peace and quiet in beautiful surroundings and that's what we got.

The cottages are well appointed, individually designed and themed and in excellent condition.

The hosts are very helpful and all their tips for local dining and Eco trips were very helpful, we tried most of them and we're never disappointed.

We researched our accommodation options thoroughly before booking and IBR met or surpassed our expectations in every way.

We have been to the Keys 4 times now but never to the same place, we will definitely return to the Island Bay Resort.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Maryland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2014

We were looking for a place to spend several days on a long weekend mini-retreat to warmer climates. This was just the place. The small, intimate scale of the property guarantees peace and privacy. Carol and Mike go out of their way to make everything perfect.
This visit was an early birthday celebration for my husband, so Carol arranged the Welcome to Paradise package for me, and she substituted my husband's favorite beer on request. We stayed in #8, which is a two room cottage, so we had a nice spacious bedroom and also a sitting room with the kitchenette and a small table. There was a full size fridge, coffee maker, microwave,and everything we needed was provided, including coffee. We found a blender and a toaster in the cabinet. The bed was very comfortable. It was cooler than we expected one night, but there was a heating unit in each room. The bathroom, while small in scale, was very nicely set up. The pedestal sink had a nice, deep basin. There was a nice tile shower and toiletries were provided. We never heard any noise from neighbors.
The property is full of little nooks and places to relax. There are lounges down on the beach, and it is a must to take a drink down to sit in the sun or to enjoy the sunset. There are Adirondack chairs and a table on the dock. A bocce court is located up front, and kayaks are provided. We took a kayak out one morning.
Some folks have mentioned road noise. Outside, in the higher numbered units, you are aware of proximity to the road at busy times. We never noticed any noise in the cottage. However, we spent all of our outside time down by the beach, and were grateful for the spacious two room cottage when we wanted to relax inside. There was a nice TV in each room. There is a tiki hut on the beach with very comfortable furnishings and a view of the water.
All in all, there was no detail that had not been considered -- a wonderful few days.

Green Features: It was easy to recycle -- everything was handy and instructions were clear.
  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank FMCMaryland
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Chatham, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2014

We booked this resort off the back of previous trip advisor reports and are so glad we did.
The cottages are so cute and beautifully kept - everything is in excellent condition. The interiors are all themed and nicely so. A comfy bed, air con and a good sized shower along with a dinky kitchenette. Music was playing when we entered our cottage and there were key lime chocs! The private beach was truly private - most of the time we had it to ourselves! There are good quality sun loungers, umbrellas, hammocks, a sand bag game and a lovely Tiki hut. The sun loungers are spaced out so you aren't on top of other couples (had there been any using it!!). There were plenty of other visitors but they seemed to be out all day, whereas we made good use of the private beach. The sunsets were beautiful and we enjoyed champagne by moonlight alone in the tiki hut.
The owners were friendly and helpful - not intrusive but happy to answer any questions or requests.
Only negatives were things the owners couldn't do anything about - the water being grassy (we knew about this from advance research but still wanted to stay) and mosquitoes biting us to bits every night!!! We got some spray repellent but this didn't make much difference - clearly we have tasty blood!! However, the snorkel gear wasn't very clean and we opted not to use it - wonder if it should have been kept indoors instead?!
Other nice points - there is a BBQ for each cottage, we used ours successfully and really enjoyed it. There is a washer/dryer available which we thought was really handy as we were travelling around and wanted to travel light.
There was a Winn Dixie a short drive away - useful for stocking up on BBQ bits and beers etc.

Room Tip: We chose cottage 3 and was very pleased.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 January 2014 via mobile

We found this place on Trip Advisor and are so thankful! We wanted a quiet and quaint place on the beach and this is exactly what we needed (as a couple). The cottage was clean, cute and sized for what we needed. The property is beautiful and the small slice of beach was like heaven. We had a masseuse come in for a beach massage under the tiki hut...this was awesome.

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Severna Park, Maryland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2014

We chose Island Bay as a vacation spot in the Keys based on the great reviews in Trip Advisor and we were not disappointed! Island Bay is a charming piece of paradise in Tavernier with incredible attention to authentic island details. Immediately upon entering the property we were surrounded by lush tropical landscaping. The cottages, in light Caribbean colors were inviting and offered the comforts we often find in high end accommodations. The owners, Mike and Carol, eagerly shared suggestions of their favorite Key spots and activities.

Room Tip: The cottages are numbered 1-10 with 1 being closest to the water
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Island Bay Resort
Address: 92530 Overseas Highway, Tavernier, Key Largo, FL 33070-2758
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Region: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Key Largo > Tavernier
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Tavernier
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Island Bay Resort provides you with a complete "Florida Keys experience." Our hotel is centrally located between Key Largo and Islamorada and just two hours from Key West and Miami. Enjoying your Florida vacation is easy. Swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, boating and sunbathing can all be enjoyed from our resort's beach. ... more   less 
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Island Bay Tavernier
Island Bay Resort Key Largo/Tavernier

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