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Review of Island Bay Resort

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Island Bay Resort
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Tavernier
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Reviewed 8 December 2006

As part of our trip to Florida, we simply had to go back to a little place on Tavernier we'd stayed at 5 years before. We loved it then, and it had just been acquired by the current owners, and forgiving them a little then for the happy go lucky standards, the location and conviviality had us drawn back to sample some more.

We travelled independently, found the resort on the internet (it was still going!) and emailed them with our dates. The next day we had a full reply, with rates, and so on. We reserved over the internet, and called our credit card through (note their site is not secure for payment over the internet). And we were all set.

I can recall our excitement driving down US 1 from Miami, looking for this little place we'd been before and we simply honed in on it as if on autopilot.

Island Bay is just a peach of a place. Just under 10 villas form the property, so it is cosy. Each villa has its own decorative theme, we were in the 'birds and boats' villa. The accommodation is compact. The main room of the villa is mostly taken by the bedroom, and there is a small alcove with a bijou kitchenette where we managed to cook some very acceptable dinners. The bathroom is small too, no bath, only a very decent shower. Don't expect oppulent space, you'll be disappointed. The decor is homely, rather than smart. It is like staying at your favourite aunt's, albeit a modern aunt, by the most amazing sunset scenes definitely not available at your favourite aunt's. One drawback is the lack of closet space for hanging your clothes. It's very limited.

Outsite your villa, there is a nice deck, with table and chairs, and a charcoal BBQ, surrounded by gardens. Very pretty, very relaxing.

The whoaaa factor is the sunsets. The property is located bayside, and has a small beach on the bay. We actually saw a large stingray cruise past the beach a couple of times, and baby barracuda hiding in the sea grass. The property has a boat jetty, and several seating areas on the jetty which are the favourite haunt of the residents at around dusk, 'for the sunset'. Take your glass of wine or your can of beer, or indeed any drink you like and go and sit and watch. It's fabulous, Key West, eat your heart out.

Tarvernier is the quieter neighbour of Key Largo and Isla Morada, but in no time, you are there. The diving in this area is plentyful and easily accessible, and Carol and Mike, the owners, are a wealth of information on local events and activities.

We had a real chill out here. And the little kitten we met on our first trip 5 years ago, sadly burdened with a deformed tail, came to greet us every day, now a big cat, tail not looking any better, but still rocking!

Well done Island Bay, don't change a thing, we love you as you are!

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Reviewed 21 August 2006

Hello everyone! We just returned from our stay at Island Bay Resort. I had read a lot of great reviews and was curious to see if it would meet or exceed my expectations....Island Bay exceeded my expectations! Mike and Carol were extremely nice. The rooms were VERY clean, the grounds well-maintained and the beach was relaxing. We also docked a rental boat at their dock for the week. They have a washer and dryer on property (I can not remember if it is noted on their website - so for anyone wondering, I wanted to make sure I noted it). They also provided a list of suggested restaurants - don't miss Chad's Deli just a few steps away from Island Bay - great pizza, salads and etc.

If you are considering this resort - GO, HAVE FUN and I hope your experience is as enjoyable as ours - we'll go back!

  • Stayed: August 2006, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 July 2006

I am so thrilled that I stumbled on their website on the internet. The place was fabulous! Not only was it extremely clean inside our cottage, but the grounds were also manicured and tidy. The sunsets were breathtaking (especially when viewed from the comfy hammack!) We stayed in cottage 1 and I think it's the best one, because you are beachfront. We used the kayaks one day and that was awesome. The water is crystal clear. The owners were more than willing to do whatever needed to make our stay unforgettable. If you stay in Tavernier...eat at Hobo's!

Stayed: July 2006
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Reviewed 21 July 2006

We stayed at Island Bay for six nightsin May 06 and really enjoyed our stay. The owners are very friendly and available with advice and assistance. Cottages are very clean. Cozy is an understatement. The cottages are much smaller inside than they appear on their website. Luckily the property is nice and the keys offer a lot of fun outside. The two of us felt pretty cramped when inside our cottage (#2).

  • Stayed: May 2006, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank masteroftheblaze
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Reviewed 4 May 2006

We decided to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary with a trip to the Florida Keys, and chose the Island Bay Resort based on the good reviews we found at TripAdvisor. We were not dissapointed. From the "mood music" playing in our room when we walked in, to the beautifully landscaped grounds it's obvious that the owners, Mike and Carol take a lot of pride in making their guests feel welcome. The room we stayed in was full of little touches like books and photographs to make us feel at home.
The natural beauty of the Keys was all around, and Mike and Carol were happy to share some of their favorite places with their guests. The sunsets from the beach on the property were awesome. All in all, this is a great place to relax, unwind, and enjoy the atmosphere and the many activities available in the area. We'll be back!

Rob & Judi

  • Stayed: April 2006
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6  Thank bobpier
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Reviewed 28 April 2006

We have recently returned from our second year staying at the Island Bay Resort. The first
year we stayed in Islamorada cottage which was very comfortable. Just only a week ago we have been home now and I miss it all so. This year we stayed in the Key West cottage.
Very comfortable and private. Loved the easy access to the beach and water. We loved
just relaxing on the beach(which was never crowded). Mike and Carol are exceptional
hosts and we would gladly recommend this resort to everyone!I It is very clean, comfortable and just an overall great place to stay.

Stayed: April 2006
5  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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Reviewed 28 March 2006

I only found this property by the reviews from Tripadvisor and I was not disappointed. We stayed there for two nights on 18th March and had to stay in two different cottages. Each was as nice as each other. Great location at the waters edge and lovely owners who couldn't do enough for you. A great little find and we would definitely go back. You can't fault this property at all. The sunsets are wonderful

  • Stayed: March 2006
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2  Thank Jestersusa
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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: £182 - £234 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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 Hotel Tavernier
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Island Bay Resort Key Largo/Tavernier

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