The Moorings Village: Where The South Seas Meets South Florida


Exclusive Hideaway of Legendary Photographers, Models, Musicians and Actors

A Private Island Experience A Short Drive from Miami

ISLAMORADA, FL – (June 6, 2006) – Tucked away in a small corner of Islamorada, Florida, under a lush canopy of coconut palms lies one of South Florida’s most hidden treasures, The Moorings Village, a barefoot retreat that conveys simple elegance and old-world charm. A tranquil oasis touted by many a traveler who stumbles upon it as the finest place to stay in The Florida Keys, The Moorings Village is situated halfway between Miami and Key West on one of the few natural sand beaches found in the area. A long time favorite of the film industry, models, musicians and actors, The Moorings features rates from $250 per night to $14,000 per week.

Once an 18-acre coconut plantation, The Moorings Village was renovated into 18 one-, two- and three-bedroom cottages with lovely wrap-around verandahs, colorful Bahamas shutters and cypress interiors, each uniquely decorated. Hidden in seclusion just beyond mile marker 81 beneath more than 600 coconut palms are the resort’s 1,100-foot private beach, 25-meter heated pool, tennis court and Kaja Spa.

Originally built in 1936 as a private estate, The Moorings Village was purchased by avid windsurfer and world traveler, Hubert Baudoin, in 1988. A young visionary, Baudoin underwent extensive negotiations to purchase and protect the property from developers who sought to build a 200-unit condominium complex along the beautiful stretch of Atlantic coast. After an extensive and environmentally sensitive restoration, the property opened its doors to travelers in 1989.

The result of his work is a resort that reflects a bygone era in Florida’s history, before high-rises, noise and neon signs joined the natural beauty of The Florida Keys. Cottages rest beneath the tree canopy at a close distance from the beachfront, which is reserved for guests’ peaceful relaxation amongst the palms in cozy hammocks and chaise lounges that dot the seaside landscape. The Moorings Village is a rare and magical resort that emphasizes the finer things in life, while urging guest to rejuvenate mind, body and spirit by engaging in simple pleasures – a walk, a swim, yoga, a good book on the porch or a beachfront massage arranged through Kaja Spa.

The Moorings Village offers guests absolute privacy and tranquility with all the comforts one might find at home, including well-equipped kitchens, in-cottage laundry facilities, individual dining rooms and living room areas, air-conditioning and ceiling fans. Luxury amenities include large screen televisions, eloquent hand-painted tiles in bathrooms and in some kitchens, oversized soaking tubs and shower stalls, as well as plantation-style porches overlooking the ocean or views of the lushly landscaped grounds. Complimentary access to one of the largest and most beautiful private beaches in The Florida Keys, tennis courts, 25-meter swimming pool, fitness facilities, kayaks and windsurfing equipment also is provided with the $10 per day resort fee.

Each cottage carries a bright and cheery name, such as Sifca, Mango, Orchid, Tree House or Albright. The newly built two-story houses, including The Parker, Pinder and Eyster are appropriately named after historically prominent families in the region. Each charming abode is decorated with special attention to detail.

Some cottages feature black and white fishing photos and fishing lures, while others are adorned with eclectic collections of books, warm wood floors and furnishings, dark bamboo accents, soft white curtains and rich bed linens. Room rates are based on a two-night stay to a week minimum, depending upon the season and availability. Prices range from $250 a night for a queen bedroom cottage such as Lodge North to $9,100 per week for a three-bedroom oceanfront cottage with three and a half bathrooms such as Plantation House. The two-story Blue Charlotte cottage, the grand dame of The Moorings, can be rented at certain times of the year for $2,000 per night.

Many are surprised to learn that the resort’s neighbors across the road, Pierre’s Restaurant and Morada Bay Beach Café, are owned by the same proprietor. Upon closer inspection, the relation is apparent with all three properties sharing similar and impeccably tasteful design qualities. Morada Bay Beach Café, a laid back, bayfront beach café, opened in 1997 to tremendous success with locals and visitors alike. Later, in 1999, Pierre’s Restaurant, a sophisticated and international restaurant, opened its doors a few steps away. Together, these two popular dining destinations offer guests spectacular bay sunsets, gourmet cocktail service, cozy Adirondack chairs for relaxing, tropical entertainment and fresh, delicious culinary fare.

From Pierre’s Soy Lacquered Sea Bass with Sautéed Baby Bok Choy and Oyster Mushrooms ($35) to Morada Bay’s Lemon-Thyme Infused Yellowtail Snapper with Potato Croquette, Asparagus, Cherry Tomato Relish and Crispy Pancetta($28), the dynamic restaurant pair are also top venue choices for weddings and corporate events.

A true island paradise, yet only an hour and thirty minutes away from Miami International Airport, The Moorings Village is an elegant and tranquil respite from the modern world. It is a hidden oasis where guests can take advantage of Islamorada’s many water sport and outdoor adventure activities or simply do nothing more than relax on the porch or a hammock. Known as “The Sportsfishing Capital of the World,” with a plentiful supply of Bonefish and Tarpon, as well as deep-sea Sailfish, Marlin and Dolphin, Islamorada and The Moorings Village are a fisherman’s (or woman’s) paradise. Also boasting some of the best diving and snorkeling opportunities in Florida, it is hard to imagine a better spot than The Moorings Village to relax and enjoy life to the fullest.

Opened in 1992, The Moorings Village is a picturesque, environmentally friendly South Seas-style resort, consisting of 18 villas, conch houses, cottages, and plantation houses on a velvety white sand beach set amidst 600 coconut palms punctuated with lazy hammocks. The property has adorned the covers of Vogue, Elle, and Sports Illustrated swimsuit editions, appeared in several films, and served as the backdrop for countless ad campaigns and catalogs. The property is located at 123 Beach Road (ocean side), Islamorada, Florida. For information or reservations, please visit www.mooringsvillage.com or call 305.664.4708.

Opened in 1997, Morada Bay Beach Café offers guests a beautiful sunset view from colorful bayside tables, a casual surfing and sailboard interior, live beachfront entertainment and an eclectic bistro-style menu of upscale Keys favorites. The restaurant is located at 81600 Overseas Highway, (Mile Marker 81.6, Bayside), Islamorada, Florida. For information, please visit www.moradabay-restaurant.com or call 305.664.0604.

Opened in 1999, Pierre’s Restaurant is a sparkling white, two-story plantation house with blue shutters and an outside verandah facing the Florida Bay and breath-taking sunsets. The exterior resembles the colonial style residences found in the West Indies, and its interior, surrounded by Moroccan, Indian, and African artifacts, reflects different cultures from around the world. Each entryway highlights a nineteenth century, richly carved monastery door from India. Pierre’s serves a sophisticated and comprehensive menu and routinely stuns new visitors to Islamorada with the restaurant’s romantic setting, carved and textured walls, dark planked wood floors, Moroccan lamps and banquettes strewn with colorful pillows. The restaurant is located at 81600 Overseas Highway, (Mile Marker 81.6, Bayside), Islamorada, Florida. For information or reservations, please visit www.pierres-restaurant.com or call 305.664.3225.

Photo Credit: Alison Morris

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