The dreamy 5.5-acre escape underwent an extensive renovation following Hurricane Irma.

By Marisa Spyker
September 16, 2019
Little Palm Island Resort & Spa
Thayer Allyson Gowdy

It’s been two years since Hurricane Irma rocked the Florida Keys, causing a colossal amount of destruction and forcing the closure of many mainstays along the idyllic string of islands.

But if there’s one thing Floridians are in the face of hurricanes, it’s resilient. Visit the Keys today and, while the scars may still be visible, many of the hotels, restaurants, and bars that made the destination famous have bounced back. And many have taken the opportunity to bounce back even better.

That includes Little Palm Island which, after closing its doors for nearly two and a half years, recently announced a grand reopening date of April 1, 2020. And in-the-know travelers are certainly rejoicing. Often lauded as one of the Keys’ best-kept secrets, the ultra-luxe private island resort has gained a hearty following (including presidents and celebs) over the years, who flock to the five-and-a-half acre paradise for its privacy and pristine vistas. Located halfway between Marathon and Key West, the lush atoll—accessible only by boat—boasts meandering crushed seashell paths through tropical foliage and a wealth of wildlife, from iguanas to Key deer.

And natural beauty is just one of Little Palm Island’s hallmarks that loyalists of the resort can expect to find. Accommodations will once again consist of a collection of 15 thatched-roof bungalows, each sporting vibrant ocean views and updated interiors. (In the spirit of disconnection, you still won’t find any televisions or phones in your room.) Beloved public spaces, including the oceanfront pool and laid-back Monkey Hut Lounge, are also making their celebrated returns.

But Little Palm Island is also bringing some new and improved amenities to the table. When the private island reopens, guests can expect a brand-new, reimagined spa, complete with a two-story atrium with carved architectural details and a handcrafted tile fountain. A renovated dining space will also feature sweeping views of the sea. And for the ultimate in R&R, private cabanas will join chaise lounges along Little Palm Island’s pool area as exclusive spots for unwinding.

If you’re itching to experience this little slice of heaven in the Florida Keys, the island resort will officially reopen in April 2020. But, with reservations opening September 23, you can book now, and let the anticipation for your next summer vacay begin. For more information, visit, and find six more new and improved Florida Keys stays to check out right here.

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