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By Johanna Bjork, Edited By Nichola Zed, Travel Editor

Although it is only a three-hour drive from Miami, Key West feels like a world all on its own. 

More Caribbean than Floridian in spirit, the island has long been a haven for artists, writers and eccentrics—Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams and President Harry Truman are famous residents. Known for its trademark laid-back vibe, Key West is the perfect place to get away from it all for a long weekend.

Due to its year-round warm climate—it is, in fact, the warmest city in the U.S—with an average of 3000 hours of sunshine annually, Key West has become a favourite tourist destination for many. Despite this, it is still possible to find unique spots and off-the-beaten-path gems. It has been said that you can have any kind of experience you want in Key West, which seems to ring true.

Casa Marina sits on 6.5 acres of land, directly adjacent to the beach. Upon entering the hotel and walking through the lobby, a majestic palm-lined walkway takes you right down to the ocean, where you can choose to waste the afternoon away in a luxurious hammock, take a boat trip from the property’s private dock, or enjoy a great meal with your toes in the sand at on-site restaurant, Sun Sun.

Casa Marina is one of those places you feel like you never need to leave. The full island experience is right there for you to experience—from a lazy brunch on the terrace, to a massage with an ocean view, to a sunset cocktail by one of the fire pots. For three overworked women from different corners of the world (Miami, Los Angeles and Stockholm), it was the ultimate weekend getaway.

Casa Marina, a Waldorf Astoria Resort

1500 Reynolds Street

Key West, FL 33040

casamarinaresort.com

IMAGE CREDIT: Casa Marina Resort