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Welcome to Key West: Luxury & History Meet at Casa Marina, a Waldorf Astoria Resort



Listed in the National Register for Historic Places, Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, is a Spanish Renaissance-style hotel located in the southern edge of Key West. The near-century old historic property sits on the largest private beach in the island covering over 1,100 feet of pristine coastal beach – ideal for pure relaxation and special occasions such as weddings.


HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE


Built in 1920, railroad magnate Henry Flagler’s vision of grandeur and elegance is evident in the dramatic architecture and sprawling grounds that lead to the private beach. Architects Thomas Hastings and John M. Carrere, who also designed New York’s Metropolitan Opera House, New York Public Library, and the Senate and House of Representatives office buildings in DC, developed the resort to serve as a monument to honor Henry Flagler’s memory. Casa Marina will be celebrating 100 years young on December 31.


STYLE


From intimate patios overlooking the expansive grounds to the historic Flagler Ballroom boasting original Florida pine hardwood floors, arched windows, and strikingly high ceilings, weddings at the resort capture the essence of Casa Marina’s illustrious past. Located by its sister property, The Reach Key West, Curio Collection by Hilton is a gazebo jutting off the private beach and sitting atop the Atlantic Ocean that caters to intimate stay.



AMENITIES & ACTIVITIES


Casa Marina features 311 guest rooms and suites. Guests enjoy a range of amenities including a luxurious Waldorf Astoria robe, Nespresso coffee/tea maker, two dazzling pools overlooking the Atlantic Ocean – including one dedicated to adults only and multiple culinary destinations including Sun Sun Beach Bar & Grill and Flagler’s Ballroom breakfast.


While sunbathing enjoy complimentary popsicles to cool down. For those seeking a water thrill, choose from a variety of motorized and non-motorized water sports such as jet skis, paddleboarding, and more. A sunset catamaran sailing experience is also available.


A 24-hour fitness center is available featuring several cardio machines, Peloton bikes, free weights, and numerous fitness equipment. Sunrise Yoga is offered 3 times per week at the beach and a spa is also available adjacent to the fitness center. If you are looking to explore Key West, rent a bike or scooter on premises.


While s taying at Casa Marina, you will enjoy full access to all amenities a t their sister p roper ty The Reach Key West, Curio Collection by Hilton –providing you two unique experiences with one vacation.



CULINARY SITES


Dine at Sun Sun Beach Bar & Grill while enjoying spectacular views of the Florida Keys. The open-air wood deck offers a Floridianinspired menu created by Executive Chef Jason Carr. Enjoy a menu featuring seasonable ingredients, salads, and a delightful selection of seafood and meat dishes.


For an appetizer, savor the poached local Key West pink shrimps served with a harissa cocktail sauce or the Steamed Mussels with Cantimpalo Chorizo. For mains, inquire about the daily Butcher’s Choice which is served with caramelized shallot demi-glace, butter whipped mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables. The Local Fresh Catch is also a delightful choice and comes with mango papaya gazpacho and fennel citrus salad. For dessert, enjoy the classic Key Lime Pie or the Dark Chocolate Pot de Crème which comes with oreo crumble, raspberry coulis and fresh berries.


Sun Sun Beach Bar & Grill is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Special customized dinner is also available at the beach upon request – ideal for special occasions and celebrations. Happy hour is available daily from 5 pm - 7 pm.


Head out to Flagler’s Café and enjoy fresh fruit smoothies, coffee, fresh pastries, bagels, sandwiches, quiche, fruit cups, yogurt parfaits, and more. Flagler’s Café also supports local producers by selling locally-made jellies, honey, spices...and is open daily from 6:30 am - 12 am.


Offering one of the most exclusive rum collections in the entire Keys, don’t miss RUMba. Located in the lobby, enjoy a wide section of rum cocktails, including locally-made cigars. Open daily from 2 pm. - 9 pm.



WEDDINGS


Casa Marina is fully-equipped to create a customized wedding experience for couples. Sand sculptures with the resort’s award-winning resident sand sculptor, Marianne van den Broek is available. Upon request, wedding parties can also participate in a sculpting workshop as a pre-wedding bonding experience.


Couples can delight guests with a locally-inspired menu or reserve the entire weekend and host a rehearsal dinner before taking a sunset cruise, sipping afternoon tea, and ending with a farewell brunch.


For the ultimate in luxury experiences, couples can indulge in the exclusive Soaring Experiences package. In partnership with Keys Seaplanes, couples can travel to their wedding by seaplane while experiencing a low-level aerial tour over the Florida Keys and in-flight champagne toast. Upon landing, the couple is greeted by the resort’s Guest Experience Manager followed by a personalized landing photo, welcome drink, oceanfront room, and more.



Casa Marina offers a comprehensive safety program to all guests and staff pertaining to COVID. For more info, visit www.hilton.com/cleanstay.


Casa Marina Key West, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

Address: 1500 Reynolds St., Key West, FL 33040

Phone: 305-296-3535

Website: www.casamarinaresort.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/CasaMarinaResort

Twitter: @CasaMarinaKW

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CasaMarinaResort


Words by Markin Abras • Images courtesy of Casa Marina