By far this was one of the most private, romantic and relaxing vacations we have ever had. It truly feels like it is out in the middle of the Caribbean. The view from our porch was just ocean horizon and we enjoyed breakfast out there everyday with a copy of the NY Times. From the other side of the island you can see the mainland and some houses, as the boat ride on the Truman is about 15 minutes from Little Torch Key, where you check in and enjoy the famous Gumby Slumber.
The island is small, at about 5 acres, and has a primitive feel. The thatch roofed bungalow is very Tommy Bahama-style and the bed is extraordinary. I did not bring my PF Flyers, but could have used them to get up on the bed even though I'm 5ft. 9. (Run faster, jump higher...some of you will be too young to remember) We slept in everyday because the rooms were so intimate and comfortable. I do have to say the air conditioning unit was a bit loud. It sits right outside the bedroom area and it will either lull you to sleep or keep you awake. On the plus side, we loved the outdoor shower so much so that we never used the one indoors.
There was no rush in the morning, as in other resorts, to stake a claim on a lounge chair as they are set up all over the island. Rolando was always on the beach to get us situated. Staff came around occasionally, with frozen grapes and cold towels but it would have been nice to see them come around the beach a little more often for drinks, etc. We just got up and went to the bar ourselves when we needed a refreshment. The only downfall I could see was that sea grass came in on the second day and the beach area that was pristine the day before, was really clogged up with it for the remainder of our stay. They are not allowed to remove it and can only push it out. If the tide won't allow it, you'll be stuck with it.
Keep an eye out for the very cute, but very pesky key deer. There is a pregnant mama who is pretty aggressive taking food from tables and especially on the beach if you are snoozing. We were not paying attention and she came up and proceeded to help herself to our fruit platter. Staff does their best to shoo them away and have posted reminders not to feed them.
The dining experience was excellent and Brenda, the hostess in the dining room is accommodating. We had a beach table every night. We chose not do the all inclusive food option as I had heard it was a lot of food. We spent about $1000 on food and drinks for the four days, choosing to fore go lunch and just had breakfast and dinner. Prices are steep, but that goes with the territory at LPI.
We recommend the sunset catamaran sail with Capt. Willie and his first mate, Drew who kept the laughs and drinks flowing. They keep it to a group no larger than six, and have nice cheeses, fruits and nuts to snack on with anything you want to drink during the two hour sail. They had the table set formally in the dining area on the back deck, but we all chose to sit up front, so he brought everything to us. Definitely not an obnoxious booze cruise. We also did the snorkeling, and took the kayak around the island. Friends did the fishing trip and came back with more than enough Mahi-Mahi, which the staff in the kitchen prepared for dinner for them that evening. It really felt great to just do nothing but lie around and relax. My husband and I highly recommend LPI and will be back again soon.
16-26 are more private, but overlooking the mangrove. Some are the bigger units. We were in 29 which...
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12 June 2012
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Thank you for taking the time to write us a review! We're glad you had an opportunity to kick back and relax with us. :) However, next time, we think you and your husband should try a fishing trip for yourselves! We can't wait for the both of you to come back and visit us.
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