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Quick Romantic Getaways

by Sherri Eisenberg

THE FLORIDA KEYS

Romance factor: The easygoing pace and pale blue water of the Keys, the 130-mile-long string of islands that extends off the tip of Florida, prove that Caribbean seduction can be found much closer to home. You'll have very full days of hammock swinging, napping, and drinks (of the fruity variety).

Love nest: Casa Morada—about a quarter of the way down the island chain—has seductive sun-filled suites, deep soaking tubs for two, and stunning tropical gardens. But the real reason you'll want to book a room here is so you can romp around the hotel's private island. Secluded cabanas, hammocks, and snorkeling spots are just a short ferry ride away from the hotel.

Fuel for the fire: Shower and dress after your day in the sun, because Pierre's Restaurant is no beach shack. Set in a colonial-style plantation house, the dining room and mahogany bar glow with candlelight. The owner's collection of Moroccan and Indian antiques will make you and your partner muse about future trips together as you tuck into local stone crabs with mustard sauce and Florida Keys hogfish, meunière-style. Ask for a table on the terrace, so you can savor the warm evening air, and toast to not shivering back home.

Casa Morada
Tel: 888 881 3030 (toll-free)
Tel: 305 664 0044
Doubles from $249

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