Diego Travel Hotel Review
Isla Bella Beach Resort
A Barefoot Luxury Resort in the Florida Keys
One of the best ways to experience the Florida Keys, Isla Bella Beach Resort is a 199-room resort that is located between Islamorada and Key West, just at the threshold of the iconic Seven Mile Bridge. Completely renovated in 2020, Isla Bella sets a new standard for modern luxury resorts in the Florida Keys, and provides a one-stop shop for your perfect beach vacation.
Perfect For: Families | Weddings | Multi-Generational Families | Bachelorette and Bachelor Parties | Couples | Boaters | Divers | Fishing
ISLA BELLA BEACH RESORT
Isla Bella Beach Resort
Only a 1-hour drive (or 45 miles) from Key West International Airport (EYW) or a 2 hour 30 minute drive (or 115 miles) from Miami International Airport (MIA). We recommend renting a car, and when possible, flying into Key West and out of Miami.
We traveled to the Florida Keys frequently, since my parents lived there for 15 years. Isla Bella Beach Resort was a welcome addition, as the Keys were sorely lacking in luxury hotel options. Aside from Little Palm Island, which is adults only, Isla Bella Beach Resort is one of only a handful of resorts that we recommend to our clients traveling to the Keys.
While this is a nearly 200-room resort, the property is expansive, particularly for the Florida Keys, sitting on one mile of waterfront. One thing to note is that the Florida Keys does not have any natural beaches, so any sandy beaches you find will have rock retaining walls or be man-made. Fortunately, Isla Bella Beach Resort has a beach where you can wade into the water.
With the new renovation, Isla Bella Beach Resort is a premiere beach resort in Florida and the Florida Keys. With its 5 oceanfront pools, there is a spot for everyone, whether you want to remain with an adults-only vibe, or join the kid-friendly areas of the resort.
The rooms and common areas are light, white and bright, with blue nautical accents that are perfect for the tropical blues of the Keys.
There are 14 different room and suite categories at Isla Bella Beach Resort, ranging from oceanfront balcony rooms to luxe beachside suites. They also have a myriad of connectivity options, so when traveling with multiple families or kids, there is something for everyone. When booking with Diego Travel, we can advise you not only on what room category will be best for you, but also where you’ll be most likely to get upgraded.
We always love the beachside rooms, as you have a larger terrace and direct access to the beach and pools, whereas when you are in a balcony room, you will need to access through the hallway and elevator or stairs.
FOOD & BEVERAGE:
The Florida Keys is not particularly well-known for its cuisine. A lot of fried catch-of-the-day and a concentrated interest in beverages often referenced in Jimmy Buffet songs, my expectations weren’t high for the food offerings at Isla Bella Beach Resort. However, I was pleasantly surprised with the quality and variety of meal options.
Mahina is their Polynesian-inspired and main restaurant, where I loved the Hawaaiian Style Ahi Poke and their crafted cocktails (for me, a mocktail!) at the bar that overlooks the ocean. They also recently opened a new dining outlet, Sushi Cabana, that seats 55 underneath outdoor palm trees and umbrellas.
The Marketplace is another eatery that provides grab-and-go snacks, drinks, and goodies to take home. In this 5,000-square-foot open floor plan building, you can grab breakfast and schedule your day’s plan at the Watersports Activity Center, which is conveniently located right on property.
One of my family’s favorite things about the Florida Keys is getting out on the water. I always tell people that if they’re visiting the Florida Keys for a great beach, they’ve selected the wrong destination. The Florida Keys is unparalleled for domestic boating – snorkeling, fishing, sailing, scuba diving, kayaking and even stand up paddle boarding in the Florida mangroves.
- Aside from watersports activities and lounging by the pool, we always recommend a day trip to Key West and one to Islamorada. Clients who book their hotel stay with Diego Travel to use our custom trip planning to create a bespoke itinerary or read our Florida Keys Destination Guide for our dining and activity recommendations for the Florida Keys.
Isla Bella also offers an on-property activities schedule that includes fun things like beachfront yoga, sandcastle building, and gelato happy hours. They also have activities for the adults like paint & sip for those 21 and up.
Plan My Trip To Isla Bella
The spa at at Isla Bella Beach Resort is light and airy, and they offer a full treatment menu from massages to facials. They also have a special place for brides and bridal parties to get ready before a destination wedding. The 4,000-square-foot spa has 5 treatment rooms with a steam room located in both the men’s and women’s locker rooms. While next to the spa, they have a 1,000-square-foot fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment.
What Sets It Apart:
This resort truly makes it easy! The on-site marina is super convenient, so that you don’t have to drive off property to get to a boat. In Islamorada, most resorts will require a short drive to a nearby marina, but I really like the fact that Isla Bella’s boat charters are right there.
For families, Isla Bella is ideal for its room configurations. No other property in the Florida Keys compares, and some rooms even have a kitchenette for those extended stays when you want to have some meals ‘at home.’ Rooms have a fresh, clean feel, which you don’t get at a lot of other properties.
Diego Travel Loves…
In addition to everything already mentioned in this article about the Florida Keys, we love that this resort is a great destination for those who want a Caribbean vacation without needing a passport. From the occasional steel drum bands you’ll find in the Keys, to the outdoor, laid-back easy vibe it offers, you can have a great sunshine-filled vacation without breaking the bank or leaving the country.
How Much Does it Cost?
Rates start as low as $295/night for the entry-level rooms, but during high seasons can go up to $1500/night. The good news is, as a member of Virtuoso, our clients receive exclusive access to promotional rates, as well as daily breakfast, a $100 hotel credit, and priority upgrade with your stay. If you’re considering staying at Isla Bella, email us (hyperlink) to ask if there are any exclusive offers that are not available to the public.
Extras You’ll Get with Diego Travel:
- Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
- Daily Breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom, served in the restaurant
- $100 USD equivalent Resort credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
- Early Check-In / Late Check-Out, subject to availability
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- Exclusive offers not available to the public
Diego Travel Insider Tips:
Request rooms somewhere near the middle blocks. You’re far enough away from the main building to avoid the noisier areas, but not too far away to walk to the main restaurants and marina.
You can do a guided run on the newly opened pedestrian stretch of the bridge that spans 2.2 miles. The guide has lived in the Keys for 14 years and while you run or jog together, he can provide insight to his favorite recommendations for the Keys.
The cabanas are worth the splurge! You’ll have poolside service and includes a Pelican cooler with drinks (8 alcoholic, 4 non-alcoholic, and 4 popsicles). The cost is $550 from 9 AM to 6 PM and accommodates up to 4 people.