Islamorada’s Cheeca Lodge & Spa was shut down last New Year’s Eve due to fire that broke out during a holiday party caused by a lit cigarette catching fire to a thatched roof. The closing of the much loved resort was dramatic and extremely upsetting to Cheeca’s dedicated clientele because it was a popular place to kick back and relax. Even presidents like George W. Bush and Harry S. Truman enjoyed Cheeca, Truman visiting the property back in 1946 when it was still the Olney Inn. The grounds have a ton of history so to see it literally go down in flames was quite traumatic for most. But just as dramatic as the fire and resulting closing was, the opening will be the same. Except for this time, the drama won’t stem from sparks of fire but instead, the brand new and exciting spark of anticipated success.
Other than it just being a fabulous place to stay and relax, part of the reason the community is also looking forward to its re-opening is because of the economic stimulation to the local community it will bring. Captain Bill Kelly of the Islamorada Charter Boat Association says that the lodge’s closing caused quite a downfall in the tight-knit economic community of the charter fishing business. Many of the captains lost the majority of their business after the close. “The concierge at the Cheeca booked 2,400 fishing trips a year,” Kelly said. “It will be a real shot to the local economy to have them back.”
The rebuilding project of Cheeca Lodge & Spa cost a well-worth-it $38 million and now includes amenities that are bigger and better than ever before. There are now 62 premiere spa suites housed in the main building, which is said to be able to withstand category 5 hurricanes. All spa suites feature an open-air tub for two overlooking the breathtaking, turquoise waters. A super sleek 2000-square foot penthouse has also been added. To check out the fabulous new amenities, the revamped Cheeca Lodge & Spa will open on New Year’s Eve by holding a party that will be open to the public. So if you haven’t done it before, now is your opportunity to check out Cheeca and see what all the fuss is about.
Via: Miami Herald