Barbary Beach House will Transform into Margaritaville (Fall 2021)
Barbary Beach House is an affordable luxury resort located only a stone’s throw away from the bustling crowds of downtown Key West. This idyllic property has everything you need for a fabulous vacation. The resort offers complimentary shuttle service to famous Duval Street and Historic Downtown Seaport Harbor and is only ten minutes from Key West airport. Strictly enhanced cleaning, safety protocols and social distancing are in place. The architecture and decor are inspired by ‘contemporary coastal design’; pale marine colors, rustic reclaimed wood, and whitewashed accents. As you approach the property, you’ll notice a dramatic custom-made metal porte cochere and a yellow, vintage Barbary Beach House Buick parked in the driveway (see below) – your first of many photo opportunities here at Barbary Beach House!
The lobby evokes a sense of calm and laid-back vibe with casual bungalow sofas, lounging poofs, and birdcage chairs. Upon check-in, the friendly staff will offer you a complimentary rum-spiked or virgin drink and point out the freshly baked, gratis cookies that are available each afternoon. After you’ve unpacked, stroll the walkways amid the gardens and discover cozy napping hammocks, fire pits, and lawn games. Don’t forget to locate the Wrecker’s Roast station on your floor; self-serve Keurig kiosks; open from dusk-to-dawn; featuring gourmet coffees and teas, hot and cold water, fresh fruit and bagged ice.
Check out the Lagoon-Style Pool with its lovely waterfall. Private and semi-private cabanas, lounges and day beds are tucked around the perimeter of the pool. The poolside Shipwrecker’s Bar pours curated crafted cocktails and margaritas, local beers and wines. Drop by in the early evening, sit at the bar, and make some new acquaintances.
Accommodations include 184 suite-style, spacious rooms; some with balconies that overlook the lush grounds, others with a view of the ocean. All suites include a bedroom, separate living area with a sofa bed, oversized dressing and shower area, powder room, and a kitchen with high-top dining set and adorable ‘retro” refrigerator and microwave. The 2-bedroom Tift Suites accommodates 4-6 guests (our 2-bedroom housed a king in the master and queen bunk beds in the second room). Super comfortable.
Smathers Beach is recognized as the “Best Beach in all of the Florida Keys” and Barbary Beach House is located literally across the street – a pristine half-mile coastline. The Barbary Beach Club equips guests with an arsenal of “toys” such as Hobie Cats, stand up paddle boards, and kayaks (Barbary Club is included in your resort fee). You can reserve a beachside pavilion, jet ski tours, parasailing, snorkeling tours and other aquatic excursions via Sunset Watersports on the beach.
Drifter’s Cove is Barbary’s signature restaurant. It’s open from sunrise to sunset, with indoor and alfresco seating on the covered verandah. I will attest to the spectacular
breakfasts – Key Wester Benedict (shrimp, lobster, Key lime, Hollandaise); Captain’s Wrap (Creamy scrambled eggs, chorizo sausage, caramelized onion, soft tortilla); Caribbean French Toast (brioche, vanilla-cinnamon egg batter, warm rum syrup, mango & papaya chutney). On the lunch and dinner menu: Burgers, Salads, Raw Bar, Harissa-Roasted Chicken and more. The flash-fried Captain’s Calamari with Key Lime Aioli and Lobster Quesadillas were excellent!
- Concierge Services
- 24-hour Fitness Center
- Complimentary Wi-Fi and iPod docking stations
- “Knock & Drop” room service
- Roundtrip Transfer to Key West International Airport
- Local Shuttle Service to/from Duval Street and Downtown Seaport Harbor
- Complimentary use of bicycles
- Pet-friendly rooms (the pet fee includes treats, travel water bowl and toy)
- Poolside refreshments, including blended smoothies and popsicles
- Organized children’s activities (games, scavenger hunts, roasted s’mores)
Events, Events, Events! There are private and semi-private indoor and outdoor areas. The resort’s conference services department can custom-tailor your event. Choose from the Parlay Room (presentations, conferences, banquets); Drifter’s Cove Verandah (cocktail receptions to elegant banquet dinners); The Shanty authentic Palapa “tiki hut” (receptions, intimate weddings); Lush Tropical Garden Courtyard (private mixers); Smathers Beach (casual to elegant sunset weddings).
* This property is destined for even greater things ahead as it transforms into Margaritaville Beach House Resort.
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Editor’s Note: By Nancy Radlauer, editor.InboundMagazine@gmail.com; I vacationed at Barbary Beach House with my husband and 2 teenage grandsons (June 2020). Consensus was easily attained – This lush, tropical getaway has everything you need for a wonderful escape. Take advantage of the shuttle to explore downtown Key West attractions or simply relax.
VISIT: Barbary Beach House Resort; 2001 S. Roosevelt Blvd., Key West; 855-235-3914; barbarybeachhouse.com