Location: Key West, Florida
Size: 261 guest rooms
Meeting Space: More than 1,500 square feet
Access: Key West Express ferry from Fort Myers; Key West International Airport; Highway 1.
Boutique shops, pastel buildings and conch-style houses line the busy sidewalks of Key West, Florida’s famous Duval Street. This one-mile-long road begins on the banks of the Gulf of Mexico and continues south toward the Atlantic Ocean, skirting myriad restaurants and bakeries boasting “Best Key-Lime Pie in Key West.”
Reach the end of Duval Street and you’ll be standing at the Southernmost Point of the Continental U.S., just 90 miles from the coast of Cuba but only three minutes from Key West’s own tropical getaway. The Southernmost Beach Resort sits on six quiet acres, with nine buildings painted in traditional Key West pastels. A recent renovation gave a fresh face to each of the resort’s 261 guest rooms, where breezy decor and contemporary furnishings complement upscale amenities in a variety of different accommodation types.
The resort is home to four bars, three heated pools, two beaches, a private tanning pier with ocean access, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a full-service spa and the Southernmost Beach Café. The resort is within walking distance of all the action in downtown Key West; it also features its own daily activities, including live music, fitness classes and bicycle rentals. The on-site concierge is armed with all the best tips for making sure everyone in the party finds something to pique their interest, whether its lounging in the pool and beach cabanas or floating on the waves on a sunset catamaran tour.
There are four meeting spaces spread throughout the six-acre property, where events are held year-round indoors and out for groups ranging in size from 25 to 200 participants. The resort’s idyllic location offers meeting and event guests the chance to gather and converse among the stunning backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean. Breathtaking sunrises and jaw-dropping sunsets are all in a day’s work for the on-site events team at the Southernmost Beach Resort, who still find themselves taken aback by the beautiful display of nature that happens on the property each morning and night.
The four meeting spaces set throughout the six acres of the Southernmost Beach Resort provide ample room for small and medium groups to gather within this Key West resort. The Key West Room offers a quiet space just off the Tranquility pool for boardroom meetings and luncheons, and the South Beach room offers an air-conditioned beachside space that’s suitable for conferences and seminars; each space accommodates up to 48 guests. As many as 50 guests can gather poolside for a catered reception or awards ceremony beneath the palm trees, and up to 200 guests can dip their toes in the white sands and warm Atlantic waters with an event on the beach.
Events are a delicious affair at the Southernmost Beach Resort, where the “taste of the Keys” includes flavors from the Caribbean, Asia and America. Local ingredients and island-inspired recipes appear on all the menus, whether it’s the resort’s customizable poolside breakfast buffet or its elegant plated dinners. House-made cracker jacks are delicious for nibbling before meetings, and a locally sourced ceviche station is a favorite for cocktail hour. The catering team can prepare gourmet lunch boxes for group outings on the sea or on the town, where even their salads get a local spin, dressed in either a homemade mango vinaigrette or a key lime Caesar dressing.
All meetings and events come with a secure wireless internet connection to keep guests safely surfing throughout their time at the Southernmost Beach Resort. The resort’s state-of-the-art audio and visual equipment includes iPad connections and Blu-ray/DVD players. An integrated surround sound system and TVs provide additional customization options for meetings, and amenities like iced water served in pitchers with cups and a dry-erase board or flip chart with easel round out the resort’s offerings. Parking is free for all meeting guests and includes two Level 2 Electric Vehicle charging stations.
Keeping the crew entertained before and after meetings is a breeze at this tropical resort, where three pools and a beach create an excellent lounge after days spent exploring Key West’s Duval Street or in the boardroom. Organized group activities can be arranged, and the resort offers a wine school, a beer school and yoga classes for groups. Getting out on the water is a priority for many groups, and the Southernmost Beach Resort makes it easy with its partnerships with local fishing charters and catamaran charters. Sunset sails, parasailing and jet skiing are also available.