Key West, Florida, USA
The upscale, clothing-optional, gay resort in Key West
By Steven Skelley and Thomas Routzong
When The Travel Channel UK calls you “The best gay resort we’ve ever visited” and OUT Traveler Magazine names you "Best gay resort in the world," you know you are doing something amazing. Island House Key West is something amazing in its unique way.
If you are planning a trip to Key West, this is definitely the place you want to visit.
Island House is located in Old Town Key West - just where you want to be to enjoy the eclectic nightlife of this world-famous destination. Island House is a "completely secure private compound where the choice to wear something or nothing at all is yours."
The Island House tropical compound includes four separate buildings. The oldest building was built in the 1890's. The buildings have served as a private residence, a boarding house, a laundromat and even a cigar factory.
Once you enter the secure entrance, you are free to be as naked as you desire to be. As members of Gay Naturists International and the American Association for Nude Recreation, we spent almost all of our time at Island House nude.
Most of the guests swam and sunbathed nude but those who were more comfortable in swimsuits enjoyed themselves as well.
The tropical pool is perfect for a refreshing dip. The pool is surrounded by comfortable lounge chairs and many guests sunbathe nude in the beautiful Florida sunshine and tropical landscaping.
A second floor sunbathing deck is another popular option for guests. Even on weekdays, it is filled with men of all ages, shapes and sizes.
Island House offers a large, heated outdoor pool and two Jacuzzis which are open 24 hours a day. One Jacuzzi is indoors. One is outdoors.
The Island House Health Club includes a gym and Spa area with sauna, steam room, a five man shower and indoor Jacuzzi.
The gym includes two Life Fitness Dual Adjustable Pulley stations, a Life Fitness Abdominal Crunch machine, a curling station, two Life Fitness Exercise Bikes, a Life Fitness Elliptical Summit Trainer, a treadmill, Cybex Smiths Press station, two multi-purpose benches and dumbbells.
An erotic Video Lounge is open 24 hours a day and shows only adult male videos.
A licensed massage therapist is available poolside.
Complimentary wi-fi is included. We found the signal to be strong and fast.
Cafe and Bar
The Island House cafe serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and a poolside overnight menu. The menu features "American favorites with Caribbean touches."
The Island House bar offers beer, wine, champagne, mixed drinks and tropical specialties 24 hours a day. The free happy-hour offered every evening is very popular with guests. It is a great opportunity to chat with old friends and make new ones.
Because the property has had such a wide variety of uses in 120 years, it offers a wide variety of room sizes, shapes and prices.
Every room features an "ultra-comfortable bed" with a premium mattress and box spring, super smooth 300 thread count bed linens, a white goose down comforter, and four down-filled pillows.
The rooms offer double draperies. A room-darkening outer drape and a sheer inner drape.
Every room has a flat panel HDTV with expanded cable service, three 24 hour complimentary porn channels, air conditioning/heater with ceiling fan, direct dial phone with voice mail, IPhone/IPod charging stations with alarm clock, and a digital secured safe. Our bath towels are extra large and we provide Aveda amenities in every bathroom.
Rooms with private baths also have an in-room refrigerator. Superior and Deluxe rooms have irons, ironing boards, and refrigerators. Deluxe rooms also have microwave ovens and coffee makers.
Island House provides daily housekeeping service.
We enjoyed every minute of our stay at Island house Key West. Our room was clean, comfortable and beautifully decorated and furnished. The pool was perfect for a nude swim any time of the day or night. The cafe and 24 hour bar are impressive amenities and popular gathering spots. The Jacuzzis and steam room were perfect for aching muscles after a day of sightseeing. We highly recommend Island House for any gay man visiting Key West, Florida.
For more information, visit http://www.islandhousekeywest.com/m/
The Island House is located at 1129 Fleming Street, Key West, Florida 33040. Phone 305-294-6284.
VisitFlorida offers a website specifically for gay and lesbian travelers at http://www.visitflorida.com/gay_and_lesbian
Visit the Key West Gay and Lesbian Center's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/keywestglcc/
For a list of gay Key West events, visit http://gaykeywestfl.com/events/
Article by Steven Skelley & Thomas Routzong. Copyright 2016 Sunny Harbor Publishing. Contact Us: PO Box 560318, Rockledge, FL 32956. Phone: 321-446-7552. Email: SunnyHarborPublishing@yahoo.com