Accommodation options in Florida Keys

Accommodation choices in the Florida Keys are widening with eight new properties having opened or scheduled to open in 2016.

Florida Keys

The additions will see just over 1,000 rooms added to the island chain’s bed stock. Spring 2016 will see the opening of the Playa Largo Resort & Spa in Key Largo, joining Marriott’s Autograph Collection.

The Postcard Inn Beach Resort at Holiday Isle, La Siesta Resort, Amara Cay Resort and Pelican Cove Resort and Marina now comprise the Islamorada Resort Company. At Marathon, Banana Bay Resort and Marina features 59 newly renovated deluxe guestrooms. Little Palm Island in the Lower Florida Keys is upgrading six bungalow-style suites.

In Key West, The Gates Hotel debuted its initial building in Spring 2015 and plans to open a second building in Spring 2016. May 2015 saw the opening of the second Keys Collection property, The Fairfield Inn and Suites.

Southernmost on the Beach, La Mer and the Dewey House are united in one resort named Southernmost Beach Resort Key West. Southern Cross Hotel has been transformed and rebranded into Saint Hotel Key West.

The Hilton Garden Inn is set for completion in early 2016.

North Carolina’s new hotel opening

The Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Carolina, opened its doors in early December.

North Carolina

Inspired by the eclectic mix of cottages and farmhouses that were once located on the property, the new property features 209 guest rooms.

The estate includes a 250-room house, a winery and Anther Hill Village with shops, restaurants and more.

The new property opened just in time for the well-known Biltmore Christmas celebrations. As America’s largest residential home, the property is decorated with over 65 decorated trees, miles of garlands and lights, live music and more.

This year’s theme is ‘A Gilded Age Christmas’ drawing grand and elegant details from the Vanderbilt family, who lived at the property.

Daytime celebrations continue up until January 10 and Christmas evenings take place until January 2.