Key West, Florida is known for being the southernmost city in the continental United States, but that designation doesn’t begin to do this tropical island paradise justice. Sparkling turquoise ocean waters are filled with colorful fish and plants, and give visitors the opportunity to fish, scuba dive, or go boating. The brilliant sunsets are the perfect backdrop for a relaxing dinner or a romantic walk through town. Historic architecture fills streets lined with palm trees. Some buildings date back to the Spanish monarchs, before the Keys were connected to the mainland, and although there are plenty of modern conveniences, they are balanced with the historic charm of conch houses and gingerbread mansions.
Does this sound like the perfect stretch of paradise for your next vacation? If so, then you’ll love experiencing Key West while lodging at a resort that offers the perfect blend of modern convenience, historical character, and environmental friendliness: The Banyan Resort!
Today, the Banyan Resort is an Eco-friendly lodging facility located in Old Town, Key West, but the buildings that make up the Banyan have a rich and interesting history. Six homes were built on a street lined with sturdy old Banyan trees in the mid-1800’s. These were the private homes of some of the wealthier residents of this Bahamian- and African-influenced city, and they featured deep verandas, traditional Victorian styling, and sturdy construction that weathered the sands of time. In the 1980’s, when tourism to the Keys began to surge, the owners pooled their properties together into the Banyan Guest House, a tourist destination that was wildly popular during tourism’s “In” season, but struggling during the off season. The owners decided to try the fairly new timeshare concept, and The Banyan Resort became a popular year-round destination, with the owners building two more homes on the properties to accommodate more guests.
Today, the Banyan resort consists of eight homes offering modern studio and suite-style lodging for overnight, weekend, and long-term lodging. All of the property on the estate is owned by the homeowners, and it has been a “sold out” resort for over 10 years, which means each unit is individually owned, and can be reserved by vacationers to the Key West area during the times when the owners are not staying there.
Guests can choose a fully equipped studio unit, or one to two bedroom suites, all with full kitchens including all appliances necessary for cooking meals in the room. All units also have air conditioning and ceiling fans to combat the tropical heat, modern conveniences such as cable, mobile device docking stations, and free Wi-Fi. Within the estate are solar panel temperature-controlled pools, a Jacuzzi, a biodegradable Tiki Bar, and lush tropical gardens perfect for strolling. The Old Town is just a quick walk from the resort, where guests can enjoy a meal, shopping, or sightseeing.
The Banyan takes being green very seriously. The resort was certified in 2007 by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection as a Green Lodging Facility. The facility was the first resort in the Florida Keys and the first condominium association in Florida to receive the certification. The resort had to undergo a rigorous process to be considered for certification, which included submitting an application, implementing a Green Team, making an environmental assessment, and completing improvement projects. Achieving certification was the first step in the resort’s firm commitment to environmental initiatives at the Banyan, including putting policies in place for water and electricity conservation, environmentally sound gardening practices, purchasing and use of green products, and an effective waste management and recycling program.
The Florida Keys are a unique and valuable natural resource, and the Banyan Resort is focused on doing their part to keep the Keys healthy and beautiful long into the future. Guests experiencing this unique location will enjoy luxurious accommodations, a relaxing atmosphere, and access to all the Florida Keys has to offer.