Little Torch Key Travel Guide
When he's not out stumping for the presidency, Republican candidate John McCain and his wife Cindy have a favorite retreat that takes them out of the desert of Arizona. And it sure helps that Cindy's got enough money to pay for it.
The conservative duo like to get their togetherness on at the ritzy Little Palm Island in the Florida Keys. On Jan. 20 of this year, the two camped out for a night in the Cormorant Suite, one of 30 on the private island resort (accessible only by boat or seaplane). But this wasn't their first visit.
The couple has love-nested two previous times at resort where President Harry Truman once stayed (wishful foreshadowing on McCain's part?)
Not only did Forbes recently release their 400 richest people list, but the magazine also published a feature on the nations most expensive hotels.
When you got the dough you gotta know where to go, right?
What properties made the list?
5,000-per-night Mansion at MGM Grand in Las Vegas was at the top, and the $600-a-night Inn at Palmetto Bluff in South Carolina brought up the rear.
What do you get for all that money?
Privacy, service, and space.
Let's look a little closer at one of the top resorts on the list, Little Palm Island in the Florida Keys.
Little Palm sounds incredible, until you hear the price tag. Private bungalows complete with sundecks, ocean views, only accessible by boat or seaplane, hammocks abound, all of this sounds like the makings of an incredibly romantic trip. However, the $1,095 a night price tag is out of this word. When you have a price tag that high, you better be able to hold up to scrutiny, and the Little Palm in seems to have a couple kinks.
Supposedly, Harry Truman stayed at this resort, and some guests feel that Little Palm feels as if it hasn't been updated since the Truman administration. Other guests claim that a better name for the resort may be Little-To-Do-On-Palm Island. Now, maybe these guests are a bit harsh, or are not being imaginative enough with their time, but if you slap a 1k/night price tag on your resort you are setting the bar high. We want free booze and free food at that price, at the very least, and at the most we want to be treated like American royalty.
But you say, aside from price, the Little Palms looks like an incredible place for that romantic getaway. We would agree, and urge you to begin negotiating. Do you really think every guest pays their $1095 rack rate? Hell no. So if you want to go, pick up the phone and start negotiating. We guarantee your vacation will be an order of magnitude more pleasant if you know you knocked hundreds of dollars off the rack rate.
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