Remember the old saying about the $5,000 cheeseburger? It still holds, but thanks to a partnership between Aura Jets and Latitudes, the beachfront restaurant of Sunset Key, you don’t need your own jet to experience it.
Launched in October, the Jet Set Dining program is, in a nutshell, an opportunity to have dinner on the charming island off Key West and be back home by 10 p.m. It begins with a 40-minute Champagne flight in one of Aura’s private aircraft, leaving from Galaxy Aviation in Palm Beach and Boca Aviation in Boca. A driver meets guests on the tarmac of Key West International Airport to transport them to the docks, where a boat awaits (or is en route, in which case more Champagne is poured) to shuttle them to Sunset Key.
Alighting on the 27-acre island is an immediate attitude adjustment. Maybe it’s those metal-roofed gingerbread cottages, or the sailboats docked offshore, or the sun dipping toward the western horizon. But more likely it’s the table set up on the sand beneath the palms, a few feet from the water. Torches line the perimeter and, on cool nights, fire pits add ambience—and an extra measure of warmth.
That’s the table reserved for the Jet Set Dining experience. There is no preset menu for the program, so indulgence may take many different forms. Some may choose a decadent feast consisting of local seafood classics—coconut-crusted grouper, yellowtail snapper with Florida clams, butter-poached Florida lobster tail—and others may opt for cocktails and dinner by the bite. The small-plate menu features such items as lobster fondue and Key West shrimp with a Bloody Mary shooter.
Of course, that cheeseburger is always an option. As the song suggests, a “huge hunk of meat” tastes better in paradise.
Jet Set Dining is available for parties of two to six people and is priced from $5,000. (800-840-1995, westinsunsetkeycottages.com, aurajets.com)
An aerial view of Sunset Key and Latitudes resort.
Seaside dining at Latitudes. Pictured: Snapper and scallops.
The views from Latitudes' gingerbread cottages are hard to beat.
A dockside view of Latitudes.