Opened in 2014, The Retreat in Marathon (“The Retreat”) was designed and purpose-built as a labor of love by serial entrepreneur John Ratliff. Every detail of the luxury boutique resort property was conceived and meticulously architected with the needs of entrepreneurs, executive teams and forum groups in mind. We have created an inviting, open and luxurious atmosphere at The Retreat that fosters inspirational thinking, while also giving everyone the time to relax and have fun.

The Villa at The Retreat is comprised of the Main House and the Bali Guest House. With 10,000+ square feet of livable space spanning across the two structures, The Retreat is the perfect intimate home setting for large gatherings of executive teams or families and friends that can accommodate 16 people comfortably.

The Perfect Destination for Executive Retreats

Designed to meet the destination meeting and retreat needs of senior teams, executive boards, entrepreneurs and Entrepreneur Organizations (EO) and Young Presidents Organizations (YPO) business forum groups, The Retreat has the amenities to satisfy all the work, play, culinary and entertainment needs of the most discerning guests.

Built with the goal of offering a highly creative and relaxing atmosphere in mind, The Retreat has an executive-level conference room, coupled with other more relaxed and aesthetically pleasing gathering places around the property that will help teams come up with the next big idea or strategic breakthrough while taking your group to the next level.

An Intimate and Private Resort for Vacations and Getaways

The Retreat is a perfect setting to steal away for a vacation with your family or friends, or to have that perfect destination wedding in a private and intimate resort setting, that offers the comfort and coziness that you enjoy at your own home. Our brand promise is simple, to offer a special place for families and friends to gather.

Our boutique resort property nestled in the old world charm and beauty of Marathon, Florida has all the amenities to pamper you with 5-star luxury. We like to think of it as an island oasis in the Florida Keys.

Most guests plan day trips each day of their stay to explore the local surroundings. At the end of the week, they often say they cancelled their trips – citing “why would you leave such a perfect place to spend a day?”

Our Founder and His Vision for The Retreat

John Ratliff has been a serial entrepreneur for over 20 years, and The Retreat was built out of his passion to create a destination retreat and resort where executive teams, entrepreneurs and forum groups could be brought together outside the office.

John believes that a creative, relaxing setting away from the demands and distractions of the workplace produces a better, more creative meeting and result.

John’s vision and high attention to details ensures The Retreat delivers a highly creative and relaxing atmosphere that will help teams come up with the next big idea or strategic breakthrough.

The Retreat is also a perfect destination resort ideal for family vacations, reunions, gatherings with friends and intimate weddings – all of which supports John’s belief that The Retreat is a special place for families and friends, of all ages, to gather.

Our Reviews

What Our Guests Are Saying
We are proud and honored to have our two properties, The Retreat and Sunset Point at The Retreat, boast over 50 combined 5-star reviews, and rated excellent. Below are some of the lastest reviews.

Rick F. We spend one week with our entire family of 12 at Marathon. The house is exactly as advertised and yes as the video says once you are there you won't want to leave. Ruth was fantastic and the best chef ever! I personally gained 5 pounds while under Ruth's culinary care. Make sure you do at least one meal prepared by Ruth to complete a perfect stay. We played more games and had more fun than we ever would have had at a resort. I would highly recommend this stay to anyone, it is amazing! - Rick F.
, Booked on Vrbo 5/5
Marc R. Terrific for families, business groups and friends. Every space is perfectly thought out from the Westin mattresses to the TVs near every couch, chair, pool, bar and conference room. This home has more refrigerators than I could count. We appreciated the extra touches, the boat, kayaks and paddle boards. Ruth is a wonderful host and phenomenal chef. Thx to Ruth, Luis and crew. - Marc R.
, Booked on Vrbo 5/5
Barry K. We did our company leadership planning here and it was perfect for the 11 of us for the three and half days we were there. The entire property is first class and has all the amenities of a five star property. Everything you need is there and if you do need anything Ruth was there to take care of it. She is the ambassador, chef and concierge with a little help from Krista to make sure the experience is one of a lifetime. A huge thanks to them for making our visit exceptional. My team loved it and have already placed a hold for next year. - Barry K.
, Booked on Vrbo 5/5
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