Playa Largo Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection
What We Love
- The sunset sailing charters that leave from the resort’s private marina
- Rooms come with iPads and Smart TVs so guests can sync their personal streaming accounts, like Netflix
- Eating local fresh seafood while overlooking the bay at Sol by the Sea, set in a reclaimed boathouse
- Illy espresso machines in each room
What To Know
- The (heated) pool is open 24 hours
- Daily sunset drinks are priced at $5
- There’s a summer camp for kids with crafts, swimming, and other activities
- Ask for a room with waterfront views
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
It’s been decades since a new, full-service resort arrived in Key Largo, so lots of attention has been paid to Playa Largo, which is conveniently close to Miami while offering all the white beaches and tropical feel of the Keys. Set on 14 acres, the luxury resort has plenty of dining options and sporty things to do, although it might be tempting to spend all your time on the beach. The lobby is full-on “Miami Modern”—think mid-century pieces plus terrazzo floors and lots of sailing references including lanterns shaped like lighthouses wood-paneled walls in the large rooms, each with its own balcony. Outdoors, the man-made beach is easily accessed and strewn with clever hammock pods as well as more conventional lounge chairs. The resort is clearly intended for guests to spend most of their time outdoors: there’s even an onsite vendor for kayaks and paddle boards, tennis and basketball courts, as well as the beach and pool.
In the Area
Playa Largo is a handy, hour-long drive from Miami, which makes for easy access for both city dwellers and out-of-towners. In addition to zipping into the city for a night out, there’s plenty to do near the resort, including the bars and restaurants of Key Largo. Snorkeling at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is a must, where scuba divers can check out the largest living coral reef on the continent. Closer to the resort, guests can swim with dolphins or take tours in a glass-bottom boat that cruises over the clear waters.
How to Get There
We were lucky enough to stay in one of their suites that looked over the pool and ocean. The room was absolutely beautiful - clean and very well appointed. The halls were quiet, the service was excellent (super friendly staff) and we loved every minute of this stay. The only critique would be the cost of the meals - the menus were great but the prices were quite steep which drove us off the resort for a few meals. We combined this with getting our scuba certification as Scuba Fun (separately reviewed), and the resort was a fantastic place to come back to after a day in the ocean. Would definitely stay there again!
We spent our Thanksgiving holiday at this resort. I have stayed in all Marriott properties in Key Largo area and this is definite the best and worth the extra money. Even though there's not a real beach, the hotel has a nice sandy waterfront area with plenty of chairs. The ocean water is clear and clam. There are so many fishes. The pool is big and well designed. Our hotel room is very morden, spacious and clean.Every room has a balcony. The staff are very nice, and there is 24-hour service around the pool area. Overall it's a very pleasant experience.
We stayed here with another family. We had teen kids. Pros: room very clean and spacious, nice staff, great pool. Cons: NO BEACH, no where to walk on the property. I would not stay here again for a warm weather trip because I like to walk on the beach and/or on the grounds. The resort is right on the busy road. There isn’t anything worth walking to from the hotel. If a real beach is not important to you, this is a nice place to sit by a pool or kayak. This may be the way the Keys are for all hotels. Not sure.
Playa Largo is a mere 2 hour jaunt from NYC and an hour in an UBER. It is low-key and quiet. A rest vacation versus a culture or glam break. Two shout outs, the Bungalows Manager Andrea Conte is super nice and on the ball leaving chocolate covered strawberries for me! The bungalows are great for larger groups, families and come with full kitchen, washer and dryer (Bosch) and two levels - beautiful master bath. Super comfortable and luxe. Second Sol by the Sea is the best outlet for food on the resort. The views are amazing at Sunset. The bartender Angela is warm, funny and great to talk to about KL. Makes a mean mojito. The fish tacos with Mahi Mahi are delicious! And so is the Key Lime dessert.
My wife and I chose the Playa Largo Resort and Spa for a short getaway and so glad we did. The staff is exceptionally friendly and accommodating from the moment you enter the property. The resort is magnificent, the staff are all friendly and focused on making your stay special. A special call out to 2 of the bartenders, Angela and Matt who were incredible mixologists with a friendly smile. Another staff member, Paul, who I believe has worked there for awhile was awesome. We ran into him a few times and he was always asking how he could make our stay memorable. The GM of the property, Kerem, has done a great job training the Playa Largo team and it's no wonder the property is consistently ranked 1 of the best in the Keys.
I look forward to visiting again.