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
A beautiful resort with friendly staff and lots of amenities that made it a good choice for a vacation with our two adult kids..something we don’t get to do very often! Tennis for the guys on clay courts was great, paddle boarding where I saw dolphins. Good food at Sol. My only big complaint would be the abundance of cigarette boats that pulled into the resort the last two days of our stay. They were SO noisy and it made the quiet of a beach escape feel disrupted when they pulled in and out all day. Not sure why they were all here at once? The very loud afternoons spoiled the ending of an otherwise nice week...maybe there was some kind of power boating event, but if so, wish I had known ahead of time, might have booked elsewhere?
We booked this resort last minute - just wanted to escape the cold NY weather and relax in sunny Florida for a week. As it turned out, we had a very nice time in a beautiful setting with just one rainy day.
As mentioned by others, the staff - from housekeeping to front desk - were exceptionally gracious and pleasant to deal with. Any and all requests were promptly filled with a simple phone call.
The hotel itself sits on a large parcel at the water's edge - large pool and beach area - we never had a problem finding a lounge chair in a shady spot anywhere. We would start off our day in the beach area and wind up back to the pool and hot tub by late afternoon. Drinks and snacks brought to your chair or you can dine table and chair at the pool bar. Plenty of kids around the pool, not so much beach.
Our room was on the 2nd floor with balcony overlooking the courtyard Not too bad for last minute. King bed was very comfortable as we both slept like rocks more than a few nights of our stay - a feat not accomplished too often in hotel rooms. Nespresso espresso maker, large Samsung LED TV, safe, and mini-refrigerator . An iPad was available to make requests from anything from hangers to soap to bathrobes, all complimentary.
Onsite dining was about the only minor letdown. For a resort this classy, dining options were unremarkable. In fact, the same basic menu was in all dining spots including pool bar. Breakfast, however, was fine: choice of hot or cold buffets or a la carte eggs, pancakes, cereals, etc. Note that 18% service charge is added to all food bills, including pool bar. Feel free to leave a bit more - as mentioned, the service here is terrific. Luckily, Key Largo has many casual and inexpensive 'fish houses' a short 5-15 minute drive away - very fresh fish in casual pub like setting. For more upscale dining, take a 20 minute drive south to Islamorada.
Bottom line: Very relaxing, upscale place for couples and families not too far from south Florida airports.
This is now our 6th visit to this hotel. It has become one of my favorite hotels. This was the first time we had been here during the very busy season and staff continued to work to meet all the needs of the guests and there were SO many people here.
Of course we found the best service at the pool as always Kevin and Kevia took care of anything we needed handling so many people like total professionals- this type of service during high occupancy is critical to the customer stay and they killed it.
We had some personal issues with our schedules with picking up and leaving our vehicles at odd hours as well as my husband and I arrived Separate days and Terry In Valet was again just there helping us as well as Kevin to be sure we were taken care of despite so many people needing a million things at one time. Such great customer service!
And last but certainly not least Jo Jo in concierge saved the day when I had to completely rearrange my schedule and head home early with zero transportation.. Lifesaver!!
The rooms are so beautiful I did have one small issue but seriously Patrick took care of it and well again you just can’t say enough about the customer experience it can make or break a say. And they made it!!
As I have personally witnessed the hotel take feedback from customers and make changes I would leave a few small suggestions
- I heard several guests frustrated that they could not get mats and that other guests got them and would keep them. It seemed like fewer this time I personally experienced this
-the coffee stand is one of my absolute favorites but I often found it without cups or coffee and had to bother the folks in the restaurant
-be consistent with your message around saving seats. I saw people going out at 7:00 am and saving seats and not showing back up for hours. I know his can be tricky but in high season it’s the first time I had issues with seats
I highly recommend this hotel I cannot day enough about it. I am already looking forward to my next stay!!
I would definitely recommend Playa Largo Resort for both couples and families. The staff, namely the three gentlemen that handle Club Playa Largo, were excellent. They were very attentive and accommodating. Additionally, Lindsay (Food and Beverage manager) was awesome in assisting us with some issues we had with Club Playa Largo. She went above and beyond her role for us.
The resort was beautiful, clean and relaxing. I would recommend upgrading to Club Playa Largo. The only recommendations would be some tweaks to Club Playa Largo. The concept is great and is worth the extra money, but there needs to be some adjustments, especially to the private beach area. There was no "private" section of the beach as advertised, even after this was raised to the staff. Although there were two signs, they were not clear and other non-club guests used the area (likely because they didn't know). We would recommend clearly separating the private beach, and also having the club staff attend to the beach area, as opposed to having the guests walk back and forth to the clubhouse for self service. Alternatively, the resort could allow club guests to merely get free service from the Sand Bar (as included in the club package), especially since the clubhouse had limited drink options. Also, a private area in the pool would be a nice perk for club members. Overall, we had a relaxing and enjoyable experience.
Execution leaves a bit to be desired but personnel are exceptional. In particular, Issam Ahmad, F&B Mgr and Eli Bermudez , Asst Mgr went out of their way to fix problems and make our stay a fantastic one.
This is a great place for a romantic getaway