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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
My friends and I decided to kick off the summer with a Spa day at Playa Largo. The property is beautiful and reminded us how lucky we are to live where people vacation. Spa services were amazing. I was greeted with a warm smile and instantly felt relaxed. Marline made sure my pedicure continued that vibe. She was amazing and a delight to spend an hour with...will need to come back to close off the summer! Highly recommend Marline.
We stayed here in May 2019. Absolutely lovely. Rooms, pools, sea, swimming, staff. Fantastic rooms, great beds, lovely bathroom. Definitely recommend this resort! And, I got to ring the bell first when the sun touched the sea at sunset and got a free drink ;)
This is a beautiful hotel with really great people working here! Two comments: we asked (and paid for) an upgraded room to be a bay view. When we got to our room it was a view of the pool and if you looked really hard to your left you can see a little of the bay. We asked if there was a room with a bay view and were 1st show a room in a tower away from the main area and looked over a open grass areas and a parking lot....then she said there’s one on the 3rd floor in the same building we were initially... So we went there and it was more of a bay view but still over the pool. Also, if your looking for a adult, no kids kind of vacation this isn’t that. It’s very family friendly and there’s a bunch of kids for kids to play with. Otherwise it’s a beautiful place!
We didn't know what to expect with the mixed reviews but we were beyond happy with our stay. The beach is nice and it's nice to hang out in the water just hang out. Would be nice if they had service that brought you drinks into the water. The gym and spa are also nice and great touch. Alberto in the spa is absolutely amazing at what he does and his knowledge and skills in medical massage are evident. I highly recommend him! In fact I highly recommend this resort period you won't regret it.
We just returned from Playa Largo and had a fabulous time. The seafood, sunsets and relaxing vibes were unreal and we can’t wait to go back! The bayfront suites do not disappoint- very spacious, clean and astetically pleasing (clean nautical decorations). The pool and beach front were beautiful and clean...very inviting. Please be advised this is a kid friendly resort so the pool did get busy on the weekend. The Sand bar was fun as a place to grab drinks close to the pool and Fermin and Violet were great bar tenders. We spent most of our nights eating out in Key Largo but returned to the sushi bar for drinks, churros for dessert and card games. We had a fabulous bar tender there but unfortunately only remembered she is from New York originally. Sol by the Sea had great food and we ate breakfast at La Marena 2 days- the buffet is great! I will say the management and staff are all very professional and there was a high presence of staff everywhere to help if you need it. It’s a smaller resort but we liked the intimate feel. The only suggestion I would make would be to increase the lunch menu at the pool and/or sol by the sea- most folks tended to stay around the pool and the menu was a bit limited after a few days of eating the same thing. I think adding pizza and a few more sandwiches would be great! Overall, spectacular views and vibes lended itself to a magical week away! We will be back soon!