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 just stayed at the Playa Largo for 5 days with our family of 11, including 5 kids ages 7,6,5,4, and 1. We had the most amazing time and our kids can’t wait to go back. We normally fly to the Caribbean islands but staying at the Playa Largo felt equivalent. The staff was so very attentive and would go above and beyond to please us with anything we asked. The food was delicious at all the restaurants and their Key Lime Pie was the best over any other place in the Keys. They incorporate coconut into their crust and oh sooooo good! I got one to go and brought it home with me. We purchased the insulated playa largo cups for $12 which included unlimited non alcoholic beverage refills. They are the perfect size and great as a souvenir. We refilled them with the passion fruit lemonade which was so refreshing and delicious! The last day I dropped my cup and it cracked. The bartender was kind enough to give me a replacement for free! Super nice staff! The rooms were gorgeous. Tall ceilings and plenty of space. High end furnishings and very comfortable beds.
The kids had fun in the pool and even fishing with bait on the dock was included. My 7 year old caught 3 snapper and we even caught barracuda right off the dock. The kids snorkeled in the ocean and saw fish and sea life while I relaxed on the lounge chair on the beach. There are activities planned for the kids but mine were happy doing all the water sports. I am already booking our next vacation here. Luxurious, beautiful, impeccable lush tropical landscape, and quite peaceful. We love it here and haven’t seen anything like it before in the Keys! The resort iguanas were fun to see each day! You must visit! Oh and take your kids to the Theater of the Sea only 20 minutes south. It’s like a mini sea world but smaller scale and so much better. My kids got to touch the sea lions, and kiss the dolphins, we felt like VIPs because everything is up close and personal. We loved every second!
Our family of 4 visited Playa Largo after school ended and had a fantastic experience over the 2 days we stayed. From the beginning we were recognized as past guest and welcomed back. Our room was upgraded to a resort view with balcony from a standard room--so this was a great surprise! The pool and beach is really spectacular. Sunsets poolside are really beautiful and the Sand Bar staff did a great job of keeping our family happy (Thanks Rio and Makeda!). Sol by the Sea was a fun dining experience at sunset on our last night. The kids were able to chase bait fish and other sea creatures right off the beach steps just a few yards from the pool. The resort-sponsored activities were great as well. The staff at Playa Kids (kids area) were friendly and excited to welcome our kids and engage them in activities. They made hemp bracelets, homemade pizza and special gifts for dad (Father's Day weekend). The kiddos were most excited by the Marine Science Eco Experience scientists where they were able to get hands on time with some real live sea creatures--horseshoe crabs, spiny and brittle starfish, sea cucumbers and sea urchins. It is definitely on the higher end of hotels in the keys for cost per night, but we felt the overall experience was worth the added cost (again, this was our second visit). We only had one issue, but I mention it as a positive guest recovery situation. The shower had a moldy smell. We deduced it was the shower curtain and called housekeeping. While it didn't get resolved that same night, the staff contacted us to apologize and told us they apologized and would rectify it at checkout. Later that afternoon when we settled our bill, the staff again apologized and adjusted our bill to compensate us for their oversight and inconvenience. This is a very well-run resort and the staff is very focused on ensuring every aspect of their guests' vacations are fulfilled. Will definitely be back!
We just returned from a 4 day weekend with another couple. It was a nice getaway without the kids. Key Largo and this resort proved to be a nice place to do it. We did a lot of just sitting in a chair by the pool or by the beach and cooling off once in a while.
But we also did some paddle boarding, yoga, and running.
Specific staff that were great:
Rio, a poolside server provided friendly, careful service with a smile.
Matt, Ryan, and Jason at Las Olas have elevated the hotel lobby cocktail bar to a new height. Their jovial friendly manner and their craft cocktail skills were a joy.
Angela at Sol is a treasure, make sure to try her Caipirinha.
I would suggest this place for an adult getaway or a family vacation.
I decided to go to key largo overnight from Miami for a mini getaway.
Options in key largo were all bad until recently. I looked on TripAdvisor and saw glowing reviews on playa largo which belongs to Marriott . I decided to give it a try .
I booked through Marriott website to get benefits such as
Late checkout , free breakfast, lounge access etc
The hotel is part of Marriott autograph collection so my reservation seemed pretty clear about getting some of those benefits
Upon arrival , only one front desk attendant was available
He confirmed the free room upgrade , which was only available with double beds but that’s fine.
He told me he could see my status but the hotel was not giving any perks to Marriott status members:
No late check out , no free breakfast , no nothing.
Ok, fine . He finally grants me a 2 pm late checkout and offers those wrist bands for free to access the pool.
Which resort , 4 or 5 star resort , ever , charge for pool access on top of resort fees to access a pool?
Is this some new spirit airline copycat applied to a “luxury resort”?
Next morning I call the front desk to see if I could have a later check out
The attendant tells me there is no mention of a late checkout at 2 but he might able to do 1 pm and that I have to understand those late check out do change depending on reservation. Right... how about you call me to let me know of that change?
My next question was the possibility of shower after checking out (to rinse off from the beach) before traveling ... he told me sure , there are transit rooms by the pool deck just ask a pool attendant .
Ok.... not bad. So I’m on my way to the front desk where again I have to wait to be greeted by a pretentious arrogant , annoyed attendant . She then tells me that there are no showers available . Again I would be fine with that if I had the information before hand so I can plan my day accordingly . She was rude and her behavior would not be acceptable in a motel 6 let alone in a wannabe 5 star resort .
After I briefly scold her she reluctantly offers me to use the spa showers when I’m done pointing out that she is doing me a immense favor because usually they don’t do that.
The management is to blame here for lack of training
It’s even more upsetting because the resort is great!
Everything is beautiful ,landscape, architecture , decor , extremely clean , food is great. The resort itself is an amazing surprise in the Keys. What a shame they have rude and untrained staff.
I will reach out to Marriott as well to let them things must change
Situated Bayfront in the beautiful Florida Keys, Playa Largo Resort & Spa is a unique property perfect for a romantic getaway or relaxing spa experience! The lobby bar is central to inside activities, while the outside bar and restaurant are convenient to all the tropical fun!