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The Only 5-Star Hotel in Key Largo: Playa Largo Resort & Spa

The Only 5-Star Hotel in Key Largo: Playa Largo Resort & Spa

As much as I love traveling around the world, I also make a point to enjoy what’s in my own backyard. In other words, I am a big fan of staycations! Living in Fort Lauderdale, I have so many gorgeous places around me to whisk away to for some rest and relaxation. Playa Largo Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection in Key Largo is the perfect place to do just that. This luxurious resort opened two years ago and it is the only five star hotel in Key Largo!

Entrance to Playa Largo Resort & Spa
Entrance to Resort – Photo Credit: Playa Largo Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection 

Some would say this is the Pearl of the Florida Keys, and so I was more than happy to stay for a couple of days. Check-in was a breeze thanks to the warm and welcoming expert concierge who know anything and everything about the Keys. Even before you step into your room, Playa Largo offers mesmerizing views of Florida Bay which gave me such a calming effect and put me in ultimate vacation mode.

Playa Largo Resort & Spa Lobby Area
Lobby Reception Area – Playa Largo Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection  
Hanging Chairs in the Reception Area- Playa Largo Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection
Enjoying the Hanging Chairs at Playa Largo Resort & Spa - Key Largo
Enjoying the Hanging Chairs at Playa Largo Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection – Key Largo

Accommodations at Playa Largo Resort & Spa

Playa Largo has an impressive 177 luxurious rooms, suites, private bungalows and even a private beach house. I enjoyed my Partial Bay King Size Room. For 48 hours, it was my own little slice of paradise.  The room has a round table that we used as a desk that could easily roll out from under the cabinet for additional use.

Partial Bay King Size Room - Playa Largo Resort & Spa, Key Largo
Partial Bay King Room – Playa Largo Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection – Key Largo
Partial Bay King Room - Playa Largo Resort & Spa, Key Largo
Partial Bay King Room Sitting Area and Storage- Playa Largo Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection – Key Largo

The bathroom was very spacious with a rain shower and had light coming in from the glass openings that faced into the bedroom.  They were frosted so privacy isn’t an issue.

Playa Largo Resort & Spa - Bathroom Suite
Playa Largo Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection  – Partial Bay King Bathroom Suite

I loved the elegant yet comfortable decor, and most importantly, the views from my balcony.

Overlooking the Pool Area from my Partial Ocean Room at Playa Largo Resort & Spa - Key Largo
Overlooking the Pool Area from my room – Playa Largo Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection – Key Largo

Pool and Beach Area at Playa Largo Resort & Spa

I was amazed at how expansive Playa Largo is, with over 14 beautiful, secluded, and beachfront acres in historic Key Largo. One major highlight is their beachfront playground which features a fresh water pool, private cabanas, fire pits, the Sandbar and several Watersport programs. They make sure every type of person can enjoy some fun in the sun. I always enjoy lounging by the pool, while hearing the ocean waves crashing onto the shore.

Pool Area at Playa Largo Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection
Pool Area at Playa Largo Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection
Sand Bar - Playa Largo Resort & Spa, Key Largo
Sand Bar – Playa Largo Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection – Key Largo

The beach is shallow, clear and no waves. It is accessible by a staircase. There are lounges, shade and beach service at the ready if you  just put your flag up.

Playa Largo Resort & Spa - Beach Area
Beach Area at Playa Largo Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection
Fire Pit on the Beach - Playa Largo Resort & Spa, Key Largo
Fire Pit on the Beach – Playa Largo Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection – Key Largo
Admiring the sunset from the Beach Bar at Playa Largo Resort & Spa - Key Largo
Admiring the sunset from the Beach Bar at Playa Largo Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection – Key Largo
The Pool Area at Sunset - Playa Largo Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection, Key Largo
The Pool Area at Sunset – Playa Largo Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection, Key Largo

Dining Options at Playa Largo Resort & Spa

I particularly liked how convenient the Sandbar was located to all of these fun outdoor amenities. However, that isn’t the only dining establishment on property! You can also indulge in their 3 other restaurants: Sol by the Sea, Las Olas Ceviche Bar and La Marea.

I particularly enjoyed a fabulous lunch at Sol by the Sea one afternoon. I ordered fresh fish tacos and a tropical piña colada which I would highly recommend. This restaurant offers dockside dining atop white-washed tables, pastel fabrics, and driftwood benches all topped off with a dash of Bohemian culture.

Sol By The Sea - Playa Largo Resort
Sol By The Sea Seating Area – Playa Largo Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection – Key Largo
Sol By The Sea Restaurant - Playa Largo Resort & Spa, Key Largo
Sol By The Sea Restaurant Indoor/Outdoor Seating- Playa Largo Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection – Key Largo
Sol By The Sea Restaurant - Playa Largo Resort & Spa, Key Largo
Fish Tacos and Pina Colada at Sol By The Sea Restaurant – Playa Largo Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection 

If you’re looking for a romantic date night and fine dining, I’d pick La Marea. This restaurant is the cornerstone of the Playa Largo Resort’s culinary experience, offering tantalizing seasonal dishes with exquisite wine pairings.  I ordered a delicious snapper dish, and my husband went with a traditional steak.  They offer both indoor and outdoor seating as well.

La Marea Restaurant - Playa Largo, Key Largo
Dining at La Marea Restaurant – Playa Largo Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection – Key Largo
La Marea Exterior Seating Area - Playa Largo Resort & Spa, Key Largo
La Marea Exterior Seating Area – Playa Largo Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection – Key Largo

Breakfast is also served in the morning buffet style at La Marea, but you can also order off the menu.

 La Marea Breakfast Buffet Selections
La Marea Breakfast Buffet Selections – Playa Largo Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection – Key Largo
Las Olas Ceviche Bar – Playa Largo Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection – Key Largo
Sunset Terrace Photo Credit: Playa Largo Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection
Sunset Terrace Photo Credit: Playa Largo Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection

Spa & Fitness Center at Playa Largo Resort & Spa

After an afternoon of fun in the sun, I enjoyed visiting the Ocean Spa. This is a very tranquil and calming island spa experience, which is exactly what I was hoping for! You begin your relaxation in their spa lounge where you are offered refreshing hibiscus ice tea or a tropical beverage. To make it even better, they also offer a bite of spice dark chocolate while browsing the menu of treatments. Everything is centered around looking and feeling your best while revitalizing body, mood, and complexion.

Ocean Spa - Photo Credit Playa Largo Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection - Key Largo
Ocean Spa – Photo Credit: Playa Largo Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection – Key Largo
Fitness Center - Playa Largo Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection
Fitness Center – Playa Largo Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection

I left Playa Largo Resort & Spa feeling fully relaxed and appreciative of the beautiful state I live in! After all, that is what a staycation is all about and this luxury resort ticked all of those boxes for me.

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About the author

Carmen Edelson is the Founder of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Our travels allows her the opportunity to pursuit her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.

14 Comments

  1. chichi
    Reply

    the sunset photo is breathtaking! would love to spend time at this property!
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    • Carmen Edelson

      It’s amazing and I hope you get to visit 🙂

  2. Rachel
    Reply

    It looks like Key Largo is on my travel bucket list now! This hotel is incredible!

    • Carmen Edelson

      It should definitely be on your bucket list!

  3. What a wonderful place for a vacation! Gah! I want to go!

    • Carmen Edelson

      Definitely add it to your list 🙂

  4. OK adding to my bucket list! Ive only ever stayed in a 5 star once in Puerto Rico ……. LIFE CHANGING!

    • Carmen Edelson

      Yes, I can imagine!!

  5. I love how this hotel looks. It reminds me of when I stayed at Sandals Grenada. I love all the different places to sit and relax, and of course, to eat!

    • Carmen Edelson

      It’s the perfect place to relax 🙂

  6. Kelsie Corbett
    Reply

    How beautiful!! I love the views and the sunset!! That place looks amazing!

    • Carmen Edelson

      Definitely one of my favorite resorts in Florida!

  7. Wow! It looks very luxurious and exquisite! I would love to visit some time and try it.

    • Carmen Edelson

      I hope you get to!

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