You can make it to the Caribbean in about four hours, that is, if you’re flying from the NY/NJ area. You can also take a trip to the Florida Keys in the same amount of time—minus all the luggage schlepping, passport requirements and U.S. Customs patrol. The Sunshine State has its own fair share of stunning island landscapes, with picturesque seas and soft white-sand beaches. Making its home right on the waterfront is Playa Largo Resort & Spa, a recently-built luxury retreat embracing an Ameri-Caribbean aesthetic.
Playa Largo is situated on 14.5 secluded acres and is the newest hotel in the Upper Keys in over 20 years. As part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection, the resort is transforming what was once a sleepy fishing town into a now upscale, chic getaway for vacationers looking to splurge on something more high-end. Playa Largo features 177 rooms and suits on its main campus and includes a pool with cabanas, fire pits, Kids Club, and of course, the Ocean Spa. They also offer amenities that cater to more active guests, including complimentary bike rentals, jogging paths, and courts for tennis and basketball.
All that being said, what might be the property’s most compelling attribute is its “hotel-within-a-hotel” known as The Hammocks. Nestled amongst literal Florida Hammocks (trees) and tropical foliage, The Hammocks house an additional 10 two-story bungalows and a three-bedroom “Beach House” mansion. The Hammocks exist in their own private enclave within Playa Largo, perfect for those looking for a low-key ambiance that’s just a stroll away from the action.
Guests of the bungalows will experience charming cottages with master bedrooms that take up the entire second floor, lookout decks, full kitchens, living rooms and secluded back porches. And if you book the Beach House, expect tropical colonial-style living quarters with three master bedrooms, wrap-around balconies and a private pool. Either way, those who choose to stay at The Hammocks will have exclusive access to butler service—the epitome of laidback luxury.
Just like you’re sipping coconut water in the Caribbean, you’re on island time at Playa Largo and mainland rules don’t apply. Spend your days basking under the tropical skies and at night, take in the sunset while enjoying a meal at Sol by the Sea. Just remember to breathe deep and relish in the tranquility.
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