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Find Paradise: 7 Reasons to Book a Bungalow in the Hammocks at Playa Largo Resort and Spa

Find paradise at Playa Largo Resort & Spa!

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Are you looking to get away and escape your day-to-day for a bit? The Florida Keys are the perfect backdrop for a couple’s getaway, family vacation, or even a solo trip. Key Largo is home to numerous hotels and resorts, including the Playa Largo Resort & Spa (part of Marriott Bonvoy’s Autograph Collection). I spent a few days in a bungalow at the Florida Keys resort situated on 14.5 secluded beachfront acres. It’s a stand-out choice when it comes to accommodations in the Keys!

My trip was packed with delicious food and drink, exciting activities, and plenty of rest and relaxation. Discover what booking a stay at the Playa Largo Resort and Spa has to offer.

Playa Largo Resort and Spa offers multiple accommodations including hotel room, private bungalows, and a beach house

Whether you’re looking for a posh hotel room or something with a bit more space, Playa Largo has it all. Staying in The Hammocks (what the resort calls their collection of 10 private bungalows in Key Largo) affords guests the resort’s amenities and then some.

Bungalow guests get a complimentary breakfast daily (coffee, pastries, and fresh fruit). They also have private balconies to enjoy the Florida sunshine. Then there’s two floors of space that offer all the luxuries of home including a full kitchen, washing machine and dryer, two full bathrooms, a dining table, and room to sleep six.

Need something a little bigger? If you’re traveling with a large group (extended family, weddings, bachelor/bachelorette parties, corporate events, etc.), there’s the Beach House. This private rental home sits on the bay front with a private pool and beach and three bedrooms.

The Beach House (and one of the other bungalows in The Hammocks) is handicap-accessible. Each comes with a private elevator and roll-in shower for anyone who with mobility issues.

Petite rum cake 'french toast' with salted orange caramel mocha gelato.
Petite rum cake ‘french toast’ with salted orange caramel mocha gelato prepared by our personal chef.

The Beach House is commonly rented out for weddings. However, I got to enjoy the private chef experience (another perk of staying in The Hammocks). He prepared a five-course meal complete with drink and wine pairings that made for a deliciously balanced evening in one of the most beautiful spaces on the property.

The room keys are wearable

If you’re like me, visiting the front desk for a second (or third) copy of your hotel room key becomes second nature when traveling. Playa Largo helps alleviate the stress of losing a room key by making it a wearable bracelet! Having your key on your wrist also eliminates having to rummage through your bag after a long day of relaxing by the water (or a night out on the town).

Dozens of incredible on-site experiences

There’s plenty to do up, down, and all around the Florida Keys. But you don’t ever have to leave Playa Larog’s property if you don’t want to — there’s so much to do!

During my visit, I had the pleasure of participating in several of the activities Playa Largo offers. This included the Caribbean Watersports sunset cruise (shout out to Captain Lolly and her first mate Angel).

We also got to take part in a cocktail making class led by one of the most passionate and personable bartenders on property, Matt. He had so much patience with our very novice group and helped us build three Keys-inspired cocktails. One of my favorites? The Hemingway Daiquiri. This isn’t your traditional blended beverage! The history of this drink is fascinating and if you want the full story, visit Las Olas and ask for Matt.

Las Olas bartender Matt preparing a smoked cocktail at the Playa Largo Resort & Spa.
Las Olas bartender Matt preparing a smoked cocktail at the Playa Largo Resort & Spa.

Another wonderful experience Playa Largo offers is Water Table Dining at Sol by the Sea. If you’re a fan of seafood, get the grouper because this was my favorite meal on property! Booking this experience allows you to enjoy a meal at a high-top table with your feet in the water as you watch the sun set.

Here are a few others on-site offerings Playa Largo guests can enjoy:

  • Summer Nights Chimeneas: Warm up by the fire after the sun goes down! Enhance this experience with a s’mores making kit and wine pairing (if you’re of drinking age).
  • Water and Pool Cabana Rentals: Reserve a private floating water cabana for a day on the water. If you prefer dry land, book a cabana by the pool or on the beach. Either way, get the royal treatment from the friendly staff.
  • Island Happy Hour: From 3-5PM, enjoy discounted island cocktails at Sol by the Sea.
  • Self-Guided Eco Tour: Natural wonders are all around in Playa Largo, including the warm waters hugging the shores of the resort. This is home to manatees and countless species of seabirds. Walk on the nature trail to spot other wildlife like green and brown anoles, butterflies, and a variety of flora and fauna.

If you’re traveling with little ones, there’s plenty for them to do as well! From a Pineapple Scavenger Hunt to Sand Castle Building Competitions, Poolside Bingo, and Build Your Own Ice Cream, there’s so much for everyone of all ages to see and do at Playa Largo Resort and Spa. Upon check-in, you’ll receive a calendar detailing all of the resort activities happening during your stay.

Let your worries float away during Eventide

The Playa Largo Resort and Spa celebrates sundown each day with a ritual called Eventide. Resort guests gather on the south beach of the property when the ceremonial bell rings. There, you can grab a signature pineapple cocktail (there’s also a mocktail available) and make your way to the “drift table.” Write down unwanted energies and attachments onto a piece of butcher paper, which then gets thrown into a floating fire pit.

Letting our worries go during the Eventide celebration at Playa Largo Resort & Spa.

The Eventide celebration also includes a “root station.” Here, fill out a postcard made of plantable material, write down something you want to hold onto from your trip, and send it home. When the postcard arrives, it can be planted to grow wildflowers.

Eventide is such a special time each day and a celebration that is unique to Playa Largo Resort and Spa. It’s a great reminder of what it means to be in the Florida Keys!

Extra amenities included in your stay

When traveling, the resort fee is usually something many of us don’t pay a lot of attention to. It’s just a cost that’s tacked on to the bill, but not always clear what it’s covering.

But at Playa Largo, the resort fee covers a ton of additional amenities for guests including:

  • Wellness smoothies
  • Beach chairs and umbrellas
  • Fishing poles and bait
  • Bicycle rentals
  • Sports court
  • Welcome beverage
  • Pool activities
  • Passed mocktails and adult beverage samples
  • Enhanced high speed internet access
  • Floating mats
  • Guided eco tours
  • Nightly s’mores at the beach fire pit

The food at Playa Largo Resort and Spa is top notch

On-site restaurants at Playa Largo include the Sand Bar, a quick-service restaurant offering beach bites like sandwiches including the Floridian Bahn Mi, tacos, and a delicious guacamole topped with pomegranate seeds for an extra burst of flavor. Then there’s Sol by the Sea, an outdoor bar/restaurant with delicious offerings like smoked fish dip, grouper, and my personal must-try for anyone visiting — the lobster mac and cheese.

The smoked fish dip from Sol by the Sea.
The Smoked Fish Dip at Sol by the Sea.

La Marea offers a contemporary twist on traditional Mediterranean cuisine with mouth-watering appetizers like Crispy Brussel Leaves and Fritto Misto, a mix of fried calamari, shrimp, and zucchini blossoms, plus main courses like Bone in Pork Milanese and Smoked Mozzarella Mezzelune, a ravioli dish with crispy spiny lobster in a vodka sauce. You can also grab breakfast at La Marea or enjoy breakfast in your room via room service (the parfait is a must!).

The care and attention to detail Playa Largo’s chefs put in to each and every item on the restaurant menus at Playa Largo is evident. Whether you’re looking for something light and fresh like seafood or something heartier like steak and frites, you’ll find it on property at Playa Largo Resort and Spa.

The staff at Playa Largo is 5-star

If it weren’t already evident, it was a pleasure interacting with anyone at the Playa Largo Resort and Spa. Each of the staff genuinely seems to enjoy their work and that shines through in the service they provide. That attitude makes all the difference for the guests at Playa Largo who are there to embrace “island time,” unplug for a bit, and find paradise.

Book your stay at the Playa Largo Resort and Spa

Rooms at the Playa Largo Resort and Spa start at around $500 per night but this of course depends on your length of stay and the time of year. Visit the Marriott website to find rates and book your room!

Need to book a flight to Florida? Playa Largo is about one hour and 45 minutes from the Fort Lauderdale International Airport and an hour and 20 minutes from the Miami International Airport. Guests can also fly into the Key West International Airport, but that commute is a little over two hours.

Who should stay at the Playa Largo Resort and Spa in Key Largo?

Anyone! During my stay, I saw a lot of couples celebrating “babymoons,” groups celebrating birthdays, and others simply celebrating life. I also saw plenty of friend groups, families with kids of all ages, as well as couples young and old. The resort is an ideal wedding and honeymoon destination, but it’s also a beautiful backdrop for vow renewals and even corporate events.

Whether you’re a Florida native or you’ve never been to the Sunshine State, there’s something for everyone at the Playa Largo Resort and Spa. Book your stay today!

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