Over the past few years, many of us have had the urge to go a world away, but not physically be a world away. So when I was looking for a quick weekend getaway that would only be a couple hours flight from Atlanta, but still feel like a remote tropical oasis, I keyed in on the Florida Keys.
Paradise was definitely found between the ocean, abundant wildlife and palm trees at Playa Largo Resort & Spa. A retreat awaits those looking to slow down, less than an hour ride from the hustle and bustle of Miami. From the minute my friends and I stepped onto the luxurious property, it was time to embrace the island life mentality and reconnect with all of the nature (and fun!) surrounding us.
First up on the agenda was to stretch out on one of The Keys few beaches on the secluded shoreline of the resort, surrounded by what used to be a pineapple farm. Watching the fish and sting rays dart through the crystal-clear waters, as iguanas casually strolled by, I had to keep reminding myself where I was. After an amazing dinner at their open-air beach bar, I was first in line to take part in their daily ceremony, Eventide, where they celebrate the transition from day to night by having you write down your worries, put them in a floating fire-pit and send them out to the ocean.
Now that my friends and I were extra worry free, we decided to take it a step further and visit Ocean Spa at the resort. Since I’m one for trying the “specialty” of any spa, I signed up for the “Paradise Polish”. Words cannot describe the scents and new level of smoothness I felt. And, as I walked out of the spa on cloud nine, I somehow made it to cloud nine plus (yes – it’s a thing!) meeting up with everyone at the poolside cabana we reserved. As my friends dined and relaxed in the shade, I claimed my spot on one of the in-water pool loungers while sipping a fruity drink. We ended our night by chartering a sunset catamaran cruise on the “Carolina Moon” (say hi to Lolly if you go and ask her to blow the conch!) and then walked over to the chimineas set up on the beach for s'mores, wine pairing and a sip of their exclusive signature pineapple rum.
The next morning, knowing it was our last full day, we packed in the action. With so many options like taking the Playa Largo Resort’s Eco Tour, using the property’s beach bikes to cruise the miles of paved bike trails weaving in and around The Keys and water, and the many watersports like parasailing, kayaking, and snorkeling… we decided to split up and do it all. That night, luckily my friend had seen others dining IN the water, and booked us for a special dinner where we were literally surrounded by fish – both on our plates and at our feet at the “Water Table” dining experience. I highly recommend it and book before you go, especially if going during peak season!
There’s a reason why Conde Nast readers voted Playa Largo a Top 10 Resort in The Florida Keys in 2022. It’s because this hidden gem, tucked away in what surely must be paradise, has it all. Especially since it breathed a little life back into this mom during the soul-filling weekend!