Key Largo Gets First New Luxury Resort in 20 Years

Ready for a laid-back tropical escape? The Playa Largo Resort & Spa in the Florida Keys will not only include a brand new luxury hotel, but also a standalone beach house and 10 private bungalows.

Photo by: Playa Largo Resort & Spa Playa Largo Resort & Spa marks the ninth hotel project that Shaner and Prime Hospitality Group have partnered on, according to Plato Ghinos, president of Shaner Hotel Group. 

Playa Largo Resort & Spa, the newest addition to Marriott’s Autograph Collection, broke ground earlier this year and is set to open in the summer of 2015. The property, a joint project between developer  Prime Hospitality Group and hotel owner-operator  Shaner Hotels, will be the first new full-service resort built on the island of Key Largo in 20 years.

Inspired by the Key's rich ecosystem and natural beauty, Playa Largo Resort sits on 14.5 waterfront acres and features an elegant yet laid-back aesthetic – with some of the best sunset views you can imagine. Once construction is finished, the resort will have 154 rooms, 10 private bungalows and a standalone beach house with a chic Ameri-Caribbean look and feel, designed by Prime Design Associates, LLC.

Photo by: Kara Franker One of the main attractions of the new Playa Largo Resort and Spa in Key Largo are the stunning Florida sunsets

“Playa Largo Resort & Spa is one of the most exciting projects we’ve developed from the ground up,” said Larry Mayer Abbo, chief executive officer of Prime Group. “People have always enjoyed visiting Key Largo but our goal with this property is to provide a luxurious yet laidback resort that will attract a new set of visitors to the area while giving regulars another reason to return."

Resort amenities will include:
  • Nearly 750 feet of private white-sand beach access,
  • An expansive waterfront pool,
  • Two waterfront restaurants and a tiki bar,
  • State-of-the art fitness center,
  • Two tennis courts and a basketball court,
  • On-site water-sport rentals,
  • Full-service spa and salon,
  • Kid's activity and nature learning center,
  • 6,000-square-foot ballroom for weddings and events,
  • Private marina with boat slips.
Not only is Key Largo a tropical island paradise, it's the closest island in The Florida Keys to the city of Miami, making it an easy escape for South Floridians. Known as the "Dive Capital of the World," Key Largo is home to the world's largest artificial reef, the 510-foot USS  Spiegel Grove, the John Pennekamp Coral Reef Underwater State Park and the African Queen.

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