The Key to the Keys

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Luxury and relaxation in the Florida Keys reach new heights at the new Playa Largo Resort & Spa.

By Annabella Goshen   |   Photography by Ariel Cuello   |   Event Planning & Creative Concept by TW Events By Valia Franceschi   |   Rentals by TW Rentals   |   Flowers Design by Ornatus   |   Desserts by Ktering Desserts

Only an hour and a half drive from Miami is the new Playa Largo Resort & Spa nestled on 14.5 bay front acres at mile marker 97.5 on Key Largo. This new resort offers a combination of beachside fun, spa relaxation, luxury accommodations, recreation and activities in one of the top worldwide destinations. The Florida Keys’ newest luxury resort and spa has reinvented the weekend getaway and destination event by redefining the concept of service and luxury in the Keys.

As notable destinations can set the stage for our most memorable holidays and celebrations, Playa Largo is definitely noteable. Instead of cleaning and koshering the home for festivities such as Passover or bar mitzvahs, Playa Largo Resort & Spa customizes your kosher events with kitchens designed for preparation of kosher meals. You and your guests need only to relax and celebrate such holidays as Seders, regular Shabbats and Yom Tovs with special accommodations offered by the Resort.

When it comes to the art of hospitality, Playa Largo Resort & Spa offers a distinctive approach to celebrations. Because the resort is directly on Florida Bay, amazingly beautiful sunsets are one of their amenities, an added oomph while planning events. With its private marina, they offer water sports with daylong excursions for back country or deep sea fishing, snorkeling, eco tour trips, boat rentals, parasailing, non-motorized sports, kayaks and paddleboards.  Additional activities are offered through the Kid’s Club as well as  tennis, basketball, volleyball and bocce ball courts. For those who prefer to take a stroll through the area, there are two nature trails through the tropical hammocks filled with birds and butterflies.

A recent, weekend-long bar mitzvah celebrated at Playa Largo hosted locals and out-of-towners to a variety of on-site venues — you can spend a week at Playa Largo and never repeat the same venue twice. The bar mitzvah’s Torah reading was held in an intimate tropical garden with friends and family, with local floral décor along with a vertical garden that became a focal part of the decoration.

The food at Playa Largo focuses on exceptional epicurean experiences, with three signature restaurants. La Marea, a Florida Keys Steak House offers a unique experience with breakfast and dinner offerings of the finest appetizers, entrees and desserts. Las Olas Ceviche Bar offers an intimate setting at the Sunset Terrace with fresh ceviche and sushi. At the water’s edge is SOL by the Sea, an open air seafood restaurant where the Shabbat dinner combined local dishes of Fire Roasted Black Grouper with Huancaina Sauce, and a Key Lime Pot de Crème for dessert.

The morning, breakfast at LaMarea was themed as a farm-fresh gathering, with organic flavors, artisanal cheeses and colorful salads. Lunch offered fresh combinations of sushi and Tiradito fish in Yellow Aji Sauce. Innovative desserts were always available with many ingredient selections such as sprinkles, chocolate and walnuts rolled in a sushi-making technique.

As the bar-mitzvah theme celebrated the beach location, a casual, surf-inspired soiree was creatively set on the resort’s white sand beach. With surfboards as part of the centerpieces and colorful chairs that portray the host’s playful personality, barefoot guests enjoyed the fire pit, barbecue and the breeze.

Choosing a location for your weekend trip, destination wedding, or holiday should encompass the numerous attributes found at Playa Largo, including nature, amenities and culinary appeals. This exemplary bar mitzvah left guests delighted by the creative detail and inspiration that went into every aspect of the celebration and the fond, enjoyable memories each guest took away.

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As The Florida Keys maintain and protect the natural habitat, Playa Largo has chosen an eco-conscious approach to hospitality. Their belief that everything, including marine animals, foliage and fauna, must be respected and preserved is evident as they remind and encourage all guests of this shared value.

Unwind and let the capable staff of Playa Largo plan and execute your next event so you can relax and enjoy the playful local vibe of the Florida Keys.

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