VUE | Summer 2021

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Just an hour south of Miami, yet a world away, is the charming seaside town of Key Largo, a place I'd always been curious to explore. Key Largo is the largest of the Florida Keys' 1,600+ island archipelago and offers a serene escape where relaxation and cotton candy-colored sunsets beckon. BY MICHELLE GEORGE S itting along 14 beachfront acres at Mile Marker 97 is Playa Largo Resort & Spa, an Autograph Collection Hotel. The property's fabled past – once the site of America's largest pineapple farm – and natural beauty have made it a sought-after destination. But wanting to push the bounds of hospitality, the resort's developer, Prime Hospitality Group, envisioned a new vacation experience offering all the perks and privacy of a private home, with the service and amenities of a world-class resort. Enter Playa Largo Ocean Residences, an exclusive gated community of individual three- and four-bedroom vacation homes, of which VUE got an exclusive sneak peek. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean side of Key Largo – just two minutes from the resort – the homes' meticulous design was largely inspired by their tropical surroundings. They encapsulate the essence of island living and embody the Keys' distinct architecture. After a quick road trip from Miami International, we'd arrived at Ocean Residences' four-bedroom home. From its second and third Playa Largo Ocean Residences V U E N J .C O M 84

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