I really shouldn’t complain about my day job.
My most recent work trip involved a drive along the east Florida coast stopping at various points along the way. It meant a week missing the kids, long quiet drives in the car, and seemingly never-ending meetings.
It culminated in a final meeting in Key Largo, Florida….the first key in the long chain of islands known as the Florida Keys. I have been looking forward to this part of the trip for weeks now. Not only would I get to check out the Key Largo Grande Resort—but I would be able to have a few hours off to relax. And, believe me, I needed it.
The Key Largo Grande Resort is a Hilton property which has recently undergone a $12 million dollar renovation. It is located in Key Largo directly off the Overseas Highway (the only route in and out of the Keys). As we drove through Key Largo, I started to get worried. It didn’t look like the type of place a nice resort would be located. It seemed kind of barren and run-down. But, out of the trees popped the Hilton sign and we turned off the main road down a beautifully tree-covered road into the property.
Things started to look good. The property was beautiful, along the Gulf Coast (the Atlantic side is across the Overseas Highway)—and I was granted a room upgrade (Thanks Hilton!) upon check-in. (I would really like to know why they do that. I would have loved that the previous night at a different Hilton when I was given a room with this view.)
After a week of road travel, this bed was so great to curl up in.
Hanging out on the lanai was nice too–although I didn’t have much of a view.
This resort has everything you need to relax……
fishing pier (with manatees and dolphins),
a glorious swimming pool complex with two pools (one for grown ups only) and a hot tub,
bikes for rent,
and other fun things like ping pong, bean bags toss(?), nature trails, massages, water sports, tours (snorkeling, fishing etc).
I didn’t take photos of my room service meal–but I wish I would have. I ordered a wedge salad (which was nothing special) with a side of grilled, FRESH, LOCAL, mahimahi. So, so good. I would make a special trip back just for that.
The whole place was perfect for a family trip (I plan to take my kids there for a long weekend get-away)–
Perfect for a romantic weekend and an especially perfect way to end a stressful work trip.
If you are planning a trip to Key Largo, this is a great place to stop. Here is their website.
Disclaimer: By the way, I reserved and paid for my hotel rooms and all opinions are my own.