The Bungalows Key Largo is a spot where luxury meets laid-back

KEY LARGO -- Vacations can be hectic to plan, hard to budget and sometimes you need a break from the kids. If any of these criteria apply to you, The Bungalows Key Largo, might just be exactly what you're looking for. The Bungalows Key Largo is the first adults-only, all-inclusive resort in the Florida Keys.

The resort, which opened in December, aims to offer an adults-only experience where luxury and laid-back intersect. Located on Key Largo, the northernmost part of the Florida Keys, the resort is 63 miles south of Miami. And, it's situated along 12 acres of ocean-front property, which faces westward toward the gulf -- perfect for viewing picturesque ocean sunsets.

Don't expect a modern building with elevators, a lobby and high-rise views. Instead, you'll find 135 one-story bungalows located in between paths with palm trees and lush tropical landscapes.The Bungalows are air-conditioned, each featuring their own private patio with outdoor seating, an outdoor soaking tub and outdoor garden shower.

Some of the resort's amenities include two pools, a Tiki hut with exercise machines, an Asian-inspired forest and spa, lounge areas, ocean-front cabanas, Tiki boat-bars for six, bicycles, a food truck and water activities, such as snorkeling and paddle boarding. In addition, underwater and Everglades excursions are offered.

There are three restaurants on site: Bogie & Bacall's, offering multi-course fine dining and wine pairings; Sea Señor, a beach-side spot serving Mexican food; and Fish Tales, a resort-casual seafood restaurant inspired by Capri, Italy.

But the resort is not for everyone. The resort requires a minimum two-night stay -- and guests under 21 are not permitted. (Sorry, kids, you're staying at grandma's.)

"I wanted to make an all-inclusive hotel where people could enjoy their stay without a worry," said resort owner Jerry Johnson.

Johnson said the project had been in development for about four years, and they broke ground in May 2017. According to the Monroe County Property Appraiser's website, the property sold in December 2015 for $11,200,000.

With the opening of the Bungalows Key Largo, Johnson hopes to fill a void he sees in the U.S. hotel industry: that all-inclusive hotels aren't as popular here as they are in Caribbean nations or Mexico, for example. The only other all-inclusive hotel in Florida is the Club Med Sandpiper Bay located on the St. Lucie River about an hour north of West Palm Beach, according to Visit Florida.

Here's what all-inclusive means when you stay at The Bungalows Key Largo: unlimited alcoholic beverages, golf cart pickup and drop-off service, lodging, food and premium beverages at all three restaurants, resort amenities, non-motorized water toys, morning yoga classes, sunset happy hours, fish-frys and pig roasts.

For additional fees, guests can book off-site activities like skirting the Everglades on the west and John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park on the east; exploring the first U.S. undersea park showcasing vibrant marine life via snorkeling; glass-bottom boat tours and kayaking; and off-site underwater excursions to the world’s second-largest artificial reef, the 510-foot USS Spiegel Grove and the famous Christ of the Abyss underwater statue. All spa treatments, including the Himalayan salt room, are available for an additional charge.

This story originally published to palmbeachpost.com, and was shared to other Florida newspapers in the GateHouse Media network.