Margaritaville Key West Resort Coming Soon

Ocean Properties Ltd. & Affiliates and Margaritaville Holdings, LLC announced that the Westin Resort and Marina located at 245 Front Street in the iconic U.S. paradise, Key West, will be rebranded as Margaritaville Key West Resort and Marina.

The prestigious AAA Four Diamond waterfront resort will begin operating under the Margaritaville flag later this month. The Margaritaville brand management team will provide support to the existing management team and employees throughout the conversion.

The downtown waterfront resort features oversized rooms and suites and is ideally located one block from Duval Street and just steps from Mallory Square, home to the famous Key West Sunset Celebration. The resort currently features more than 6,000 square feet of indoor function space and an oceanfront restaurant and bar.

Details on renovations and a celebratory re-flagging event are expected later this year.

For reservations call 855-366-8045 or visit www.MargaritavilleKeyWestResort.com.

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More details on the Gatlinburg Margaritaville

From the Knoxville News Sentinel: “Work starts on Gatlinburg Margaritaville

Rising in the Best Western’s place, on a 5-acre site including The Island in the Pigeon River, will be the seven-story Margaritaville Resort in the Smokies.

The $35 million project, with 174 rooms that can hold 500 guests altogether, will match The Island’s Caribbean-casual theme.

“We’re all part of the Jimmy Buffett hospitality family,” McManus said. It will be “the hammock” for people to relax in after “the fun” of downtown Gatlinburg’s adjacent attractions, he said, quoting more taglines from the singer.

The Island 8 miles away has been a big success in Pigeon Forge, and McManus and his partners expect as much or more in Gatlinburg, he said.

Fronting on the Parkway will be a LandShark Grill restaurant that is expected to open this spring, on the former Hard Rock Café site; and the resort as a whole should open in July 2018.

Demolition of the old hotel started Dec. 13 – only four days after Gatlinburg reopened to visitors – and construction of the new resort will start in the next few months, according to the news release.

The Margaritaville Resort is intended to become one of the few four-diamond resorts in Sevier County, Davis said.

The hotel will have another restaurant of its own, a coffee shop, retail store, 4,000-square-foot outdoor pool, water slide and splash pad, hot tub, heated indoor pool, and a “St. Somewhere” spa – named for Buffett’s most recent album.

In the entryway plans call for a fountain, featuring a colorful parrot reclining in a margarita glass. That’s McManus’ favorite touch, he said

Though it won’t completely open for 18 months (Spring 2018), the Margaritaville Resort and associated restaurants should provide 150 new jobs, McManus said.

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Margaritaville resort coming to Gatlinburg TN

From the Knoxville Sun Sentinel: “Margaritaville resort coming to Gatlinburg

A new resort, dubbed Margaritaville, will go up soon on the site of the former Best Western Twin Islands at 539 Parkway in Gatlinburg.

Demolition on the closed Best Western has already begun, according to Lauren Miller of Knoxville P.R. firm Moxley Carmichael.

The new Margaritaville resort is the work of Margaritaburg LLC, headed by Knoxville developer Bob McManus, who has been behind several vacation-related businesses in the area.

More information, including renderings of the Margaritaville resort, is to be released Friday.

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Margaritaville Resort Orlando Update

From the Orlando Sentinel: “Margaritaville Resort Orlando expands hotel size

A hotel proposed for Margaritaville Resort Orlando is going to be larger than originally expected — by 12 rooms.

Original plans called for a 175-room hotel, part of the larger 300-acre lifestyle property being built on the U.S. 192 corridor in western Osceola County. Now, the hotel will have 187 rooms.

The increase in rooms was announced Wednesday when resort leaders said they are exceeding sales projections for other properties in the first phase of construction, with more than 250 reservations and deposits for homes and units there.

Margaritaville Resort Orlando, formerly known as the MargaritaVillage Resort, also features 1,000 Margaritaville-themed vacation homes and 300 timeshare units.

The first phase is expected to open by the end of 2017. A sales office will open Oct. 1.

Additionally, plans call for 30,000 square-feet of function space, 200,000 square feet of retail, a dining and entertainment district, a 12-acre water park open to the public, a wellness center, wooded fitness trails and a water taxi system.

An early concept map on the development’s website offers a snippet of information about what types of amenities and attractions would be built at the water park, details of which have not been released.

Amenities listed include cabanas, a cave, river channel, activity pool, a children’s pool and slides. A dual FlowRider, offers an unbreakable wave of motion for boogie boarding or surfing, is also shown.

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Margaritaville Tulsa to open on Thursday 8/25

From Tulsa World: “Margaritaville promises to be ‘big, really big’ for Tulsa

Just inside the Margaritaville hotel’s cavernous front lobby, with an elegant check-in desk on one side and a concierge station on the other, Pat Crofts was watching video footage on a giant TV screen — 50 feet across and 16 feet tall, from the floor to the ceiling.

It was showing glitzy images of London and the Rocky Mountains and other “travel destinations” around the world. But later this week, it will be showing newly edited shots of Tulsa. Because on Thursday, when the public gets to walk past this big screen for the first time, Tulsa is going to be the travel destination, pulling tourists from across the region if not across the country.

“Tulsa doesn’t know what’s about to hit it,” Crofts said, silhouetted against the screen’s flickering light. “I mean, this is going to be big. Really big.”

With a 27-story glass tower overlooking the Arkansas River near 81st Street, the finished resort will include a 483-room hotel with a tropical theme unlike anything else in Tulsa, featuring poolside cabanas, palm trees, fire pits and a Margaritaville “Tiki Bar.” Turn left from the main entrance, and the hallway leads to the existing River Spirit Casino. Turn right and it leads to the new 50,000-square-foot Margaritaville casino and restaurant with Jimmy Buffett’s “fun-in-the-sun” aesthetic — a volcano erupts lava into a giant blender while a seaplane swoops low over the dining room.

The hotel won’t open until December; the theater and the outdoor area next to the river won’t be ready until 2017.

“People are blown away by what they’ve seen already,” said Senior Program Manager Randall Hull, who led the tour. “But they haven’t seen everything yet. Just wait.”

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Margaritaville comes back to Biloxi

From the Sun Herald: “Margaritaville comes back big in Biloxi

Jimmy Buffett again has a presence in Biloxi, and a crowd turned out Thursday to open the new Margaritaville Resort Biloxi.

Buffett was about to go on stage at a concert in Indianapolis and couldn’t attend the ribbon-cutting, but sent a message.

“Well, as you might guess, I am very excited about this latest and greatest Biloxi project,” Buffett wrote. “It has been a long and sometimes trying adventure to get the right kind of place in Biloxi and I couldn’t be happier with this great project, its location and your involvement,” he told the developers.

“On the water is what I always wanted,” he said of the location — the former Casino Magic, which hasn’t been open in the 11 years since Hurricane Katrina.

“The added attraction of the landing on Deer island is something that really strikes home,” said Buffett, who was born in Pascagoula and played his first professional gig in Biloxi.

Buffett said he hopes to get to the new resort for a quick visit in July and definitely for Saints games and angling for redfish.

Margaritaville Resort Biloxi offers games for all ages and a volcano climbing wall that “erupts” periodically in the Margaritaville restaurant as climbers enter through the floor. There are several other restaurants as well, and for those who stay in one of the 373 hotel rooms or suites, water views and sunsets, and access to the waterpark and lazy river, which will open Friday (June 24th).

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Margaritaville Grand Cayman Beach Resort to open end of 2016

From the Cayman Reporter: “Margaritaville Grand Cayman Beach Resort revealed” – Full-service resort scheduled to open at end of 2016

The first renderings and amenity details of the much-talked-about Margaritaville Grand Cayman Beach Resort were released yesterday (Wednesday). The 285-room beachfront property, set on the picturesque Seven Mile Beach, will be an ideal addition to the Caribbean and the company’s rapidly expanding resort division.

Margaritaville Grand Cayman Beach Resort is located in the heart of Grand Cayman, minutes from the islands’ top attractions including snorkeling, diving, shopping and golf. The property, inspired by the lyrics and lifestyle of Jimmy Buffett, will reflect the warm, authentic Caymanian hospitality consistent with the island’s well-deserved reputation as the “world’s friendliest country”. The resort is expected to open its doors in December of this year.

Margaritaville Grand Cayman Beach Resort will be consistent with Margaritaville’s ‘casual-luxe’ design, making it a perfect destination for anyone looking to escape, relax and have fun. An open-air lobby with a soothing beach color scheme, comfortable lounge seating and a License to Chill bar immediately puts guest in the vacation state of mind.

Margaritaville Grand Cayman Beach Resort’s restaurants and bar venues will be a welcome addition to the island’s emerging dining scene. In addition to the License to Chill bar, the beachfront resort will be home to Margaritaville Coffee Shop, a three meal-a-day Banana Wind Café with panoramic ocean views, a swim-up bar at the main pool and a charcuterie.

Additional details about the on-site amenities, services and facilities at Margaritaville Grand Cayman Beach Resort will be announced in the coming months. This will include plans for the resort’s 285 guestrooms, dining and function space renderings and floor plans, details on the resort’s two-pool layout including a tranquility pool and activity pool, as well as information on the gym, spa/salon and the location’s 1,500 square feet of retail space.

For more information, visit www.margaritavilleresortgrandcayman.com.

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