Margaritaville Resort coming to Costa Rica

Margaritaville Holdings and Driftwood Acquisitions & Development announced the rebranding of a high-profile resort in Costa Rica. The Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa in Costa Rica will join Margaritaville’s rapidly expanding portfolio of hotels and resorts, effective immediately.

Surrounded by the white sand beaches of Flamingo Beach on the northern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa is an oceanfront paradise nestled in tropical splendor. The resort offers 120 spacious guestrooms and suites, along with a full range of activities for eco-tourists, families, couples and more. In addition to its location on the Blue Flag-certified ecological Flamingo Beach, the property boasts a large main pool with a swim-up bar, an oceanfront restaurant and lounge, a family center, watersports, a spa, a tennis court and a fitness center. Social event and corporate meeting facilities are also available, including an intimate, private venue overlooking the ocean. Nearby activities range from scuba diving and deep-sea fishing to jungle canopy tours and day trips to the famous Arenal Volcano.

Margaritaville is coming to The Lake of the Ozarks

From St Louis Today: “Lake of the Ozarks’ Tan-Tar-A resort sold, rebranding as Margaritaville property

Tan-Tar-A Resort, a popular Lake of the Ozarks hotel and conference center for more than a half-century, will undergo a multimillion-dollar renovation and be rebranded as a Margaritaville hotel, the chain of resorts named for singer Jimmy Buffett’s best-selling song.

The 500-room Osage Beach resort 185 miles southwest of St. Louis is joining a growing list of Margaritaville hotels located primarily in coastal vacation spots, including Key West and the Cayman Islands.

Its new name effective March 2019 will be Tan-Tar-A, a Margaritaville Resort, said the resort’s longtime general manager Fred Dehner. All 500 of the resort’s employees are being retained, he said, and new food and beverage employees will be hired for a Margaritaville restaurant and LandShark Bar & Grill that are being added.

On June 29, Miami investment firm Driftwood Acquisitions & Development acquired Tan-Tar-A Resort from Bethesda, Md.-based CWCapital with joint venture partner Sefira Capital, a Miami-based investment boutique, the companies announced Thursday. Driftwood has a licensing agreement with Margaritaville Holdings, Buffett’s company. Financial terms of the sale were not disclosed.

Vacation Cottages at Margaritaville Resort Orlando

From the Orlando Sentinel: “First look: Margaritaville’s vacation cottages

The public is getting its first glance at the vacation cottages that will be available at Margaritaville Resort Orlando, which is scheduled to open in late 2018. From the look of things, Floridians might feel right at home.

“Inspired by Key West, Bahamas, Jamaica, coastal Carolina, the Florida Keys, and towns along the Gulf Coast, these homes are designed to reflect those diverse architectural styles and periods while capturing that unmistakable Margaritaville paradise,” said Pat McBride, CEO of the McBride Company, which leads the design process of the Margaritaville properties.

The rendering released on Wednesday shows units in one-, two- and three-level designs. The dominant colors are pink, yellow, aqua and white. Other touches seen are shutters, Adirondack chairs and, naturally, palm trees.

Margaritaville has nine resorts/hotels across the Southeast United States and Caribbean. The Central Florida version is under construction along Highway 192 in Kissimmee, east of State Road 429..

When complete, the 300-acre Margaritaville Resort Orlando resort will feature 1,000 vacation homes, 300 timeshare units and a 187-room hotel. The properties are inspired by lifestyle of singer/songwriter/author Jimmy Buffett.

In addition, plans call for a dining and entertainment district, a 12-acre water park, retail space, wooded fitness trails, a water taxi system and a 3-acre — and swimmer-ready — freshwater lagoon

Margaritaville says its vacation-home pricing starts at $250,000. For more information, go to www.margaritavilleresortorlando.com

Margaritaville and Karisma team up on all-inclusive resorts

Travel Agent has the scoop on a landmark partnership between Karisma Hotels & Resorts and Margaritaville Holdings to develop a collection of all-inclusive Margaritaville resorts.

The agreement introduces Margaritaville, an All-Inclusive Experience, by Karisma, which will include new resorts built in beachfront destinations throughout the Caribbean and Mexico.

Mandy Chomat, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Karisma Hotels & Resorts, tells Travel Agent that groundbreaking on the first hotel will take place this year with an official opening expected around late 2018 or early 2019.

Although Chomat would not tell us exactly where the first Margaritaville, an All-Inclusive Experience, by Karisma resort will be, he did tell us the first hotel will be in either Mexico or the Caribbean.

In fact, Chomat tells Travel Agent that such Caribbean destinations that are being considered for future Margaritaville resorts include Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Jamaica, The Bahamas and Antigua, where Karisma recently announced expansions plans to back in December.

As far as Mexico goes, Chomat tells Travel Agent that there is heavy interest in developing on the country’s West Coast, specifically Los Cabos.

Chomat says that although he expects the new brand to be the most popular amongst Millennials, he did note that Jimmy Buffett, the musician who made the “Margaritaville” song and brand famous worldwide, has fans, aka “Parrot Heads,” that span generations.

“This is going to be great for Millennials because Millennials are all about authentic experiences, but Margaritaville is going to attract Parrot Heads and there are Parrot Heads out there from Millennials to Baby Boomers. You would be surprised by the demographics and the ages that cater to (Buffett’s) songs and products.”

Margaritaville Beach Resort Grand Cayman opens February 2017

Reservations are now open for Margaritaville Beach Resort Grand Cayman, the multi-million-dollar renovation project situated on Grand Cayman’s famous Seven Mile Beach.

Nightly rates start at US$229, depending on room type, for stays beginning after Feb. 4. Each of the 285 rooms will feature a work desk, walk-in shower or tub, 55-inch LCD television, high-speed Wi-Fi, Keurig coffeemaker and more.

Other hotel amenities include the 5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar & Grill, now open during the resort’s soft opening phase. Following shortly thereafter will be License to Chill Bar and Margaritaville Coffee Shop. A complete soft opening will also include 109 guestrooms, the resort’s main pool and a signature steakhouse called YARA.

Once complete, Margaritaville Beach Resort Grand Cayman will feature an activity pool with a waterslide, a large pool with swim-up bar, a zero-entry kiddie pool area, an adult-friendly pool, live entertainment, retail shops, complimentary kids club, 24-hour fitness centre, flexible meeting and event space, an on-site Red Sail Sports Desk, and six food and beverage venues.


For more information go to MargaritavilleResortGrandCayman.com

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.

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.