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Margaritaville Resort Orlando Grand Opening

From the Orlando Sentinel: “Margaritaville Resort Orlando opens with an island feel

A calypso band and hula dancers on Wednesday helped debut the latest in a string of new hotels opening in Central Florida, the 184-room Margaritaville Resort Orlando in Kissimmee.

The building is part of an $800 million hotel, entertainment and water park complex that sits on 300 acres just southwest of Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom theme park.

The new property hits visitors with the trademark island vibe that has been synonymous with music icon Jimmy Buffett’s resort business from the beginning. A chandelier made up of 313 upside-down margarita glasses hangs from the ceiling.

As guests walk into the hotel, they see a 13-foot-tall sculpture of a red flip flop, clearly blown out because its wearer “stepped on a pop top,” as the lyrics to the Buffett signature song read.

It’s the latest opening for Margaritaville Holdings CEO John Cohlan, a longtime industry veteran who began his career in the 1990s. Rooms at the hotel start at $199 per night but can get into the $1,300 nightly range, depending on room options.

Beyond the property’s visual aesthetic is what will eventually become the hotel bolstered by a neighborhood of more than 700 cottages, many of which have been bought already and some that are in varying stages of construction.

The streets of that area have colorful names that pay homage to Buffett, including Parrot Head Place and Fins Up Circle.

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Margaritaville Beach Hotel coming to Jacksonville Beach

From WOKV.com: “Margaritaville Beach Hotel close to breaking ground in Jacksonville Beach

They still need to get some permits, but once that’s out of the way the work will get started on a 201-room Margaritaville Beach Hotel in Jacksonville Beach.

Bill Mann with the City of Jacksonville Beach says the plans are going through a resubmittal review right now, but he doesn’t foresee any problems with the project getting a building permit.

Once the final plans are cleared, Mann says the builders will also need to get a coastal permit. That permit will allow for the public seawalk to be extended a block so guests can walk straight from the hotel to the boardwalk.

Right now the lot is vacant between Sixth Avenue and Seventh Avenue on First Street, but when the hotel opens it will be anything but vacant.

The project’s contractor is Earl Swensson Associates out of Nashville, and their website shows what the final product will look like.

The eight-story building will have a two-story LandShark restaurant, a coffee shop, space for retail stores and a pool with an outdoor deck. The hotel’s U-shaped layout means the most rooms with beach views as possible.

According to Earl Swensson Associates, the designers worked with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission to ensure there will be well-lit pedestrian areas that will help conserve the sea turtle habitat in the area.

The artist rendering shows the second floor of the Landshark restaurant will have outdoor seating.

The rooms are different sizes, which means some have larger balconies than others. It will be just over 200,000 square feet, including a parking garage, according to the plans.

Margaritaville Orlando Resort opens January 2019

From Travel & Leisure: “Jimmy Buffett’s New Margaritaville Orlando Resort Will Open in January (Video)

Searching for your lost shaker of salt? You might find it again in Orlando this winter.

According to Coastal Living, Jimmy Buffett fans will have a brand new destination to go to on vacation in January 2019. Margaritaville Resort Orlando, a 300-acre resort that’s like an all-inclusive, one-stop destination to “waste away” in.

The resort will consist of four sections, Margaritaville Hotel (with rooms starting from $199 per night), Margaritaville Cottages (which you can rent or own, if you’re a true fan), the Sunset Walk shopping, dining and entertainment district and a huge, 14-acre water park.

The water park itself, Island H20 Live!, is a reason to visit all on its own. According to People, the park is featured as Florida’s “most immersive water park,” in a resort press release. Park visitors will be able to waft on a lazy river, toss themselves around in a wave pool and enjoy nine different thrill rides, as well as take their families along to play in the kid’s area and embark on a raft adventure. Or, if you’re more into relaxation, there are plenty of cabanas and hammocks to chill in the summer sun.

More information on booking a room or planning a visit can be found on the Margaritaville Orlando Resort website.

Rock & Brews opens soon at Margaritaville Resort Orlando’s Sunset Walk

From the Orlando Business Journal: “Margaritaville Resort Orlando’s latest restaurant to open this month

Central Florida’s newest vacation destination, Margaritaville Resort Orlando, is ready to turn the volume up to 11 with its latest dining option.

The destination will welcome the new 6,500-square-foot Rock & Brews Restaurant on Oct. 29 at the resort’s Sunset Walk retail/dining/entertainment district. Rock & Brews is a concept from KISS superstars Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons and their franchise partners R&B Florida LLC.

“This is a family-friendly restaurant, and you can bring your dog — seriously, bring your dog. We will give him dog beer or water — yes, we will,” said Simmons, about the best way to describe the restaurant.

Margaritaville’s 200,000-square-foot Sunset Walk retail center will be home to many tenants including a Studio Movie Grill, GameTime, a Rascal Flatts restaurant, the KISS Rock & Brews, Skechers, Bahama Bucks Original Shaved Ice Co., Avalon Day Spa, Café Rio, Cold Stone Creamery, Paradise Spirits & Wine and BurgerFi.

Margaritaville Resort Orlando, which is being developed by Encore Capital Management, is expected to radically transform Kissimmee’s iconic U.S. Highway 192 tourist corridor when it opens later this year. The resort will boost Central Florida’s lodging and activities, and should spur more capital investment here. Orlando’s $70 billion tourism industry — the region’s main economic engine — draws 72 million visitors annually.

Margaritaville Resort Coming to Lake of the Ozarks Spring 2019

New details were revealed surrounding the introduction of a Margaritaville Resort to the shores of Lake of the Ozarks in Osage Beach, Mo. (Though we’re still waiting to hear if Jimmy Buffett will be doing a concert any time soon…)

The new lakeside retreat, the first of its kind for Margaritaville, will feature renovated guestrooms, an exterior refresh and several new dining concepts. The company says upon completion of a phased renovation program in spring 2019, the property will be named “Margaritaville Lake Resort, Lake of the Ozarks.”

The exterior of all buildings at the Resort Complex are now a shade of warm sand, accented with white trim, to reflect the lake’s peaceful shoreline. Guests also will find enhanced activities and facilities, including a fresh new fleet of gray golf carts for The Oaks golf course and the renaming of Arrowhead Pool and Bear’s Den Arcade – now Lakeside Pool and Fin City Arcade, respectively.

Several signature Margaritaville food and beverage concepts have been introduced at the property and are now open, including:

JB’s Boathouse Grill (pictured below) serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, boat drinks and more – featuring classic nautical décor with bright blues and crisp whites.
Frank & Lola’s Pizzeria features a cool and comfortable atmosphere and is the perfect spot for guests to grab a fresh pie.
Windrose Marker 26 Lakeside Dining, a resort staple, serves exceptional seafood, steaks and more, with incredible lake views.
The Tiki Hut Pool Bar, a new concept located at the resort’s Lakeside Pool, offers light fare and tropical beverages for those enjoying fun in the sun.
LandShark Bar & Grill (opening spring 2019), the new flagship waterfront restaurant, features classics like fish tacos, nachos, wings, crisp salads, boat drinks and signature LandShark burgers.

Final touches will be completed early next year, including updates to the lobby, marina, water park, bowling alley and more.

For more information, visit www.Tan-Tar-A.com

Margaritaville Beach Resort Playa Flamingo Costa Rica

Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa today announced that it has closed to finalize preparations for its multi-million-dollar rebranding. New project details and renderings have now been released of the new Margaritaville Beach Resort Playa Flamingo, which will debut with a soft opening on November 1. The rebranding will include a new modern design in all rooms and public areas, signature Margaritaville brand dining concepts, new activities for kids and adults, and more. Reservations are now available, with special soft opening rates and an early booking discount for travel in 2019.

“We’re thrilled to join Margaritaville’s expanding hospitality portfolio and build upon the unforgettable guest experiences we’ve been providing here for nearly 30 years,” said Pedro D’oñas, the resort’s general manager. “We can’t wait to show our local friends and clients, as well as travelers from around the world, just how well Margaritaville’s authentic ‘no worries’ vibe matches the Pura Vida of Costa Rica.”

Several new signature Margaritaville food and beverage concepts will include:

· Banana Wind Café, with locally-inspired dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as frozen concoctions.

· License to Chill Bar, the new rendition of the resort’s famous swim-up pool bar, will now offer an extended menu for lunch, snacks and a variety of light bites along with its signature cocktails, beer, wine and other refreshing beverages.

· 5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar & Grill, serving up beach favorites such as burgers, tacos, seafood dishes and signature cocktails along with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. A stage will feature live entertainment multiple nights each week, and multiple large screen TV’s will keep guests up-to-date with all of their favorite sports.

· Capriccio’s Pizza Bistro & Café, the resort’s classic restaurant overlooking the pool, will continue to delight guests with gourmet pizzas, pastas and salads.

Buffett plans Margaritaville-themed hotels in Bradenton

From the Bradenton Herald: “Jimmy Buffett and partners plan two new hotels for luxury development in Bradenton

Singer and businessman Jimmy Buffett and his partners hope to build two new hotels as part of the One Particular Harbour Margaritaville development taking shape on Perico Island.

The changes to the original planned development agreement for the project at 12300 Manatee Ave. W. are so significant,they require that the proposal go back through the city approval process. The Bradenton Planning Commission unanimously approved the changes on July 18 and the city council will consider it on Aug. 8.

According to the application submitted to the city, developers now want to build a five-story, 101-room hotel and a separate three-story, 30-room hotel.

“The five-story will be more of the main hotel associated with the resort, pool and restaurant,” said Darenda Marvin, a planner for the development team led by Minto Communities, Buffet’s Margaritaville Development and most recently Floridays Development Co.

Floridays was selected in April to build the first Margaritaville and LandShark Bar & Grill on Florida’s west coast at the site.

“The other building is Fisherman’s Retreat with 30 rooms,” Marvin said. “The idea with that one is that if you came with more of a group and wanted more space, you could stay there. It’s not the condominium type of units we’ll have in the main hotel and it will offer more space.”

Changes to the original site plan include reducing the amount of retail space that was first proposed, from 17,600 square feet to 1,520 square feet. There were originally going to be two restaurants on site, but that has been reduced to one with seating available for more than 300 people.

Marvin said upon city approval, “Permits are already under review and they will be able to get moving on construction fairly soon.”

A third building, the Ship’s Store, is currently under construction at the 187-boat slip deep-water marina, which is nearing completion, as is a boat storage building.