JB’s Boathouse Grill to open at Tan-Tar-A

From LakeExpo.com “Becoming Margaritaville: Tan-Tar-A’s Renewed Restaurants To Open For Memorial Day

The Margaritaville look-and-feel launches at Tan-Tar-A this year at Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri as the resort undergoes a two-year rejuvenation.

One of the biggest stories of 2017 was the purchase of the historic Tan-Tar-A Resort by Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville resort brand.

This year, visitors to the transitioning resort will feel the casual, nautical Margaritaville vibe beginning to take over, as the resort’s restaurants—now rebranded—welcome guests, and renovated rooms bring a feel-good, breezy style to the iconic Lake of the Ozarks resort.

“In the next couple of months, our guests will see some distinct changes to Tan-Tar-A,” said Ann Walters, Director of Sales for the property. She says guests and the Lake community have been enthusiastic about the changeover, and guests in 2018 will enjoy plenty of improvements.

The new flagship, waterfront restaurant—Landshark Bar & Grill—is still in the planning stages, but Walters says the other restaurants will reopen by Memorial Day. The most buzz has been about the former Black Bear Lodge, which is reopening as JB’s Boathouse Grill. “The restaurant has a nautical theme, with bright blues and crisp whites,” Walters said. She added, “JB’s Boathouse Bar will offer 12 beers on tap, featuring LandShark Lager, local brews, and the classic favorites. JB’s Boathouse Grill will be open for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner year-round.”

Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head Sales Center Opens Soon

From Island Packet: “You can reserve a Margaritaville Hilton Head home soon. Here’s how much $$ you’ll drop

Longtime Jimmy Buffett fans or folks who just like the singer’s vibe are days away from a peek inside a new Margaritaville-themed residential community being built in Hardeeville. And if they’re ready, they can make a deposit on a home.

Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head’s sales center opens Feb. 17, according to Bill Bullock, senior vice president at Minto Communities, a residential building group that’s partnered with commercial developer Sutton Properties Inc. and Buffett’s Margaritaville brand to bring the community to Jasper County.

On that day, Bullock said, prospective buyers — aged 55 and up — can put money down to reserve a lot and home of their choice, or they can forgo a deposit and just get a feel for the place. Whatever they decide to do, they can to set up a March 10 follow-up appointment with a contractor to talk about construction, he said.

But it will be “first come, first serve” Feb. 17, Bullock said. And while there’s no pressure to make a financial commitment during the ensuing “preview period” through March 10, he said, people who don’t make a deposit might not get the lot they want.

Deposits will cost $10,000, Bullock said. They are refundable until the final contract is signed March 10. Homes in the community will range from the “mid-$200,000s to upper-$300,000s,” he said.

Margaritaville Beach Resort to open in Nassau

From the Caribbean Journal: “Margaritaville to Open $250 Million Resort in Nassau

A major new resort is coming to The Bahamas.

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville brand is opening its first property in Nassau, with plans for a $250 million, six-acre development centered at The Pointe, a mixed-use development in the heart of downtown Nassau.

Already under construction, the property will feature a 150-room Margaritaville Beach Resort, along with 150 luxury oceanfront residences, 100 of which will be branded One Particular Harbour at The Pointe.

Margaritaville Holdings’ newest project will also include a marina, a water park, a spa, an entertainment center, signature Margaritaville food and beverage concepts, retail shops and a kids’ club.

“The Bahamas – one of the most beautiful places in the world – is an absolutely perfect location for a Margaritaville lifestyle destination,” said John Cohlan, chief executive officer of Margaritaville. “We’re excited to combine our casual-luxe brand with the local Bahamian culture, known for its warmth and hospitality, to create a one-of-a-kind paradise to vacation, visit, live or just kick back and relax. Nassau is an ideal destination for our lifestyle brand as we continue to expand our global hospitality footprint.”

The project is expected to begin a phased opening in mid-2019.

The Margaritaville Beach Resort at The Pointe will also include an open-air shopping concourse, a movie theater, a bowling alley, an outdoor performance stage and a cascading water pool.

Other amenities will include the St. Somewhere Spa, retail huts, a private beach and a special blue hole diving pool, among others.

The 45-slip marina will feature modern floating berths for up to 150-foot yachts.

Possible Margaritaville Resort coming to Jacksonville Beach

From Action News Jax: “Jimmy Buffett ‘Margaritaville’ hotel possibly coming to Jacksonville Beach

Jacksonville Beach will have the opportunity to get into the “Margaritaville state of mind” after the beachside city confirmed a proposal to construct a “Margaritaville” hotel project.

Jacksonville Beach director of planning and development Bill Mann said the project is planned for the vacant, oceanfront block between 6th and 7th Avenues North.

Mann said the hotel project would connect with the city’s seawalk boardwalk to the south along the oceanfront.

The project is in development plan review with the city’s Planning and Development Department. Mann said there’s no start date yet for the construction.

Mann called the project “a great addition to our downtown area.”

Longtime Jacksonville Beach resident Carol Wakefield couldn’t agree more.

“An ocean front hotel with an amazing bar and restaurant. What could be better than that?” Wakefield said. “It’s something we need, you can see there’s a gap here. Something needs to make this area come alive.”

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