Update on the NYC Margaritaville Resort

From New York Yimby: “Margaritaville Resort Making Rapid Progress at 560 Seventh Avenue in Times Square

The Margaritaville Resort is ascending swiftly at 560 Seventh Avenue in Times Square. Construction has passed the primary setback and workers are forming the floor plates for the main massing that will contain the hotel’s 234 rooms. Portions of the metal-trimmed glass façade have also begun to be installed on the tower, which will rise 29 stories. The project is designed by Stonehill & Taylor Architects and developed by Sharif El-Gamal of Soho Properties along with MHP Real Estate Services.

New photos from street level show the vertical progress that has been made over the past several months since YIMBY’s June update.

The property will contain a three-story restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool with plentiful seating and beach motifs, and a rooftop bar called the LandShark Bar & Grill. The projected price for the resort hotel is expected to be around $300 million. Located between 40th Street and 41st Street, the site is near a number of transit options including the N, Q, R, W, 1, 2, 3, 7, and S trains at the Times Square-42nd Street station; the B, D, F, and M trains at 42nd Street-Bryant Park station to the east; and the A, C, E, and buses at 42nd Street-Port Authority Bus Terminal to the west.

Margaritaville Vacation Club by Wyndham Nashville opens Dec 2019

Margaritaville Vacation Club by Wyndham Nashville, a proposed future resort, is now accepting reservations for club owners to reserve stays beginning in December 2019. The fun and relaxing Margaritaville lifestyle meets the lively, musically diverse personality of Nashville at the planned new resort from Wyndham Destinations, the world’s largest vacation ownership and exchange company.

The resort’s 52 vacation club suites will draw inspiration from Jimmy Buffett’s early days as an up-and-coming songwriter in Nashville in the late 1960’s, infusing bohemian design elements with tropical vibes to transport owners to paradise. Vacation club owners can satisfy their Caribbean soul in a Studio or Studio Deluxe suite with saw horse furniture, crates full of vinyl records, exposed brick walls and wood floors. With mini kitchens and separate living and dining areas, there is plenty of space to kick back and relax in the apartment-style suites, and enjoy the amenities including the resort’s rooftop pool, sundeck FINS Bar and JWB Grill.

The property will also be home to Radio Margaritaville’s Nashville studio, heard worldwide on SiriusXM Channel 24. Live broadcasts, special guests and a mix of Jimmy Buffett, island, rock, reggae, country and folk will hit the airwaves from a new state-of-the-art studio in the lobby, bringing the sounds of the tropics to Nashville.

Reservations are now open for Margaritaville Vacation Club by Wyndham owners for stays beginning December 2019. To learn more, visit MargaritavilleVacationClub.com.

Margaritaville Island Resort San Diego

From Lodging Magazine: “First Margaritaville Island Resort To Open on the West Coast in 2020

Pebblebrook Hotel Trust and Margaritaville Holdings today announced the global lifestyle brand’s first west coast resort in San Diego, California. The Margaritaville Island Resort San Diego is expected to open in 2020. Located on the 44-acre Vacation Island in Mission Bay, 10 minutes from downtown San Diego, the site is the current home of Paradise Point Resort & Spa.

Following extensive renovations and conversion of the existing property estimated at approximately $35 million, the Margaritaville Island Resort San Diego will have 462 casita-style, single-story guestrooms with waterfront views, a mile of beachfront overlooking the marina and Mission Bay, signature Margaritaville food & beverage concepts, and new recreational activities and family-friendly amenities. Adding to the 80,000 square feet of meeting space, marina, spa, tennis courts, and fitness center, the property’s five pools and public spaces will be updated to reflect Margaritaville’s lifestyle.

“We are excited to announce this exciting affiliation with Margaritaville at our Paradise Point Resort & Spa,” said Jon E. Bortz, chairman, president, and CEO of Pebblebrook Hotel Trust. “Our island resort offers a unique San Diego beach experience in a secluded, yet centrally situated location to nearby downtown San Diego, SeaWorld, Balboa Park, Seaport Village, and other top attractions. Following an extensive evaluation of numerous alternatives, we selected Margaritaville because we believe it is the perfect fit for our San Diego Paradise Point Resort & Spa.

“Margaritaville is about relaxation, fun, great food, entertainment, and creating memorable experiences,” said John Cohlan, CEO of Margaritaville. “We look forward to sharing our way of life with visitors to this unique island paradise in San Diego.”

Margaritaville and Karisma Hotels Announce All-inclusive Luxury Brand

From Travel Market Report: Margaritaville and Karisma Hotels & Resorts are sharing more details on their previously announced partnership of a collection of all-inclusive luxury resorts.

Called Margaritaville Island Reserve by Karisma, the brand will be composed of upscale, relaxed resorts built in beachfront destinations throughout Mexico and the Caribbean.

It promises “upscale coastal design, exceptional service, and top-quality food and beverage,” including local flavors from Rita’s Taco house and gourmet offerings from Frank & Lola’s and Chill Beachside Bar & Grill.

“The landmark partnership between Karisma and Margaritaville will combine the exceptional hospitality and service Karisma is known for with Margaritaville’s signature food and beverage concepts under their esteemed lifestyle brand in premier beachfront destinations across Mexico and the Caribbean,” a company spokesperson said.

The first property, Margaritaville Island Reserve Riviera Cancun by Karisma, will open this winter. Additional confirmed locations include a second resort in Mexico’s Riviera Maya in 2020, as well as Negril in Jamaica and Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic.

“With breathtaking beach views, friendly and anticipatory service and our signature Margaritaville state of mind, Margaritaville Island Reserve is truly the ‘Mi Casa es Su Casa’ experience guests deserve at an inclusive resort,” said Tamara Baldanza-Dekker, chief marketing officer for Margaritaville.

This will be Margaritaville’s first collection of inclusive luxury resorts. The continuously expanding empire from Jimmy Buffet now includes 18 properties since launching its hotel arm in 2010. It has 24 additional projects in the pipeline.

Learn moreabout Margaritaville Island Reserve by Karisma
https://www.karismahotels.com/margaritaville-island-reserve-resorts

Aerobar coming to Margaritaville Resort Biloxi

From the Sun Herald: “New Margaritaville amusement park will include a flying bar that lets you drink in the sky

New details are emerging on the new Margaritaville amusement park after developers brought plans to the Biloxi Review Committee on Wednesday.

The Sun Herald has obtained a list of rides, including the first AEROBAR ride in the United States, along with the proposed opening time and the fact that a boardwalk with food trucks will be built.

Heavy equipment moved in a week ago to ready the lot just west of Margaritaville Resort Biloxi, and the plan is to have the park open by next spring, according to Barrington Development. The company restored the former Casino Magic site that stood empty after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and reopened it in 2016 as Margaritaville.

Now, phase II of development is starting with a 15 foot-wide boardwalk along the water. It will link to other walkways being constructed in East Biloxi as part of the city’s waterfront plan.

“This will be good for East Biloxi,” Jerry Creel, Biloxi’s community development director, said of the amusement park. “It’s family entertainment,” he said, which will appeal to locals and tourists

In keeping with the Margaritaville theme — and to the delight of Parrotheads who follow all things Jimmy Buffett — one of the key attractions at the new amusement park is an AEROBAR, the first bar in the sky ride in the United States.

Riders are strapped in — like on a roller coaster — and sit facing each other in a circle with a bartender in the middle. The ride slowly rotates as it climbs 115 feet in the air — 137 feet with the two-story parking garage underneath. The ride takes 2 minutes to go up and down and 5 minutes on the top, according to the company website.

Compass by Margaritaville Hotel coming to Louisville KY

From the Courier Journal: “Margaritaville is coming to Louisville with this Jimmy Buffett-inspired hotel

Bourbon Country is about to get a taste of Margaritaville. Another 150 hotel rooms are planned for downtown Louisville, and this time they’re all Jimmy Buffett inspired.

Compass by Margaritaville Hotel and Resorts is bringing its resort-style vibe to 522 S. Fourth St., according to Kayla Louttit, spokesperson for the company.

That site is currently home to a parking lot, and is a half a block from the entrance to Fourth Street Live and two blocks from the newly expanded and remodeled Kentucky International Convention Center.

The hotel is expected to open in the third quarter of 2021 and will feature a 5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar and Margaritaville Restaurant. The property is expected to be the third of its kind in the country.

Downtown Louisville has welcomed a number of hotel projects in recent years, but the Jimmy Buffett inspired brand is unique because its multigenerational, said Rebecca Matheny, executive director for Louisville Downtown Partnership.

“That brand and that hotel, people are very devoted to it,” she said. “It’s got a lot of energy.”

She expects it’ll fit well with the all-inclusive nature and the restaurant culture at nearby Fourth Street Live.

The company broke ground on its first Compass hotel in mid-March on Anna Maria Sound near Sarasota, Florida, and that hotel is slated to open in early 2020. A second is expected to open in Beaufort, North Carolina, at the end of next year.

Maragaritaville Resort coming to Houston area

From the Houston Business Journal: “Houston-area hotel to transform into Texas’ first Margaritaville Resort

La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa along Lake Conroe, about 55 miles north of downtown Houston, will be transformed into Texas’ first Margaritaville Resort, a Jimmy Buffett-themed concept.

Atlanta-based Songy Highroads and The Wampold Cos. of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, purchased the La Torretta property in Montgomery, according to a press release and a spokesperson. The Plasencia Group represented the seller, the spokeswoman said.

La Torretta has appeared in the top 10 on U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Pool Hotels in the USA” list and was No. 18 on the most recent “Best Texas Resorts” list.

After an extensive renovation, the property will reopen in the third quarter of 2020 as Margaritaville Lake Resort, Lake Conroe, per the release. The property will feature a combined total of 360 guest rooms across the main 20-story hotel tower and the waterfront villas on the lake. The transformation will start as early as this summer, but it was not immediately clear whether all or portions of the property would close during the project.

Two of the existing restaurants will become signature Margaritaville dining concepts: LandShark Bar & Grill and 5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar & Grill. The rest of the property’s features — including an 18-hole golf course, tennis facilities, spa, restaurants, outdoor pools, and 45,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor meeting space — also will be refreshed.

“The Margaritaville lifestyle brand is one of the hottest in the country, and Texas is a prime market for it,” SHR COO Todd Nocerini said in the release. “The fact that the lakefront resort is an easy drive for residents of the state’s four largest markets only adds to the excitement and potential pool of guests.”