Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville empire will soon enough bring the “It’s Five O’ Clock Somewhere” mentality to the Hollywood Beach Boardwalk in Greater Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The 349-room Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort opens next summer as the fourth Margaritaville resort inspired by Jimmy Buffett’s quirky island-escape lyrics, and its array of fun-in-the-sun activities and dining options will help meeting attendees create their very own paradise.
“One of the really special areas in the resort is our pool and beachscape, featuring multiple pools and activities like the unique beachfront FlowRider Double, cabanas, a poolside food truck and some really interesting recreational activities,” says Manny Corral, director of sales and marketing for the resort.
Most of those recreational activities can be customized for groups, adds Corral, with anything from sandbuilding contests to beach yoga to paddleboarding and other watersport competitions available. For those attendees bringing spouses or companions, the resort also has options such as shopping, historic tours, museums and nature tours available for them. However, they may just want to spend a day in the 15,000-sf St. Somewhere Spa, complete with steam rooms, monsoon showers and a cascade pool.
The resort’s lobby, guest rooms and 30,000 sf of meeting space play on the island theme, inspired by both the Margaritaville brand and the South Florida location. The lobby, for instance, is decorated with porch swing benches, seashell vases and palm trees, while the meeting spaces all have clever nautical names such as the 10,000-sf Compass Rose Ballroom. The resort’s seven dining options that range from tiki bars to upscale dining also play on the theme by offering local seafood on each of their menus. In addition to meeting space and dining options, the resort will also offer live entertainment venues, in keeping with the brand’s culture and rich foundation in the music world, says Corral.
Attendees that want to explore the area should do so either via a paddleboard excursion or a water taxi tour, says Corral. “Fort Lauderdale is known as the Venice of the Americas, and the water taxi is an incredible way to get up close and personal with the waterways that weave through this amazing destination,” he says. “It’s also a great way to check out some incredible homes and South Florida-inspired architectural wonders. Paddleboarding allows you to experience the same beauty with the added benefit of a being a great workout.”
Corral adds that the resort features a water taxi stop and paddleboard concessions directly on the property for meeting attendees to enjoy the activities with ease between meetings.