By Nava & Michael Raviv
Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort in South Florida is an upscale hotel nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway. Inspired by the lyrics and lifestyle of singer, songwriter and author Jimmy Buffett, the resort evokes the sights and sounds of the sunny Caribbean islands.
The soaring lobby is decorated with tropical colors and motifs: Dangling nautical ropes, light fixtures made of oversized margarita glasses and cabana style sitting areas. Soothing island music emanates from the sound system… steel drums, reggae tunes, and Jimmy Buffett’s songs. The focal point of the lobby is an installation of a 10-foot-high blue flip-flop with a broken strap next to a soda-can tab. This artwork was inspired by Buffett’s mega hit Margaritaville: “I blew out my flip flop, Stepped on a pop top…”
The island vibe continues in the 349 guestrooms and suites, a blend of coastal casual design and comfort. The rooms’ crisp white linens and teak-finished furnishings are complemented by the colors of the ocean, sky and sand. The spacious bathrooms are appointed with walk-in rain showers, sea-glass tiles, vessel sinks and tropical bath toiletries. All accommodations open to private balconies overlooking the Atlantic or the Intracoastal. Even the doors are decorated with aqua colored shutters, reminiscent of picturesque Caribbean homes.
The resort corridor walls are adorned with Jimmy Buffett quotes, such as: “If life gives you limes, make margaritas.” If the thought of margaritas makes you thirsty, head to the It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere lounge on the Intracoastal or to the License to Chill bar by the rooftop pool.
Your “island” vacation wouldn’t be complete without relaxing under a shady umbrella on the beach or by one of the hotel’s pools. On the ground level, you’ll find a lushly landscaped tropical paradise with two pools, waterslide and a FlowRider® Double for surfing. If you prefer a more tranquil environment, the resort offers an adults-only pool area overlooking the Atlantic on the 11th-floor rooftop.
The resort features several restaurants catering to all palates and pockets. For casual dining, try Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville and the LandShark Bar & Grill, where you can enjoy generous portions of popular fare in a party-like atmosphere. For fine dining, head to JWB Prime Steak and Seafood, a trendy, urban style restaurant with high ceilings and elegant décor. Treat your palate to creative sushi, raw bar choices, and to their signature seafood and prime steaks. Make sure to check out the specials — spear-caught fish delivered daily by local fishermen.
For some rejuvenating “me” time, visit the St. Somewhere Spa, the hotel’s 11,000 square-foot retreat with eleven treatment rooms, monsoon showers, steam rooms, and a heated jet bath. Unwind with a hot-stone, aromatherapy, deep tissue, or Swedish massage.
For a change in scenery step out of the hotel to the famed Hollywood boardwalk, the 2.5 mile paved walkway right outside the resort. Mingle with strollers, joggers, and rollerbladers or stop for a bite at one of the many outdoor cafes and eateries.
After dusk, the resort becomes an entertainment hub as music fills the different venues… live bands in the Margaritaville restaurant, sunset and evening performances at the bars, and shows at the bandshell on the boardwalk.
So if you are looking for a luxurious “don’t worry, be happy” getaway, the Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort is your perfect destination. For reservations visit margaritavillehollywoodbeachresort.com.