Very few things can top the refreshing sensation of a crisp margarita on a hot summer day. One thing that could, however, is sipping that sweet margarita on the beach in St. Thomas while staying in an entire luxury resort dedicated to your salty beverage.
Sound too good to be true? It isn’t. Wyndham Vacation Ownership announced this month that their Margaritaville resort will be ready for residents as early as mid-August.
Wyndham has partnered with Jimmy Buffet on the Margaritaville project, based in sunny Smith Bay in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. Although the project has been in the works for some time, this month Wyndham announced that the resort will strictly be a timeshare resort, exclusively for Vacation Club owners.
The resort has 62 studio and studio deluxe unites, as well as eight presidential suites. Resort amenities include beach access in Water Bay, the 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar, a beachside Margaritaville restaurant, water sports and more.
“Phase one units are receiving the finishing touches, like furnishings, electronics and decor,” said spokeswoman Lindsay Hodges in a recent interview. “Landscaping is about 80 percent complete.”
This project has been a long time coming. Wyndham St. Thomas Development LLC bought the property for $31 million back in 2007. But, it wasn’t until 2013 that the corporation announced it would partner with Jimmy Buffett to create this salty beach getaway.
Phase two should be completed in 2016 as part of a three-year plan that was decided when Buffett joined the project. All in all, the project is estimated to cost more than $100 million equaling 262 condo units for timeshare ownership.
The second phase will convert the hillside hotel rooms into the remaining condo units.
The property began with 290 hotel rooms and some original structures, but Wyndham is choosing to completely reconstruct some of the main buildings, as opposed to renovate them, to create a fresher, modern look for their guests.
Source: Virgin Islands Daily News