Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville opens huge resort in California

by | 09 Dec 2020 | Hotel Openings, Projects

With help from McBride Design, the newly renovated and rebranded Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs has already caught the public imagination, not least because it boasts the largest resort spa in Palm Springs.

Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs is the first Margaritaville development to open on the West Coast, but it certainly won’t be the last. We take a closer look at this high-profile project.

Laid-back desert lifestyle

Global lifestyle hospitality brand Margaritaville partnered with Davidson Hotels & Resorts to create this new property at the heart of Palm Springs’ Uptown Design District. For the scheme, McBride Design was tasked with embodying Margaritaville’s focus on fun and escapism, combining the lifestyle and hospitality brand’s tropical aesthetic with mid-century Palm Springs-inspired design.

The development now encompasses 398 rooms with private terraces and patios offering views of the resort grounds or San Jacinto Mountains, along with six dining options, a 10,000 sq ft St Somewhere Spa and 50,000 sq ft of indoor and outdoor event space.

“We are thrilled to be the first Margaritaville resort in the West Coast,” said Matt Huss, general manager of Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs. “We look forward to welcoming our guests and providing a relaxing oasis to escape, unwind, and enjoy the laid-back desert life.”

Family-friendly fun and escapism

The family-friendly resort incorporates a range of accommodation options, such as king and double queen guest rooms and the premium Latitude, Chill Out, Hemisphere and Paradise suites. Yet the jewel in the crown is the two-level Jimmy Buffett Suite, which spans a staggering 1,761 sq ft.

Restaurants within the resort include the breakfast-only Come Monday Cafe, family-friendly JWB Grill, relaxed Lone Palm Bar, poolside 5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar & Grill, which hosts live music, and signature License to Chill Bar.

As well as offering a range of treatments, the sprawling St Somewhere Spa comprises two pools and tiki hut-inspired cabanas. Other facilities here include a fully equipped fitness centre, public lounge areas and a business centre, while the flexible event space provides both indoor and outdoor areas for a variety of meetings and special occasions such as weddings.

The Margaritaville portfolio is set to expand further on the West Coast with two properties currently under brand conversion and development in San Diego; Margaritaville Hotel San Diego Gaslamp Quarter will replace Hotel Solamar and Margaritaville Island Resort San Diego will take the place of Paradise Point Resort & Spa. Both properties, which are slated to make their debuts in 2021, will be managed and operated by Davidson Hotels & Resorts.


Margaritaville is a global lifestyle brand inspired by the lyrics and lifestyle of singer, songwriter and best-selling author Jimmy Buffett, whose songs evoke a passion for tropical escape and relaxation.


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