Margaritaville Beach Resort, Hollywood

Margaritaville Beach Resort, Hollywood
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Margaritaville Beach Resort, the $147 million Jimmy Buffett-themed hotel, is the new kid on the Hollywood, Florida boardwalk. Lyrics from Jimmy Buffet’s hit songs entered popular culture and now adorn the hotel walls as totems of his gone fishin-carpe manana-beach lifestyle.

Parrots at Margaritaville Beach Resort
Parrots at Margaritaville Beach Resort

Buffet’s loyal fans are known as parrotheads and colorful wooden parrots crown directional signs at the Margaritaville resort. Margaritaville’s hotel rooms bring the beach vibe inside with bleached, sand-colored wood floors and sky-blue accent notes.

Where to Eat

Guests have a choice between the following dining and drinking options: Margaritaville restaurant, the LandShark Bar & Grill, It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere (an outdoor restaurant with a fire pit on the intracoastal waterway) and JWB Prime Steak & Seafood, upscale dining in a casual setting.

JWB at Margaritaville
JWB at Margaritaville

JWB, named for James William Buffet, is a great steak and seafood restaurant with superb service. Start with one of their inventive cocktails.  If you like Mojitos, try the popular Caribbean Amphibian, made with pineapple vodka or a Perfect Partner – Hendricks gin with cucumber-infused watermelon – a refreshing take on a martini.

For starters, try the signature jumbo lump crab cakes, accompanied by a coleslaw, spiced with cumin, curry and golden raisins. Or the pan-fried oysters, presented in the shell on a bed of creamed spinach.  Both pair well with a dry Sancerre.

Locally speared Lionfish is sliced into a tasty sashimi and served in a mirin marinade with black sesame seeds. From chef Johnny Tucker’s creative specials, the JWB surf and turf gives you a great taste of both sides of the menu.

For dessert, try the caramel macchiato, where a chocolate bar meets a cocktail in a glass.

Things to do

Lone Palm Pool at Margaritaville Beach Resort
Lone Palm Pool at Margaritaville Beach Resort

Swimmers have the choice of three pools: The Lone Palm Pool, the adults only rooftop pool and the Landshark Pool which features a kid-friendly waterslide and tiki-style cabanas. There’s also a FlowRider, where pro surfers offer neophytes a lesson.  Resort fees also include chaise lounges set up on the beach. Lifeguards, not always present in  beach resort locations, are on duty in front of the Margaritaville resort.

For guests who want the ultimate in relaxation, try the St. Somewhere Spa, with eleven treatment rooms, steam rooms, scrub room, and rainfall showers. The 50 minute Swedish massage is highly recommended.

Diplomat Beach Resort & Spa Hollywood

Diplomat Resort and Spa Infinity Pool
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A 100-million-dollar renovation positions the Diplomat Beach Resort and Spa at the top of upscale resort destinations in South Florida. Situated on the beach between the Atlantic and the Intracoastal waterway in Hollywood, The Diplomat is a new member of the Curio Collection, a select group of hotels under the Hilton imprimatur.

What’s New

The hotel’s main lobby has been re-imagined and new restaurants, Point Royal from celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian and Monkitail have been added, complementing the existing restaurants: Diplomat Prime, Diplomat Cafe, Portico and Bristol’s Burgers.   The beachfront patio cafe Splash has been re-branded as Playa with a revised menu.

Diplomat Beach Resort & Spa Governor Suite
Diplomat Beach Resort & Spa Governor Suite

All 1000 rooms have been remodeled in a warm, contemporary palette with a nod to surfer culture – a pleasing blend of upscale with casual. Guests have a choice between rooms facing east with beautiful views of the sunrise over the Atlantic or facing west with a fantastic view of sunsets over the Intracoastal waterway. The corner suites have 180 degree views of both.

Where to Eat

Whether you’re staying at the Diplomat or just come for a meal, you have great options for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

When was the last time you found pomegranates on your breakfast buffet? The Diplomat Cafe has an amazing variety of buffet choices and a custom omelet chef. Place your choice of ingredients in a bowl and the chef will magically create one of the best omelets you have ever tasted. Tip: if you’re not that hungry, ask for a one or two egg omelet.

Bristol's Burgers at Diplomat Landing, Hollywood
Bristol’s Burgers at Diplomat Landing, Hollywood

Cross Ocean Drive on the elevated crosswalk to Portico and Bristol’s Burgers, both at Diplomat Landing.

Parked outside Bristol’s Burgers is the same huge smoker you’d find at a roadside bbq joint on the gulf coast. All meat at Bristol’s is smoked for six hours. The smoked boneless rib sandwich is pink and tender and paired with an excellent jalapeno coleslaw. For a healthy option, choose the fresh veggies instead of the Florida fries, a spin on the French Canadian classic, poutine.

Portico at Diplomat Landing
Portico at Diplomat Landing

Fans of alfresco dining will love Portico. Watch the boats go
by on the intracoastal waterway while enjoying a chianti and a tasty thin crust pizza. We loved the meatball appetizer and smoked prosciutto and arugula pizza, cooked perfectly in a wood-fired oven.

Featuring both steak and seafood,  head to Diplomat Prime  when you want to celebrate a special  occasion. Stone crabs, found only on Florida’s gulf coast, make a great appetizer. Two large claws, perfectly cracked, arrive at the table. Eating them is 100 percent satisfaction, zero effort. Tip: Florida stone crabs are only in season from October to May.  A in house dry-aged wagyu striploin paired with lobster makes a great surf and turf combination. Sides of truffle whipped potatoes and asparagus complete our entrees.  Our attentive waiter has excellent suggestions for wine pairings.

The Spa at Diplomat Beach Resort
The Spa at Diplomat Beach Resort

Signature massages from the Diplomat Spa  include a new bamboo treatment that uses warmed bamboo to penetrate deep into tissues and increase circulation.  Any massage from the menu at the Diplomat Spa is available for couples.