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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.

Miami Beach Eco-Style at 1 Hotel

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Green living and respect for the environment are more than buzzwords at 1 Hotel.  The three R’s, reduce, reuse and recycle, are all put into practice – clothing hangers are fashioned from recycled paper, the ceilings and furniture are all made of reclaimed wood and there are even bins in your room to recycle your unwanted clothing.

The  grey wood used for framing doorways is recycled beetle wood from Colorado. The pine beetles carry a fungus that leaves an attractive grey stain which does not affect the wood’s strength.

Instead of plastic water bottles, rooms come with Triple-Clear water filters, and printed hotel guides have been replaced with smart phones. As well, all furniture is made with natural fabrics.

South Lobby 1 Hotel
South Lobby 1 Hotel
Bar at Beachcraft
Bar at Beachcraft

Five-time James Beard award winner, Tom Colicchio, is at the helm of Beachcraft at 1 Hotel. Colicchio honed his cooking chops in the south of France at 2-star Michelin restaurants, but emphatically states the Beachcraft menu is not French.  Using locally sourced ingredients, Colicchio’s fresh and inventive menu puts a spin on old favorites. Try his Mexican-inspired grilled octopus, glazed with a tangy ancho chile sauce or the sashimi paired with a compote of tropical fruit.

 

South Pool 1 Hotel
South Pool 1 Hotel

Swimmers have four beautiful pools to choose from: the south pool, the center pool, the cabana pool, and the rooftop pool as well as the Atlantic Ocean, just steps away.

Center Pool 1 Hotel
Center Pool 1 Hotel
Rooftop Pool 1 Hotel
Rooftop Pool 1 Hotel

Everyone likes freebies. At 1 Hotel, complimentary services for guests include: a different cocktail every night in the hotel garden at happy hour, fresh organic fruit in the lobby in the morning, and first come, first serve chauffeured rides in electric Tesla cars within a three-mile radius.

1 hotel has applied for silver certification from the green building program LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design). Beneath this cool exterior lies a luxury hotel with an eco-friendly heart.