On the Water, Four Hotels Unveil Renovations

INTERNATIONAL REPORT—As summer nears, hoteliers are readying waterside properties by enhancing the aesthetics of the accommodations, expanding facilities, and more. Here’s a look at recent renovations:

New Look for Suites at Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina

Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina has completed its suite renovations, including entirely new soft goods, flooring, paint and contemporary furnishings. Many of the suites were also reconfigured to accommodate a new modified kitchen.

Celebrating the resort’s tranquil location on the water and designed to create a strong sense of place, all suites feature a serene color palette in shades of blue. Luxury vinyl plank flooring, upgraded cabinetry, contemporary furnishings and draperies, and accent art depicting images of sun and sea create a local, residential feel. Updated USB power ports have also been incorporated for enhanced guest connectivity.

Wild Dunes Resort Plans New 153-Room Hotel

Wild Dunes Resort, A Destination Hotel, is expanding its existing oceanfront meeting destination on the Isle of Palms, which is located a short distance outside historic downtown Charleston, SC.

Opening in early 2021, the project will add a new 153-room hotel and bring the total to 400 guestrooms and suites, in addition to the existing 240 vacation rental homes and condos. The new, multi-faceted meeting and event space includes a grand ballroom with pre-function space and rooftop ballroom and event terrace with 270-degree panoramic ocean views, now allowing the resort to welcome groups of up to 650 attendees.

Seven Stars Resort & Spa Embarks on $12M in Enhancements

The oceanfront Seven Stars Resort & Spa has invested $12 million in its third property-wide capital improvement effort.

The latest plan includes the recently completed re-design of its expansive suites and living room lobby with new furnishings and finishes; a second adult pool; upgraded and renovated fitness center; and an expansion of its spa and boutique, with enhanced culinary programming and offerings scheduled to be rolled later this year.

Caribe Hilton to Debut Multimillion-Dollar Look

Caribe Hilton has unveiled a more than $100-million dollar restoration—a major milestone as the property celebrates its 70th year of operation and as Hilton marks its 100th anniversary.

The beach resort is ready for summer after a top-to-bottom makeover inclusive of contemporary guestroom and suite renovations; reimagined F&B concepts; fitness center, spa, tennis center and landscaping re-designs; and 65,000 sq. ft. of versatile indoor and outdoor event space modernization.

“The opening of Caribe Hilton in 1949 was a genesis of tourism that introduced travelers to the island of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean,” said Danny Hughes, Executive Vice President and President for the Americas, Hilton. “The revitalization of this emblematic property is a continuation of that genesis, inspiring much anticipation and pride among the Hilton family, locals, guests and all who have an enduring affinity for this cherished San Juan hotel.”