WHAT'S NEW: HOTELS & RESORTS


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NORTHERN REGION

Blu Wyndham Vacation Rentals - Fort Walton Beach - Blu, managed by ResortQuest, is a new condo property located on Okaloosa Island. This brand-new, luxury condo complex is a direct gulf-front property, offering three and four bedroom high-end luxury units in a secured gated community. Blu is strategically located to feel removed from the hustle and bustle, yet moments away from area restaurants, abundant water sports, marinas and a wealth of local entertainment.

Tower III - Panama City Beach - The first condo construction to take place in Panama City Beach in 10 years – Calypso Resort and Towers’ Tower III is due to open early March 2020. Tower III will be located adjacent to Pier Park, offering striking Gulf views, convenient access to the beach and a short walk from some of the destination’s best shopping and entertainment. For more information, click here.

Hilton Garden Inn Miramar Beach - Miramar Beach - Located along Scenic Gulf Drive, this still under construction property is located steps away from the Gulf of Mexico and just five minutes from the Silver Sands Premium Outlets. The property, which is slated to open in April 2020, will feature an outdoor pool, fitness center, on-site restaurant and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Hotel Effie - Miramar Beach - Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort has broken ground on a new boutique hotel called Hotel Effie. The new full-service hotel will include a three-meal restaurant, a lobby bar, room service, a luxury spa, a fitness facility and a signature rooftop pool and bar. In addition to these amenities, the four-star hotel will feature over 20,000 feet of meeting space and feature a 13,000 square foot ballroom. Completion is expected in May 2020.

La Quinta Inn & Suites By Wyndham - Miramar Beach - Currently under construction, the La Quinta Inn & Suites will be one of the newest accommodations in Miramar Beach. The pet-friendly inn will feature a pool, RV parking, a fitness center and free breakfast, just blocks away from the Gulf of Mexico. The project is expected to be completed in early 2020.

Osprey Pointe - Miramar Beach - Sandestin celebrated the ground-breaking of Osprey Pointe in January and construction continues to be on schedule for an early 2020 opening. The new 77-unit condominium complex will offer vacation rental properties with stunning views of nature preserve and Choctawhatchee Bay. Meanwhile, Sandestin has completed the installation of a new traffic circle at Heron Walk and Baytowne Avenue to improve traffic flow to the Village of Baytowne Wharf and within the resort.

CENTRAL REGION

Compass Hotel - Bradenton - Margaritaville will come to life at the first ever, Jimmy Buffett-themed Compass by Margaritaville Hotels & Resorts property on Anna Maria Sound in Bradenton. Opening in 2020, the six-story hotel will feature a free-standing Floridays Restaurant and Grill, modern, nature-inspired room designs with Margaritaville’s signature bedding, oversized bathrooms with rainfall showers, smart television and luxury onsite amenities.

Dockside Inn and Suites at Universal’s Endless Summer Resort - Orlando - Dockside Inn and Suites will join its sister property at Universal’s Endless Summer Resort by the end of 2020 as an extra-affordable value category hotel. The new addition will add 2,050 guest rooms to the Universal Orlando hotel portfolio. Rates will start as low as $85 a night and standard rooms as well as two-bedroom suites will be offered.

The Don CeSar - St. Petersburg - Known as Florida’s iconic “Pink Palace,” The Don CeSar is undergoing property renovations set to be completed this winter. The second of three phases includes updates to the Lobby Bar, Uncle Andy’s IceCream Parlor, Maritana Grille, Sea Porch and the Beach House Suites exterior spaces. Later in summer 2020 for phase three, all guest rooms will be renovated, capturing the historic glamour and art deco feel of the 1920s with a modern-day spin including new beds and bathrooms.

DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at Seaworld - Orlando - DoubleTree by Hilton at Seaworld has completed the certification programming required to become a Certified Autism Center. This designation ensures that staff have the best training to provide guests with autism, or other sensory needs, an experience tailored to their needs. DoubleTree by Hilton at Seaworld joins their neighboring partners and fellow Certified Autism Centers SeaWorld® Orlando, Aquatica Orlando and Discovery Cove to become an inclusive destination for all.

Hacienda Hotel - Florida’s Sports Coast - Originally opened in 1927, the Hacienda Hotel will open its doors to guests for the first time in over 90 years in fall 2020. The 40 room hotel will transport guests back in time with detailed restorations to the traditional 1920s Spanish architecture. Playing off its surroundings, the in-house restaurant will feature a mix of Floridan/Mediterranean cuisine best enjoyed on the sweeping outdoor patio or private dining room.

Hilton Garden Inn - Ocala - This 107-room hotel will be the newest addition to the downtown Ocala scene and is conveniently located near shopping and restaurants. Construction is well underway and completion is expected by early 2020.

Hotel ELEO at the University of Florida - Gainesville - Hotel ELEO at the University of Florida, a 173-room boutique hotel, will open Summer 2020 in Gainesville, Florida. The hotel, located on the University of Florida campus, will feature an upscale restaurant, flexible meeting and event space, a fitness studio outfitted with high-end cardio and resistance equipment, and an unparalleled level of service.

Margaritaville Hotel - Jacksonville Beach - Located adjacent to the beach on OceanFront North, the new Margaritaville Hotel is set to open to the public in 2020. The hotel is complete with an exterior beachside pool, a two-story LandShark Bar and Grill, a “LandShark Lookout” observation deck and more. Additional details and timing for the hotel’s opening will follow in the coming months.

Pirate Island Hotel - Winter Haven - LEGOLAND® Florida Resort is proud to announce its newest pirate-themed accommodation, Pirate Island Hotel, opening in spring 2020. Connected to the existing LEGOLAND® Hotel, Pirate Island will be the third on-site accommodation at LEGOLAND Florida Resort. The Hotel will feature 150 fun-filled rooms, an expansive pool and pool deck, hundreds of LEGO models and numerous character experiences.

The Karol Hotel - Clearwater - Now open, The Karol Hotel is the first Tribute Portfolio Hotel in Pinellas County, Florida. Centrally located in Feather Sound between Clearwater, St. Pete and Tampa, the new boutique hotel features a signature lobby bar and restaurant, a rooftop bar overlooking Tampa Bay, event space and a resort-style pool and a fitness center. The hotel is named for and inspired by Karol Kelly Bullard, "Miss Karol K," wife of Fred Bullard, CEO of The Bullard Group, which is developing the property.

Winter the Dolphin’s Beach Club - Clearwater Beach - Sitting on America’s No. 1 beach, this dolphin and marine life themed hotel features the inspiring dolphin made famous by the Dolphin Tale movies – Winter. Part of the Ascend Hotel Collection portfolio by Choice Hotels, Winter the Dolphin's Beach Club comes to life after an extensive renovation and rehaul of an existing Choice hotel with a focus on sustainability and conservation. In partnership with Clearwater Marine Aquarium, this family-and-eco-friendly hotel is now open.

The Sarasota Modern - Sarasota - This 89-room boutique property is open now. The Sarasota Modern offers minimalist design, artistic flair, and luxury amenities in the up and coming Rosemary District.

SOUTHERN REGION

Amrit Ocean Resort & Residences - Singer Island - Spanning over seven beachfront acres of the Atlantic shoreline on Palm Beach County’s picturesque Singer Island, Amrit Ocean Resort & Residences is a new paradigm of mindful living for those pursuing proactive wellness. Amrit’s personal wellness coaches will create individualized programs utilizing the resort’s 100,000 square feet of wellness amenities. Upon completion in 2020 the property’s two towers, aptly named Peace and Happiness, will be home to a resort/residential mix condos and wellness resort guest rooms.

Banyan Cay Resort and Golf - West Palm Beach - Set to open in early 2021, Banyan Cay Resort & Golf will be West Palm Beach’s new luxury resort experience. With 18 holes of rolling fairways, designed by the legendary golfer himself, Jack Nicklaus, members and guests will enjoy every second of thoughtful play. A stunning luxury hotel will join the Banyan Cay community, welcoming members and guests to discover 150 boutique guestrooms and suites, two pools, dining options, a 5,000 square foot relaxation and wellness center and more.

Barbary Beach House Key West Hotel - DiamondRock Hospitality Company has announced an anticipated June opening of the Barbary Beach House Key West (2001 South Roosevelt Boulevard), a 184-room oceanfront hotel inspired by the island’s natural landscape and legendary maritime history. Following an extensive, top-to-bottom conversion, the Barbary Beach House Key West has been transformed into a lush, tropical haven where free-spirited adventurers can discover an unrivaled Key West experience along the famed southernmost shores of the United States.

The Ben, Autograph Collection by Marriott - West Palm Beach - Opening in February 2020, the new 208 room Marriott Autograph Collection Hotel “The Ben” is named in honor of Byrd and Fred Dewey’s original Palm Beach County estate named Ben Trovato. The property will blend elements of Florida’s fascinating history with today’s modern lifestyle. Guests will enjoy luxuries like an expanded, 24-hour state-of-the-art fitness center, a rooftop pool with private cabanas and an outdoor fire pit. The Ben will also feature downtown West Palm Beach’s only waterfront ballroom with spectacular views across to Palm Beach and the Atlantic Ocean from its top floor.

Canopy by Hilton West Palm Beach Downtown – West Palm Beach – Opening in the heart of the city in January 2020, The Canopy West Palm Beach Downtown is a soaring glass atrium that is home to a 60-foot fiber optic art installation resembling the long roots of a banyan tree. The 150-room hotel is within minutes of three world-class cultural venues, waterfront recreation along the Intracoastal, all the attractions of Palm Beach and famous Clematis Street’s famous nightlife.

Deer Run on the Atlantic - Big Pine Key - The four-room boutique-style Deer Run on the Atlantic, a Florida-certified green lodging program bed and breakfast, has reopened in the heart of the National Key Deer Refuge. Utilizing organically sourced bedding, supplies and food, the property is a 100 percent plant-based vegan establishment. Guests can enjoy bicycles, kayaks, a daily plant-based full breakfast, an on-site beach, parking, Wi-Fi and private porches. One room is pet-friendly for companion animals weighing less than 40 pounds.

Ibis Bay Beach Resort - Key West - Ibis Bay Beach Resort has unveiled a retro-themed, three-bedroom Mile High Suite on the resort’s east side overlooking Florida Bay. It’s designed to pay tribute to vacation aviation pioneered by Pan American Airways, which launched its first flight from Key West to Havana, Cuba, on October 28, 1927. The suite features a fusion of wing-shaped aluminum counters, 1950s-era furniture and a state-of-the-art kitchen. Each bedroom is called a Mile High Club cabin: A, B and C. The suite is priced from $650 per night.

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants - Key West - Slated to open its doors in early 2020. Kimpton Key West will be the sixth property for the boutique hotel company and its first in the Florida Keys. The collection will be comprised of five separate hotels located in the historic district, each offering its own story and stay experience, blending timeless architecture with an eclectic, bohemian style that could only be found in Key West. No two rooms in the collection’s total 219 keys are the same and the collection spans everything from estate-like guesthouses to charming bungalows and original conch houses.

Luminary Hotel & Co. - Fort Myers - Opening in August 2020, the riverfront Luminary Hotel & Co. will soar 12 stories above downtown, as the area’s first hotel in the prestigious Autograph Collection® of Marriott International. Luminary Hotel & Co. will be home to the signature Silver King Ocean Brasserie, Beacon Social Drinkery rooftop lounge, Ella Mae's Diner with a separate street level entrance, a coffee roastery located in the lobby, The Workshop culinary theater, an indoor and outdoor fitness facility, retail space and a spacious pool area on the fourth floor overlooking the Caloosahatchee river.

The Reach, A Curio Collection by Hilton - Key West -In Key West the 150-room The Reach, A Curio Collection by Hilton, proudly reopened in December 2019 as Key West’s first Curio Collection resort. The property has been redesigned with a bright and airy lobby, new common outdoor space and the Four Marlins oceanfront restaurant and bar. More than 14,300 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space includes a gazebo that extends over the Atlantic Ocean and an outdoor terrace. On-site activities include jet ski tours and snorkeling, coral reef exploration and kayak eco-tours.

White Elephant Palm Beach - Palm Beach - Scheduled to open in early 2020, this boutique property is located in the heart of historic Palm Beach, on the corner of Sunset Avenue and Bradley Park. The new property will reflect the standard of outstanding hospitality already established at sister property, White Elephant Nantucket embracing the history of the existing landmark building while incorporating a contemporary interpretation of Mediterranean-revival.