Margaritaville designs unveiled

An artist's rendering shows the new-look lobby area in what will be the Margaritaville resort.

The first renderings of the Margaritaville Grand Cayman Beach Resort were released this week, with the developer anticipating it will be “substantially complete” by the end of the year.

The artwork shows a revamped lobby area dotted with potted palms and new furniture, as well as refurbished rooms.

Michael Wilkings of the Howard Hospitality Group said the development would be completely different from the old Treasure Island resort.

“It is a total renovation, every surface, every piece of furniture is being changed. It is a totally different look.”

Renovation work is under way and Mr. Wilkings expects the first phase, including the first 100 rooms, lobby area and one of the restaurants, to be complete by the end of August.

The lobby bar will be renovated with a new name, the License to Chill bar.

The resort will also feature a Margaritaville Coffee Shop, as well as the Banana Wind Café with ocean views and a swim–up bar at the main pool.

The property’s signature restaurant, Yara, aims to be a “dining destination” for tourists and locals.

The Miami-based Howard Hospitality Group completed the purchase of Treasure Island in November last year, announcing a deal to redevelop the venue as a Margaritaville resort.

The resort will feature 285 rooms, multiple bars and restaurants, and designated kids zones with a two-story pool slide.