Gatlinburg, Tenn. (May 23, 2018)—Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg, the anticipated new riverfront resort in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg, today announced its mid-summer 2018 opening with a new general manager at the helm.

Ideally situated for endless exploration, Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg is minutes from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and within walking distance of top area attractions such as Anakeesta Outdoor Theme Park, shops, and restaurants. When it opens, the five-acre, 163-room resort will incorporate a casual-luxe design found throughout guestrooms and public spaces, including a variety of accommodations with rooms featuring two queen beds or king beds and fireplaces, one and two-bedroom suites and unique family suites with a children’s room.

“We set out to create a mountain oasis, inspired by Margaritaville’s authentic ‘no worries’ vibe, where guests can choose a different way to chill each day, from enjoying the resort’s on-site amenities to having boundary-stretching adventures in the mountains,” said Bob McManus, the president and developer of the Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg.

Resort Amenities and Dining

Resort amenities include an indoor pool, hot tub, expansive outdoor pool area with a large two-loop waterslide and splash pad, covered terrace with fireplace and 24-hour fitness center. On-site dining options will include a License to Chill Lobby Bar, LandShark Bar & Grill and Joe Merchant’s Coffee and Provisions. In-room dining will also be available.

St. Somewhere Spa

Combining the breathtaking surroundings of the mountains with Margaritaville’s signature sense of fun and island escapism, Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg will feature a 4,000 square foot, full-service St. Somewhere Spa. Indulgent treatments and services will kick-start a relaxing escape, nurture the body after active outdoor adventures, and pamper guests with beauty treatments. Multiple treatment rooms will offer a selection of massages, facials and skin care, as well as salon services.

Flexible Function Space

The resort will offer more than 3,000 square feet of flexible function space with state-of-the-art technology. A highlight will be the “Edge of Paradise,” an outdoor event space perfect for wedding ceremonies, corporate group events and other special celebrations. Catering menus will be customized to suit each group, with a welcoming team of dedicated event professionals on-hand to manage every detail.

Michael Russell has been named the general manager for the property. With nearly two decades of experience in the hospitality industry, Russell most recently managed the Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country in Santa Rosa, Ca.

“With its beautiful surroundings, outdoor lifestyle and southern hospitality, Gatlinburg is a great destination for a new Margaritaville resort experience. We look forward to welcoming guests to experience paradise in the mountains, beginning this summer,” said Russell.

Additional details about the opening of the resort are expected in the next couple of months.

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