Margaritaville Vacation Club Hosts Groundbreaking Ceremony in St. Thomas

Margaritaville Vacation ClubMargaritaville Hospitality Group and Wyndham Vacation Ownership (WVO) have come together to break ground on the first Margaritaville Vacation Club resort in St. Thomas.

The groundbreaking ceremony took place on February 12, 2014 at the former Grand Beach Palace Resort on the Northeast side of St. Thomas. Many leaders from WVO attended the event including Gary Hyde, VP of resort operations and Rob Landry, VP of project management, development planning, and construction. St. Thomas Governor, John P. de Jongh Jr. also attended the event accompanied by staff members from St. Thomas EDA (Economic Development Authority), DPNR (Department of Planning and Natural Resources), and Tourism bureau.

Governor de Jongh shared, “We’re thrilled to see construction begin at Margaritaville Vacation Club. Hospitality is the livelihood of our island and this new resort will open up so many opportunities for the people of St. Thomas.”

Last year, in 2013, Wyndham and Margaritaville Hospitality Group announced their plans to renovate the Grand Beach Palace Resort. The resort will be known as the Wyndham St. Thomas, a Margaritaville Vacation Club resort. This will be the first collaboration between Wyndham Vacation Ownership and Margaritaville Hospitality Group.

Construction is planned to take place over the next three years. Wyndham Vacation Ownership has hired the help of J. Benton Construction of St. Croix to complete the construction and renovation.

The team will begin by renovating existing hotel rooms into 262 timeshare condominiums, beginning with the beachfront units. Updates will also be made to the resort pool and the reception area. The existing pool bar will be transformed into a 5 O’clock Somewhere Bar. New additions to the resort include a Margaritaville restaurant, live music venue, and dive shop. The resort is expected to open in 2015.

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