Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg to Open in Summer 2018

Margaritaville, Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg, Tenn.—Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg, the anticipated new riverfront resort in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg, plans to open mid-summer 2018 with a new general manager at the helm.

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 family suites with a children’s room.

Margaritaville, Gatlinburg


“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,” says Bob McManus, the president and developer of the Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg.

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, 4,000 square foot St. Somewhere Spa, 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.

The resort will offer more than 3,000 square feet of flexible function space. A highlight will be the “Edge of Paradise,” an outdoor event space. Catering menus will be customized to suit each group, with a welcoming team of dedicated event professionals on-hand to manage every detail.

Margaritaville, Gatlinburg

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, Calif.

“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,” says Russell.

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