by Diana Lambdin Meyer
This 420-acre resort has more than 950 guest rooms and 185 suites, along with two championship golf courses, a full-service marina that includes parasailing, a fishing guide service and boat rentals. Relax at the Arrowhead Pool, an outdoor pool complex with a 125-foot waterslide, toddler splash pool and whirlpool. Tan-Tar-A is a year-round resort that also includes an indoor waterpark, bowling, fitness center and salon. You can also go horseback riding, play miniature golf and tennis. The family-friendly restaurant onsite is the Black Bear Lodge, but the Windrose offers fine dining in a romantic setting for mom and dad. There’s in-room baby-sitting and a kid’s camp.
Our Editor Loves
- Onsite family-friendly restaurant
- In-room baby-sitting and a kid's camp
- Water playground with toddler splash pool
by Stacy W
Here with my 14 year old daughter right now. Rained all day until 3:30pm. We understand weather cannot be controlled. However, it stopped raining at 3:30, the skies cleared and the sun finally came out but they refused to unlock gates to the lakeside & tradewinds pools & miniature golf remained closed. Seriously??? Asked 3 different employees including assistant manager at front desk and each person said it was due to weather. It was literally blue sky & sunshine by about 5:00. We had been inside all day due to rain so we wanted to enjoy the outdoor amenities we paid for when the bad weather passed. The small lower level Landshark pool was open but it was already past capacity as it is not big enough for the entire resort. I find it hard to believe that Jimmy Buffett or John Cohlan would find this acceptable. And I thought we were supposed to mention anything we found unacceptable to management immediately so it could be addressed?? There were many other guests reporting the locked gates to pools and many becoming quite upset. Signs say no lifeguards on duty & swim at own risk so why wouldn’t they unlock the gates? We could have been enjoying the evening outside by the lakeside pool from 3:30-10:00!! Sounds like possibly the Director of Operations sent staff home when rain started then they too left. Then it cleared off and the resort guests were expected to continue to sit inside because resort management refused to take care of their guests. Front desk acted like they could care less. I am absolutely dumbfounded by the entire situation. First and last time at Margaritaville. Will reach out directly to CEO and share more information & photos regarding this experience as it is clear management on site could care less.
What a nice fresh update! Great service, food, and Parrotthead Ambiance! Family Friendly. (Which means they aren't playing all of Jimmy's songs - and that is okay). Still tweaking some of the old Tan-tar-a properties, but my room was great! I would definitely go back!