For nearly 50 years, Innisbrook, a Salamander Resort, has been one of Florida’s top golf resorts. The Tampa Bay area, which has hosted a PGA Tour event for the past 29 years, is gearing up to celebrate its 50th birthday in 2020.
AS part of those preparations, the 900-acre resort today announced it will completely remodel the interiors of all of its spacious guest accommodations by the end of 2018. In addition, the resort will complete renovation work on its South Course this fall. These enhancements follow many other improvements made by Innisbrook Owner Sheila Johnson since she purchased the property and Salamander Hotels & Resorts, the company Johnson founded, began managing it.
“Our suites have long been favorites of golfers, families, and conference groups. The transformation of our guest experience will provide fresher, more attractive and consistent accommodations,” said Innisbrook Managing Director Mike Williams. “We are excited to further improve the quality of each and every stay, while the renovation of the South Course’s greens will give golfers another firm and consistent surface on which to play.”
Williams said the accommodation remodeling program will upgrade the resort’s executive-, one- and two-bedroom condo-style suites to feature an appealing and modern look. Each unit will be completely refreshed to receive all new furniture, furnishings, flooring, stainless-steel appliances, quartz counters, cabinets, lighting, draperies and other decor.
Innisbrook’s suites are located in low-rise lodge buildings, which were designed to blend into the property’s 900 wooded acres through the use of a “back-to-nature” style of architecture. The buildings feature steeply sloped, Mansard-style rooflines that deliberately sit below the treetops to offer a sense of seclusion.
The remodeling work will begin in September and is expected to conclude before the end of 2018. Williams said amenities and public spaces will not be affected, and therefore guest impact during this timeframe will be minimal.
Innisbrook’s South Course, one of four golf courses at the resort, is nearing the end of a five-month renovation and will re-open this fall. Each of the greens have been planted with TifEagle Bermuda Grass – the same surface used at the resort’s famed Copperhead Course that hosts the PGA Tour’s Valspar Championship every March. In addition to the replacement of the greens, the project also includes the expansion of the greens to their original sizes, and re-sodding and improvement of all bunker edging.
The suite makeovers and South Course restoration are just the latest in a series of improvements Salamander Hotels & Resorts have made at Innisbrook. Other enhancements include:
• Restoration of the Copperhead Golf Course
• Renovations to the Island Golf Course
• Expansion of the Osprey Clubhouse
• Addition of the Market Salamander Grille & Bar
• Opening of the Salamander Spa and Fitness Center
• Refurbishing of its 65,000 square feet of Conference Space
• Revamping of the Loch Ness Pool Complex
• Installation of new greens on the North Golf Course
Through September 30, Innisbrook is offering a 25 percent savings and a $50 resort credit with a stay of two nights or more. The package also includes complimentary golf for juniors under 17 with a paying adult, complimentary breakfast for children under 12 with a paying adult, and complimentary shuttle to nearby Honeymoon Island.
Photos: Innisbrook Resort