Even though Biloxi is such a short drive from us, we hadn’t ever considered it for a weekend getaway. I had it pegged as more of an adult destination. However, unfortunate circumstances led us to looking for a room, when we made plans to attend a fundraiser for a family friend’s daughter who was fighting DIPG. We booked a room at Margaritaville on a whim, after hearing such fantastic things about it from friends.
About the Resort
Theme: Jimmy Buffett beach vibes
Location: Waterfront in Biloxi, MS
Dining: We were surprised by how many dining options were housed within the resort! There’s the LandShark Bar & Grill with views of the Mississippi, Margaritaville Cafe, and Doe’s Eat Place (hello, James Beard award winning steakhouse). Adults can also enjoy cocktails from the 5 o’clock Somewhere Bar and Lost Key Bar, while kids get a sugar buzz at the Sweet Shack ice cream shop. I was also pleased to find the Margaritaville Coffee Shop in the main lobby, because I’m borderline dependent on espresso.
Shopping: If you’re not a Parrothead, the shopping isn’t that thrilling. There are two Margaritaville shops in the resort, with lots of branded merchandise and souvenirs. We didn’t go to shop though!
Activities: This is a hotel that you could park and not return to your car again until checkout. With two little kids, these kinds of stays are appealing to us! In addition to the restaurants, the resort also has 55,000 square foot Escape Family Entertainment Center that can entertain kids for hours between arcade games and the 4′ tall volcano to climb. The main event for our family was the amazing pool though. We spent almost the entire weekend poolside and Ruby still didn’t get enough. Between the lazy river, water slides, rope traverse, and splash pad, it’s hard to get bored. There’s also a swim up bar in the main pool and poolside dining!
Close By: The Golden Nugget casino is right next door, if you want to do some gambling. They also have a Starbucks on the casino floor. There are plenty of other casinos and restaurants close by too, if you want to explore Biloxi beyond the resort! There’s also a beach area that’s just down the road, if you want to truly immerse yourself in the beach vibes!
About Our Stay
Time of Year: May 2017
Room Type: King executive suite and queen executive suite
Travel Party Size: 6 people (4 adults, 2 children) in 2 rooms
Our Experience: As we arrived, we instantly felt transported into the island vibe of the hotel. There are a bunch of fun places for pictures downstairs that immediately got us into vacation mode.
Our room was beautiful and spacious. I could have stared out our window overlooking the water for hours! We had plenty of space for our family of four. The king size bed was comfortable and the couch folded out too. Our only disappointment was that we’d requested a Pack & Play while making reservations. When we got to our room, there wasn’t one, so I called the front desk. They told me that they were first come, first served and didn’t have any more. With it being so close to home, I would have happily brought mine if I’d known!
On a somewhat silly note, the lighting in the bathrooms is incredible for selfies. I mean, seriously, I want to know what kind of lighting they have and where to get some.
The only other complaint we had was the elevators. This is a very elevator dependent hotel – with only 4 elevators. We waited several minutes to even get upstairs to check in, then again to get to our floor, then again to head downstairs to the pool, again back up to our room, again downstairs to dinner, and back up. All in all, we probably spent an hour or more waiting for elevators each day. When it started raining at the pool, everyone ran for the elevators. After waiting for 15 minutes and still being behind a sea of people, we gave up and walked up 10 flights of stairs carrying the kids.
The pool though, y’all. It’s incredible. There’s something for everyone. Lucy was only 8 months old, yet still had a ball playing in the huge splash pad area and cruising around the lazy river with us. Ruby ran the whole gambit, even braving the flip flop rope traverse where she couldn’t reach the ropes. We all enjoyed the lazy river and waterslides too. It was nice to be able to order drinks from our lounge chairs while watching the girls in the splash pad – and to eat outside, without having to dry off and pull the girls inside mid-fun.
Favorite Part: the pool
Least Favorite Part: the elevator waits
Would We Stay Again?: Our kids had so much fun at the pool that we’d be crazy not to stay again.