Pebblebrook Hotel Trust last week announced that it has acquired LaPlaya Beach Resort, a 189-room, waterfront, luxury resort and LaPlaya Beach Club, a private members club located at the resort, for a combined purchase price of $185.5 million.
LaPlaya Beach Resort is a 189-room, luxury, full-service resort that sits on 6 acres of beachfront property surrounded by stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico and Vanderbilt Bay. The resort was originally built in 1968 and underwent a comprehensive, $54.0 million renovation and redesign in 2002. The resort offers several food and beverage options including the widely-acclaimed Baleen, which provides sunset views and a “toes in the sand” experience and whose menu is modern, seafood-focused and locally inspired. The Tiki Bar offers a wide selection of beverages, craft cocktails and snacks, available via butler service to the beach. Furthermore, the resort’s 4,500 square foot spa, SpaTerre, provides a full menu of upscale spa and wellness treatments. The resort also includes three outdoor swimming pools, a 2,200 square foot fitness center, a 7-story parking garage with 310 spaces, a children’s aquatic and beach camp, watersport rentals and in-room dining. The acquisition also includes the leasehold interest in a 23-slip marina on the Vanderbilt Bay side of the property.
In addition to the acquisition of the resort, the Company also purchased the LaPlaya Beach Club (the “Club”), which has grown to become one of the most notable private clubs in Florida. The Club provides the Company with a strong revenue stream through initiation fees and annual membership dues, while also generating significant ancillary spend at the resort by its members. The Club boasts over 800 current active members and provides a club members’ private dining room, private pool cabanas, and an exclusive agreement with the LaPlaya Golf Course to provide Club members and hotel guests with golf access and privileges. The LaPlaya Golf Course is not included in the transaction.
LaPlaya will continue to be managed by Noble House Hotels & Resorts under a new operating agreement. The Company expects to incur approximately $1.3 million of costs related to the acquisition of the hotel.
The acquisition of LaPlaya Beach Resort brings the total number of properties in the Company’s portfolio to 36 and marks the Company’s first investment in Naples, Florida.