DiamondHead Beach Resort rolls out renovations
The DiamondHead Beach Resort used the time when the town closed much of its hospitality industry following the outbreak of COVID-19 in March, to do some sprucing up.
That includes a renovated terrace overlooking its pool, an updated outdoor seating area near its Cabanas Beach Bar and Grille, new paint on all of the rooms and new furniture. During the closure, staff painted all of the rooms and deep-cleaned them. The staff is still doing extra cleaning and maintenance “so when guests do come back to the hotel they are going basically into a brand new hotel room,” said DiamondHead Beach Resort Assistant General Manager Heather Everhart. “We’ve made a lot of improvements.”
Everhart showed off the new terrace overlooking the pool outside Coste Island Cuisine this past week which now has a roof cover with lights, along with new tiling and tables.
Everhart said the new roof will allow the terrace to hold functions when it rains. There are also screens that can be pulled down to protect guests from rainy and windy conditions. In the next phase there will also be a trellis added with more tables and chairs.
The terrace will be used for private functions and as an extension of the seating at Coste Island Cuisine when it reopens in the fall, as well as overflow from the pool deck. “We wanted to expand our wedding space and our outdoor space and shield them from the elements,” Everhart said.
The first change returning guests may notice is the look of the new bell services desk and lobby area that visitors see when they enter the property in front of the elevators. There are new wall tiles and new furniture for guests.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the hotel’s outdoor capacity currently has lowered its capacity in half, with 55 pool chairs instead of 110. There is a staff member at the pool who is dedicated to sanitizing the pool chairs after each use.
Currently, when there are afternoon showers and storms, those at the pool tend to head to Cabanas for cover. Staff at Diamondhead have installed tents on the sand to accommodate the tables there for those wanting to enjoy Cabanas on the beach. The 121-unit Estero Boulevard resort oversees the Gulf of Mexico. Cabanas is currently offering a new happy hour seven days a week from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. with an assortment of drink specials.
“We try to keep up with the times,” Everhart said. Business has been picking up since they reopened.”The weekends are very busy, she said.” The hotel has been offering about 75% of its 121 rooms so that guests can “continue to social distance,” Everhart said.