Plantation on Crystal River Announces New Ownership

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Plantation on Crystal River was recently purchased by the Atlanta-based Kingwood International Resorts. The company also owns and operates the Kingwood Country Club & Golf Resort in Clayton, Georgia. Also in Kingwood’s portfolio is the Achasta Golf Resort community located in Dahlonega,Georgia, home to the award-winning Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, both inNorth Georgia. The purchase of the resort,formally owned by Scout Hotels and Resorts, was finalized on January 26.
“We’re excited about the direction Kingwood has planned for the Plantation on Crystal River,” said Michael Mancke, Plantation onCrystal River general manager. “We have such a unique product here and all parties are looking forward to taking the property to the next level.”
Kingwood plans to add amenities and refresh certain areas of the resort, including guest rooms, golf course, food and beverage outlets, the grounds and retail areas. The company plans to invest approximately $2.5 million in these updates that will begin immediately. The resort will continue to operate as Plantation on Crystal River.
The eco-friendly Plantation on Crystal River is surrounded by the natural springs of King’s Bay and more than 25,000 surface acres of pristine lakes and rivers,as well as wildlife refuges and state parks. On site, the Plantation features a full-service family-oriented dive and tour operation marina, 12,000 square feet of meeting and event space, 18-hole golf course, 9-hole executive course, Aveda spa, delectable dining and inviting accommodations. Guests have the unique opportunity to swim with the manatees, rent a pontoon or Jon boat, relax by the riverfront pool, enjoy a game of croquet on the manicured lawn, or hire a guided fishing charter. With more than 1,600 feet of seawall, overnight guests can tie up their boats at any of over 80 spaces. A golf school and SCUBA certification classes are also available to guests of the hotel.
For more information on Plantation on Crystal River or to make a reservation, visit or call 800-632-6262.

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