June 9, 2023


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Magic Beach Motel in Vilano will be turned into a boutique hotel

The Magic Beach Motel, located in Vilano Beach, was purchased May 9.

After the sale of the property to another developer fell through following a very public battle with neighbors, the Magic Beach Motel in Vilano Beach has been sold.

But the new owners — a boutique hotel management company — say they have no plans at this time to change the iconic vintage motel, aside from some general repairs and renovations.

“At the moment, we’re just focused on operating the property,” said Sonny Bhikha, a principal with Shivam Properties.

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More on the Magic Beach:Magic Beach Motel sale falls through after County Commission denies design approval application

Key International, a Miami-based developer, had planned to buy the Magic Beach Motel and turn it into the 194-room Vilano Beach Hotel. The firm backed out of the deal last December after the St. Johns County Commission voted 4-0 to deny its design application. Key International is the same company behind the Embassy Suites in St. Augustine Beach.