SANTA ROSA BEACH — WaterColor Inn & Resort in Santa Rosa Beach has received a four-star rating from Forbes Travel Guide, the St. Joe Co. confirmed.
The WaterColor Inn & Resort is one of only 18 hotels in Florida to earn this honor, according to Forbes. Five hotels in Florida won the highest ranking of five stars. This year marked Forbes Travel Guide’s 55th annual listing of star award-winning hospitality establishments worldwide.
The WaterColor Inn & Resort touts itself as offering “luxurious accommodations at both the 60-room inn and well-appointed residences and charming cottages.”
The resort has award-winning dining at Fish Out of Water, a full-service spa, Kids Camp, golf, tennis, biking, kayaking and fishing, according to St. Joe.
“We’re delighted to receive this recognition,” Patrick Murphy, vice president of operations for St. Joe, noted in a press release. “The Forbes standard for a four-star resort encompasses everything WaterColor Inn & Resort strives to provide each guest. Our resort operations continue to grow and these accolades are a testament to the service we provide as we launch our 30A Vacation Rentals program.”
“The Forbes Travel Guide annual star awards represent the best in class in luxury hospitality,” Michael Cascone, president and COO of Forbes Travel Guide, said at the time of the announcement. “Travelers seeking exceptional experiences rely on our ratings to guide them to the world’s finest hotels, restaurants and spas.”
Other accolades the WaterColor Inn & Resort has received this year include Conde Nast Traveler’s “Platinum Circle” and “Gold List” as well as the four diamond rating by AAA, the company notes.
The Inn’s Fish Out of Water restaurant has also received the four diamond rating by AAA and was recently featured on the cooking channel’s Emeril’s Florida. The resort’s spa, InnSpa, was ranked number 19 in the 2013 Conde Nast Travelers, “Readers Spa Poll” for North America.