Just in time for the summer season, Rosemary Beach will have another place for visitors to rest and relax.
A project that began six years ago will soon come to completion with the opening of The Pearl, a 55-room luxury hotel.
Opening July 8, The Pearl will feature a restaurant/bar serving three meals a day, a spa offering manicures, pedicures and massage therapy, and a rooftop bar — all of which will be open to the public.
The hotel will also feature 28-feet wide floating cabanas and a pool area exclusive to guests.
Michael Votta, general manager of The Pearl, has been vacationing in Rosemary Beach for the past six years. In locating the perfect address for the hotel, he didn't look much further than 30A.
"I love the nature of the area," Votta said. "And I'm honored to be a part of the community."
The new hotel is the most recent addition to an apparent building boom in Rosemary Beach. It joins The Inn on the Gulf, a resort featuring luxury lodging expected to be finished by summer 2014, and the Pine Beach Christian Camp & Retreat Center opening summer 2015.
The Pearl will be as much of a vacation spot for tourists as it will be a destination for relaxation and fine dining for locals. Votta plans for the new development to interact with its local community through special events.
"We're going to service everyone from our more traveled guests to our locals," he said.
What makes The Pearl different from other hotels and resorts on 30A will be the customer service, Votta said. Earlier this week the new development held a career fair — not to be mistaken for a job fair — to look for employees to fill 80-100 full and part-time positions.
"We're working on finding the finest," Votta said. "We're casting our net throughout all of the Panhandle including our veterans."
Just as the employees are to treat the guests, the hotel aims to give their staff the chance to work their way up in the hotel industry.
"This is for the person looking to be here long-term," said Kami Smith, human resources consultant with Sand Dollar Human Resources, LLC. "We'll have at least 60 full-time positions available with benefits."
It is Votta's hope that each employee will transition into a full-time position with the opportunity to develop skills and work with mentors in the hospitality business.
"The Pearl will be focused on our guests," Votta said. "It's very you-centric. Our employees will go out of their way to give guests an unbelievable experience."