With the announcement of the 2017 Forbes Travel Guide Star Ratings, two hotels in the St. Joe Club & Resorts collection — WaterColor Inn and The Pearl Hotel, in addition to the WaterColor Inn’s onsite restaurant Fish Out of Water — have received four-star ratings. This is the second time that Forbes Travel Guide has named The Pearl Hotel, which opened in August 2013, to this prestigious list, while WaterColor Inn has maintained its four-star rating for five consecutive years. Multi-award winning establishment Fish Out of Water also received its second nod. Evaluated by a team of Forbes experts against up to 800 rigorous and objective standards, the luxury travel guide provides comprehensive ratings and reviews of hotels, restaurants, and spas around the world.
WaterColor Inn and The Pearl Hotel, as well as their onsite restaurants, Fish Out of Water and Havana Beach Bar & Grill, have also received the esteemed AAA Four Diamond Rating. WaterColor Inn and Fish Out of Water have maintained this designation consecutively since 2007, while The Pearl Hotel and Havana Beach Bar & Grill are celebrating their second consecutive nod. These St. Joe Club & Resorts-owned establishments are part of a select group of hotels and restaurants in North America. According to AAA, hotels at this level deliver unmatched guest comfort with luxurious accommodations, highly qualified staff, extraordinary facilities and many personalized amenities. Restaurants at this level provide a highly personalized and unique culinary experience.
“We are delighted that both Forbes Travel Guides and AAA have once again honored WaterColor Inn and The Pearl Hotel,” said Andrew Czarnecki, managing director of Resorts Operations. “With such an abundance of lodging and activity options available to guests all along the Emerald Coast, this recognition spotlights the two celebrated hotels in our portfolio as premier destinations for a memorable vacation.”
Inspired travelers looking ahead to their spring and summer vacations will find a variety of lodging packages available at both WaterColor Inn and The Pearl Hotel, all including access to the St. Joe Club & Resorts collection of amenities and activities found throughout the region, including private golf club access; complimentary beach setups; beach bonfire services bike, kayak and canoe rentals; and much more.
WaterColor Inn, named the “No. 8 Best Resort in Florida (Gulf & Central)” in the 2016 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards, is nestled on nearly 500 acres of sugar-white sand beach and offers deluxe accommodations designed by David Rockwell, including the newly renovated 60-room Inn, and a collection of well-appointed vacation residences. The family-friendly resort features a day spa, six pools, and four onsite restaurants, including the multi-award winning, Fish Out of Water, a fine dining destination featuring fresh local fish and meats infused with Southern flavor.
Just down the beach is The Pearl Hotel, an intimate, 55-room boutique hotel and the newest property in the St. Joe Club & Resorts portfolio. Named the “No. 10 Best Hotel in Florida” in the 2016 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards, The Pearl Hotel features elegant furnishings, private balconies, and a guest services-integrated iPad in every guestroom. An award-winning destination restaurant, Havana Beach Bar & Grill, serves up Gulf Coast Americana cuisine with Old World Spanish, Portuguese, and French influences, along with an adults-only pool and a rooftop lounge affording endless Gulf views.