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See What WaterColor Has Accomplished Over the Years

WaterColor Inn and its flagship restaurant have been recognized for numerous accolades, including a Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star rating and Conde' Nast Traveler's "Readers' Choice Award- Ranked #1 "Best Resorts in Florida" (Gulf & Central)."

HOTEL AWARDS

Andrew Harper

  • Readers’ Choice- #20- “Best Family Resort” (2016)
  • Readers’ Choice- #16- “Top 20 Beach Resort” (2013)
  • Readers’ Choice- #17- “Favorite Family Resort” (2012)
  • Recommended Hotel (2011-2016)

 Condé Nast Traveler      

  • Readers’ Choice- #8 “Top Resorts in Florida (Gulf & Central)” (2016)
  • Readers’ Choice- #87 “Top 100 Hotels & Resorts in the World” (2015)
  • Readers’ Choice- #1 “Best Resorts in FL (Gulf & Central)” (2014 & 2015)
  • Platinum Circle Award (2014)
  • Readers’ Choice- #3 “Top 40 Resorts in Florida” (2013)
  • Readers’ Choice- #2 “Best Florida Resort” (2012)
  • Readers’ Choice- #12 “Top 150 U.S. Resorts” (2011)
  • Readers’ Choice- #12 “Best Mainland U.S. Resort” (2011); #37 (2007)
  • Gold List Award Winner (2008-2016)- WaterColor Inn & Resort

 Family Vacation Critic

  • Readers’ Choice- “Favorite Hotel” (2015 & 2016)

 Forbes Travel Guide

  • Four- Star Rating (2013-2016)
  • “Top 10 Best Beach Escapes” (2013)
  • “World’s Top 400 Best Hotels & Resorts”; ForbestTraveler.com (2006)

 The Local Palette

  • “Top 20 Hotels” (2015)

 30A Hot Spot Awards

  • Voted #2 “Hottest Hotel” (2015)
  • Voted #4 “Hottest Beach to See-And-Be-Seen” (2015)

 Travel + Leisure

  • Readers’ Choice- #25 “Top 500 World’s Best Hotel” (2010, 2011, 2014 & 2015)
  • Readers’ Choice- #17 “Top Family Hotels in USA”(2014)
  • Readers’ Choice- #12 “Top 100 World’s Best Hotels (Continental U.S.) (2009, 2010 & 2013)
  • Readers’ Choice- #2 “World’s Best Hotels for Families (Continental U.S.) (2011 & 2013)
  • Readers’ Choice- #26 “America’s Best Beach Hotels” (2011)
  • Readers’ Choice- “Top 50 Resorts” (U.S./Canada) (2010)
  • Readers’ Choice- “Best Hotel in Florida” (2007)
  • Readers’ Choice- #1 “Top 50 Best Family Friendly Resorts (U.S./Canada) (2006)

 TripAdvisor

  • “Hall of Fame” winner (2015)
  • “Certificate of Excellence” (above 4.0 Rating) (2011-2016)

 AAA

  • Four-Diamond Rating (2007-2016)

 U.S. News & World Report

  • Ranked #15 for “Best Hotels in FL” (2015)
  • Named one of the “Best Hotels in the USA”(2015)
  • Ranked #11 for “Best Hotels in FL”(2014)

 Virtuoso

  • Listed as “World’s Best Hotel Experience” (2013)

DINING AWARDS

Fish Out of Water

Florida Trend

  • Golden Spoon Award (2012 – 2014)
  • Top 400 Restaurants (2005 & 2006)

 Forbes Travel Guide

  • Four- Star Rating (2015 & 2016)

 Open Table

  • Diner’s Choice Award (2015 & 2016)

 30A Hot Spot Awards 

  • Voted #5 “Hottest Spot for Fine Dining” (2015 & 2016)
  • Voted #4 “Hottest Spot for Cocktails” (2015)
  • The Gathering Spot- Voted #5 “Hottest Spot for Sushi” (2015)

 TripAdvisor

  •  “Certificate of Excellence” (above 4.0 Rating) (2013-2016)

 AAA

  • Four-Diamond Rating (2007-2016)

 Perfect in South Walton Awards 

  •  “Best Gulf to Table Menu” (2015)
  •  “Best Seafood Menu” (2015)
  •  “Best Wine List” (2015)

 Wine Spectator

  • Award of Excellence (2005-2009; 2014)
  • Best Wine List (2015)

The Gathering Spot

30A Hot Spot Awards

  • Voted #5 “Hottest Spot for Sushi” (2015)

 

MEETINGS & WEDDINGS AWARDS

ConventionSouth Magazine

  • 1 of 28 properties in Florida to receive “Readers’ Choice Award” (2015 & 2016)

Destinations Weddings & Honeymoon

  • “Top 25 Florida Wedding Venues” (2013)

Meetings & Conventions

  • Gold Key Winner- “Best Boutique Property in the Southeast” (2016)

MeetingsSouth Magazine

  • “Outstanding Meeting Facility Providing Excellence in Service” (2004 & 2006)

WeddingWire

  • Couples Choice Award (2014 & 2015)

OTHER AWARDS

InnSpa

 Condé Nast Traveler      

  • Readers’ Choice- #60 “Best Spas in the World” (2014)

  • Readers’ Choice- #19 “Top Spa for North America” (2013)

30A Hot Spot Awards

  • Voted #3 “Hottest Spot to Get Pampered (Spa, Massage, Weigh-loss)” (2016)

  • Voted #4 “Hottest Spot to Get Pampered (Spa, Massage, Weigh-loss)” (2015)

 WaterColor Beach Club

 30A Hot Spot Awards

  •  Voted #2 “Hottest Swimming Pool” (2015)