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WaterColor Inn & Resort Draws Rave Reviews in Andrew Harper's Luxury Travel Publication as a Top 20 Favorite Family Resort

The resort was selected by Haprer from more than 1,000 properties he recommends in his 2012 Hideaway Report's Readers' Choice Awards

(Santa Rosa, Fla.) – For the second year in a row, WaterColor Inn & Resort is recognized by Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report as one of the world's top family resorts. The luxury travel publication and website's reader members voted WaterColor Inn & Resort as one of the Top 20 Favorite Family Resorts in their Readers' Choice Survey. According to Hideaway Report, family resorts are top-of-mind this year, as many readers requested more information on multi-generational travel in this year's survey. "We pride ourselves on service and amenities for the entire family," said Patrick Murphy, WaterColor Inn & Resort's General Manager. "Being recognized as a Top 20 Favorite Family Resort in this prestigious travel publication allows us to showcase what we have to offer."

Andrew Harper is considered the world's most discriminating travelers and his publication as one of the best. This survey ranks their readers Top 20 U.S. and International properties, with 75 or fewer rooms. The entire list includes favorite beach resorts, city hotels, family escapes, food and wine properties, golf resorts and spas.

Andrew Harper, LLC is a privately held company, best known for its respected monthly travel publication, Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report, which is a reference guide to the world's most distinguished hotels and restaurants. Their readership is composed of active and sophisticated travelers.

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Although they frequently review larger hotels and resorts, their primary focus is on smaller properties that offer both a distinctive charm and a high level of personal service. Their members are in search of unique experiences and expect to be treated as individuals. In recognizing Watercolor Inn & Resort, they found what they were looking for.

WaterColor Inn & Resort is renowned for its stretch of pristine sugar white sand along the northwest Florida Gulf coast. The resort caters to guests of all ages, offering numerous family-friendly amenities including a BeachClub, several swimming pools, tennis center, spa, and Kids Camp. Complimentary bicycles, kayaks and canoes make it easy for guests to ride to the neighboring towns, paddle through the Western Lake (a rare coastal dune lake) and hike the resort's woodland trail system. Golfers have three courses to choose from: the Tom Fazio-designed Camp Creek Golf Club, the Greg Norman-designed Shark's Tooth Golf Club, and the Origins course designed by Davis Love III for family and short play. The resort's highly acclaimed Fish Out of Water restaurant overlooks the Gulf of Mexico and features Chef specialties made from locally sourced and organic ingredients.

 

About WaterColor Inn & Resort
WaterColor Inn & Resort has a long list of awards and accolades: Selected in 2012 as a Conde' Nast "Gold List" recipient and AAA Four Diamond Award along with the 2011 & 2012 awards for a "Top 20 Family Resort" in Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report and 12th best in Condé Nast Traveler's "Top Mainland U.S. Large Resorts". WaterColor has also been recognized as one of the top 30 in Travel + Leisure's "Best Beach Hotels in America" & "Top 500 Hotels in the World"; selected as second best by readers of Travel + Leisure in the "Top 50 World's Best Family Hotels and Cruises in the U.S. & Canada" and the "Top 500 Hotels in the World" in 2009 and 2010; voted number 15 in the "Top 100 Mainland U.S. Resorts" by readers of Condé Nast Traveler in 2010 ; and "Best Hotel in Florida" by the readers of Travel + Leisure in 2007.

The WaterColor Inn & Resort offers luxurious accommodations at both the exclusive 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. WaterColor Inn & Resort is managed by Seattle-based Noble House Hotels & Resorts and developed by The St. Joe Company. For more information about WaterColor visit www.watercolorresort.com or call 866-426-2656.

About WaterSound Beach
WaterSound Beach is a 256-acre gated residential community sitting directly on the Gulf of Mexico, along Scenic Highway 30-A between Camp Creek Lake and Deer Lake State Park in Northwest Florida's South Walton County. Developed by the St. Joe Company, it stretches for a mile along the Gulf Coast's crystal white sands and emerald waters, with pedestrian bridges and footpaths linking the community are various neighborhoods, complemented by the property's dramatic dunes and lush, natural spaces. Amenities include the private WaterSound Beach Club, with a 7,000 square foot free-form swimming pool and seasonal Duneside Grille.
Two miles east of WaterSound Beach is Camp Creek Golf Course, a private, 18-hole, par 72 championship course configured by renowned designer Tom Fazio. For WaterSound vacation rentals, call 800-413-2363 or visit www.watersoundvacationrentals.com.

About Camp Creek
Since opening in 2001, Camp Creek has been consistently cited as one of Tom Fazio's most thought-provoking, aesthetically-stunning design credits. Featuring a unique "dunescape" appearance, the layout is framed by sand dunes and native grasses. From the back green tees, the course plays to a championship caliber yardage of 7,159 and a formidable slope rating of 152 (one of the highest in the state). Camp Creek's five-tee configuration, which also includes gold (senior) and red (women's) tees, accommodates players of all skill and experience levels. It is ranked among the top courses in the state by Golfweek, GOLF Magazine and Golf Digest. It has also been recognized for its environmental stewardship through designation as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary by the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System (ACSS). Superintendent Larry Livingston was similarly distinguished as a certified Audubon Steward. Camp Creek is operated by Troon Golf, the leader in upscale golf course-management.

About Shark's Tooth
Designed by Greg Norman and voted the second best new private course by Golf Digest in 2002, Shark's Tooth Golf Club was purchased by The St. Joe Company to bolster its high-end, golf course holdings. The course stretches to 7,204 yards from the back tees and features five fairways that border scenic Lake Powell, two holes that play toward the water and numerous wooden cart path bridges that cross over streams and estuaries. Tucked among the oaks and pines along the shores of the historic lake, which has been designated an Outstanding Florida Waterway, Shark's Tooth is a challenging course that co-exists with its surroundings. Grass from the Greg Norman Turf Company was used on the fairways, approaches and rough. The course is a Silver Signature Sanctuary Course as accredited by the Audubon Signature Program and is operated by Troon Golf, the leader in upscale golf course-management.

About St. Joe
The St. Joe Company, a publicly held company currently based in Jacksonville, is one of Florida's largest real estate development companies and Northwest Florida's largest private landowner.  St. Joe is primarily engaged in real estate development and sales, with significant interests in timber.  More information about the Company can be found on its website at www.joe.com.

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