WaterColor Inn & Resort Ranked in Top 500 Hotels in the World by Travel + Leisure Readers
Santa Rosa Beach, FL - (December 21, 2009) - WaterColor Inn & Resort kicks off the new year with yet another award for excellence in service and amenities. For the third year in a row, the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine have selected WaterColor Inn & Resort as one of the top 500 hotels in the world. The publication asks readers to vote on the places they've stayed recently, and to share opinions on their favorite properties.
"We're proud to be part of this exclusive list of properties selected by readers of Travel + Leisure," said WaterColor Inn & Resort General Manager Eric Sather. "The stunning location speaks for itself, but it's the warm and welcoming service our staff provides to guests that keeps them coming back and ranking us as a top destination." WaterColor joins other prestigious properties in the Top 500 including Raffles L'Ermitage Beverly Hills, CA, the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, FL, and the InterContinental Buckhead in Atlanta, GA.
WaterColor Inn & Resort is an enchanting getaway located along Northwest Florida's Emerald Coast, nestled between Grayton Beach and Seaside on Scenic Highway 30-A. Accommodations range from the intimate WaterColor Inn with a cozy, relaxed feel of a beach home featuring rooms overlooking the pristine sugar white sand and emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico to the resort's charming rental homes - roomy enough for groups or families to vacation together. Many of the homes are just a short walk to the beach and surround scenic Western Lake.
WaterColor Inn & Resort caters to guests of all ages, offering numerous 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 town of Seaside, 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.
WaterColor's highly acclaimed Fish Out of Water restaurant overlooks the Gulf of Mexico and features Chef de Cuisine Philip Krajeck's specialties made from locally sourced and organic ingredients.
Throughout the year, WaterColor hosts special events and themed retreat packages focusing on fitness, art, culinary and more. WaterColor rings in the New Year with its inaugural 30A Songwriters Festival January 15-17. An internationally prominent line up of singer-songwriters will converge on the Santa Rosa Beach area. WaterColor Inn & Resort's Fish Out of Water Restaurant will host headliners including John Oates (formerly with Hall & Oates), Rodney Crowell, Chely Wright and Susanna Hoffs of the Bangles. Performers will be on stage all three nights of the festival, with three sets each night. Fans of great music, world class restaurants and the ultimate beach bars are invited to enjoy all of this over the 3-day holiday weekend.
For fly fishing enthusiasts the Orvis Fly Fishing School offers both novice and experienced anglers instruction in saltwater and warm water fly fishing at WaterColor Inn & Resort. From learning to set up fly rods to perfecting new casting techniques, the two-day course offered year-round on select Tuesdays/Wednesdays and Saturdays/Sundays is open to participants of all levels. Home to Old Florida Outfitters and Shallow Water Expeditions, the only Orvis-endorsed outfitters in Northwest Florida, WaterColor Inn & Resort is the ideal environment for an enjoyable and educational fly fishing experience.
About WaterColor Inn & Resort
Selected in 2010 as one of Travel + Leisure's 500 World's Best Hotels and a Conde Nast Traveler's "Gold List" recipient. WaterColor Inn and its restaurant Fish Out of Water are both recipients of the coveted Four Diamond rating by AAA in 2010. Honors of 2009 include a 23rd ranking in the Top 75 Mainland U.S. Resorts in Conde Nast Traveler's Readers Choice Awards and the "Two Palm" designation from the Florida Green Lodging Program. The exclusive 60 room WaterColor Inn & Resort offers luxurious accommodations, award-winning dining at Fish Out of Water, a full service spa, Kids Camp, golf, tennis, biking, kayaking and fishing. WaterColor Resort also offers well appointed vacation homes and charming cottages for rent. 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 Dunesider 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.