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Welcome to WaterColor Inn

The Premier Florida Beach Resort Hotel

Overlooking the sugar sands of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, just a short distance from popular attractions including Seaside and Rosemary Beach® communities, you will find WaterColor Inn, a warm family-friendly destination steeped in southern hospitality, history and charm. Our Florida resort hotel is situated on a stunning 500-acre community, tucked between the Gulf of Mexico and a coastal dune lake framed by a longleaf pine forest. Thoughtfully designed by architect David Rockwell and featuring a gorgeously renovated lobby, the Inn seamlessly marries the laid-back comfort of a classic beach house with the modern perks and indulgences of a luxury boutique hotel. 

 

WaterColor experiences are inspired by our surroundings, from the coastal elegance of the 60 beachfront guest rooms and suites- plus an additional seven family suites recently completed- to the locally sourced menus and captivating Gulf views at the restaurants. Throughout the beautifully landscaped grounds, pebbled footpaths wind through picturesque parks and gardens, leading the way to a boathouse, tennis courts, shops, restaurants and a private beach.

Bed & furniture in the guest room at WaterColor Inn

Guest Rooms

All of WaterColor Inn’s oversized 500 sq. ft. guest rooms overlook the natural coastal sand dunes of our beaches. Rooms located on higher floors feature stunning views of the emerald-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. All rooms feature private balconies furnished with Adirondack chairs, and first-floor Dune View Rooms include an outdoor cabana shower. ADA Accessible Guest Rooms are available on each floor.

Interior of a living area in Rotunda Suites at WaterColor Inn

Rotunda Suites

WaterColor Inn’s spacious 600 sq. ft. guest rotunda suites offer panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico, as well as brilliant sunrises and sunsets. With only one suite available on each of the hotel’s three floors (2-4), these 30A suites are extremely popular and have limited availability.  ADA Accessible Guest Rooms are available on each floor.

Dining-Living Area in 1-Bedroom Family Suite (Rm. 108)

1-Bedroom Family Suites

These new 1-Bedroom Family Suites vary from 1,010 – 1,070 sq. ft. and are designed with coastal comfort and convenience in mind, making them ideal for larger family getaways. The suites feature a king bed, separate living/dining room area with sofa sleeper, a kitchen area including refrigerator & microwave, a master bath with dual vanities and large walk-in shower, and a separate dressing area.  The [Dune View] 1-Bedroom Family Suites also include a bunk room with twin over double bunk bed, a separate bathroom with full-size tub, and a cabana shower.  Additionally, each elegantly furnished, coastal-inspired room comes equipped with a personal “Treat Suite,” refreshed daily with a variety of snacks, as well as a variety of family board games. Conveniently located on the first floor, these Family Suites also feature a private outdoor terrace with ease-of-access to the family pool area.   Please note that each Family Suite is unique and room layouts vary from suite to suite. The photos featured are of Room 108 (1-Bedroom w/ Bunk Beds, Dune View).

Living Area in 2-Bedroom Family Suite (Rm. 112)

2-Bedroom Family Suites

These new 2-Bedroom Family Suites vary from 965 – 1,220 sq. ft., making them the hotel’s most spacious room options. The elegantly furnished, coastal-inspired suites feature a separate living/dining room area with sofa sleeper; kitchen area including refrigerator & microwave, a master bath with dual vanities and large, walk-in shower; a separate dressing area; and a second bathroom and full-size tub or walk-in shower. Additionally, each elegantly furnished, coastal-inspired room comes equipped with a personal “Treat Suite,” refreshed daily with a variety of snacks, as well as a variety of family board games. Conveniently located on the first floor, these Family Suites also feature a private outdoor terrace with ease-of-access to the family pool area. ADA Accessible Suite is available.     Please note that each Family Suite is unique and room layouts vary from suite to suite. The photos featured are of Room 112 (2-Bedroom).

Exclusive Offers

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Choose Your Savings

Whether it’s a family vacation, romantic escape or a getaway with friends, enjoy the ideal beach vacation at WaterColor Inn- the only beachfront hotel on 30A.  With a new 2,800 sq. ft. outdoor pool and a new private restaurant, you’ll also enjoy up to 20% OFF standard rates when you book your stay between now through February 28, 2023.

WaterColor's Mountainfilm on Tour Event in Marina Park

Mountainfilm on Tour Package

Celebrate the 22nd Annual WaterColor Mountainfilm Festival with two days of extraordinary films created to inspire courage, thought and empathy. Enjoy this eclectic mix of captivating films that enhances the bold imagery of these remarkable stories in an outdoor setting with a starry backdrop to enhance the unfolding clips of thought provoking films.  Stay two nights or more at WaterColor Inn and receive tickets to both shows.

Close up of girls playing in the beach at The lodge 30A

Advanced Purchase Offer

The sooner you book, the more you'll save on a future beach getaway.  Receive 25% OFF standard rates when your reservation is made at least 30 days in advance. 

View of waves on the beach at sunset near The Pearl Hotel

Rise and Shine Package

Start your morning at one of Northwest Florida’s Forbes Four-Star hotels and enjoy complimentary breakfast for two each day, as well as great rates for stays now through February 28, 2023.   It's always a good time of year to enjoy the beautiful scenery along 30A!

Military Appreciation bonfire by the beach at The lodge 30A

Military Appreciation

To thank and honor the men and women who serve and who have served, we are extending a special discounted rate of up to 20% off stays on select travel dates December 1, 2022 through February 28, 2023.

Landscape view of the Florida beach  near The lodge 30A

Florida Resident’s Deal

 As a Florida resident, you’ll receive up to 20% OFF standard rates, available for stays during select dates December 1, 2022 through February 28, 2023.

Explore WaterColor Inn & Resort

Warm family-friendly destination steeped in southern hospitality, history and charm

“Four-Star rating”

- Forbes Travel Guide

“#1 Best Resorts in Florida (Gulf & Central)”

- Condé Nast Traveler

"#1 Top 50 Best Family Friendly Resorts (U.S./Canada)"

- Travel + Leisure

"Traveler's Choice" winner (top 10% of businesses on TA)

- TripAdvisor

"Four-Diamond Rating"

- AAA

#20- “Best Family Resort”

- Andrew Harper Readers’ Choice
Logo of Forbes Travel Guide at WaterColor Inn Logo of Four Diamond Award at WaterColor Inn

Located in Northwest Florida on Scenic Highway 30A

The WaterColor Inn & Resort borders a 220-acre dune lake on 499 acres with 1,400 linear feet of beachfront on the renowned sugar-white beaches of South Walton.