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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 coming in spring 2022- 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.

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1-Bedroom Family Suites

Coming soon in summer 2022! 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 separate living/dining room area; a master bath with dual vanities and large, walk-in shower; a separate dressing area; and a bunk room with two beds or sleeper sofa and a separate bathroom and full-size tub, making them ideal for larger family getaways. 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 and cabana shower, with ease-of-access to the family pool area.   These suites are currently not bookable; please check back to this page for availability.

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2-Bedroom Family Suites

Coming soon in summer 2022!  These new 2-Bedroom Family Suites vary from 1,000 – 1,175 sq. ft., making them the hotel’s most spacious room options. The elegantly furnished, coastal-inspired suites feature a separate living/dining room area; a master bath with dual vanities and large, walk-in shower; a separate dressing area; and a separate bathroom and full-size tub. 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 and cabana shower, with ease-of-access to the family pool area. ADA Accessible Suite is available.     These suites are currently not bookable; please check back to this page for availability.

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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.  Each stay includes direct access to the beach, complimentary bike rentals and so much more to ensure an unforgettable experience.  Enjoy up to 20% OFF standard rates when you stay now through May 18, 2022.

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Advanced Purchase Offer

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 WaterColor Inn

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!

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Florida Resident’s Deal

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

Military Appreciation bonfire by the beach at Watersound Inn

Military Appreciation

To thank and honor the men and women who serve and who have served, we are extending a special discounted rate with access to private club amenities through St. Joe Hospitality®- beach club, golf and more! 

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
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A map & directions of the 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.