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WaterColor Inn & Resort Ranks in Top 30 America's Best Beach Hotels by Travel + Leisure Readers

Travel magazine asks readers to vote on their favorite hotels for their annual World's Best Award's Survey


Santa Rosa Beach, FL -

(June 10, 2011) – WaterColor Inn & Resort is one of America's "best beach hotels" according to a recent Readers' Poll conducted by Travel + Leisure. The only resort located in northwest Florida to be named in this exclusive list, WaterColor Inn & Resort is consistently praised for its excellence in service and amenities by the readers of Travel + Leisure.

"We're very pleased and honored to be named to this list," said Jennifer Williams, Director of Sales and Marketing. "Our stunning location combined with the level of service we provide our guests, keeps them coming back year after year and voting for us as a top destination."

The Travel + Leisure poll asks readers to vote on the places they've stayed recently, and to share opinions on their favorite properties. Travel + Leisure readers rate hotels on several characteristics including rooms/facilities, location, service, restaurants/food, and value.

WaterColor Inn & Resort joins a prestigious list of beach hotels as "America's Best" including: Little Palm Island Resort & Spa in Little Torch Key, Florida; Cloister at Sea Island, Georgia; The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida; and the Four Seasons Resort in Hualalai, Hawaii.

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, Kids Camp and the "WaterColor Resort Golf Collection". The Tom Fazio-designed Camp creek Golf Club is the centerpiece of the collection and has been ranked at #15 in Golf Digest's "Best in State." The Greg Norman-designed Shark's Tooth Golf Club offers 18 holes on a majestic wooded backdrop on the shores of Lake Powell, Florida's largest coastal dune lake. The Origins course designed by Davis Love III is comprised of six regulation holes playing between 1,600 and 1,800 yards – perfect for the entire family and short play.

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.

WaterColor's highly acclaimed Fish Out of Water restaurant overlooks the Gulf of Mexico, and offers guests a full breakfast menu and dinner specialties made from locally sourced and organic ingredients. Throughout the year, WaterColor hosts special events and themed retreat packages focusing on music, fitness, art, culinary and more.
About WaterColor Inn & Resort

WaterColor Inn & Resort has a long list of awards and accolades: Selected in 2011 as one of the top 30 in Travel + Leisure's Best Beach Hotels in America; 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, 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 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.

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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