WaterColor Inn & Resort Takes the Gold
Resort is ranked one of the "World's Best Places to Stay" in Conde' Nast Traveler's 2012 Gold List
Santa Rosa Beach, FL - (December 16, 2011) – WaterColor Inn & Resort is once again recognized as one of the best by readers of Condé Nast Traveler, making the magazine's elite "Gold List" of 511 hotels, resorts and cruise lines. The designation is determined by results of a readers' choice survey where nearly 8 million votes were cast by savvy travelers who are asked to rate each resort's location, overall design, service, dining, activities and more.
WaterColor is listed in the top four Florida hotels & resorts joining such well known properties as Fairbanks House in Amelia Island; Moorings Village in Islamorada; Lodge & Club in Ponte Vedra; and LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort in Naples. "WaterColor Inn & Resort strives to ensure every guest experience is memorable," said WaterColor General Manager Patrick Murphy. "Being recognized as one of the World's Best, is a testament to our hard work and dedication to top-notch service. We are thrilled to be recognized by the readers of Conde' Nast once again," said Murphy.
Catering to guests of all ages, the AAA Four-Diamond WaterColor Inn & Resort offers 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 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.
Accommodations range from the intimate 60-room beachfront WaterColor Inn, with the 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 over 140 charming vacation homes with rooms ranging from one to six bedrooms. Also, dining at WaterColor's highly acclaimed Fish Out of Water restaurant, overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, is not to be missed, with specialty dished made from locally sourced and organic ingredients.
Throughout the year, WaterColor hosts special events and themed retreat packages focusing on fitness, art, culinary education and more.
About WaterColor Inn & Resort
WaterColor Inn & Resort has a long list of awards and accolades: Selected in 2011 as 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
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 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.