WaterColor Inn & Resort Raking in Awards

October 19, 2011 by SoWal Staff

WaterColor Inn & Resort is no stranger to rave reviews or awards. The SoWal resort was just voted number 12 mainland U.S. destination by readers of Conde' Nast Traveler in the Best In The World 2011 Poll.

Also, readers of Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report, a luxury travel publication and website, voted the resort as one of the Top 20 Family Resorts in their October 2011 readers’ survey.

This recent survey ranks their readers Top 20 U.S. and International properties, with 75 or fewer rooms. The entire list includes favorite beach resorts, city hotels, family escapes, food and wine properties, golf resorts and spas.

We’re proud to be a part of this prestigious list of properties selected by readers of Andrew Harper’s current publication,” said WaterColor General Manager Patrick Murphy. “This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase what all we have to offer families at WaterColor Inn & Resort, and are proud of the atmosphere and amenities that put us on this list,” said Murphy.

Andrew Harper, LLC is a privately held company, best known for its respected monthly travel publication, Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report, which is a reference guide to the world’s most distinguished hotels and restaurants. Their readership is composed of active and sophisticated travelers. Although they frequently review larger hotels and resorts, their primary focus is on smaller properties that offer both a distinctive charm and a high level of personal service. Their members are in search of unique experiences and expect to be treated as individuals. In recognizing Watercolor Inn & Resort, they found what they were looking for.

WaterColor Inn & Resort is renowned for its stretch of glittering sand along the northwest Florida gulf coast. The resort caters to guests of all ages, offering numerous family-friendly 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. The resort’s highly acclaimed Fish Out of Water restaurant overlooks the Gulf of Mexico and features Chef specialties made from locally sourced and organic ingredients.

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 & 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.


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