WaterColor Inn & Resort

34 Golden Rod Cir | Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459-5979  [SEE MAP]Santa Rosa Beach, FL  [SEE ADDRESS]

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Every room has a balcony or patio with ocean views
Daily resort fee applies

Sitting on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico, Santa Rosa Beach's WaterColor Inn & Resort will especially appeal to families. It has decent room rates to facilitate group travel, plus lots of amenities for keeping kids busy, such as bikes, kayaks, access to five pools and a kids day camp. However, The Gathering Spot and Fish Out of Water restaurants are best suited for romance thanks to their waterfront atmospheres. Recent guests appreciated the intimate feel of this resort, which only has 60 rooms, and say that the limited number of accommodations mean you can bask in more personal attention from the hospitality staff. Accommodations here feature a variety of modern comforts, including iPod docking stations, flat-screen TVs with DVD players, walk-in showers and Keurig coffee makers. Plus, each features a balcony or patio that overlooks the Gulf of Mexico. And if you need to get some work done, you'll find ample work spaces in the rooms, as well as high-speed internet access, the latter of which is covered by the property's daily $40 resort fee. 

Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Hotel Class
Property Type
Resort, 60 rooms
Primary View
Best For
Families, Couples


  • 4.0Hotel Class
  • GREATCritic Rating


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Critic Reviews

Other Awards

  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2018
  • Forbes Travel Guide Four Star Awards 2018

Condé Nast Traveler


This Panhandle property has 'beautiful surroundings' – it's among sand dunes near the restaurants and shops of Seaside. The four-story inn's rooms are done in soft blues and greens and have floor-to-ceiling windows that afford 'gorgeous views of the Gulf of Mexico.'



Nature meets seaside chic at this boutique property, the crown jewel of the area's latest – and largest – planned communities. Rooms are done in seashell tones with sea-blue comforters and accents; stylish armoires and desks look as natural and unfinished as driftwood.

Fodor's Choice



The inn offers an airy and relaxing atmosphere, and sits right on a beautiful private beach. It's part of a larger resort community that's packed with amenities, including four restaurants, water sports, bike rentals, and a long wooden pathway leading to the beach.



Designed by renowned architect David Rockwell, this luxury hotel is located right on the Gulf shoreline. Take in gorgeous sunsets while relaxing on the balcony overlooking the beach or dunes.

AAA/CAA Four Diamond Awards 2019



Although this David Rockwell stunner sits on 499 acres of beachfront, there are only 60 rooms, giving it less of a big-time beach resort feel and more of a modern, minimalistic vibe. The spacious guest rooms are done up in seaside-chic ocean blues and natural woods; all in all, you'll feel like you're staying in a comfortable private beach house.

Frommer's Exceptional

Other Awards

  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2018
  • Forbes Travel Guide Four Star Awards 2018

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 516 have reviewed the WaterColor Inn & Resort, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

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TripAdvisor Travel Rating: TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 516 reviews 4.5 (based on 516 reviews)

Guest Rooms

Designed by award-winning architect David Rockwell, the resort and its beach house vibe exude equal parts coastal charm and casual chic. In addition to floor-to-ceiling windows, rooms have balconies or patios that overlook the Gulf of Mexico and are furnished with Adirondack chairs. Flat-screen TVs with DVD players, iPod docking stations, minifridges, Keurig coffee makers and king-sized beds come standard, while upgraded rooms boast outdoor showers. Suites offer rounded windows and more space, and only one is available on each of the resort's three upper floors.
  • Nightly turndown service with homemade cookies, in-room Wi-Fi access and newspapers covered by property's daily $40 resort fee
  • All bathrooms have walk-in showers and dual vanities

Standard room size500 square feet

  • Internet (free)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

The WaterColor Inn & Resort sits on 500 acres of beachfront property in the Florida Panhandle. Pine forests, rolling dunes and rare coastal lakes surround the property, providing impressive vistas and ample opportunity for play. The resort also sits within walking distance of various shops and restaurants.
  • Daily resort fee includes valet and self-parking
  • Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport sits 34 miles away
  • 24-hour valet parking (free)
  • 24-hour self-parking (free)
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping
  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach


Three eateries are available at the WaterColor Inn & Resort. Fish Out of Water, the resort's fine dining establishment, features southern American dishes with fresh local seafood and meats. The Gathering Spot offers a laid-back beach atmosphere, plus casual American bites and sushi rolls. And at the Beach Club Grill, guests can enjoy a cocktail and meal by the beach club's pool.
  • Room service offered every day from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Reservations recommended for Fish Out of Water

Number of restaurants3

Cuisine TypesAsian, American

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast


The resort's five pools, some offering magnificent Gulf views, feature decks furnished with an abundance of lounge chairs. Umbrellas and mature palm trees provide shade, and towel service is included in the resort fee. One pool is reserved exclusively for adults.
  • Poolside beverage service offered by adults-only pool
  • Beach club and lake with paddleboard, canoe and kayak rentals available
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Seasonal
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • Indoor/outdoor combo
  • Pool bar
  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas


Guests in need of pampering can head to the resort's InnSpa, where services include body treatments, scrubs, facials, massages and nail care. In-room services can be provided as well.
  • Children 17 and younger may enjoy spa treatments with adult supervision
  • Specialty treatments like prenatal massages, couples services and men's facials offered

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna


The very popular Camp WaterColor offers a variety of creative and educational supervised activities for children ages 3 and older. Available on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m., kids club access costs $55 per child, per day. Evening programs are also offered for a fee on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
  • Several kid-friendly pools located on-site
  • Daily resort fee covers use of resort bicycles and one hour of kayak or paddleboard rentals
  • Nightly turndown service includes homemade cookies
  • Kids club ()
  • Cribs
  • High chairs


Certified personal trainers are on staff at WaterColor WorkOut, a full-service fitness center with group classes, cardio equipment and weight-training machines. Showers are avalable in the fitness center's locker rooms, fitness classes offered seasonally (for a fee) include yoga and Pilates. Other fitness-focused amenities offered on-site include five Har-Tru tennis courts, hiking and biking trails and water sports equipment rentals like kayaks and paddleboards.
  • Fitness center hours vary by day and season
  • Guests must be 14 or older to use fitness facilities
  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
  • Bicycles (free)
  • Tennis (with fee)
  • Guided runs
  • Paddle boats (with fee)
  • Motor boats


The resort provides a team of conference professionals to assist in planning events in the property's 9,921 square feet of flexible space. Venue options include three gathering rooms, a 10-person boardroom, the WaterColor LakeHouse and a boathouse. However, the property's largest space is the outdoor Marina Park, which can accommodate up to 400 guests for receptions.
  • All-inclusive meeting packages offered
  • Audiovisual equipment and technical support available

Number of meeting rooms6

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available


The resort's indoor and outdoor wedding venues offer a variety of settings for ceremonies, receptions, rehearsal dinners and bridal party festivities. Outdoor spaces include the beach, a few parks and a green space surrounded by dunes and verdant plants. The resort's LakeHouse and BoatHouse can also be reserved for wedding-related events. The largest venue, the Marina Park, can accommodate up to 700 guests for receptions.
  • Professional wedding service managers available to help plan and execute events
  • Customized catering menus can be provided
  • Group rates offered for guests

Maximum wedding guest capacity700

  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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