Close on the heels of an award-filled 2019, St. Joe Resort Operations, LLC recently announced that two of its properties, The Pearl Hotel and WaterColor Inn, have once again earned a Four-Star designation from Forbes Travel Guide – considered to be the gold standard in luxury travel.
Forbes Travel Guide is the only global rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants and spas, which are evaluated based on up to 900 objective standards, with an emphasis on exceptional service.
The only way to get a Five-Star, Four-Star or Recommended rating is by earning it through the publication’s independent inspection process – additional information for which is available at ForbesTravelGuide.com.
“There is a tremendous amount of work, dedication and attention to detail that goes on behind the scenes to further our legacy of offering the finest in hospitality – and we have our teams to thank for that. We’re proud of everyone at The Pearl and WaterColor Inn for consistently surpassing the rigorous benchmarks of our industry,” said Patrick Murphy, Senior Vice President for St. Joe. “This continued recognition from Forbes not only spotlights our portfolio as one of Northwest Florida’s finest, but also as one of the country’s very best. It’s an incredible honor.”
St. Joe Hospitality’s managed properties are no strangers to industry distinctions. The Pearl Hotel has been named to Forbes Travel Guide’s prestigious list each year since 2015, and WaterColor Inn has maintained its four-star rating since 2013. Just last week, both properties each received a Gold Badge in U.S. News & World Report’s annual hotels rankings, awarded to the top 10% of all ranked luxury hotels in the U.S.
At The Pearl, the little details are the biggest gesture. Opened in 2013, the 55-room boutique hotel boasts elegant, modern accommodations and amenities, a restaurant, rooftop bar, a poolside spa and a central, walkable location in the charming Rosemary Beach®* community, which provides the iconic backdrop for each guest’s experience. Throughout the hotel, local artwork further elevates The Pearl’s connection to its West Indies-inspired community, which was founded as an eclectic coastal retreat for city dwellers to escape to an upscale beach neighborhood. As the only full-service, adult-oriented hotel in South Walton, it provides an idyllic setting for an intimate beach getaway.
Nestled within 500 acres of sugar-white sand beach, pine forests and the surrounding community alongside Western Lake, the WaterColor Inn is the flagship of South Walton’s WaterColor community. Opened in 2002, the 60-room boutique hotel perfectly encapsulates the spirit of an intimate beach getaway – while providing the functionality St. Joe Hospitality Accolades Sheet 2 necessary for a family vacation. From the David Rockwell-designed accommodations to the pair of Adirondack chairs on each private balcony (at precise sunset-level), guests can expect to have a relaxing, comfortable and fully Gulfinspired stay – their own seaside oasis.