Watercolor Inn & Resort
Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
Set over 499 pristine acres on the edge of the spectacular soft white sands of Santa Rosa Beach in Florida's "pan handle", the Watercolor Inn and Resort offers a wealth of family friendly accommodations and extensive facilities for a great family vacation.
We organize stays to this property as part of a longer customized itinerary, please contact our travel specialists to start crafting your vacation.
At a Glance
Set on a beautiful beach on Florida's "pan handle"
A choice of inn accommodation or family orientated condo's, cottages and villas
Some villas open up directly on to the stunning white sandy beach
Fantastic facilities including a kids program in the summer months
Water sports paradise and plenty of fishing opportunities
Meet our specialists
To start planning your vacation to Watercolor Inn & Resort
This stunning resort is nestled between the majestic Gulf of Mexico and a rare coastal dune lake framed by a longleaf pine forest. Designed by famed architect David Rockwell, WaterColor combines modern conveniences with the nostalgia of an unassuming beach town from days gone by.
The inn itself is only part of the experience. Set right on the beachfront it is an ideal retreat for couples wishing to relax in luxury. Choose from rooms nestled into the dunes with step out terraces or full ocean views from the upper floor rooms. All rooms have balconies or terraces with Airondeck chairs, perfect for relaxing with a cool drink or good book.
Beyond the inn, pebbled footsteps lead the way to picturesque parks and gardens where you will find beautiful accommodations ranging from charming cottages through to lavish beach houses. These accommodations are perfect for families, like a home from home just a short walk or bike ride from the sand dunes and white sands beyond. Set up like a country town, there are communal pools dotted around, shops, restaurants and a safe community feel throughout. Add on this tennis courts, children's activity programs, a fitness center, gym and of course, that amazing beach and you could stay for a week or two with all the comforts of home.
Either as a stand alone vacation or part of a longer self drive tour of Florida or beyond (New Orleans and the Deep South are only a few hours away) the Watercolor Inn is a little spot away from the main tourist haunts of this part of the USA. Here you "vacation" with the locals and enjoy beautiful beaches and a friendly and safe environment where the children can have fun and make new friends whilst you relax and unwind.
The Inn offers a choice of bed and breakfast style inn accommodations or larger vacation home rentals, ideal for families.
Watercolor Inn offers 60 Inn rooms with either, dune, coastal or ocean views. Each has a private patio or balcony for guests use. Room features include King size bed dressed in luxurious 100% Egyptian cotton linens, Queen sofa sleeper, large walk-in showers with inset windows, ceiling fans, iPod docking station, flat screen TV and DVD player, mini-fridge, coffee maker, business desk and a roomy sitting area.
The Vacation Homes are separated into seven districts within 499 acres of pristine parks in the resort village and offer between one and five bedrooms. All the homes are different yet beautifully appointed with plenty of space and range from condo style apartments through to grand stand alone homes offering independent living with the benefits of the hotel and resort facilities close by. None of the homes offer private pools, however, resort pools are usually within easy reach.
Watercolor Resort offers Kids Camp at Camp Watercolor for children aged 3 -12 years.
Morning sessions from 9am until midday and afternoon sessions from 1pm - 4pm are available as well as occasional evening sessions. All sessions are payable locally and children must be potty trained to attend.
Activities include crafts, cook outs, movies, dancing and various themed activities.
Kids Camp doesn't run every day of the year, please ask for specific themes and availability of the club.
Young beach lovers will have a bonanza at Kids Beach where surf boards, kayaks, boogie boards and other beach toys make a day in the surf that much for fun. They offer a 3 hour program that typically is in a group setting with three or more children, payable locally.
The resort offers a wealth of facilities including 24-Hour front desk and guest services, concierge service, valet service, daily housekeeping, nightly turn down service with cookies at Inn, Inn library with DVD's, 3 restaurants, Fish Out of Water, Gathering Spot and BeachClub Grille, Rita Bar and In Room Dining. There is also a choice of 6 resort pools, a tennis center, shopping in the BeachClub Sundries Shop and Grocery Store and also an ATM.
The resort also has the Watercolor beach, WaterColor fitness center, InnSpa, bikes, kayaks, canoes, YOLO Boarding, Sharks Tooth golf club, Camp Creek golf club, Origins golf club, lakeside walking trails, bike paths, soccer field, electric boat rides and guided kayak tours.
There are a huge choice of activities at Watercolor:
For keen fishermen, fly-fishing and light tackle(spinning rod) charters are available. The BoatHouse also features cane poles and frozen bait for fishing enthusiasts
The Bike Barn offers bike rentals and the Boat House offers kayaks and canoes for guest use. Stand Up paddle boards are available for hire and YOLO Adventures offers guided paddle board tours. Walco Eco also offers guided kayak tours.
Included in your stay are:
One-hour canoe and kayak rental, Bicycle rental (two per guest room), Daily access to the WaterColor Fitness Center, Access to six resort swimming pools, High-speed Internet service, Housekeeping service (twice daily and nightly turn-down service with fresh baked cookies), Beach towel service at the BeachClub (seasonal), Beach bonfire, Saturday nights (seasonal), Family movie night (seasonal), Valet parking and Daily newspaper delivered to your guest room
Location & Directions
Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
Set on stunning Santa Rosa Beach in Florida's "pan handle" in the North West of the state
When to go
Florida is a year-round destination with balmy winters, but summers can be hot and humid. The best time to visit Florida is between March and May and in December when it is warm and sunny, before the weather begins to get too hot. Hurricanes and other less serious tropical storms can strike Florida any time in the summer up to the end of November, however the risk is greatest between August and October.