The Pearl Hotel and WaterColor Inn & Resort Both Earn Four-Star Rating in Forbes Travel Guide’s 2022 Star Awards

The Pearl Hotel has received this award every year since 2015, and WaterColor Inn & Resort has received this recognition each year since 2013

South Walton, Fla. — Forbes Travel Guide (“FTG”), the only global rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants and spas, has announced its 2022 Star Awards. Locally, both The Pearl Hotel and WaterColor Inn & Resort earned new Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star ratings and are showcased on here: and here:

"The Forbes Star ratings set a very high standard, and I’m extremely proud of our staff for the hard work they do to create top-tier guest experiences that warrant these types of accolades,” says Dave Merryman, GM of the Pearl Hotel. “Only three hotels on the entire Florida Gulf Coast qualified for the rating this year, so we’re in some very exclusive company, indeed."

“We’re excited to have earned this recognition,” agrees Gabrielle Testa, GM of WaterColor Inn & Resort. “To continue to reach this level of excellence, even while we are in the midst of a renovation that’s going to ensure we will continue to exceed guests’ expectations for years to come, is a testament to the hospitality professionals on our team.” 

Forbes Travel Guide is the world-renowned authority in genuine hospitality service ratings, and The St. Joe Company is proud that these two properties have again been recognized on Forbes’ illustrious annual Star Rating list.

“Travel has come back strongly, and the resilient hospitality industry is creatively rallying to accommodate the increased occupancy demand for most regions,” says Hermann Elger, CEO of Forbes Travel Guide. “While the industry faces some lingering issues, the 2022 award winners proved ready for those challenges and more, demonstrating the best that luxury hospitality has to offer.”

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For a detailed explanation of how Forbes Travel Guide compiles its Star Ratings, click here.


About The Pearl Hotel

Opened as an upscale coastal retreat in iconic Rosemary Beach® in 2013, this 55-room boutique hotel received a comprehensive design refresh in 2022 and boasts elegant, modern accommodations and amenities. Guest of the hotel can enjoy a AAA Four Diamond restaurant, a poolside spa and a central, walkable location with access to the neighborhood’s private beach. From the cocktail greeting at check-in and complimentary valet to the hand-delivered, freshly baked treat at bedtime, every detail is made to feel especially created for each guest. Just as its name implies, The Pearl is truly the jewel of Florida’s Gulf Coast.

About WaterColor Inn & Resort

Nestled within a 500-acre community boasting 1,400 feet of sugar-white sand beachfront and bordered by picturesque pine forests alongside Western Lake, WaterColor® Inn is the flagship of South Walton’s WaterColor® community and a beloved multigenerational beach tradition for those traveling to Scenic Highway 30A. As the only Forbes Four-Star and AAA Four-Diamond beachfront hotel in Northwest Florida, WaterColor® Inn perfectly captures the spirit of an elevated beach getaway, while offering everything needed for a fun, family vacation. Guests can relax and enjoy Southern hospitality served in the ambiance of a comfortable and Gulf-inspired resort. Additionally, thanks to newly expanded amenities at the adjacent WaterColor® Beach Club and nearby Camp WaterColor®, WaterColor® Inn guests are provided with an extravagance of family-friendly resort amenities, outdoor recreation and dining options, making it the ultimate destination for a family beach vacation on 30A.

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About Forbes Travel Guide:

Forbes Travel Guide is the only global rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants and spas. Our anonymous professional inspectors evaluate based on up to 900 objective standards, with an emphasis on exceptional service, to help discerning travelers select the world’s best luxury experiences. The only way to get a Five-Star, Four-Star or Recommended rating is by earning it through our independent inspection process. For more information about Forbes Travel Guide, please visit