WaterColor Inn & Resort Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The WaterColor Inn & Resort is reminiscent of its name, with beach-y whites, blues, and light greens dominating the color scheme throughout the lobby and rooms. The inn offers an airy and relaxing atmosphere, and sits right on a beautiful private beach. Although 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 -- the inn has an intimate vibe, with just 60 rooms. Near the top of our luxury hotel picks for the Florida Panhandle, the WaterColor Inn easily makes the top of our best boutiques list with it's beautiful rooms and long list of amenities.
Carillon Beach Inn Rating: 3.5 Pearls
The Carillon Beach Inn is a 70-room, all-suite property with modern furnishings and sharp decor located on Lake Carillon in a sprawling, village-like resort complex. While the location doesn't offer direct beach access, the sand is less than a five-minute walk away, and guests get access to the many amenities of the Carillon Beach resort community. Suites are immaculately clean and comfortable with kitchenettes featuring stainless steel appliances. Cute, playful touches include sand dollar and fish-patterned pillows and chairs. Some suites have lovely fireplaces and outdoor private Jacuzzis, while all are equipped with flat-screen TVs and iPod docks. While there are few options for nearby off-site dining, Sweet Taste Wine Bar is located within the property.