A Gem of an Experience
At The Pearl Hotel℠  (one of Travel + Leisure’s 2020 World’s Best), the little details are the biggest gesture. Located in the charming coastal community of Rosemary Beach® in South Walton, this Forbes Four-Star and AAA Four-Diamond property provides a thoughtfully curated experience, making each guest’s visit a distinctly memorable one.

Opened in 2013, the 55-room boutique hotel boasts elegant, modern accommodations and amenities, a AAA Four Diamond restaurant, a poolside spa and a central, walkable location. Rosemary Beach® 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. Exploring the town by foot or bike is a must! As the only full-service, adult-oriented hotel in South Walton, The Pearl provides an idyllic setting for an intimate beach getaway.

Additionally, as a St. Joe Hospitality-managed property, guests of The Pearl can also enjoy access to an array of St. Joe Hospitality’s membership club amenities, including, Origins Golf Club, and Shark’s Tooth Golf Club, Camp Creek Golf Club and WaterSound® Beach Club – offered through The Clubs by JOE℠.

Complimentary Welcome Beverage

From the cocktail greeting at check-in and complimentary valet to the hand-delivered, freshly baked treat at bedtime, each detail is made to feel like it was especially created for each guest. Just as its name implies, The Pearl is meant to be slowly unpacked and enjoyed (in front of a stunning Gulf sunset and a glass of bubbly in hand, a plus).

Accolades & Distinctions
In its short history, The Pearl has earned several prestigious accolades, including:

  • Four-star rating from Forbes Travel Guide (2015-present)
  • AAA Four Diamond rating (2015-present)
  • One of Condé Nast Traveler’s Top Hotels by Readers’ Choice Awards” (2014-present | #2 in Florida, #10 in the U.S. and #37 in the World in 2019)
  • #10 Best Waterfront Resort in USA Today’s “10Best Readers’ Choice Awards” (2018)
  • Florida Trend’s “Golden Spoon Award” for Havana Beach Bar & Grill (2016)
  • (2015-present)

Havana Beach Bar & Grill: An Inspired Taste of Place
Just as the colorful and storied old-town Havana haunt from which it draws its inspiration, The Pearl’s hallmark AAA Four-Diamond restaurant, Havana Beach Bar & Grill, celebrates the joy of living, eating and drinking well with a menu that’s equal parts Gulf Coast, equal parts Caribbean – all served up in an approachable, family-friendly ambiance.

Havana Beach Bar & Grill Dining Room

In true Hemingway-approved style, the restaurant serves up a delectable dining experience in a laidback ambiance. Guests can dive into the experience in four ways, each worthy of its own visit: in the main dining room (a bustling scene set to live piano entertainment on select nights), on the veranda (with views overlooking the Gulf and Main Street), on the rooftop (a can’t-miss sunset spot), or in the lounge (opening this spring) At the hand-carved mahogany bar, mixologists craft made-to-order cocktails that creatively engage all of the senses. Those looking to unwind with a glass of wine can also choose from a well curated selection.

Led by Executive Chef Todd Rogers and The Pearl’s Food & Beverage Director Kevin Dixon, the restaurant’s menu provides a distinct sense of place, incorporating ingredients sourced locally from small, family-owned purveyors within 100 miles of the restaurant. Must-try standouts include classic Southern comfort dishes, like Coastal Seafood Fritters and Local Caught Grouper, and creations with a Latin twist, such as the Three Little Pigs pork sampler and Hemingway’s Mariscos (a mouth-watering array of local fish, mussels, clams and shrimp, served with chorizo and zucchini). One can’t go wrong with the Havana Beach Salad, but saving room for dessert is a must.

Whether visiting for the first time or returning to an old favorite, Havana Beach Bar & Grill is sure to delight with the same warm and welcoming spirit that drew Hemingway to the restaurant’s Caribbean namesake so many years ago.

A Poolside Spa Experience
With a distinctive blend of experiences incorporating invigorating and therapeutic oceanic elements, the poolside Spa Pearl is an innovative and intimate spa experience with signature treatments utilizing the healing powers of the pearl gemstone itself. Within four private poolside treatment rooms, men and women enjoy facials, signature body treatments, massages and waxing services. Available spa packages incorporate numerous treatments and range from two to four hours. Spa Pearl also offers in-room massages, as well as manicures and pedicures in its parlor.

Weddings & Spcial Events
Weddings at The Pearl are filled with enchantment and endless opportunities.  Ceremonies may take place in the Hemingway Room, the Pearl Ballroom or on the Cabana Rooftop Deck, followed by a reception at Havana Beach Bar & Grill. Wedding inquiries may be emailed to weddings@thepearlrb.com or by calling 850.460.9040.

Additionally, The Pearl offers stylish event space for 5 to 120 people and nearly 3,500 sq.ft. of flexible indoor/outdoor venues, including a Boardroom, Private Dining Room, Cabana Deck and Ballroom. Event inquiries may be directed to sales@thepearlrb.com or by calling 850.460.9040.

The Pearl Suite

Accommodations at a Glance
Most of the hotel’s 55 rooms provide a private balcony with views of the Gulf of Mexico or of the town of Rosemary Beach®.  Guest room types and average rates are as follows:

  • 45 traditional guestrooms
    • High season (summer) rates range from $529/night – $709/night
    • Low season (winter) rates range from $349 /night- $479/night
  • 9 suites
    • High season (summer) rates range from $679/night – $749/night
    • Low season (winter) rates range from $499 /night- $679 /night
  • 1 Pearl Suite (Presidential Suite)
    • Year-round rates range from $1,299/night – $1,899/night

As one of the first hotels in the country to offer in-room Apple TV services, The Pearl allows guests to stream their favorite shows wirelessly from complimentary high-speed wireless internet. They may even watch from the bathtub, thanks to a screen cleverly integrated into the bathroom mirror.  Each guestroom features an iPad equipped with the Intelity ICE, enabling guests to order room service, control functions such as air/lights, set a wake-up call time, book a dinner reservation, and even request their car from the valet before departing. The hotel bottles its own Nordaq FRESH water onsite in reusable glass bottles, cutting down on unnecessary plastic bottle waste. Complimentary coffee, juices and soda are also provided in-room.

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Details included in this story were accurate at time of publication but are subject to change based on seasonal schedules, amenity and/or operational updates. For the most current information, please visit the respective property’s website.