The Pearl in Rosemary Beach, Florida is boutique perfection that opened in 2013. With 55 rooms and a gorgeous interior and exterior, we practically had to be dragged out of there. While we didn’t stay overnight, we toured the property and spent quality time on site this year and last, sipping cocktails at the bar, eating in the Cuban-themed onsite restaurant Havana’s Beach Bar & Grill and gazing at the ocean from the rooftop lounge.
Rooms: The rooms are exquisitely light and airy with tech-y touches like an iPad on which guests can order room service, control room temperature and contact the concierge. There are door ringers which can also signal “do not disturb” while the nightly turndown service comes with freshly baked goods. The balconies overlooking town or with ocean views are comfy spots to take in the scene.
Pool: The pool deck is next to the spa and therefore it’s an 18 and older sanctuary. Guests of the hotel have privileges at the community pools within Rosemary Beach so families with younger children can hit those after the beach. The sizable cabanas above the pool deck are a fun place for groups to relax and are gratis with a $300 tab for food and drink. Beach chairs and umbrella setups are complimentary each day.
Décor: The property features artwork by Tommy Crow – and it’ll make you want to visit his shop to bring some pieces home for yourself. Colorful and whimsical, the lobby and rooftop lounge are pretty public spaces and Havana’s is filled with Crow’s Cuban-inspired artwork which gives it a really authentic vibe.
Dining: We experienced cocktails at Havana’s beautiful bar as well as dinner and it makes you want to hop on a plane to see if the real Havana is as impressive. Start with a Cuban style cocktail like the Hemingway Daiquiri (Havana Club rum, maraschino liquor, sugar, lime juice, grapefruit juice) or the Cuba Libre (English Harbour rum, juice of half lime, Mexican Coke) and huge appetizers of tuna escabeche or cured ham and artisan cheese empanadas filled with spicy chorizo. For dinner we ordered the filet and grouper, both excellent. Desserts like the coffee semifreddo (coffee custard, cake doughnuts, milk foam, espresso ganache) and a chocolate martini are a decadent way to end the evening.
One of the best features of The Pearl is its location. Built in the middle of Rosemary Beach’s town square puts it in the heart of a lovely seaside town bustling with energy, shops and open-aired cafes. Bottom line: The Pearl is indeed a gem.
Rates in August start at about $350.
[Photos: LindaM / The Pearl]