The Watermarke Resort & Club, or The Watermarke, will be a private boutique resort and club, offering hotel rooms and event/meeting space along with resort-oriented guest amenities. The resort will be situated on approximately 43 acres in Vilano Beach, just north of St. Augustine, and will be bordered by the Intracoastal Waterway to the west and Coastal Highway to the east, across from the Atlantic Ocean. The Watermarke has been thoughtfully designed to have a unique, intimate feel featuring Bermudian-inspired architecture that will complement the area. The resort itself will be built on only a portion of the 17 acres of upland, leaving the remaining 26 acres as permanent conservation land.
The Watermarke will offer a maximum of 170 guest rooms, including 120 traditional hotel rooms and 50 additional suites located in villas centrally located on the property. There will also be a maximum of 39 boat slips for use only by resort members and guests. Resort-oriented amenities will include restaurants, meeting spaces, a spa and fitness center, gift shops and recreation facilities. All amenities are for use only by resort members and guests.
The Watermarke Team has a deep respect for the unique charm and personality of Vilano Beach. The Watermarke has been designed to complement the surrounding community, both residential and commercial areas. Visitors and guests of The Watermarke will be encouraged to enjoy the Vilano Beach Town Center and historic St. Augustine, with resort-sponsored shuttles and water taxis available for easy transport.
When compared to the currently approved PUD for 79 residential units, The Watermarke will offer reduced traffic, reduced density, improved emergency evacuation, less impact on the surrounding environment and significant financial benefits to the county, including new jobs, new sales and bed tax revenue, and zero impact on schools and related infrastructure. The Watermarke will also complement the Vilano Beach Town Center and help accelerate its development.
Estimated Project Timeline:
Final architectural design is currently in development.
Construction is anticipated to begin in May 2017.
Projected opening date for The Watermarke Resort & Club is May 2019.