Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club

Holmes Beach, Florida, USA

Classic Coastal Florida Charm


ANNA MARIA ISLAND, HUGGING FLORIDA’S GULF COAST NEAR BRADENTON AND SARASOTA, HAS A LOT TO OFFER IN ITS SMALL SEVEN-MILE-LONG PACKAGE. TURQUOISE WATERS LAP ALONG WHITE-SAND BEACHES, WHILE BIRDS AND SEA TURTLES NEST IN THE LUSH LANDSCAPE. HUMANS FIND SANCTUARY TOO, AT THE WATERLINE MARINA RESORT & BEACH CLUB – THE ONLY FULL-SERVICE HOTEL ON THE ISLAND.

This is the kind of special place where time slows to a crawl. Island activities like kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding, strolling into charming village shops, and exploring the area by bike fill the daytime hours, which are rewarded by spectacular sunsets stretching over the horizon.

The Waterline encourages the slower island mentality: Fishing excursions and eco-tours can be arranged from the hotel’s 50-slip marina, the outdoor pool is heated for maximum enjoyment, prepared coolers are available for beachside picnics, and s’mores are standard around the fire pit. At the on-site restaurant, Eliza Ann’s Coastal Kitchen, diners sit at reclaimed wood tables or around the ship hill-shaped bar. Two-time James Beard-nominated chef Chad Johnson designed the coastal-inspired menu, anchored by wood-grilled oysters, crab hushpuppies, and specials based on the daily catch; all accompanied by an extraordinary beer list. Guests soon see why Condé Nast Traveler has named Anna Maria Island one of the top 30 islands in the world.

5325 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, Florida 34217, USA