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Enjoy Our Beachfront Resort Located on the Gulf of Mexico

Welcome to The Island, by Hotel RL, an iconic beachfront resort perfectly situated on the island of Okaloosa off the panhandle of Florida.  A landmark to endless fun in the sun on the sandy beach, The Island features direct access to white sands, restaurants and bars, pools, tropical gardens and vast event space. Our coastal atmosphere delivers moment to moment fun for road-tripping families or epic social getaways. All here at The Island, by Hotel RL.

Near Emerald Coast Convention Center, Okaloosa Fishing Pier, the Gulfarium, and seconds from the Gulf of Mexico shoreline, we are the perfect destination for business or pleasure. 

With 25,000 square feet of event space, The Island is the perfect beachfront venue for scenic destination weddings and gives a laid back feel to work conferences. 

Top Features at our Hotel:

  • Stunning Beachfront Location
  • Beachfront & Poolside Guest Rooms
  • Two Outdoor Pools, with One Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Nineteen66 Tap House
  • The Island Grille (seasonal)
  • Tripp Tide Beach Bar
  • The Grotto Swim-Up Bar (seasonal)
  • The Island Market for Sundries & Souvenirs
  • In-Room Dining
  • Access to Fitness Center (7 AM - 8 PM Daily)
  • 25,000 Square Feet of Event Space
  • Indoor & Outdoor Venues
  • Free Parking

Get Local At Nearby Attractions:

  • Dock On The Island Restaurant
  • Island Watersports @ Island Time
  • Emerald Coast Convention Center
  • Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park
  • Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier
  • Destin, FL

*Please note all guests arriving March 1st, 2019 - September 14th, 2019 will be charged a one night deposit.  Both Group EPO and Transient apply. 

Features at The Island, by Hotel RL

Features at The Island, by Hotel RL

Relax in the hot tub, grab a drink at the poolside bar, or take advantage of the on-site guest laundry. Enjoy a swim through our five-story waterfall and two heated outdoor pools. 

Features At Our Okaloosa Island Hotel:

  • Nineteen66 - Lobby Bar
  • Nineteen66 - Restaurant (2019)
  • Island Grille (seasonal)
  • Grotto Swim-up Bar (seasonal)
  • Tripp Tide Beach Bar (seasonal)
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Meeting Room
  • Room Service
  • 600 feet of sugar white sand beach
  • Business Center
  • Fitness Center Available (7 AM - 8 PM Daily)
  • Hot Tub
  • Children's Pool
  • Lobby market shop
  • Guest Laundry Facility
  • Free parking
  • ATM

Onsite Rentals at La Dolce Vita

Onsite Rentals at La Dolce Vita:

  • 2 Chairs & 1 Umbrella: $35 a day / half-day rate $25 (9 AM to 1 PM or 1 PM to 5 PM) $25 / $175 a week
  • Beach Bed & 2 Chairs: $150 a day / $750 a week
  • 5 Chairs & 14-Foot Giant Umbrella: $100 a day / $500 a week
  • Chair Rental Only: $10 a day
  • Umbrella Rental Only: $20 a day
  • 14-Foot Giant Umbrella Only: $60 a day
  • Kayaks & Paddleboards: $35 per hour / $75 half day (9 AM to 1 PM or 1 PM to 5 PM) / $100 full day
  • Waverunner: $70 half hour / $100 hour
  • Banana Boat Ride: $25 per person
  • Beach Wheelchair: $200 a week (plus delivery fee)
  • Bikes & Golf Carts: Call (850) 243-9161 for availability

***A week is 6 days, rates do not reflect sales tax***

Onsite Restaurant & Bars

Onsite Restaurant & Bars

During your visit, dine with us in one of our restaurants, grills or lounges. Our Island Grill (seasonal) offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner 7 days a week with an all American influenced menu. 

Our beach bar offers a full liquor bar with tips and local brews. The Island Grill offers local and domestic beer by the can. 

Never has nostalgia been this delicious. Fried green tomatoes, Gulf gumbo, po'boys and entrees from the land and sea anchor the menu at our signature restaurant Nineteen66 Tap House.

Now offering breakfast daily.

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The Island's Newest Signature Restaurant

The resort’s new signature restaurant serves Southern-inspired entrees from land and sea. During your stay, head to Nineteen66 Southern grill for breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily, 7 AM to 10 PM*. Come relax in a friendly community environment with great local craft beers on tap, signature cocktails and wine. Take advantage of our Happy Hour with complimentary snacks, 4 PM to 7 PM daily*.

*Memorial Day through Labor Day

*Seasonal seating on the terrace

Restaurant Hours:

  • 7 AM - 10 PM*

Breakfast Menu

All-Day Menu

Kids Menu

Bar Menu

Happy Hour:

  • 4 PM - 7 PM*

Happy Hour Menu

Outdoor restaurant with outdoor seating

The Island Grille

The Island Grill offers a casual outdoor setting perfect to enjoy burgers, sandwiches, salads, wraps and cold beverages from 11 AM to 7 PM*. Take advantage of our umbrella-topped tables encircled by shade trees, palms and gardens, convenient to the pools.

*Memorial Day through Labor Day

Island Grille Menu

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Tripp Tide Beach Bar

Discover tantalizing wraps, salads and drink specials as you take in a panoramic Gulf views at our remodeled beachside bar. Our onsite Tripp Tide Beach Bar at Hotel RL presents you with bar, table and rail seating, signature cocktails, chef’s menu of fresh selections from 11 AM to 9 PM daily*. The Tripp Tide Beach Bar offers live musical entertainment from 5 to 8 pm daily* and a view of The Boardwalk’s fireworks on Wednesday nights*.

*Memorial Day through Labor Day

Hours:

  • 11 AM - 9 PM*

Entertainment:

  • Live music from 5 PM to 8 PM daily*
  • • The Boardwalk’s fireworks on Wednesday nights*

Food Menu

Drink Menu

Swim up pool bar

The Grotto Bar

Sip on a cold beverage while in the pool at The Island’s iconic swim-up bar, The Grotto Bar. Enjoy the ambiance of a refreshed interior with new lighting and waterfall feature. Open seasonally*.

*Memorial Day through Labor Day

Menu

Coffee Food Truck

Fresh Ground Coffee & More

Looking for a unique place to enjoy a fresh cup of coffee or a hand-crafted cocktail made by a seasoned mixologist? Look no further, just come to the Signature Hotel RL Coffee Truck. Walk-up for made-to-order coffee drinks, Margaritas and tropical favorites.

Featuring Victrola Coffee Roasters

A friendly community environment with great coffee, Hotel RL serves as a gathering place for people, experiences, ideas and stories. Stop by the Signature Hotel RL Coffee Truck to enjoy your favorite beverage or pastry.

Built for modern coffee aficionados, our The Island has partnered with Seattle’s own Victrola Coffee Roasters to bring their celebrated brews to our properties. Victrola, acknowledged as one of the world’s best craft roasters, sources beans from farms in Uganda, Honduras, Indonesia and under-the-radar locations like Yemen. Hotel RL will serve Victrola’s acclaimed single origin coffees and innovative blends in an environment meant to inspire, engage and enrich life’s simple moments for guests and locals alike.

Coffee with cookies

The Island Market

Join us at The Island Market, located in the lobby, and enjoy a large assortment of refreshing beverages and snacks daily.

Traveling with a large group?

Traveling with a large group?

Reserve your group block of 10 or more guest rooms or meeting space by working directly with our dedicated Sales team. Contact our Sales team at 800-472-1790, or send us an email to [email protected].

 

 

 

Sports Team Certified to Win on the Road

At The Island by Hotel RL, from tee-ball to the minor league, we go above & beyond to welcome sports teams of all ages and types. Our Fort Walton area location, with tons of amenities, makes us a favorite among sport team group travel hotels in Florida.

We are proud to uphold our Sports Certified status through Red Lion Hotels Corporation. Being certified means that our hotel has undergone industry specific training and has demonstrated the ability to successfully house sports groups and offer special amenities that focus on creating convenience and value for your team, so you can concentrate on the game.

  • Team breakfast options
  • Team parking options
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Special team welcome on arrival
  • Pre-keyed and pre-blocked rooms
  • Double rooms on property
  • Complimentary meeting space (if available onsite)
  • Customized Sports Group Resume prepared and shared with staff before your arrival to get to know your team before you arrive.
  • Onsite restaurants, grills and lounges offering breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week

 

Call one of The Island by Hotel RL group travel planners at (850) 243-9161 or to request a group proposal for your sports team today.

 

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Island Events Made Easy

The Island Beachside Resort offers over 25,000 square feet of flexible space for events andmeetings along with full-service catering and audio visual capabilities. The largest of our meeting rooms, the MauiBallroom can accommodate up to 350 guests in reception format. Throughout your function,dedicated event planners will be available to ensure that no detail is overlooked.

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Things To Do on Okaloosa Island and Beyond

Things To Do on Okaloosa Island and Beyond

The Island, by Hotel RL is located on Okaloosa Island in Fort Walton Beach just west of Destin on Florida's Panhandle. Featuring 600 feet of beachfront on the Gulf of Mexico, the resort features an extensive list of amenities and is 1/2 mile from the Emerald Coast Convention Center, the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park and adjacent to the Okaloosa Island Boardwalk. Both Eglin AFB and the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) are within a 20-minute drive.

Local Attractions:

  • Island Time - Restaurant, Watersport & More - ¼ mile
  • Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park – ½ mile
  • Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier – ½ mile
  • Wild Willy’s Adventure Zone – ½ mile
  • Emerald Coast Convention Center – ¼ mile
  • Indian Temple Mound & Museum – 4 miles
  • Fort Walton Beach Golf Club – 4 miles
  • Big Kahuna’s Water & Adventure Park – 5 miles
  • Gator Beach – 6 miles
  • U.S. Air Force Armament Museum – 9 miles 
  • The Track Family Recreation Center – 14 miles 
  • Silver Sands Premium Outlets – 14 miles 
Local Area Distances:

  • Destin Florida – 4 miles 
  • Hurlbert Field Air Force Base, Mary Esther FL – 9 miles 
  • Elgin Air Force Base – 10 miles 
  • Pensacola FL – 46 miles 
  • Panama City Beach FL – 55 miles 
  • Gulf Shores AL – 75 miles 
  • Tallahassee FL – 112 miles 
  • Mobile AL – 175 miles 

Hotel Amenities

Here are a few of the main amenities this property offers. If you have questions about anything you don't see here please feel free to contact the Front Desk.

breakfast-offered
Breakfast
Accessibility
Accessibility Features
air-conditioning
Air Conditioning
wifi
WiFi
outdoor-pool
Outdoor Pool
Paid Parking
Parking
business-center
Business Center
restaurant
Restaurant
bar
Bar
room-service
Room Service
smoke-free
Smoke Free
refrigerator
Refrigerator
tv
Flat Screen TV

Room Types