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Aerial View of The Island
Outdoor Pool Area
Outdoor seating along beach
Exterior view of hotel
Beach Landscape with ocean and palm trees
Close up of ocean surf
Exterior seating
Aerial view of hotel exterior
Walking paths along hotel exterior
Outdoor Gazebo area
Outdoor Bar Area
Bar seating area
Outdoor swim up bar
Indoor Bar seating
Outdoor gazebo and bar
Outdoor Pool Area
Outdoor food truck area
Umbrellas and chairs along beach front
View of outdoor pool area


The Island Resort has officially completed its property-wide renovation of all guest rooms, common areas, exterior and restaurants. Experience one of Fort Walton Beach’s most iconic beachfront destinations following a $15+ million transformation. Book today!

Lay back, relax and enjoy the views while the sun recharges your creative batteries at The Island Ft Walton Destin by Hotel RL.  With 600 feet of beachfront, golfing, shopping, and dining, Florida's Emerald Coast is an ideal place to let your curiosity lead the way.

Located on Okaloosa Island in Fort Walton Beach just west of Destin on Florida's Panhandle, our beachfront resort offers direct access to the white sands, restaurants, and shops. With two on-site pools, a poolside bar, an on-site restaurant and more, you don't have to travel far to enjoy yourself. Learn more here. Stay comfortable. Stay inspired. Stay Curious at Hotel RL.

A $15 daily resort fee will be assessed for stays between starting Friday May 28, 2021 through Monday September 6th, 2021.

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:

  • Fish House - Lobby Bar
  • Fish House Restaurant
  • Island Grille (seasonal)
  • Grotto Swim-up Bar (seasonal)
  • Tripp Tide Beach Bar (seasonal)
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Call Ahead + Pick Up Food Orders
  • 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

Pet Policy:

Pets are not welcome at the property.

Beach chair and umbrella

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***

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Onsite Gift Shop

Be sure to visit our onsite gift shop for fresh coffee, snacks and souvenirs, open daily from 7 AM - 10 PM.  In need of a last-minute gift after hours? No problem; the gift shop can be accessed after hours, just ask our guest services or reception staff for assistance.

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 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. Southern Fried Chicken, Island Fish & Chips, and our Signature Pizza - our menu is the perfect combination of land and sea at our signature restaurant Fish House.


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The Island's Signature Restaurant

The resort’s new signature restaurant serves Southern-inspired entrees from land and sea. During your stay, head to Fish House 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. 

Restaurant Hours:

  • 7 AM - 10 PM*

Breakfast Menu

All-Day Menu

Kids 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 12 PM to 7 PM*. Take advantage of our umbrella-topped tables encircled by shade trees, palms and gardens, convenient to the pools.

Island Grille Menu

Colorful drinks at sunset

Tripp Tide Beach Bar

Sip on your favorite beverage while taking in the panoramic Gulf views at our newly remodeled beachside bar. Our onsite Tripp Tide Beach Bar at The Island, by Hotel RL presents you with bar, table and rail seating, and signature cocktails from 11 PM to 9 PM daily*. Food is available for call ahead ordering and pick up at our signature restaurant Fish House.


  • 12 PM - 9 PM*


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*.


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.

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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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Meeting room

Island Events Made Easy

The Island Beachside Resort offers over 25,000 square feet of flexible space for events and meetings along with full-service catering and audio visual capabilities. The largest of our meeting rooms, the Maui Ballroom 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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Traveling with a large group?

Let us plan your next event or book a block of rooms

For room blocks or to plan an event please click here.

Things To Do on Okaloosa Island and Beyond

Things To Do on Okaloosa Island and Beyond

The Island Ft Walton Destin 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:

  • 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.

Accessibility Features
Air Conditioning
Outdoor Pool
Paid Parking
Business Center
Room Service
Smoke Free
Flat Screen TV

Room Types

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