About Waterline

About Waterline

A legacy defined by an emotional connection between our location and nautical orientation.
Anna Maria Island is an experience of history and heritage – Old Florida preserved by the sun for the next generation of visitors. Crystal clear water, miles of white sandy beaches, and genuine relaxation. Where time slows to a crawl and life becomes less complex. Laid-back. Simple. Crossing over a bridge from the mainland, one leaves the burden of everyday worries for a more balanced state of being.
Waterline is “the level reached by water, visible as a line on a boat, beach or bank.” It is the line where two things come together and exist harmoniously in the same space.
For us, it’s a genuine connection and experience that’s shared by residents and visitors alike.
Waterline signifies you are no longer on hectic, real-world time. You are on island vacation time. Embodying the spirit of Anna Maria Island, Waterline builds on the Old Florida heritage that so many visitors hold dear, while offering new experiences and distinct amenities in a modern resort. It’s where you belong.

Waterline Defined

Where two things come together as one.
Where boats meet water.
Where the water finds the beach.
Where the sun touches the horizon.
Where fresh seafood meets local produce.
Where generations of family enjoy memorable vacations.

Samuel Plimsoll

British politician and social reformer who dedicated himself to achieving greater safety for seamen and whose name has been given to a line on the side of a boat, indicating the maximum depth to which that boat may be legally loaded. The “Plimsoll mark” or waterline is an international boat marker that is still in use today.

Eliza Ann

In the late 1800s, it became common practice to load large amounts of cargo onto ships to try and make more money. So when Eliza Ann’s husband, Samuel Plimsoll, boarded his ship sailing from London to Redcar, she began to fear the worst. As she predicted, Samuel’s overloaded ship became caught in a treacherous North Sea storm, its imbalance almost costing him his life. When he returned, Eliza Ann motivated him to find a solution. By his side, she helped him create the life-saving Plimsoll line used by mariners around the world.

The Autograph Collection

The Autograph Collection is an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent hotels. Exactly like nothing else, each destination has been selected for its quality, bold originality, rich character and uncommon details. From near to far, iconic to historic, the result is an array of properties that is nothing less than unique, nothing short of collectively exceptional.

Marriott Rewards®

Only Autograph Collection hotels offer the rich experiences of an independent hotel stay with all the benefits of Marriott Rewards®, the award-winning loyalty program that enables guests to earn and redeem points for free nights and flights across the globe.