Opal Sands Resort
What We Love
- Sun, sand and sea on America’s best beach, with gulf views and the option of a suiteSunning on the sands of the best beach in America, according to TripAdvisor
- Getting a scrub and body polish at OPAL Spa
- Taking your pick of four scenic spots for eating and drinking
- Going for a wander along the local promenade, or heading to the marina for a sunset cruise
What To Know
- Every floor has a complimentary guest pantry with cold water, cookies and fruit
- The beach is public and can get rather crowded
- Every room has a view of the water – keep your eyes peeled for the dolphins and manatees that swim by each day
What’s better than a beautiful white-sand beach? Clearwater Beach – the best white-sand beach (or any kind of beach, for that matter) in America, according to TripAdvisor. Get a front-row view of it at the brand-new Opal Sands Resort, whose every common area is built to face the coast, from the Gulf of Mexico-front dining room to the lounge at the end of a dune. Guest rooms are also designed to emphasize the scenery, with each one looking out to the sands and the sparkling turquoise waters.
It goes without saying that Opal Sands takes its location quite seriously, and so you’ll also discover a suite of beachy things to enjoy here, from tropical cocktails at one of the bars (there are three in total) to plates of prawns at Sea-Guini Restaurant. At Sea-Guini’s lounge, you can bop around to some upbeat live music; at OPAL Spa, you can sign on for a body treatment with algae and aloe. Beach-chair and cabana rentals are available, too, if you’d prefer to just perch on the shore for a while. Or, if you’d like a completely different view of your surroundings, you can drive over to the nearby marina and see Clearwater from the Gulf – and perhaps a couple of wild dolphins, too.
Good to know
Please note that a resort fee of $25 (plus tax) per room, per night will be added on the payment screen. The resort fee includes in-room bottled water and coffee; high-speed wireless Internet; pool-towel service; use of the fitness center and two bicycles per room, per day; daily newspaper Monday-Friday; daily turndown service; computer and boarding-pass kiosk and unlimited local calls and toll-free number access.
Please note that there is no Opal Sands Resort food-and-beverage service to the beach concession, and alcohol is not permitted on the beach, though you may enjoy the property’s fresh fare and cocktails at its four eating-and-drinking spots.
Rooms and suites
With a flat-screen TV and a pillow-top bed in luxurious bedding, your fresh and contemporary room is also a comfortable one. The icing on the cake is the view from your balcony, of the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico. In the Premium Gulf Front room, this balcony measures 75 square feet, and you’ll also enjoy a sectional twin-sized sleeper sofa, along with your king or two queen beds.Premium One Bedroom suites with king beds offer a queen sleeper sofa and dining table, as well as a king bed, and measure 700 to 900 square feet, with a wraparound balcony of 160 square feet. For your convenience, a wet bar and a variety of kitchen amenities are included, like a mini-fridge, electric cooking range, dishwasher and microwave. The master bedroom connects to a master bath with a large shower and garden tub; a separate half-bath resides just off of the main guest room.Like its Premium counterpart, the stylish Superior One Bedroom Suite King option holds a king bed and a sectional queen-sized sleeper. Dining in this accommodation takes place around the 42-in. round table for four. You’ll get a full fridge, as well as the above
Florida fish get the Italian culinary treatment at Sea-Guini, an ambient restaurant with an al-fresco space and views of that same glittering gulf where your catch was caught. Vegetables are also sourced locally when possible, and cocktails freshly mixed to complement the sea- and farm-to-table fare. Should you like to take your drink in another part of the resort, Sea-Guini Lounge – which also serves cassoulets – opens from 11am to 11pm daily, with live music; Sandbar serves sips till dusk on the dune off of the beach’s south end; and there’s a shaded café-bar by the pool.
Treat yourself to a soothing treatment at OPAL Spa, where seasoned therapists perform facials, massages and scrubs, plus medi-spa options, like derma-peels and oxygen infusions. You can also spring for a beauty service, like a mani or pedi; kick back on one of the outdoor spaces; or sweat it out in the sauna. For a workout, fit in some cardio time, or take a class at the well-appointed fitness center.
Beach or pool? Whatever your element, you’ll be happy as a clam in this waterfront Clearwater resort. Opal Sands holds its own zero-entry swimming hole and is, of course, on the sugar-soft sands of USA Today’s Best Beach in Florida. Other places to go include breathtaking Caladesi Island, the Clearwater Marina, the local aquarium and Pier 60 (a great spot to take in the sunset, too). St. Petersburg offers spots like the Dali Museum and Chihuly Collection, and Disney World is within day-trip distance.
How to Get There
We are leaving a day early because of an emergency at my house. This hotel is a beautiful resort with everything you need, but needs better employees with friendly personalities. The staff at the front desk especially Alex C. Needs to be friendly and act like they know what they are doing. Unfortunately his checked me in and checked me out. Never mention the hotel credit of 100 dollars for using the hotel collections thru AMEX, which he said it was Expedia, which clearly is was not. Also I am not sure if I was checkout properly because I was in a rush and he will email me my receipt. The pool towel guys were not friendly and were talking about they had to hold on to the chair towels because they are running out. Hello, not my problem and I had to ask for them because he did not want to give me two. The restaurant staff was wonderful, front desk and pool employees could learn from them. We were not greeted upon arrival or upon departure. If I was not in a rush, I would have spoken to the manager.
Room was amazing, water, ice, fruit and cookies in the guest pantry was a excellent touch. The food in Sea-guni was top notch. Bed and pillows were comfortable. Very nice walk-in shower. I would recommend this hotel but don’t let Alex help u at the front desk.
Hotel is clean, modern, and is located perfectly. The pool is perfect for kids and adults alike. The food and drinks are both way above what you would expect at a pool, and the wait staff are amazing (especially Emily). The beach is immaculate, and a couple hundred yards from the pool deck. My family and I cannot wait to come back.
Had the joy of staying here as a local to do a wedding for some out-of-town friends. From the first phone call (which was answered by an upbeat human, not a phone tree!), to the concierge, Jenny, our pool server, Cydney, to the wait staff and food at the restaurant, to top it off and our late nightcap at the bar with JJ and the smoked JD! Wow! My wife and I were impressed as were the wedding couple. The staff we encountered were very attentive and very intentional about our stay being 5 star and they made it happen. Thanks! Highly recommend!