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
This property provides a balance of gulf, pool, beach while servicing guests with quality. All rooms are ocean front. The comfort of the bed, linens, quality towels, shower, kitchenette table bar, and spacious balcony with comfortable chairs all blend to offer relaxation if you are retrieving from the sun or watching a tropical storm. The Sea-Guini bar and restaurant are top notch. Observing their practices while siting as a patron at the bar confirms their quality and care for the service they provide. Recommended for family or couples.
I stayed 5 days May 9-13 for a conference. The hotel hosted the conference which was very convenient. I brought my friend and my 6 year old as well. The hotel is beautiful. The customer service was impeccable. We had a very early flight from NY. I was on the property by 1030 and was allowed to check in immediately. The room was lovely. It has a nice balcony with a great view of the Gulf. Beds were very comfortable. Bathroom was clean and nice. Nice amenities. Housekeeping was on top of things. Everyone was accommodating and friendly. Guests have access to free 20 ounce spring waters in the pantry located on every floor. They also have sugar cookies every afternoon which was great for the kids. At the pool they give out ice cream and ice pops in the afternoons. My son was in heaven. The beach access is quite close and the hotel is located on the Beachwalk. We rented a car. We went to a water park one day and went out exploring. Traffic is bad on Saturday nights. We were basically stuck and could not get out. So we went the other way to Saint Petersburg.
The hotel is walking distance to stores, restaurants,
Ice cream and mini-golf. I had my nails done down the street. There are other places to stay all around. Lots of dives. Nothing is nearly as nice.
Conference accommodations were comfortable. Food was very good. AV was excellent. I saw a wedding on Saturday evening that was outside and the reception moved inside where we had the conference, it looked like everyone was having a great time.
We did not partake in Seaguini. Not a good place for little kids. I ran into a retired Yankee baseball player in the lobby. That was fun. Overall I was quite pleased with Opal Sands. I will definitely be back. Clearwater beach is a great family getaway.
This was our 2nd stay at Opal Sands and we were so happy to be back. The staff continues to be helpful and very friendly and some remembered us! Shout outs to Jennifer at the front desk, Jordan our favorite server at the pool, Nick was a great bartender also at the pool bar, Brian and his staff down at the Sandbar. The room was very clean and as advertised all have a Gulf view. The guest pantry on every floor is great and was happy to see that stayed as an extra. We have a wonderful dinner at Sea Guini restaurant as well as at sister hotel Sand Pearl. The 2018 Rolls Royce round trip to dinner was a highlight. We visited in May 2018 and can't wait to return!!!
The hotel was beautiful but the hot tub had too much chlorine! It faded my new swimsuit from blue to cream and my skin felt like it had been in a bleach bath for several days! Management completely ignored me and I lost a $100 swimsuit! The hotel was clean and had a wonderful view but I wouldn’t get in the hot tub!
I just wanted to let you know I was there in March of this year for a bachelorette weekend where we had 6 girls stay in two rooms one being a suite. I just wanted to say that one night we only had one bottle of vodka which was a gift for my bachelorette as we all are young professionals which was stolen from our room . We tried to discuss with staff and the night manager and were treated incredibly rude and were very disrespectful to us and made us feel absolutely horrible and literally ruined the weekend. Our room was impeccable the whole time and we were instructed we should check multiple times in the room which we did and it was not found. None the less the staff was awful we were offered nothing to try to rectify the wrong that was done and horrible treatment from staff and night manager when discussed. I was recently at a stay in Boston, XV Beacon where it was my fiancée's birthday where we were treated like royalty and they went above and beyond to do special things to ensure our trip was perfect such as offering car service, upgraded our room, and sent in a special dessert tray for his birthday night. We felt like family at the XV Beacon and they were amazing and what true concierge service is. The Opals should be highly ashamed of your hotel staff and services. I initially was recommending your hotel to multiple friends and family members however not after truly reflecting on the service and after seeing how amazing a recent hotel stay was I am telling people to stay away the customer service is terrible here.