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
I vacationed in FL hopping from place to place in FEb. of 2019. The Opal Sands was the portion of my vacay which my family and I enjoyed the most. The hotel is well furnished and kept with a modern esthetic. The pool is very clean and the spa is big enough to accommodate many guests. Tip: if you want a beach facing chair on the deck then reserve your spot early. The restaurant serves very upscale food but in my opinion was some of the most delicious food we had for our week in Florida. We also loved the close proximity to the wonderful beach and the sand was almost white and soft. Only thing which would have made our stay better is to have a microwave in our room and a coffee bar in the hotel. We highly recommend a family vacay here for at least 3-5 days. Enjoy!
Very nice place, modern feel. Only issues is a few room issues: when we arrived the room was very warm. We opened the out door to the cool outside air and tried to turn the air on—didn’t work. Tried everything and eventually called front desk— just need to close and lock outer door to turn on the air. Secondly, you need to put your room key in a receptacle to turn power to the room—like in Europe— but at night you can turn all the lights off but two—and for those need to pull out the power card. Seems counterintuitive sine the power card runs the room. I had tried to pull it out but the power cutoff is delayed, so it seems like pulling it out doesn’t do anything. Both these issues were very annoying and required calls to guest services, but could just have been explained if they told guests or left instructions.
My husband and I booked a four night stay to complement family visits in Central Florida. We booked the Opal based on Trip Advisor reviews and am so glad we did. We have rarely encountered such wonderful staff. From the maids to the pool attendants, everyone has been warm and friendly. Our suite is fantastic with a soaking tub as well as shower; beautifully appointed living room; dining area with refrigerator, microwave and Keurig; and large bedroom. The suite has sweeping views of the ocean and beach. Bottled water is provided as is fruit and cookies daily in the pantry on each floor. We returned to our room tonight to find our towels were replaced, as were the bath mats. The bed was turned down, with chocolates on the pillows and the drapes pulled closed. We are in heaven.
Jeff the GM has gone beyond the call of duty on this property. From the Valets, restaurants, pool and especially the Tike bar (sun sets) this is a must place to dig a little deeper into to your pockets and enjoy. You'll be glad you did.
So glad I booked this hotel as the location is perfect for all you want to see in clearwater... From time we arrived everything was perfect ... Valet Parking/ Reception/Rooms with Dolphin views/ Bar Staff/ Pizza Maker / Concierge who looked after all my needs for Beelle Aire Golf Club./Swimming pool / Jacuzzi... Water and Fruit at every floor level.... Would always recommend this Hotel .....