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 booked a one night teaser stay at Ocean Sands in Clearwater in April to see if we would like to come back for more. Perfect hotel decorated in marine style, friendly staff, nice beds and bathroom and perfect view from the balcony of our room.
Suggestions since in a double bed you can sleep 4 good idea to have two additional chairs on the balcony. Pool and hot tub and a nice deck with comfortable lounge chairs with a view to the Gulf. Water was 78 today and we saw Dolphins, pelicans and other marine life while sunbathing. Bats with various drinks and a restaurant serving lunch and snacks. We saw two couples getting married in the beach. The beach was packed with chairs and cabanas, since it’s a public beach there were a lot of people next to each other on that beach. Plus spring break has begun so there were more younger adults there. A whole row of shopping and dining after a good tanning at the beach can be enjoyed
The room could have been cleaner and it seems that the room was not ready for us yet, but like any hotel they will hold the language for you
Truly a five star hotel, this beautiful property exceeded all of our (very high) expectations. The rooms are all beautiful, great bathrooms, comfortable beds, awesome gulf views. The entire hotel is beautifully decorated, very upscale yet also very harmonious with the setting. You should expect excellent from a hotel of this class, and from valet, check-in, housekeeping, and pool staff, they over delivered. Very competent and very friendly! Nice touches such as the guest pantry on every floor with waters, fruit, etc were greatly appreciated. The restaurants were uniformly great, from a perfectly cooked Sandbar burger to truly gourmet dining at the strangely named but awesome Sea-Guini. Yes it is expensive, but your extra dollars are well spent here as they deliver the 5 star goods!
Joined friends for dinner. I was just amazed at how professional and elegant the staff presented there self.
The wine list was well thought and the menu detailed.
The food delishes and presentation gorgeous
Great ambiance, great food. Staff was helpful and communicative and provided interesting and pertinent small talk. Loved the decor. It was really easy to get seating as well. The resort is just beautiful.
Having stayed at the Sandpearl in October 2018 we were keen to try the Opal Sands this spring...to say we were blown away is an understatement.
On checkin we were met by a lovely staff member who took time to understand more about us before apologising the room was not quite ready. She then took time out personally to find out the issue which we were completely cool with. We were delighted to find out we had in fact been upgraded to a suite (first time ever - thank you!) which may have explained the slight delay ....and clearly we were very pleased.
The room, views and standards of decor etc were the best we have encountered in a hotel. Simply stunning....We dined at the restaurant and again the service and quality of food was first class. It was very clear to us that ensuring guests were looked after is a high priority.
The gym was brilliant and a pleasant change from the concerted room pushed away at the back of the hotel😍
The hotel did have a few electrical issues during our stay none of which interfered with the superb 2 night stay. We will most definitely be back again and soon....
Well done to all for a stunning hotel and first class awesome friendly staff ....10 out of 10 for sure!
Susan and Eric x