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
Great guest services, everyone was very friendly and helpful. The rooms are extremely comfortable and have awesome views of the ocean and a nice balcony to sit on. The indoor bar has two phenomenal bartenders Julia and JJ, ask them for a surprise drink and you will be in for a real treat. Direct access to the ocean was really nice. The housekeepers are great and really make sure your room is in tiptop shape! Overall would recommend anyone to stay here.
Had a wonderful dinner at Sea Guini! Staff was extremely attentive and the food excellent . Our waiter Austin gave us great suggestions for dinner and Jacob kept our water glasses filled and made sure we had everything we needed. We will come back!!
Our second stay in this resort which was unfortunately not so good as our stay last year, when the title of my review was "simply amazing". This time we arrived at 2.30pm on a Saturday afternoon. A little bit too early for the check-in, which is possible as from 4.00pm. Pity, our room was not available yet, but the staff at the reception, promised to notify me with a text message when our room would be available. They told us to wait and relax at the swimming pool, which is overcrowded in weekends, no loungers or umbrella available. At 4.30pm I still had not received a message, therefore went again to the reception and my room was indeed available. No apology that nobody contacted me as promised though. We had a nice Sunday at the pool and the room was again lovely with amazing views from the balcony. At the check-out on Monday, I received the final invoice, which was correct. That same day, in the afternoon, I received by email another final invoice where suddenly breakfast for two was added to my room and taken off my credit card, even though we booked a rate where breakfast was included. Like I said, without my authorization, you cannot do this, that's just not correct. Meanwhile the money is back on my card, but only after I contacted the hotel. With this experience together with the price per night and the bad customer service, I am not sure if I return to this hotel any time soon.