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 is our first visit to the Clearwater area and the Opal Sands has made it quite memorable! From the front desk team to the sweeping ocean views! The entire crew made our stay perfect to celebrate our annual anniversary trip! Kudos!
If you are staying over a weekend, sign up for the pizza making class in their restaurant! Not challenging but it is a fun way to spend some time in the afternoon! Michael and Lloyd did a great job hosting us!
The poolside food was fantastic and the wait staff always checked in us even though every chair was full!
Enjoy your stay but book early!
The property is beautiful and so are the views. Unfortunately the service is not of the quality that you would expect when paying this rate. The staff all seems irritated to be helping you (with the exception of the food service staff). There was no one to welcome us upon pulling up and after waiting quite a while, the valet that did help us (once he got there) was visibly annoyed to be helping customers.
The front desk staff could have cared even less. We booked our room on the hotels site months ago and paid a bit more for a “premium” room. Upon getting to our room we realized it was the base room that they had put us in (definitely not what we purchased and what is advertised in the photos on the site).
Even though this discrepancy was obvious enough (the manager on duty did finally look at what we had booked) they refused to move us and told us they were all booked up. They offered to cancel our reservation (sure because that makes sense after we’ve traveled down here and have no options).
So two phone calls later and me groveling, they magically had a room come up that is actually the one we paid for. So they moved us and acted as though they did us a favor (by giving us the room we actually booked....).
Because this is an anniversary trip I wanted to make sure we were placed in a relaxing and quiet room. I was told on the phone weeks ago by reservations that they would notate the request and try to place us in one. I understand these things cannot be ensured but, wow...
When we got to our room we were placed immediately in front of the elevators on a floor where construction is occurring.
Onto the small things...
Our toiletries were never replaced during our stay. The linens on our bed were dirty and clearly never changed out from the previous guest. The bathroom was dirty.
This is also a very loud hotel. The walls are paper thin. You can hear every footstep outside of your door. Your room shakes when the guests next to you close their door (the doors slam very, very loudly).
There were so many other small things during our stay (Like the guest pantry that was never replenished or maintained).
After spending time in various luxury resorts, I could not recommend this one. It was simply just “faking it”.
I retracted my original review after they moved us to the appropriate room, but the stay just keeps getting worse.
We were really looking forward to staying here as we visit the area multiple times a year.
This hotel appears nice online! But when your there is where it goes from nice to spectacular! The front desk check in was flawless! The room modern, clean, comfortable and best of all the view of the gulf, pools and beach! OMG every room has a big balcony and the sunsets!! The staff, bartenders at the pool were very good. The food and service at the main restaurant was spectacular, a bit pricey but you get what you pay for! We stayed for a week and would highly recommended it! Best of all it’s on the beach no roads to cross nothing in front of you but pure relaxation. Can’t wait to come back!! Thank you Opal Sands. BTW we were on the 14th floor out of 15!
Beautiful hotel. Every room has a water view and the sunsets are amazing! The hotel staff was very friendly and accommodating. The food was delicious and very reasonable.i would definitely suggest this resort to anyone who's looking for a getaway. I went there for a girls weekend but next time I want to take my husband.
Not happy at all. We booked this hotel for 5 nights months again and when we got to hotel no pool and the banging And noise was terrible. The worst part for us was we lost a whole day of our holiday trying to find another hotel. We arrived from uk no emAil to inform us that we were going to stop in a noisy hotel with no pool and no pool bar what kind of holiday is that.. discusting behaviour.. eventually the Hilton sorted us a room, and have to admit it was a better hotel and will be staying there again. One of the guys in the hotel told me this was scheduled so they would of known before we booked it..
Will be contacting the CO ...