With floor-to-ceiling, panoramic views of the shimmering Gulf of Mexico from the private balconies of all of its 230 rooms and suites, and the powdery white sands of Clearwater Beach just steps away, the new Opal Sands Resort is an upscale resort located on what has been called the best beach town in Florida. A member of the luxury Opal Collection of hotels, Opal Sands is the sister property to Sandpearl, also a beachfront resort only minutes away.
Situated at the end of Clearwater Beach’s lively promenade, Opal Sands’ modern, arch-shaped building sits perched overlooking the Gulf. Just close enough to the activity of the busy beach scene yet far enough away to have a sense of exclusivity and privacy, the resort’s zero-entry pool, hot tub and outdoor deck area are havens for relaxation.
Borrowing from the ever-changing colors of the ocean, surf, sand and sky, the interiors’ soothing blue, green, silver, pink and earth-toned scheme is as calming as the sea itself. Impressive paintings, glasswork and sculptures by local artists—inspired by marine life, breathtaking sunsets over the Gulf and egrets in flight— blend in seamlessly with the design of the property. Perhaps one exception is the impressive, colorful, 400-foot-long glass sculpture resembling the ocean waves that towers over guests in the entry.
Sea-Guini, the property’s seafood and Italian restaurant, offers fresh, seasonally inspired dishes and handmade pastas in a casually elegant environment. The Sea-Guini Lounge inside the restaurant features specialty cocktails and live entertainment outdoors on the deck in the evenings. For a more relaxed option, dine at Reflections Poolside Bar, where frozen cocktails, fish tacos and lighter fare are served. Or choose to dine under the stars in a tiki hut on the beach at Sandbar, just a short walk down the dune on Clearwater Beach.
The property also has a full-service spa to restore and revive the senses and a fitness center to round out a relaxing, casual-chic beach vacation at this destination property on Florida’s beautiful Gulf Coast.