by Courtney Elko
Opal Sands Resort is the newest Gulf front luxury hotel on the Gulf of Mexico. Dramatic views of the breathtaking Gulf can be experienced from all of its modern guestrooms and balconies, or at the zero-entry pool and hot tub. Pamper yourself at the spa or dine on delicious, fresh, local seafood, hand-made pastas or pizzas at onsite Sea-Guini. Enjoy a tropical drink or live entertainment at the Sand Bar or Tiki Bar. With the white, powder sand in between your toes and views of the sensational sunsets, you’ll feel like you found your family’s perfect escape.
Rooms range from one bed with twin sofa sleeper to a Presidential Suite with private Jacuzzi on a wraparound balcony. Some come with kitchenettes for cooking or entertaining. Concierge services are available for activities, such as jet ski rentals, paddle boarding or kayaking. The resort charges a $25-per-person, per day fee for amenities like water, pantry snacks and towels.
Our Editor Loves
- Gulf front rooms with balconies
- Pet friendly
- Zero-entry pool and hot tub
- Water Sports
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
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The pet-friendly hotel features 230 guestrooms and suites all with gorgeous Gulf of Mexico views and a contemporary beachy design. The rooms offer floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies to enjoy the views. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.
The spacious guestrooms feature one king or two queen beds. They feature a flat screen television, mini-fridge, coffee maker and a shower-tub combination in the bathroom. A twin-size, sleeper sofa is also available in some of the guestrooms.
The oversized suites feature plenty of space and convenience for families. One- or two-bedroom suites are available. They feature a fully equipped kitchenette with a full-size refrigerator, stovetop, microwave, sink, coffee maker and dishwasher. The expansive living and dining space features a large couch that is also a queen-size sleeper sofa, a dining table and a flat screen television in each room. The wrap around balcony offers seating, tables and awesome views. The spacious bathroom features a soaker tub and a stand up glass shower. Some of the suites also feature an additional half bathroom. The suites can accommodate between four and six people.
by Cather C
We are leaving a day early because of an emergency at my house. This hotel is a beautiful resort with everything you need, but needs better employees with friendly personalities. The staff at the front desk especially Alex C. Needs to be friendly and act like they know what they are doing. Unfortunately his checked me in and checked me out. Never mention the hotel credit of 100 dollars for using the hotel collections thru AMEX, which he said it was Expedia, which clearly is was not. Also I am not sure if I was checkout properly because I was in a rush and he will email me my receipt. The pool towel guys were not friendly and were talking about they had to hold on to the chair towels because they are running out. Hello, not my problem and I had to ask for them because he did not want to give me two. The restaurant staff was wonderful, front desk and pool employees could learn from them. We were not greeted upon arrival or upon departure. If I was not in a rush, I would have spoken to the manager.
Room was amazing, water, ice, fruit and cookies in the guest pantry was a excellent touch. The food in Sea-guni was top notch. Bed and pillows were comfortable. Very nice walk-in shower. I would recommend this hotel but don’t let Alex help u at the front desk.
Hotel is clean, modern, and is located perfectly. The pool is perfect for kids and adults alike. The food and drinks are both way above what you would expect at a pool, and the wait staff are amazing (especially Emily). The beach is immaculate, and a couple hundred yards from the pool deck. My family and I cannot wait to come back.
The hotel's zero-entry pool offers an excellent view for the Gulf of Mexico. Lounge chairs and umbrella surround the elevated pool deck that overlooks the gulf. Pool towels are provided. A large hot tub is also situated across from the pool area and is a great place to relax in the evenings after a long day at the beach.
The cool, pretty white sands of Clearwater Beach and the blue Gulf of Mexico waters are only steps away from the hotel. The hotel offers direct beach access however it does not offer beach lounge chairs or cabanas. Cabanas and chairs are located on the beach and available for an additional fee.
This onsite seafood and Italian restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Families will love the handmade pastas, local seafood and pizzas. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available.
Located in the lobby this grab-and-go cafe offers pastries, fruit and coffee drinks.
Located outside below the elevated pool area, this sandy bar also serves lunch and dinner in a casual beachside setting.
This poolside bar serves sandwiches, salads and cocktails outside by large pool area.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
Complimentary Wi-Fi can be found throughout the hotel.
Guests are welcome to bring dogs that are 30 pounds and under for an additional fee.
- Fitness Center
Cardio and weight machines are available in the fitness center.
Valet parking is available for a fee.
The Best Time to Visit
Clearwater experiences about 361 days of sunshine on average, making it a year-round vacation destination. But the resort is at its busiest during the winter season, from about late-November through April. Spring break and Christmas holidays are the busiest. Slower season is in the summer months.
Tampa International Airport is located less than 40 minutes away from the resort. The St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport is located less than 30 minutes from the resort.
The hotel is located directly on the Clearwater Beach promenade so families can easily walk to the beach, surrounding boat tour attractions and several restaurants. Clearwater Beach is a walkable and stroller-friendly town. However, a vehicle or taxi would be needed to explore nearby St. Pete or downtown Clearwater.
- Hot Tub
The large hot tub, which can be found across from the main pool area, is a great place to relax.
There are several bar options at the hotel, including two outdoor bars the Tiki Bar and Sand Bar and the indoor bar located by the restaurant.
A variety of massage and facial treatments are available at the onsite spa.