A GEM ON THE BEACH: Opal Sands Resort, Clearwater Beach
Overlooking the gulf of Mexico, this stylish and beautifully designed hotel sits right on the best beach in Florida, according to USA Today. The curved design of the hotels exterior provides all 230 guestrooms and suites with the most panoramic views of this iconic coast line. Within months after its opening in spring 2016, the hotel was named the AAA Four-Diamond property. Conveniently located, the hotel is only a 30 minute drive from Tampa international airport and from Saint Petersburg Clearwater airport with many direct flights across the US.
With their central location on Gulfview Boulevard, there are many things to do and explore within walking distance. Fun activities for all ages are basically at your doorstep. You definitely should not miss a sunset walk on Pier 60 and see the sun disappear into the Gulf of Mexico. Children's adventure playgrounds, great restaurants and nightlife are all a short stroll away from the resort. The guestrooms offer spectacular views. Large windows and beautiful terraces let you enjoy the view of the azure waters of the gulf spilling onto white sandy beaches.
For ultimate relaxation be sure to visit the luxurious Opal Spa. There are a myriad of treatments to choose from. The signature treatment is suitably called Perfect Massage, and the name says it all. A massage can't really get much more perfect than at the Opal Spa. The resort also offers several amazing food and dining options. Located with direct access to the beach, the Sandbar is the more casua l and lighter option. The views are beautiful and there are live music performances on certain nights.
Chef Todd Holender is leading the culinary team at the fine dining restaurant Sea-Guini.
Like the name states already, it is a beautiful merger between the freshest seafood and fine Italian cuisine. The interior and the atmosphere live up to the very high quality of the food along with an extensive cocktail menu.
For art lovers, a trip to the Salvador Dali Museum is close to St. Petersburg and is a must see attraction. This incredible art hub amazes with the largest collection of Dali's work outside of Europe. With all of these things to do and to experience at the Opal Sands resort, this is definitely a gem on this historic and iconic stretch of Florida beach, making it a perfect cultural and culinary weekend getaway for some much needed sun in the dead of winter.