Looking for the perfect place to head south as the weather gets cold and be immersed in absolute luxury? Look no further than the Sandpearl Resort in Clearwater Beach, Florida.
Rated a AAA Four-Diamond Four Star hotel, the Sandpearl Resort will not disappoint. The pampering begins when you pull into the driveway of the hotel and are greeted by the wonderful valet team, who are more than happy to answer any questions you may have and help you with your bags.
At check-in every guest receives a glass of bubbly – champagne or mimosas for adults and sparkling apple juice for children. Small touches like this exemplify the Sandpearl’s status as a high-end resort and gives you a glimpse into the ideal vacation that awaits you.
—The Rooms —
The Sandpearl is home to a variety of rooms: from Standard King or two Queen rooms, to large two bedroom suites. I had the opportunity to stay in a Gulf Front Junior Suite room.
The Gulf Front Junior Suite is a 500-square-foot room that features a private balcony which overlooks the Gulf of Mexico.
A large sitting area features a queen-size sleeper sofa and work area with a desk.
One of my favourite features of the Gulf Front Junior Suite is the luxurious bathroom which boasts both a walk-in shower and a separate Roman style tub that offers a view of the Gulf once you open the plantation style shutters.
With 253 guest rooms in the resort there is a wide variety of rooms to offer something for everyone’s needs. All the rooms in the resort come with bar-sized refrigerators, coffee makers (stocked with premium coffee and tea), wireless internet, daily newspapers, in-room safes, and twice daily housekeeping. In addition to these standard services, the resort fee of $25/day provides you with two bottles of water a day in your room, beach towels, and complimentary chairs on the beach.
—The Food —
Sandpearl Resort has three on-site dining options to choose from, ranging from fine dining to the marketplace. Caretta on the Gulf is the only AAA Four-Diamond restaurant in Clearwater Beach and offers breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico from both inside and on the patio. Serving food from breakfast until after dinner, Caretta’s has an extensive menu and is one of the area’s most popular destinations for group celebrations, romantic dinners, or just a good night out. Caretta’s is my favourite place to go for a late night appetizer and drink while sitting on the patio, enjoying the fires burning and listening to the waves crash into the beach. This incredible atmosphere can’t help but remind you that you are on vacation.
Tate Island Grill is a popular location to go for a quick bite to eat, delicious salads, sandwiches, and seafood on a beachfront deck. Tate’s provides a relaxed and casual dining experience where you can watch live sport events or simply watch the sun set beyond the horizon. For an even more relaxing experience, Tate’s service extends onto the pool deck as well the beach.
The Marketplace is a convenient one-stop shop for everything from grab-and-go snacks and entrées, to replace forgotten travel items or choose a gift for that special someone. Here you can find fresh pastries made daily, Starbucks coffee and tea, salads, wraps, fruit and yogurts, and a light selection of grocery items for picnics off-site or in a condo suite.
—What To Do At The Resort —
There is lots to do at the Sandpearl Resort. Sitting on 700 feet of Clearwater’s pristine beachfront, you can splash and play in the waves all day long or lounge on the complimentary beach chairs and soak in the sun.
If the sand and beach is not for you, the lagoon-style pool might tempt you with their many chairs upon which you can relax in the sun between dips in the pool or hot tub throughout the day.
If you are looking for something a bit more private, pool-side private cabanas are available that have fans, couches, tables, chairs, a fridge, safes, a flat screen TV, and decks with chairs for sunning.
There are beach volleyball nets set up in the sand and balls to borrow at the beach activities desk, along with beach toys for kids and towels. You can also find the game of cornhole to play on the artificial lawns just to the right of the pool deck.
Make sure to check out the beautiful decorations perfectly placed throughout the hotel. Sandpearl has an exclusive, luxurious, yet laid back feel which will put you right at home while on your beach vacation.
There is lots to do without going off the resort, and it worth it to take advantage of everything the Sandpearl has to offer. The Sandpearl Resort offers far better amenities than any of its competitors on Clearwater Beach, and is well worth the trip to check it out.