Living in Luxury at the Sandpearl Resort

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.

Where to Stay While in St. John’s, Newfoundland

Heading to St. John’s, Newfoundland for the night or for a week? Well check out this list of places to stay while in St. John’s. There is something for everyone and on every budget. There is a great selection of B&B’s, chain hotels such as the Sheraton and Delta, and boutique hotels to choose from.  I had the opportunity to do site visits to five very different and great hotels to see what they had to offer.


The Delta is Atlantic Canada’s largest convention and full service hotel, and is connected to the St. John’s Convention Centre by pedway.  The Delta is exactly what you would expect out of a Marriott branded hotel from their service to their standard rooms. I had the opportunity to have a three course breakfast while on my tour and the food is not to be missed!

The Delta St. John’s rates will fluctuate depending on if there are any conferences in town as it is connected to the new convention centre.  The prices can range anywhere from $175/night to $290+/night.  The Delta is located centrally to some of St. John’s, Newfoundlands best dining and shopping but make sure to check on the rates before you book.


JAG is one of St. John’s newest hotels nestled between the very lively George street and historical Water Street.  This hotel is in the perfect location for shopping, conferences, live entertainment and fine dining.

This hotel offers a wide variety of amenities including valet, nightly turn-down service and a 24-hour fitness centre.  What also makes this hotel very unique and cool is it’s theme – musicians.  The owner of the hotel had quite the extensive collection of photos, records and other paraphernalia from musicians around the world, and he decided to showcase it throughout the hotel and rooms.  Each room is uniquely decorated with its own musician or group.  There are a variety of rooms from standard up to suite all with modern furniture and are spacious.  The line of Iceberg Spa products found in each of the bathrooms is a very nice touch and are all locally made with iceberg water by Ossetra.

As a result of its limited rooms (88 in total) and how new it is to the scene, you will find these prices to be a bit higher than others in the city but they do generally stay competitive.  If you are looking for a new, trendy, boutique hotel then JAG is the place for you.


The Murray Premises Hotel is located in a National Historic Site and was the city’s first boutique hotel located right in the heart of downtown.  Upon walking into this hotel you can tell there is a lot of history to the building which I was very interested to find out more about.  Each of the rooms are unique as they have exposed 19th century wooden beams contrasting with contemporary furnishings and luxurious touches.

Built in 1846, the building is the oldest collection of mercantile buildings related to the fishing industry throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.  The hotel was not always used as a place for people to vacation, instead it has been purposed as warehouses, office buildings and machine shops.  The hotel opened its doors in 2001, and the history of the building continued.  Over the years the Murray Premises have completed three renovations and now have 67 guest rooms available.

I immediately fell in love with the history and historic charm of the hotel.  One thing that I really admired while waiting in the main lobby was their coffee and snacks area.  If you are waiting for a cab, for friends, or just need a place to sit, this beautiful sitting area offers complimentary drinks and a light snack.  I thought this was an incredible touch for the guests of the hotel as I often find myself hungry or thirsty while on my way out the door.

The Murrary Premise Hotel is very affordable for the location and amenities that you receive.  Starting just under $200/night, you will not be disappointed with a stay at the Murray Premise Hotel on the Waterfront.


The Marriott Courtyard is located right on the St. John’s harbourfront and offers incredible views of the water as well as Signal Hill in the distance.  This newly renovated hotel will feel familiar if you know the Marriott brand.  Upon walking into the entrance you are greeted to large windows overlooking the water and the restaurant.  The Marriott’s lobby and guest rooms feel much newer than the Delta which a short distance away.

The guest rooms are modern, feel fresh and offer a view you cannot beat.  If you have a chance to eat at the Harbour Room Restaurant and Lounge, it is an absolute must.  I loved the decorations and little touches throughout the restaurant as well as the wide menu of delicious local cuisine offerings.

The price point for the Marriott Courtyard St. John’s averages around $180/night, but deals can often be found online.


The Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland was Newfoundland’s first hotel which opened in 1926.  This hotel has been owned by several other companies besides Starwoods, including Fairmont.  For the age of the hotel you certainly do not feel it in the guest rooms.  They meet the standards that you can expect from a Starwoods property thanks to their great service, incredible food and spacious rooms.  The Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland was the perfect location for a hike to Signal Hill.  If you are looking for some great hike options, then the quick 30 minute walk to the top of Signal Hill is an absolute must (it is also a short 7 minute drive).  The hotel is also perfectly located for a short walk to shopping, restaurants, and pubs.

I stayed on the club level floor which provides you with access to the Club Lounge, where you can enjoy complimentary breakfast, hors d’oeuvres and beverages. The photos of Newfoundland on the wall  around the hotel were the perfect touch to remind you that you were in such a special and unique city.  The guest rooms have been nicely renovated and well maintained.

The price point for the Sheraton tends to be around $170-180/ a night which seems to be the going rate for a lot of the hotels across the city.  The Sheraton being my host hotel for my time in St. John’s, Newfoundland was a great place to use as a home base I would certainly return.