Gulf Coast Luxury at the Sandpearl Resort

Gulf Coast luxury and family-friendly amenities abound at the Sandpearl Resort, Clearwater Beach, Florida |

Why doesn’t every hotel check-in include a complimentary glass of champagne?

This question pops into my mind as I enjoy a sip of nose-tickling bubbly upon arrival at the Sandpearl Resort in Clearwater Beach, Florida. It is really the most civilized of welcomes. What harried parent wouldn’t appreciate such a gift when she’s finally arrived at her luxury holiday destination after plane rides, baggage sorting, and a 45-minute cab ride?

This first sparkling taste of the good life at Sandpearl Resort only whets my appetite to learn more as I wander around the expansive grounds of this luxury resort.

Gulf Coast luxury and family-friendly amenities abound at the Sandpearl Resort, Clearwater Beach, Florida |
A delicious-looking pool with a view of the Gulf of Mexico

The Sandpearl is part of the independently-owned OPAL Collection of luxury hotel properties that stretch from Bar Harbor, Maine, to Key West, Florida. Its award-winning and sustainable architectural practices (LEED Silver) set it apart from many of the other resorts along the crowded Clearwater Beach shoreline. Some of these initiatives include; a geothermal pool heating system, partnership with Clean the World to recycle soap products, sustainable building practices, and water and waste conservation programs. With hundreds of daily guests, such eco-conscious practices make a difference to the local coastal environment.


The resort is located right on the Gulf of Mexico, with a wide-open, sugar-white sand beach stretching out before it. The private beach is dotted with yellow and white-striped umbrellas and cabanas available for daily rental, as well as comfortable beach chairs, some of which are circled around fire pits for the resort’s daily ‘sunset farewell‘ tradition – a marshmallow roast and goodbye to the day.

Gulf Coast luxury and family-friendly amenities abound at the Sandpearl Resort, Clearwater Beach, Florida |
Gather round the fire pit for the evening sunset farewell to the day

The waters of the gulf are warm, with little wave action. The conditions are perfect for wading in the calm waves that during the cloudy days of my stay, appear more green than blue. If the pool deck is more your thing, the resort pool is a zero-entry, lagoon style family-friendly aquatic area overlooking the beach. The resort’s children’s club, Camp Ridley, takes full advantage of the beachfront location with four-hour, supervised activity sessions in the afternoons and evenings. Think nature walks, beach-themed arts and crafts, scavenger hunts and water play.

Gulf Coast luxury and family-friendly amenities abound at the Sandpearl Resort, Clearwater Beach, Florida |
Peek-a-boo though the waterfall onto the pool deck

In addition to the kids camp, the Sandpearl offers a wide range of tours to local Clearwater Beach attractions, including adventure tours such as kayaking, and art tours of its impressive collection (the resort has a monthly artist in residence program). If food is your thing, the Chef’s Cooking Demo includes food and wine tasting at the in-house fine dining room, Caretta’s.


The dinner menu of Caretta on the Gulf features locally-inspired ingredients – including a wide variety of fish – that are beautifully presented and taste just as fine. There’s also an extensive sushi menu which will appeal to any kids in your party. The dining room is on the more formal side, though beach casual attire appears to be acceptable. With views out onto the beach and desserts like the deconstructed key lime pie (to DIE for delicious), I would recommend at least one visit, if not two.

For relaxed, beach-side dining, the Tate Island Grill offers large portion-sized salads, sandwiches, and burgers. The in-lobby Marketplace has a coffee bar and self-service grab-and-go area for snacks or a quick breakfast. Tip: the Sandpearl gives families a break with their Free Breakfast for Kids (under 12) program, good for in-restaurant dining only.

Coastal luxury and family-friendly amenities abound at the Sandpearl Resort, Clearwater Beach, Florida |
Top drawer dining at Caretta on the Gulf. Roasted beet and goat cheese; Diver sea scallops; Deconstructed Key Lime Pie – the best I’ve ever had


The Sandpearl features a large variety of guest rooms that cater to travelling families. The one to two-bedroom deluxe suites can accommodate up to six people, and include full kitchens, sleeper sofas, and washer/dryers, amenities that are perfect for a longer beach stay.

My Gulf Front Junior Suite was a 500-square feet slice of resort heaven. The king-sized bed was huge and wonderfully comfortable. I enjoyed the separate sitting room, though the private outdoor balcony with views out onto the beach and gulf became my preferred seating area. The bathroom is very large, with a bathtub whose plantation shutters open up to look out onto the room and the view beyond the balcony. While I sat out admiring the beach view, I had the pleasure of being an inadvertent wedding crasher at some beach nuptials. With such a lovely private beach area, I can see how the Sandpearl does such a booming wedding business.

Gulf Coast luxury and family-friendly amenities abound at the Sandpearl Resort, Clearwater Beach, Florida |
Room with a view. My spacious Gulf Front Junior Suite with private balcony (Credit: Sandpearl)
Gulf Coast luxury and family-friendly amenities abound at the Sandpearl Resort, Clearwater Beach, Florida |
The glorious gulf coast view from my Junior Suite

Outstanding Feature

There’s a lot to love about the Sandpearl. The hotel property is beautifully decorated, professionally-staffed, and with its amenities, premier Gulf coast location, private beach and views, a fabulous and luxurious choice for a family holiday.

But nothing can win over a harried travelling mom or dad like a welcoming glass of bubbly upon arrival. Let the vacation begin!

How to Get Here

The Sandpearl Resort at Clearwater Beach is easily accessible from Tampa International Airport. There is no airport shuttle to the resort, so a rental car or cab/uber ride is necessary. It’s an approximately 45-minute drive, and a hire car will cost around $70 USD one-way.

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Gulf Coast luxury and family-friendly amenities abound at the Sandpearl Resort, Clearwater Beach, Florida |

Photo Credit: All photos C. Laroye unless otherwise noted.

Disclosure: The Travelling Mom thanks Sandpearl Resort for its hospitality. All opinions are honest and the writer’s own, as always.

Have you stayed at the Sandpearl? What did you like the most about the resort?

18 thoughts on “Gulf Coast Luxury at the Sandpearl Resort”

  1. That looks like such a lovely place to stay. We stayed at a resort in Florida last summer, but didn’t have a beach view. Being able to look over the ocean whenever you please must have been wonderful.

  2. Sandpearl is one of my favorite resorts on that coast. I love the beachfront and the suites truly are a piece of heaven. Show me to that firepit and I’d be completely happy.

  3. What an interesting pick! I just paused my Luxury Resorts adventures but I am going to do it slowly when I move to Europe. The beach view of this resort is stunning! It’s like Rio de Janeiro but I don’t see that much people in the beach. Looks like it’s not a very touristic place after all!

    1. The beach wasn’t too crowded during my visit, which was lovely. Though I’m sure it gets super busy during the spring and summer travel months!

  4. This resort looks amazing! I’ve never been given champagne when I checked in, so that right there is a huge selling point. I also think the daily sunset farewell is a nice touch. It seems this resort is all about the details! 🙂

  5. Wow, looks like a perfect welcome. I love the interior…so beautiful! And, love it’s eco-friendly. So important with big hotels.

    1. I love the eco-friendliness as well. It’s so important to do everything we can to mitigate our resource usage and limit wasteful practices.

  6. Coming from Australia, I’ve never visited Florida or really heard too much about it (travel to South-East Asia dominates the short breaks of most Aussies). But from what I’ve read from this and other articles about Florida, I would definitely visit in future and think I would really enjoy it. I really like the idea of lazy in deck chairs on the beach around that bonfire – superb!

    1. Yes, you’re lucky in Australia. No shortage of great beaches and gorgeous ocean views! The bonfire was one of my favorite spots at the resort. Cheers!

  7. looks like a great resort to stay with all the bells and whistle’s you would expect in resort style accommodation. The sand looks amazingly white on the gulf coast

    1. Yes, the Sandpearl does a good job of catering to just about every need. The sand is really quite something too!

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