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The Opal Sands Resort on the West Coast of Florida

Written by Karen Holly Berliner
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TRAVEL & DINING

Plunked directly on Clearwater Beach, the best named beach in the country and joining forces with its beautiful sister prop­erty Sandpearl Resort, this contemporary IS-story curved structure offers panoramic views of the vibrant Gulf of Mexico from each of its 230 beachfront rooms, all adorned with private balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows for optimal views. Accommodations and common spaces offer a fresh, sleek atmosphere with a coastal­inspired color palette, wood accents and mixed textures expressed about the property. Add to this artwork, commissioned from talented Floridian artists displayed throughout the property, a refreshing ze­ro-entry pool, a full service pic2luxury spa, a state of the art fitness center, a refreshment nook on every floor and multiple dining options and you have an upscale beach getaway offering all that your heart de­sires. With a flat-screen TV and a pillow-top bed, expect comfort and easy living. Take in the view from your balcony as you breathe in the fresh natural scents of land and sea. Enjoy your wet bar and a variety of kitchen amenities like a mini-fridge, an electric cooking range, a dishwasher and a microwave. The well-appointed master bedroom connects to a grand master bath with a large shower and garden tub, along with a separate half-bath just off of the main guest room. Relax at the zero-entry pool, poolside cabanas and full-service Opal Spa. Enjoy a cocktail poolside or take a refreshing swim.

Getting restless?

The award-winning Clearwater Beach provides guests with a charm­ing beach town environment, home to local eateries and shops, Pier 60, Clearwater Marine Aquarium, water sports and boating, parks, art and cultural outposts.

RESORT DINING

Sea-Guini

Enjoy fresh seafood-centric dining with a delightful Italian influence. This restaurant invites with its soothing decor and charming servers who are geared to satisfying you from start to sweet tooth finish! The menu here offers choices for any discerning palette with delicious op­tions such as the Baked Artichoke Fonduta; baked artichokes slath­ered in creamy fontina and ricotta cheese and topped with melted tomatoes, fresh herbs and hearth flatbread or the Crab and Avocado; layered lump crab meat with creamy avocado mousse, cucumber, red onion, peppers and mango vinaigrette. Start with the decadent Lob­ster Bisque, loaded with sweet lobster chunks in a rich lobster and sherry cream soup. For something a bit heartier, choose the Rustica Pizza with roasted foraged mushrooms, asiago, mozzarella and ricot­ta cheeses and white truffle essence all topped with balsamic dressed baby arugula. The Linguine Vongole is a favorite, loaded with fresh clams steamed in fragrant pinot grigio, toasted garlic, chili flakes, sweet heirloom tomato, and fresh herbs, all tossed with house crafted linguine. The pan-seared hogfish showcases local hogfish roasted with Florida corn broth, sweet gulf shrimp, smokehouse bacon and po­tato hash with roasted fresh cauliflower. For dessert, the Bananas Foster Cheesecake features a vanilla bean sugar cookie and burnt banana, while the Key Lime Creme Bnllee is consistently scrumptious.

SANDBAR

In the mood for a casual bite to eat? Enjoy sandwiches, tacos and seafood specialties and wash it all down with a tropical cocktail at their beach­front tiki bar.

MARINA CANTINA

Take in the marina vibe while watching the boats cruise by at Marina Cantina and enjoy a fusion of Florida and Mexican cuisine.

OPAL Spa

Indulge and treat yourself to a luxurious spa treatment at OPAL Spa, where facials, massages, scrubs and medi-spa options, like derma-peels are all of­fered. Try their Signature Body Renewal Treatment; a ritual that starts with a dry skin brushing followed by a gentle exfoliation using a scrub enhanced with essential oils, then finished with an application of body serum, oil and cream in a full body massage or if you prefer, the Signature Facial Radiance, a facial using the latest anti-aging technologies for increased firmness, elas-

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EDITOR'S CHOICES:

The Detox- A detoxifying program that promotes the appearance of toned and firm skin while drawing out impurities. Expect a full body wrap, re-mineralizing thermal waters with active ingredients enveloped in a cocooning mask and The Scrub; a sensory focused fusion of tex­tures, beginning with a vigorous renewing scrub ritual and concluding with an application of creamy body butter. The Stone showcases smooth warm basalt stones, which bring increased circulation and relief to sore muscles. Careful stone placement combined with soothing massage and touch, uses these stones as therapeutic tools and encourages a sense of bliss and peace.

OPAL PAWS for your canine companion:

The Opal Sands Resort welcomes dogs who are 30 pounds or under. Upon arrival at the resort, expect a gift bag outfitted with waste bags and dental stick treats to ensure your furry friend has everything he needs for a chic stay. Guests bringing canine companions will also be outfitted with a plush Opal Paws dog mat and food and water bowls to ensure your dog's vacation is sublime!

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