Sandpearl Resort.
Florida's World-Class Resort and Spa.
Situated on the exceptionally wide soft powdery sands on Clearwater Beach, the Sandpearl Resort is a vacation paradise that mixes old Florida charm with world-class service.

Color, comfort, and pampering amenities make the guest rooms at the Sandpearl Resort truly warm and inviting.
The Sandpearl Resort is the only resort in Florida with a Silver LEED certification, signifying a strong commitment to environmental issues. The Geothermal heated lagoon pool is one example of energy saving and environmentally friendly initiatives at the resort.
The Spa at the Sandpearl offers exceptional service.

Story by Ken Panton
Photography by David Lewis Taylor

For years Clearwater Beach, Florida has been known for having some of the most fabulous beaches in the world. The new Sandpearl Resort complements the natural beauty with style. The Sandpearl has graced the shore with world-class luxury, elevating the benchmark for high standards at beachfront resorts.

Like some of the best beachfront resorts in Maui, South Beach, or the Caribbean, the Sandpearl offers guests the ultimate in luxury accommodations, dining, and spa facilities. Situated along 700 feet of sandy beach on Florida's Gulf Coast, the Sandpearl Resort is a quarter-mile from shopping and dining at Clearwater Beach’s signature Pier 60. Clearwater Beach is easily accessible from Tampa International Airport.

Built on the site of the historical Clearwater Beach Hotel, the Sandpearl retains the dignity, distinction, and old Florida style - albeit modernized with élan - of its predecessor. In addition to being the first new resort built on Clearwater Beach in 25 years, the Sandpearl is the only resort in the state of Florida with a Silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. The many green initiatives at the resort are fascinating and indicative of the management’s forward-thinking.

The 253 luxuriously appointed guest rooms are accented with tropical colors and dark wood touches, most rooms have balconies overlooking the pool and spectacular Gulf of Mexico sunsets. Resort guest can upgrade to a junior suite, which adds a sitting room, queen-size sleeper sofa, and a deluxe bathroom with step-in shower and bathtub. The deluxe bathrooms are designed with shutters that can be open so guest can enjoy the view from the bathroom. One and two bedroom suites are also available and are located on the top floors of the resort, maximizing the views from their spacious, furnished balconies.

The suite’s amenities also included complete stainless steel kitchens that can be stocked on demand. For guests that want to experience epic luxury and oceanfront living, the resort’s Gulf Side Suite is for you. This two-story stand-alone villa with floor-to-ceiling windows opens onto the sandy beaches and overlooks the Gulf. The views from the two story sitting area are amazing.

We were over whelmed by the quality of dining at the Sandpearl. Caretta On The Gulf is the only AAA, four-diamond restaurant in the area and the cuisine was stellar. The resort’s signature restaurant offers a unique ambience that is luxurious and refined. During dinner the large dining room was light-filled and airy. With the setting sun directly beyond the large windows, Caretta On The Gulf became an intimate, warmly jewel-toned oasis. The restaurant’s seasonally inspired cuisine includes infusions of Caribbean and other international flavors while focusing on the supreme flavors of the freshest ingredients. For lunch and beachfront dining, Tate Island Grill is the best place for a grouper sandwich in the area, while the bar is a favorite local hangout at sunset.

The Sandpearl Spa offers more than 50 spa services, including multi-treatment spa rituals, skin care, and salon services. Water and touch therapies include thalasso baths, reflexology, and hot stone, deep tissue, and Swedish massages.

For just an added bit of luxury, the Sandpearl offers private cabanas that surround the lagoon-style pool. The cabanas can be stocked with your favorite champagne on ice, along with fresh fruit or anything else you desire for a pampered poolside afternoon.

For more info visit www.sandpearl.com where you can get the latest news and rates. When traveling to Sandpearl Resort, Tampa International Airport is the most convenient airport. The best flight options are from Delta Air Lines. For arrivals from the UK and outside the US, British Airways. offers frequent service and easy connections in London from their flights all over the world.

For more information on Clearwater attractions, including the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, which is home to Winter the Dolphin and site of the film Dolphin Tale, visit www.visitstpeteclearwater.com.