The Art of Clearwater via Opal Sands


Opal Sands

Opal sands where the art is infused in the experience. White, white, sand encircled in circles. The structured and the. While the rest of the strand appears to be frozen in time, Opal Sands seems to have taken the guest experience into a time warp. Modern structure in the insulation of a wave while the elevators are black and white glimpses of the Clearwater beaches and scene. Old Florida lives down the street from this new resort. It’s position on the powder-white sand commands attention but what overtakes the dramatic views that stretch all the way to the famed Pier 60 is the art and architecture of the hotel. The floor-to-ceiling glass windows and doors give guests access to the great outdoors before stepping foot on the sand. One of our favorite spots within the hotel is at Sea Guini, an Italian fusion restaurant, as you may have guessed from the name. This restaurant and its bar are encircled by the same floor-to-ceiling open space concept. The happenings here are beyond fun and fabulous food. Try their cocktail and pizza making class. It’s a great way or families and friends to spend an afternoon. We had a group of us sipping and flipping pizzas for well over an hour. The chef may or may not have offered us a job after tasting our heart shaped pizza and mojitos extraordinaire. There’s fun to be had inside and out, right here in Clearwater.

Opal Sands wants its guests to experience the best of the area and they have curated itineraries for the discerning traveler who wants to get more out of their stay by immersing themselves into the destination.

Ask them about their Opal Unpacked destination guides. One of our favorites is the arts itinerary. We started with a brief overview of the art contained within the hotel. Then we drove over to Tampa spending a few hours immersed in the art of Salvador Dali.

A dash of Dali

The Salvador Dali Museum is an art museum that offers a vast collection of his works. His ethereal touches and master strokes can be absorbed independently or every half hour there are docents who give deeper insights and understanding to his work. We thought his works stretched our minds, all these years, but get a closer look at some pieces and the expansion will blow your mind. I think the curators of the exhibits and the museum are wanting to play with the style of this artist, just as much as guests are. They have started Yoga at the Dali…now that may seem like a stretch, but to us it sounds like a perfect fit.  Try their brunch! As whimsical as his pieces are there’s a name for this gathering entitled Mimosas and Masterpieces. If you come on a weekday and miss the brunch, you’ll be as equally entertained by the works assembled in the museum.

Clearwater looks great from the Opal Sands. Check them out for a weekend, the next time you are in Florida.



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