Opal Sands, an upscale,
15-story resort on Clearwater Beach, has begun taking bookings ahead of a
scheduled Feb. 12 opening.
The reservation engine
went live on the resort's website during the last week of September.
Each of Opal Sands' 230
rooms and suites offer a private balcony with a view of the Gulf of Mexico,
according to resort literature. Hotel amenities include a zero-entry outdoor
pool, a sun deck, a spa and fitness center, a beach bar and 25,000 square feet
of indoor and outdoor event space. Sea-guini, the hotel's primary restaurant,
will serve Italian seafood with a tropical flair.
Managed by Ocean
Properties, Opal Sands is part of a hotel building boom on Clearwater Beach,
which in 2009 eased its zoning laws to spur such growth. Other hotels in the
works there include the 450-room Wyndham Grand Resort and the 181-room
Clearwater Beach Hampton Inn.
Room rates for Opal Sands
start online at $299. Visit www.opalsands.com for more information.