Sandpearl Resort Review

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500 Mandalay Avenue, Clearwater FL 33767
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Editor’s Review of Sandpearl Resort

The morning sunlight glistens almost silver in patches across the pool's surface. A little girl in a pink-and-brown polka-dot bikini tiptoes around the shallow end. Two boys perform cannonball jumps as a mom sits beneath a palm tree in the whirlpool and holds up eight or nine fingers to score the jumps. Several parents relax and read on cushy poolside loungers, and a family tosses a football just beyond on the beach. Indoors a mother and son play checkers in the seaside chic lobby over coffee and hot cocoa. This is precisely the low-key, low-tech, blissful kind of relaxation families find at Sandpearl Resort in Clearwater Beach on Florida's Gulf Coast.

When Sandpearl Resort opened in 2007 it was the first new beachfront resort in
... more Clearwater Beach in over 25 years. In three years the resort ranked No. 8 in the world for customer satisfaction and value by Expedia's Insiders' Select list and made Travel & Leisure's "Top 50 Best Resorts in the U.S. and Canada."

A few days here and it's easy to see why. Even the Tommy Bahama-ish lobby is a place to slow down and enjoy, with its whimsical art, conch chandeliers, potted palms and oversized sofas that overlook the horizon fountain out the window. It's one of those rare lobbies you want to curl up on a couch and hang out in, making a rainy day as luxuriously lazy as a day spent by the pool.

Families comparing Sandpearl to the new Hyatt Clearwater Resort, located about a half-mile south on the beach, should note that Sandpearl is located directly on the beach with a beachside pool whereas the Hyatt has a boulevard between the two and a pool on the eighth floor, however, Hyatt offers many more amenities for babies and toddlers and larger rooms with kitchens. less
Our Editor Loves
  • Beachside lagoon-style pool
  • Enrichment programs
  • Expansive white-sand beach
Family Interests
  • Beach
  • Bicycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Sailing
Family Amenities
  • Babysitting
  • Cribs
  • Kitchenettes
  • Laundry Service
  • Refrigerator
  • Pool
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Sandpearl's 253 guest rooms and suites look like something out of the pages of Coastal Living magazine, with citrus-hued walls and fabrics, beautiful wainscoted walls, marble bathroom vanities and black-and-white photographs of ships and seascapes. These eco-friendly rooms have an in-room energy system that monitors room temperatures remotely. Occupied rooms are temperature controlled by guests and unoccupied rooms are adjusted to reduce energy waste.

All rooms and suites include a small refrigerator, 32-inch flat-screen TVs, in-room movie system, plush cotton robes, Internet, complimentary bottled water, coffee maker with coffee and tea selections, hairdryer, in-room safe, alarm clock with iPod dock, mini-bar, wood cribs (per request), Gilchrist & Soames bath products, and twice-daily maid service. Nice touch: Turndown service comes with chocolates and little cards with "Pearls of Wisdom" like: "You do not have to reach for the stars to be among them."

Sandpearl's guest rooms and suites vary by view. Bay View Rooms are the least expensive and the only category without balconies, offering views of Mandalay Bay and one king or two queen beds.

"Gulf Front Spectacular" rooms face the Gulf of Mexico and the pool, with private balconies and either one king size bed or two queens. Coastal View rooms differ only in that they face north from the property and overlook the Gulf Coast, Mandalay Bay and surrounding neighborhood, and Bay View with Balcony rooms face East with views of the bay but not the Gulf.

Gulf Front Junior Suites offer direct views of the gulf and a 500-square-foot open floor plan that features a separate roman style tub and shower in the bathroom, two 32-inch TVs, balcony, one king or two queen beds and a spacious sitting area with sofa sleeper and desk.

Sandpearl Resort's one and two-bedroom suites offer all of the standard guestroom amenities, plus separate beautifully decorated living rooms with full size sleeper sofas, private balconies, dining table, full kitchens, in-room washer and dryer and roman tubs with separate showers. One-bedroom suites offer 963 square feet of space including the terrace and two-bedroom suites offer 1,825 square feet including the terrace.

Book a Sandpearl Suite for a top-floor suite with sweeping Gulf of Mexico views. The one-bedroom includes one king size bed; two-bedroom includes one king and two queens. For views of the Gulf and Mandalay Bay, book a Caladesi Suite, and for views of Mandalay Bay and South (the busier area of Clearwater), book a Mandalay Bay Suite.

Note: Whether guest room or suite, all third floor rooms have a slightly more spacious feel with 12- vs. 10-foot ceilings and large patios off the junior suites instead of standard size balconies. Standard rooms are 400 square feet.

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