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From the minute your clients walk into the lobby of Sandpearl Resort on Clearwater Beach in Clearwater, Fla., they’ll be struck by its elegance: fresh flowers in tall vases, palm fronds, conch shells and sparkling chandeliers. Add in a view of the water through the tall glass windows during sunset, and guests will kick right into vacation mode.
Clients can choose from an array of rooms with a gulf-front, coastal or bay-front view. Even better for families, the resort boasts one- and two-bedroom suites, complete with a full kitchen and a washer/dryer duo. The decor of the rooms reflects an “Old Florida” style, featuring colors that mimic the natural hues of the surrounding area.
What’s more, Sandpearl is kid-friendly. Camp Ridley is the resort’s activity program designed specifically for guests ages 5 to 11. The camp enables parents to play on property — such as lay on a beach chair in pleasant silence interrupted only by ocean waves — while their children take nature walks or do arts and crafts, all under the supervision of trained camp counselors.
For an outing that includes the whole family, you can’t beat Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Guests can get a behind-the-scenes tour of this haven for rescued sea animals, including an up-close look at Winter, the famous dolphin who learned to swim with a prosthetic tail.
The Sandpearl spa is one of the top wellness facilities in Florida, providing more than 50 services — ideal for clients seeking true relaxation. Adults can enjoy an organic ocean facial (white algae, white wine and white tea mixed with marine-based anti-aging serums) or an aromatic pearl massage with pure essential oils. Water therapy is inspired by the tranquil waters of the Gulf Coast. Children can experience massages or facials as well, plus mani-pedis and hair appointments.
In the evenings, guests can take a stroll down the beach from the resort to Clearwater Beach’s Pier 60, with its 1,080-foot fishing pier, recreational park and nightly sunset celebration that takes place on the sand. This free family event features artisans, crafts, street performers and live musical entertainment every night of the week (weather permitting).