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CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla., Feb. 11, 2016 -- Opal Sands Resort, the newest property under Ocean Properties Ltd. & Affiliates, is set to open in February 2016 in Clearwater Beach, setting the bar for luxury beachfront accommodations in Florida's No. 1 Best Beach Town, as named by USA Today.  

Inspired by the powdery white sands and lively atmosphere, the highly anticipated resort brings upscale accommodations with a contemporary feel to Florida's Gulf Coast. The curvature of the property, designed by Design Duncan Miller Ullmann, gives every room a clear view of the stunning gulf sunsets. All 230 guest rooms and suites offer spectacular oceanfront views, private balconies and modern amenities. The property's chic décor, stylized wood accents, and subtle touches of turquoise and blue are perfectly suited for the beachfront escape.

Opal Sands will offer a wide range of upscale amenities and services. The zero-entry outdoor pool and sundeck is perfect for kicking back with a drink, while a state-of-the-art fitness center, full-service spa, fire pits and retail shops round out the on-property diversions. 

Not to be overlooked is the destination dining that Opal Sands will bring to the beachfront. Sea-guini will offer a tropical twist on seafood-centric Italian dining. A focus on farm-fresh and fresh-off-the-boat ingredients will be infused throughout the menus at this three-meal-a-day spot with unprecedented views of the water and Gulf of Mexico sunsets.  Nearby, the spacious, outdoor tiki bar, Sandbar, will serve signature cocktails, as well as dozens of classic libations, using only the freshest juices, fruits, purées and hand-picked herbs. A menu of fresh bites and flavors will complement the cocktail program, as will the sunset views. 

The Gulf views also provide the perfect backdrop for special events, weddings, celebrations and meetings, as the resort will offer 25,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space, and 5,500 square feet of event lawn for elegant outdoor affairs.

Conceived from a desire to offer Clearwater visitors a refreshing blend of casual beachfront luxury and lively ambiance, Opal Sands is walking distance from the entertainment and activity of the boardwalk and nearby island-style shopping, as well as an ideal launch pad for land and water activities, tours, museums, galleries and more. It's also conveniently located between two international airports, just 25-35 minutes from Tampa International (TPA) and St. Petersburg-Clearwater International (PIE).

"It's an exciting time in the resort's progress – getting to visualize the full potential of its architectural beauty and watching it assume its place on Clearwater Beach," said Andy Berger, Vice President of Operations for Ocean Properties Ltd. "We're looking forward to the completion of the interior space, along with the creation and perfection of the service, programming and experiences that will position Opal Sands as a leader in the market."

About Opal Sands Resort

Opening in early 2016, Opal Sands Resort is an OPAL Collection hotel and will offer a refreshing blend of refined beachfront luxury with the relaxed ambiance of Clearwater Beach. The 15-story hotel will boast 230 guest rooms and suites, each with private balconies and unparalleled views of the Gulf of Mexico. Spectacular zero-entry outdoor pool and sun deck, a full-service spa and fitness center, waterfront dining, a beach bar and fire pits, as well as 25,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space for myriad meetings, special events and Clearwater Beach weddings. To contact the hotel, call 1-855-335-1087. For group or event bookings, call 1-855-410-3593. Visit www.opalsandsresort.com for more information.

Contact: Nancy Cimney

ncimney@sandpearl.com / 1-727-674-4101

About Ocean Properties, Ltd.

Ocean Properties Ltd. & Affiliates (OPL) is one of the largest and most dynamic privately held hotel management and development companies in North America. With an award-winning portfolio of over 100 hotels and 17,000 guest rooms, the company operates major brands such as Marriott, Hilton, Starwood and Intercontinental, as well as several independent hotels and resorts. OPL operates hotels, restaurants, golf courses, spas, marinas, boating tours, retail space and commercial real estate. 

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