Plan a Romantic Getaway to Clearwater Beach

    By Kara Franker

    There's something about a picture-perfect white-sand beach and calm aquamarine waters that sets the mood.

    Clearwater Beach has both of those qualities, which makes it a wonderful choice for lovers looking for an escape.

    One hotel in particular stands out for me. Maybe it's the free champagne at check-in. Or the bite-size chocolates left on your pillow each night. Mostly though, it's the combination of drop-dead gorgeous beachfront location combined with luxurious accommodations.

    The Sandpearl Resort is a sparkling gem situated directly on the Gulf of Mexico. Couples and families return year after year -- whether to celebrate something special like an anniversary or engagement, or just to relax and unwind in a friendly, tropical place.

    We teamed up with our video crew from Spark to capture the romantic ambiance, so that we could share it with you and perhaps entice you to come experience it for yourself. Watch this video and you'll see exactly what I mean.

    Insider Tip
    : While you're there, be sure to say hello to Jonathan Pelletier, not only is he the Director of Food & Beverage at the resort, he can create the most magical moments -- whether it's a private dinner for two on your oceanfront balcony or s'mores and champagne by the beachside fire pit.

    Where to Dine: As you saw in the video, Caretta on the Gulf is a fine-dining experience that you won't want to pass up. Taste delicious menu items like the Shoyu Short Rib, Gulf Shrimp & Grits and the Open Blue Cobia.

    If you go...

    The Sandpearl Resort is located at 500 Mandalay Avenue, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767. Follow the resort on Facebook and Twitter: @SandpearlResort.