Bellwether Beach Resort open on August 13and in St. Pete Beach, Florida, the destination’s newest independent beachfront hotel and the first in over a decade. Housed in an iconic tower that has been an integral part of St. Pete Beach since the 1970s, Bellwether is making its debut as a pioneer in this award-winning destination with its bold design, unparalleled dining experiences and quality services.
Located on the #1 beach in the United StatesI, Bellwether’s retro-floridian, modern-chic style draws guests in vacation mode the moment they arrive: a sprawling lobby decked out in mid-century furniture, terrazzo tiles, and watery tones gives way to direct views of the Gulf of Mexico ; vintage artwork adorns the walls to offer a glimpse of 1960s seaside getaways; and a refreshing welcome can be found at Bellwether reception with free cold drinks on hand.
Amenities abound at Bellwether, offering travelers an escape before they even reach their rooms. Indoor and outdoor living areas — including hidden nooks, garden-inspired patios, and communal tables for gathering — provide a place to relax and unwind. A beachfront pool deck is dotted with loungers, and nearby bistro seating is a great place to enjoy an al fresco lunch. St. Pete’s white-sand beach is just steps away; there, guests will find colorful cabanas manned by Bellwether’s dedicated beach butlers who are on hand to provide towels, chilled water, food and drink service, and beach toys for those who visit with children. Water activities like kayaks and paddle boards are available to explore the gulf.
The resort’s inimitable dining venues, however, will take center stage for the Bellwether experience with choices ranging from sophisticated fare to causal indulgence. The Spinners Rooftop Grille, the proverbial top of the Bellwether Beach Resort and one of the few revolving restaurants in the United States, is perched 12 stories above the shoreline of St. Pete Beach. Its menu highlights some of Florida’s finest suppliers and the freshest, most sustainable foods. With fresh seafood off the boat, expertly sourced cuts of beef and locally grown greens, the Spinners menu is only surpassed by the restaurant’s 360-degree views.
One floor down, the Level 11 Rooftop Bar & Lounge offers an alfresco dining option like no other in the destination. This open-air venue is St. Pete’s prime setting for pre-sunset cocktails; With panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico and surrounding areas, Level 11 offers a front row seat as the sun sinks below the western horizon. As the night wears on, the space transforms into an adult-centric hotspot with music, small bites and desserts, and a heavy emphasis on its mixology program.
A casual retreat for lunch and dinner can be found at Bellwether’s Beach Bar & Grille on the sand. The epitome of a seaside dining experience, Bongo’s offers upgraded bar fare to pair perfectly with its menu of mixed drinks, frozen concoctions and a regular lineup of live music. Inside, the transitional St. Pete Social is a one-stop shop for morning lattes, late afternoon cocktails, and quick bites.
Upstairs, 150 of Bellwether’s 156 rooms and suites are spread over nine floors in vibrant colors like tangerine orange and lime green. Each with a private balcony and views that stretch from the sea to the city, Bellwether’s rooms come with either one king bed or, uniquely, two king beds, making them ideal for families or the groups.
As Bellwether’s highest accommodation, the resort’s six penthouses feature an elevated design that aligns with that of Bellwether’s public spaces: a modern take on retro Florida. Plush furnishings, spacious multi-room/tiered floor plans, and oversized bathrooms are complemented by floor-to-ceiling windows offering sweeping views of the shoreline that sits 10 stories below.
Bellwether Beach Resort
5250 Gulf Blvd.
St. Pete Beach, Florida 33706