Sirata Beach Resort Staycation, St Pete Beach

Tuesday, May 1, 2018
This past weekend, my husband Gabe and I got to spend a few days checking out the Sirata Beach Resort in St Pete Beach, FL. Sirata is currently undergoing a massive $15 million renovation and their newly renovated guestrooms (they have 382 guest rooms and suites). After making the 40 minute drive from New Tampa, we arrived to our staycation and were able to spend 2 full days doing nothing but relax.
We've stayed in St Pete Beach quite a few times but this was our first experience at Sirata. It is a pet friendly resort and we found ourselves wishing we brought along Baloo. I can just imagine him sitting in the living room, watching birds fly by. They give back to Pet Pal Animal Shelter, which is a organization close to my heart.
I was very impressed with our room, a one bedroom suite with a separate living area and kitchenette. It was  modern mixed with beach casual, a perfect setting for a beach getaway!

During our stay, we enjoyed the most perfect weather Florida could offer. It wasn't hot, it wasn't cold, it didn't rain and it wasn't humid. While on the beach, I noticed a golf cart driving around and learned that it was the first day Sirata began their Beach Bites, offering guests a variety of food and beverages. It was VERY popular among those laying out.
Sirata Beach Resort owns it's portion of the beach, so the alcohol rules do not apply in their section. We enjoyed a glass of prosecco on the beach! There are only a few places alcohol is allowed on the beach, so this was a pleasant surprise. Even with alcohol permitted on the beach, it wasn't a party atmosphere which was fantastic. We were able to have our drink and relax at the same time in a beautiful setting.
Parts of Sirata were still under construction , including two of the pools and famous Harry's Beach Bar. I am very excited to see what it will look like under construction, as the same architects that renovated Rowe Bar at neighboring Don CeSar. Harry's will be an open air concept with views of the pool and beach.
Due to multiple weddings on property, we didn't spend much time at the pool but once the two new ones have finished their transforamation, Sirata will be home to an oceanside oasis with amenities such as a hanging chair garden, fire pit, pool bar and private cabanas.
We had lunch at Rum Runner’s, which will be next to get a facelift once Harry's is completed. Even as is, I loved the vyb this beach bar had to offer. I made the joke that I didn't wear makeup for two days while on this trip, which was partially true. Rum Runner's will have a rustic feel to it with a communal table of liquor crates, Adirondack chairs, a fire pit and activities such as over-sized Jenga and foosball tables.
We had a very chill beach stay, something I haven't experienced in a very long time. No pressure to get dressed up or make it to a specific timed reservation. Very come and go as we pleased, with flip flops on and sand in our hair, while witnessing two nights of magical sunsets and waking up to walks on the beach. I couldn't have asked for more!

Sirata Beach Resort Transformation Schedule:
February 13 – August 2
Creating a new North Pool playground area, including updating Harry’s Beach Bar. While we’ll be sprucing Harry’s up, don’t worry, we’re maintaining that genuine ‘flip flop’ beach bar entertainment experience that has made it famous.

May 28 – October 2 we’ll be adding a uniquely St. Pete design touch to the breezeway featuring artwork from a locally sourced Tampa Bay artist. This will truly complement the transformed North Pool and Harry’s area.

August 3 – October 31 our transformation concludes as we create a new area where you can truly “Play More”. The transformation of Rum Runners Bar & Grille will make it an authentically fun and engaging beachfront dining area. And, for more of that “Play More” Siratafied experience, you’ll want to check-out our new beachfront private lanai guest rooms, a signature of Sirata Beach Resort.

Many thanks to Sirata Beach Resort for hosting us. I was not required to write a post, and all opinions are my own. 


  1. Is this the resort that hosts a half marathon over MLK weekend? If so, have you run that half? Looks like a beautiful resort and luckily it was a short drive for you!

    1. Hi! It sure is!! I have not had the chance to run the St. Pete Classic since I started running, due to conflicts with runDisney - we always run that, then go on a cruise after the race. This year, we switched it up and ran the the Key West Half, which is the same weekend. I may run it in 2019 though (and all the updates will be completed at the resort).


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