Acqualina Resort & Spa Delivers True Luxury Beach Vacations – Robb Report
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There are plenty of reasons to be optimistic these days. Summer is here, blockages are lifting, the tide of Covid is ebbing and the economy is showing signs of recovery. For many, it’s time to start planning that long-delayed vacation. Yet not everyone is ready to embark on a super global adventure and the Byzantine matrix of travel restrictions that accompany it. The good news is, you don’t have to leave the country for a luxury beach getaway. Whether you fancy a vacation in the sun or a beautiful setting to work remotely, Miami’s Acqualina Resort & Spa offers discerning travelers a private beach experience with few peers. I recently stayed at the 52 story grand yellow and salmon hotel in the Tony Sunny Isles enclave, and felt like I was transported to a distant Mediterranean resort.
The luxury resort doesn’t cast its charm with flash of South Beach style, but by focusing on the pillars of old-fashioned hospitality: a gorgeous location, exceptional service, and suites that are more like your own condo. by the sea than at a hotel. (Oh, and he took Covid protocols seriously from day one as well, offering everything from in-suite safety packs with masks and hand sanitizer and cleaned, airtight TV remotes to a sanitizing process for people. parts that would impress most hospitals. And, if you’re feeling sick, you can now take a Covid test right there.)
Any conversation about Acqualina, however, must begin with the property’s mainstay: its private beach (pictured above). The hotel is located literally steps from the Atlantic, allowing guests to walk from their suite to the sand in less time than it took to write this sentence. (I’m exaggerating, but you get it.) The friendly and attentive staff will set you up with beach chairs, towels and a red Acqualina umbrella at a perfect spot by the water, so you can spend the day catching rays and swim in the ocean.
You can also order food and drinks from the resort’s bistro-style Costa Grill to bring right to your sunbed. I highly recommend the Acqualina Thai Coconut, a sublime rum infused drink delivered in a whole coconut imported from Thailand. (In a way, it’s even delicious without rum.) If you’re not in the mood for the sand, the hotel also has three low-key pools, one of which is adults-only; all offer private cabanas, if you need an extra dose of privacy.
The offers inside the hotel are no less impressive. We stayed in Acqualina’s oceanfront one-bedroom suite, which was beautifully appointed with modern, warm furnishings in neutral tones suitable for the beach (think soft grays and sandy beiges). The full-size living room includes a sofa bed, a credenza, club chairs, and coffee tables in smoked glass and bronze; a giant high-definition television, one of the two in the suite, anchors the space.
Unlike other contemporary hotels, the design cues here don’t try to impress you with stern minimalist lines. Rather, it’s about creating a plush, airy comfort that feels like your own space, except this one just happens.s to have floor to ceiling windows and stunning ocean views. These views are enhanced by the suite’s private balcony, which runs the entire length of the unit, from the bedroom to the kitchen. Sipping an espresso on the balcony (the suite comes with its own Illi) was the perfect way to start each day. Some days I even wondered if I wanted to leave the balcony for the beach.
The bedroom has its own perks too, starting with the most comfortable king-size bed I have encountered while traveling. Made by Sherwood Bedding, it’s achieved that elusive balance of firmness and softness at the same time, which is no small feat, as any picky sleeper can tell you. Meanwhile, the 220 square feet The en-suite bathroom appears larger than most New York City apartments and has marble floors, double sinks, and a huge Jacuzzi tub. You’ll also find ESPA Spa bath products and two incredibly soft Bocca Terry microfiber bathrobes.
For those who need to work while they play, the suite offers plenty of nooks to dig into those spreadsheets. The kitchen dining table offers the same stunning views as the rest of the unit, and there’s also a separate den that comes with a daybed, built-in desk, and a third smaller TV. It can easily be used as an office or nap room for children. (Naturally, WiFi is provided throughout the unit and public areas.)
Part of what sets Acqualina apart is the feeling that you don’t really need to vacate the property. Three dining options help make this possible. The definitive headliner is Il Mulino New York, the Sunny Isles Beach edition of the famous Big Apple restaurant. Robust classics on the menu – think grilled lamb chops, poached salmon, and braised veal – give you a reason to get in shape after a day on the beach. If your palette turns more towards citrus and spices, the hotel has opened Ke-uH, a new tapas-style Japanese fusion restaurant with dishes ranging from tuna tacos to salmon pizza.
The culinary experience that no Acqualina guest should miss is dining by the sea. For this, the hotel’s chefs have created a special Mediterranean-inspired four-course menu that you can enjoy at a table in the open. air directly on the private beach. The setting is spectacular, and the meal is not to be outdone either: the starters range from fillet center steak to pistachio-crusted black sea bass or spiced-glazed chicken breast. Whichever main course you choose, I recommend starting with the Tropical Fish Ceviche, which was both incredibly fresh (as ceviche should be) and tangy with the right hint of citrus.
As you would expect from a luxury resort that caters to families, Acqualina offers a plethora of activities for adults and children alike. There is a miniature soccer field and a children’s basketball court, and you can also play an oversized game of chess on the lawn. But adults won’t want to end their stay without experiencing ESPA’s award-winning Acqualina Spa. The first American outpost of the London-based ESPA, the sanctuary offers a full menu of wellness services, from Cryo T Shock facials to 80-minute deep tissue massages with hot stone therapy. We tasted the couples massage, a 50-minute session that allows everyone to personalize their experience, from light to deep tissue massage. I recommend that you book a session in the morning, which will make your time in the sand or by the pool even more enjoyable.
Rates start at $ 765 per night for standard Intracoastal rooms, $ 2,633 for one-bedroom oceanfront suites, and $ 3,800 and $ 5,966 per night for two- and three-bedroom oceanfront suites. seaside, respectively.