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Miami — By themiamiguide on October 28, 2009 at 9:38 pm

Living La Dolce Vita at Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach

In stressed-out times, a getaway with some restorative Dolce Vita can be the perfect antidote.  One Miami area resort that takes delivering its share of the sweet life seriously is Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach, where everything from grand-scale amenities to a variety of intimate spaces and experiences accompanied by world-class service and attention is the rule.  

(credit: courtesy - Acqualina Resort & Spa)

(credit: courtesy - Acqualina Resort & Spa)

Personalized attention begins from the minute you enter the domed Gallery lobby, designed to look and feel like a grand Venetian palace, from where guests are shown to their room and the check-in process takes place.  Located on 4.5 beachfront acres with 400 feet of stunning Atlantic Ocean coastline, Acqualina features 188 residences and 97 impeccable guests rooms and suites.  Guestroom and suite interiors are created in a natural, beach-inspired palette with rich upholstery and finishes, providing a sleek, opulent feel with the comfort of a beach house. A welcome amenity of fresh seasonal fruit, homemade biscotti and fresh Bellinis, hand delivered, lends a friendly touch and allows the vacation to begin without delay.

Guests have an array of activities to choose from, or may choose to simply enjoy on the beach or relax by one of the resort’s three oceanfront pools.  A concierge can assist you in planning the details of your stay and any activity, both on-property and in nearby locations such as Bal Harbour, Miami Beach and Ft. Lauderdale. For those looking for a more active vacation, Acqualina offers a fitness center and can arrange water sports on the beach as well as golf and tennis for guests at nearby clubs. Acqualina’s signature children’s program, AcquaMarine, highlights the field of marine biology and provides a wealth of fun and educational activities for both children and teens.

(credit: courtesy - Acqualina Resort & Spa)

(credit: courtesy - Acqualina Resort & Spa)

For the spa lover, the 20,000-square-foot oceanfront ESPA at Acqualina is the UK-based spa leader’s first branded spa facility in the United States. Spanning two stories, the spa features 11 multi-functional treatment rooms, four spa treatment rooms and a private spa suite for two, and an outdoor terrace with a spa pool and a heated jet pool with a Roman waterfall.   Combining the best of ancient and modern therapies with the finest quality ingredients and skincare advances,  ESPA also brings its approach to the pool areas, with a trained reflexology therapist offering 15-minute poolside treatments.

Dining options at Acqualina :¬†¬†The Costa Grill provides pool and beachside dining with a St. Tropez feel. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Costa Grill is ideal for lunch, an afternoon snack or gelato, or a sunset cocktail. On Friday and Saturday nights, Costa Grill hosts a special Beachfront Grill Night with gourmet barbeque favorites, specialty drinks and live Mediterranean entertainment, and on Saturday nights hosts “Cinema Paradiso,” a fun-filled evening of movies under the stars, complete with popcorn

Acqualina is also home to the acclaimed Italian restaurant Il Mulino New York.  Here you encounter an energetic atmosphere, market fresh daily specials, extensive selection of fine Italian wines and a polished wait staff, Il Mulino New York brings with it a reputation of tremendous success, including a #1 Italian Restaurant rating in New York City by Zagat for 20 years. Il Mulino is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Acqualina also features Aaria Bar and Lounge with indoor and outdoor seating.

Acqualina’s overall look and design concept, created by renowned Miami-based interior designer Zeke Fernandez, fuses modern looks with classic motifs. Fresh contemporary European styling is accented with¬†Old World architectural features including stately iron gates, sculpted archways, Baroque fountains and a grand porte-cochere with a domed cupola, giving Acqualina¬†its elegant¬†Italian aura. All guest rooms feature classic furnishings with modern accents, sitting areas and spacious bathrooms. Each room has a private terrace with views of the Intracoastal Waterway or the ocean

 Situated between Ft. Lauderdale and Miami Beach, Acqualina Resort enjoys an ideal location for accessing the best of South Florida. The world famous Bal Harbour Shops are just a 10-minute ride away, South Beach is just down the road, and attractions such as Seaquarium, swimming with the dolphins, museums and cultural points of interest are all within a short drive from the hotel.  

Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach - 17875 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles Beach; Tel: 888-804-4338 or 305-918-8000 (outside the US).

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