Acqualina Resort and Spa
What We Love
- 20,000-square-foot ESPA with Ayurvedic-based treatments
- Coastal location, with ocean views from the spa and three of the restaurants
- Pool concierge delivers smoothies and iced grapes to guests lounging around the four pools
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What To Know
- A neighboring addition called The Mansions in under construction; some noise can be expected in the rooms facing the property
- Rooms overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway (as opposed to the beach) get some noise from the road below
- The heart of Miami Beach is about 20 minutes away; you’ll need a car to see the sights
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
At this 98-room resort, chilling out is serious business. Some guests relax at the Recreation pool, with its aqua fitness classes and games are on offer; others unwind at the adults-only Tranquility Pool after dropping the children at the Kids’ Club. The choices continue in the spa: Hot Stone Massage, Swedish, or Deep Tissue? Befitting the architecture, which is modeled on a Mediterranean villa, guests can dine at Il Mulino, an offshoot of the famed New York award-winner, or the more casual Piazzetta Marketplace and Restaurant or Costa Grill.
In the Area
Acqualina is in (and on) Sunny Isles Beach, halfway between Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Which means that once guests finally leave the beach and wash the sand from between their toes they can choose whether to hit Lincoln Road, the pedestrian strip that is the heart of South Beach; the tony Shops of Bal Harbour, a koi-pond and sculpture-filled high-end mall; or the street-art-mecca that of Wynwood, an up-and-coming artists’ enclave centered around the Wynwood Walls.
How to Get There
My husband and I stayed at the Acqualina for our anniversary. It was our first time staying there. We arrived mid week and stayed through the weekend.
While we spent most of our time at the resort, I found the resort to be in a great location. It is within walking distance of Walgreens, CVS, several shopping plazas, and restaurants. Most importantly, it is right on the beach.
From the moment we checked in until checkout, the service was impeccable. EVERY staff member we came into contact with was extremely friendly, knowledgeable, and went out of their way to make sure our stay was enjoyable. Our second night there we went to The Bar at AQ. We mentioned to the bar staff, Maria, that we were celebrating our anniversary. She immediately offered to get a reservation for us the following evening at Il Mulino. When we arrived the following evening at the restaurant, they had sprinkled rose petals on our table and brought us a dessert at the end of our meal, wishing us a happy anniversary.
All the reviews praising this resort are accurate. The grounds and pools are beautiful. The hotel and suites are spacious, very comfortable, and have great views. The restaurants are excellent. However, for me, this resort hit it out of the park with its customer service. Both my husband and I enjoy traveling, having stayed at several hotels in Florida over the years. The Acqualina Resort is our favorite place to stay to date.
A very special property where the service matches and then goes far beyond one's expectations.
Upon arrival, you get a fresh cooling towel and a drink of your choice including champagne. They take you for a.quick tour, get you set up with pool and beach access.
The room was spacious and filled with little touches that point to one word... luxury.
Dinner @ I'll Mulino on site also lived up to the billing. The buratta to start and steak with mushroom risotto entree hit the mark. Glasses were constantly refilled.
Upon getting back to my room I saw that turndown service had gone into effect. Clothes folded, other items nicely put away.
All in all, a great stay and experience. I will be back with the family at some point soon.
We spent 5 nights at this beach resort. The resort is absolutely outstanding – comparable only with the best beach resorts at the French Riviera. Both the interiors and exteriors have a breathtaking design. One feels the attention to every detail.
The service is impeccable – at the reception and concierge desks, at the resort restaurants, and at the beach. The personnel is very friendly and professional.
We would like especially emphasize the outstanding service provided by the receptionist Alena Kolbina. On many occasions during our stay she “went extra miles” to accommodate each and every our wish. She should be the role model for the rest of the personnel. The management should be very proud to have her in their team. She is the best possible face for representing this beautiful resort.
My husband and I recently returned to Acqualina to celebrate our wedding anniversary and we were not disappointed. This was our second visit and our room was impeccable. We were upgraded to a suite with a beautiful ocean view. The staff was so friendly and attentive to our every need. The beach attendants worked very hard to set up chairs and umbrellas each day and the servers were never more than a moment away! The restaurants on site were excellent; the breakfast buffet had ample fresh selections each morning, and Il Mulino was divine as always. My husband and I travel often and are not easily impressed, but Acqualina continues to meet or exceed our expectations. We are already planning a return visit!
We went in for the Brunch, the atmosphere was very nice, most amazing brunch, they were very welcoming, especially Bhushan made sure we are having a great time, and not to forget our server simone who delivered a great service.we will definately come back for the amazing customer service we received.