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
- READ MORE: Find your perfect Miami vacation?
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
The first clue you are at a luxury hotel are the cars in the lot - Rolls, Lamborghini, and more! The staff is professional, helpful and friendly. Frederick, the concierge, sent us to all great restaurants. The room is spacious, and beautiful. They are accommodating with everything including chairs and umbrellas on the beach. We noticed they had wonderful things for children. One day a man came with exotic animals. It lived up to the 5 star rating it has!
We stayed here for with our college-aged daughters for a portion of spring break, and it was fabulous. The two bedroom suite was stylish, well-appointed, and very spacious. The staff is excellent. The beach chairs are very comfortable with plenty of umbrellas for shade. The adult hot tub jets were not working well, and we had a few issues on different days on the beach where we had ordered drinks and they never came, so we had to ask for them again 45 minutes later. The only other complaint is that there is no cell service in the room, calls were also dropped on the beach, and no wifi (and not consistent 4G either) on the beach. I believe the staff said the property is around 12 years old, so this is surprising that it isn't resolved for the amount of money you are paying.
There are plenty of restaurants within driving distance, and we also had a delicious meal at the Italian restaurant on site. The deck off our room was wonderful to sit and relax. We had a wonderful experience and would love to come back again!
Stayed a couple of days transitioning from an overcrowded and underwhelming stay in the Bahamas. What a difference! From the relaxed and efficient check in to the sumptuous and lovely accomodations set us up for a delicious morning breakfast on the veranda. We were transportwd to the South of France! After being installed on the supremely comfortable and beautiful lawn in front of the 3 pool we enjoyed a truly lovely and relaxing day including a delicious lunch, dessert and cocktails expertly served by a highly competent and unobtrusively friendly staff. Johanna was especially insightful and incredibly helpful. Kudos to the GM Christof Pignet for achieving the perfect resort atmosphere! We will be back!
Wow. Stay no where else. Say goodbye to the Ritz Carlton, Four Seasons and St. Regis. Acqualina has raised the bar on luxury resorts! Gorgeous, clean, meticulous service, caring staff and such positive feedback from every waitperson we encountered. Isaiah on the beach was a phenomenal server and made our beach lazing about even better with prompt service, clean towels, recliners in the right position, etc. Isaiah even gave us a going away gift from ESPA. Isaiah is a fine young man who personifies the difference at Acqualina as does Kennedy, our server at Il Mulino. We will be back here and can’t wait. Can we retire here now?
If you are looking to stay in paradise while feeling like a superstar this is the place for you! The rooms are incredible and the service was beyond. Orlando at the spa was fantastic and I was beyond impressed with his knowledge of the products and service while recovering a Himalayan Salt Stone Massage. Our one bedroom suite was spectacular and the hotel pools and amenities truly let the property shine. Make sure you grab a Mai Tai at the pool and enjoy the sunset from your Balcony!