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Hotel Acqualina Resort and Spa Hotel 5 star
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17875 COLLINS AVENUE, MIAMI BEACH, FL 33160 Miami, United States of America -
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A Leading Small Hotel of the World, the Acqualina Resort and Spa, is a luxury family resort situated about half an hour's drive from the centre of South Beach on Miami Beach in an area known as Sunny Isles. There is nothing in the surroundings, which is great if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle, but not so great if you want to explore the sights. The hotel is more of an apartment-hotel, so the rooms are actually all suites with fully-equipped kitchens, which is ideal for families (there are also a good number of connecting rooms). The rooms are tastefully decorated but the real plus point here is the beautiful beach and because of its location, you are far from the madding crowds of the beach in South Beach.

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      Acqualina Resort and Spa   -   © S. Poli / EASYVOYAGE

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      Acqualina Resort and Spa   -   © S. Poli / EASYVOYAGE

       
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    Location 5.0 /10

    The hotel is situated in Sunny Isles, a residential area all the way north of central Miami but still on Collins Avenue. The area is situated just under Aventura, where you will find a shopping centre and several restaurants. Although there are quite a few hotels in this area, there is nothing much going on in the immediate surroundings. Most of the action happens down in South Beach or Downtown, which are about 20 and 40 minutes' away by car. The hotel is right on a beautiful stretch of beach. If you are staying here, you are better off arriving at Fort Lauderdale, which is 20 minutes away, as opposed to Miami Airport (30 minutes).

    Accommodation 7.60 /10

    There are 97 rooms (and 188 residences) split into 54 rooms and 43 suites. The rooms are spacious and extremely well-appointed so that they are as comfortable as can be. The decor leans towards Middle-Eastern chic. Each room has its own balcony looking out onto the sea (some have side views), which is another highlight. Budget has not been an issue here - rooms have thick cream carpets and cosy sofas to match, luxurious fabrics and are equipped with the latest technology such as wide flat screen televisions, CD players and iPod docking stations. Wi-Fi is also available (complimentary throughout the hotel). Some rooms feature pull-out sofa beds that sleep two children. All rooms have king-size beds, goose down duvet and Frette linen. The bathrooms are as well-appointed and spacious as the rooms. Completely fitted with marble, double sinks, own-brand products and high thread-count bathrobes and towels, the space is ideal for some well-earned holiday pampering.

    The suites are a lot more spacious and ideal for families, especially as most connect to the neighbouring room. They all have an ocean view and full kitchens (the appliances are larger than in the rooms) with everything from a microwave to a dishwasher. Some suites even feature a half bathroom and a breakfast room (at guest's request).

    Overview 7.70 /10

    The hotel looks a lot bigger than it actually is. It is made up of several towers, half of which are residential, the hotel part is located in the lower half of the towers. Open in 2006, the hotel was designed by designer Zeke Fernandez. The interior hotel design is a contemporary fusion of Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern influences. The lobby, which is borders on being gaudy, leads to a more contemporary corridor that leads to all the hotel's main amenities such as the spa, two restaurants and gym, and right outside to the hotel's several terraces. The terraces make for lots of nooks and crannies to relax with a book and as the area is spacious, it is rarely crowded. Alternatively, guests can lounge around one of the hotel's three pools, or on the long beautiful stretch of sand lined by turquoise waters. The beach is the hotel's strongest point, as you will be able to see from our photos.

    There is a gym for exercise fiends on the Mezzanine level. The 20,000 sq ft ESPA oceanfront spa is chic and private (despite there not being individual changing facilities), making for a welcome break away from the children. Speaking of which, there is an excellent children's program. 'Acquamarine', the kids' club is extremely well-equipped and caters for children from 5-12 years old. Half-day and full-day 'camps', as they are called, are available. Children are also taken to try out water sports, cooking, and they can even be taken on a day-long excursion to attractions such as the Everglades and Sealife.

    Food and drink 7.70 /10

    There are two restaurants, 'Il Mulino' and the more casual 'Costa Grill'. Il Mulino, the Italian signature restaurant, is actually part of the renowned New Yorker chain of the same name. It specialises in Abruzzi specialities (Abruzzo being a region east of Rome). The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The second option is the pool var and grill, Costa, open from 11:00am to 6:00pm. It then turns into the Beachfront Grill Nights (open daily from 6:00pm-10:00pm). The resort bar also serves lights snacks, but the highlight is its sushi buffet, Hiro Yakko, which is open daily from 3:00Pm-11:00pm. Room service is also available 24hours. We were not able to sample the cuisine in any of the restaurants - we therefore cannot comment. As far as the décor goes, all three areas are pleasant and the fact that the bar and Costa change their fare in the evenings adds variety for guests who choose to eat in at the hotel every night during their stay.

    Beach 8.95 /10

    A beautiful beach lines the hotel, which has its own designated sun loungers, parasols and beach service. As there aren't too many hotels within close vicinity, you won't have a problem finding space to sprawl out with having to get up at dawn to reserve your spot. Guests can also make the most of the hotel's water sports facilities (which comes at an extra charge).

    To know

    As the hotel is a fair way away from the city's sights, you will need to rent a car to visit them. The hotel has a car park, but charges vary, so it is best to enquire directly with the hotel before booking. Acqualina has been awarded a Five Diamond Award (2011), which is the local hotel rating system with five being the highest score. The hotel is a Leading Small Hotel of the World and is also part of The Trump Group; high expectations are met here with regards to service and facility standards. On a different note, it is worth mentioning that the hotel has an excellent kids' program. Smoking is not allowed inside the hotel.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, sauna, hammam, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      gym, golf, water-polo, fitness, sports

    • Animals allowed
    • Hairdresser
    • Barber
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Solarium
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • Located right on a lovely beach.
    • Good range of high quality facilities.
    • Large well-appointed rooms.

    disadvantages

    • Far from Miami's main attractions.

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    • Overall Score nc/10
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