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Acqualina Resort & Spa - Sunny Isles, FL
Friday, March 1, 2019  
Oct 21, 2018 - We have spent quite a few pre-cruise nights in South Beach Miami, and in Fort Lauderdale, but never before in Sunny Isles Beach. Sunny Isles is uniquely positioned about the same distance from the Port of Miami and Port Everglades, so it is the perfect pre-/post-cruise location.

Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach is a luxury seaside property located on 4.5 beachfront acres in Sunny Isles Beach, featuring 98 guest rooms and suites and 188 residences with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean.

As soon as we pulled up to the entrance of Acqualina, a team of attentive staff hustled to take care of our luggage and escort us to the Reception desk. Check-in was fast and efficient. We were even offered a glass of welcome champagne, a nice touch for sure. Darya, one of the Reception staff, escorted us on a brief tour of the facilities before showing us to our Deluxe Intracoastal Double Double room (1103A).

Acqualina guest rooms offer Intracoastal Waterway vistas and oceanfront views and feature a king-size bed, custom curved sofa sleeper, signature- style wingback club chair, smoked glass and bronze metal coffee table, dresser and desk with bronze glass inlay, desk with integrated media connectivity, desk chair, HD TV, mini bar, private balcony, and bathroom with marble flooring, double sinks, whirlpool tub and glass-enclosed shower. Our room was large, comfortable, quiet and elegantly appointed.

We had little time to explore the property before our 6pm appointment for a couples' massage at Acqualina Spa by ESPA. We arrived early so as to have time to enjoy the steam and sauna prior to our massage. We were treated to a short tour of the spa facilities. Separate men's and ladies' changing areas are equipped with large lockers, complimentary robes and slippers, steam room, sauna and showers. The steam and sauna were both very large and in excellent working order. The entire spa area was spotlessly clean.

After a relaxing sauna, steam and quick shower, Rickee and I were escorted to the Royal Suite by Monika and Liudmila, our masseuses for today. The Royal Spa Suite is uniquely equipped for couples' massage treatments. A variety of Royal Suite packages are available which vary in duration, treatments offered and, of course, cost. Our Royal Spa Suite one-and-one-half hour experience included a 60-minute customized massage for two followed by 30 minutes of relaxation time in the privacy of the Royal Spa Suite. The private relaxation room is outfitted with two comfortable chairs, and was stocked with complimentary tea, water and cookies.

The treatment room has two massage tables with a view of the ocean just beyond the large balcony. We began with a brief consultation on what body areas to focus on and were offered a choice of aromatic massage oils. After the one-hour massage treatment, we both felt relaxed and stress free.

After our massage, we had 30 minutes to enjoy a unique Steam Shower room as well as the relaxation area. A couples' massage in the Royal Spa Suite is definitely something you should consider when visiting Acqualina Resort & Spa.

The resort is only steps away from beautiful Miami Beach. The only thing between you and the ocean are three beautiful pools: one for adults only, one for families and an "activities" pool.

Luxurious loungers surround each pool as do semi-private cabanas.

There is plenty of shade from large palm trees for those who prefer to stay out of direct sunlight and, of course, more than enough sun for those who are working on the perfect tan. The beach is just steps away from the pool and is perhaps the nicest beach we have seen in Miami. A bar and grill are nearby to serve food and drink to sun-lovers throughout the day. Wait staff and attendants are on hand to cater to your every need.

When it comes to dining, Acqualina offers a variety of casual and elegant choices. AQ Chop House by Il Mulino blends a modern steakhouse with Italian flavors. Offering prime cuts of meat, seafood, pastas, crudos, and salads, menu highlights include sheep’s milk ricotta with sea salt & extra virgin olive oil, branzino crudo with blood orange & frisée, grilled octopus, short rib ravioli, grilled fish and prime dry-age meats.

AQ Chop House

Il Mulino New York at Acqualina Resort & Spa has been awarded the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended Award for its exceptional dining experience.

Il Mulino New York at Acqualina

One evening is not enough to enjoy this amazing facility. If you are cruising out of (or into) Miami or Port Everglades, plan to spend at least two nights at this amazing property before or after your cruise. In fact, why not make it three nights? When it comes to a beach resort in Miami/Fort Lauderdale, Acqualine is our new favorite. For more information, visit their website at

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