Fodor's Expert Review Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach

17875 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, 33160, United States See on Map Fodor's Choice

On the heels of a complete room redesign in late 2014, Acqualina continues to raise the bar for Miami beachfront luxury, delivering a fantasy of modern Mediterranean opulence, with sumptuously appointed, striking gray- and silver-accented interiors, and expansive facilities. Oceanfront lawns recall Miami's famed Vizcaya gardens; three stylish swimming pools (one adults-only) and a colossal 20,000-square-foot ESPA spa offer opportunities for relaxation; and the famed Il Mulino New York restaurant is there for excellent dining. Upon arrival, you'll quickly notice the Ferraris and Lamborghinis lining the driveway. With this prelude, its only natural that accommodations are sinfully comfortable and undeniably lavish, with every conceivable frill. Even standard rooms facing away from the ocean seem grand; they have huge flat-screens that rise out of the foot of the bed, making recumbent TV-watching seem like a theater experience. The property is exceptionally children-friendly, with a fabulous kids' program and tons of activities on-site.


Oversized rooms feel more like apartments, making this location perfect for families or longer stays. Guests can choose from Intracoastal waterway views, with spectacular sunsets or oceanfront rooms.Rooms are equipped with plush wingback chairs in a sitting area, mini bar, and private balcony. Larger families can book one, two, and three-bedroom suites.


Bathrooms have dual vanity sinks, marble floors, jacuzzi tubs, and glass-enclosed showers.


The expansive lobby has a Mediterranean feel to it, with marble columns and multiple sitting areas. The lobby overlooks a courtyard that leads to the pool and, beyoneg that, the ocean.

The hotel offers an expansive childrens' activity program including a marine biology program.


Three pools offer three different experiences. Relax at the Beach Club pool for a day of eating and drinking. A tranquility pool is perfect for quiet reading time. The recreation pool is family friendly and provides a lively experience. Cabanas are available for rental.


The 20,000 square foot ESPA spa facility offers 11 different treatment rooms, as well as a sauna, ice fountains, hot and cold water experiences, and traditional services. After your treatment, relax at the spa's private pool area.


An oceanfront gym is equipped with 30 cross-training machines. In addition, the resort offers daily yoga classes.

Hire a running coach to improve your beach running skills.


Il Mulino New York offers upscale Italian cuisine.The AQ Chop House by Il Mulino offers prime cuts of beef, along with fresh, local seafood. For lighter fare, the Costa Grill allows you to dine a fresco. The Kosher-to-Go marketplace offers Kosher sandwiches and snacks that are great to take to the beach.

A Sunday brunch buffet is offered with bottomless mimosas and live entertainment.


The Bat at AQ offers crafted cocktails.


Getting Around

Public buses run along Collins Avenue to South Beach, but taxis and Uber are the most convenient modes of transportation.


Old Lisbon (10-minute walk) offers Portuguese dining. Stephen Starr's Makoto and Le Zoo are both located at Bal Harbour Shops (10-munite drive).


The Beach Bar at Newport Pier (10-minute walk) offers a beachy vibe that's still sophisticated. The Tuck Room (5-minute drive) offers mojitos made with freshly pressed cane juice.


The Acqualina Resort is a chic, luxe destination unto itself that offers a self-contained vacation with many perks in a gorgeous setting that's perfect for both families and romantic getaways.


On the beach


Phones: 305-918–8000

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