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About a forty-minute drive from Miami Beach is another oasis, and, although not as flash as South Beach, it’s definitely as chic: the Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach. The resort, itself, racks up the awards. It’s a AAA 5 Diamond property, and the hotel’s beach, on what is known as Florida’s Riviera, is decidedly decadent with its plush, red sun loungers and matching sun umbrellas gracing the soft sands. Seen from above, beach waiters and attendants bop about bringing drinks, food and more towels to those lucky enough to be lounging ocean-side.
Alternatively, there are three pools, also with red lounge chairs. One is a family pool and one’s adults-only. You can rent a cabana if you’re feeling self-indulgent. The third pool is part of the Acqualina Spa by ESPA, a 20,000-foot temple to wellness where “treatments’ and “journeys” are heavenly. There’s a state-of-the-art gym here, too, with machines facing the ocean. And if that’s not inspiration enough, there are personal trainers and yoga instructors to put you through the moves, including YOGiiZA, the ultimate in yoga training.
Luckily there’s a nail salon and hairdresser within, so you’ll be primped perfectly for dinner at Il Mulino New York right here in the hotel. It’ll be pretty exciting to go there, as among the many awards this elegant eatery has earned, it’s been the number one Italian restaurant on the New York City Zagat Survey for twenty-odd years. Some accolade. Don’t miss brunch if you’re here on a Sunday, when, along with the fabulous fare, Mimosas, Prosecco, Mojitos and Bloody Marys à gogo are the name of the game.
There’s the AquaMarine children’s centre for those aged 5 -12 with all kinds of programs and activities to keep them entertained while the adults enjoy a leisurely lunch at the beachside Costa Grill (where cocktails are king).
Choose from one of the 54 rooms and 44 suites depending on the views you want and the size; all are appointed in soft shades and clean lines so as not to distract from the views. It’s worth remembering that the intercoastal views will have lights visible at night; ocean-facing rooms peer into an abyss post sunset when there’s nothing but black horizons ‘till the sun comes up once more. Lovers or those with a penchant for taking photographs should get up super-early at least once during their stay – sunrises here are something else.
How to get here
40 minutes by road transfer from Miami International Airport