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Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach

17875 Collins Avenue | Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160 [See Map]
#2 in Best Miami Beach Hotels
Hotel Class 5.0-star Critic Rating Excellent Guest Rating
Property Type Resort with 98 rooms, 50 floors
Primary View(s) Ocean
Style Traditional, Opulent
Best For Families, Couples, Solo travelers
AMENITIES Room Service, Shuttle Service, Internet Access See all amenities

U.S. News Review

This spa resort doesn't take any of its five stars for granted, particularly when it comes to delivering first-rate customer service. Recent guests can't help but keep the compliments coming: Travelers say that the hotel staff took extra care to personalize each experience. Some examples include taking care of a guest's Sabbath restrictions and celebrating an anniversary with a complimentary chocolate-drenched strawberry dessert. Both the general manager and concierge will make sure to seek you out to ensure that your needs are being met. One problem you might face, however, is exclusivity. The Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach has only 54 hotel rooms and 44 suites, so be sure to book early for an upcoming trip to Sunny Isles Beach. The rooms come with double sinks and glass-enclosed showers in the bathrooms and Frette linens and goose down duvets on the beds. Meanwhile, the property also features three in-house eateries, four outdoor pools, a spa and water sports equipment. You'll find the Acqualina Resort & Spa in Sunny Isles Beach, about 10 miles north of Miami Beach.

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Critic Reviews

Oyster.com

“Four pools, great Italian cuisine, a luxurious spa, ... huge, modern rooms, and some of Miami's most attentive service — this is family-oriented Sunny Isles' best hotel.”

Fodor's

“Even standard rooms facing away from the ocean seem grand; they have huge flatscreens 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.”
Award: Fodor's Choice

Forbes

“Its Sunny Isles location ensures guests that they will be closer to the beach than in most South Beach hotels (if not quite in the middle of bustling nightlife), with a less crowded and more serene seaside property decked out with bright red lounge chairs and umbrellas.”
Award: Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Awards 2014

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor.com. A total of 283 guests have reviewed the Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

Guest Ratings: 4.5 (based on 283 reviews)

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Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Shuttle Service
  • Internet Access
  • Business Center
  • Dining
  • Pets Allowed
  • Parking
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Fitness Center
  • Pool

Location & Parking

Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach sits 10 miles north of Miami Beach in the quieter, suburban neighborhood of Sunny Isles. There's not much in the way of nightlife near the hotel, but there are many restaurants nearby, including upscale options at neighboring resorts. Recent guests comment on the relatively nice quality of the hotel's beach, saying it's calmer and cleaner than many of the beaches closer to Miami.

  • Bal Harbour Shops, a world-famous open-air shopping mall, is about 4 miles south
  • Supermarket and Greynolds Golf Course nearby
  • Miami International Airport about 20 miles southwest
  • 24-hour valet parking ($35)
  • 24-hour self-parking
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service (free)

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach
  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping

Guest Rooms

All of the Acqualina's rooms are spacious and come with terraces. The stately Intracoastal rooms feature a king-sized bed, flat-screen TV, sitting area, writing desk and marble bathrooms that come with a whirlpool bathtub, glass-enclosed shower and ESPA toiletries. Standard rooms face the six-lane Collins Avenue, but for a price, you can upgrade to a room with an ocean view. The terraces attached to Intracoastal rooms are 140 square feet.

  • Kitchenettes are only in suites; minibars in all rooms stocked with gourmet snacks
  • Bose iPod docks in all rooms

Standard room size:

600 square feet
  • Internet (free)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Dining

The hotel boasts three restaurants, as well as an Intimate Beach Dining option for couples. Il Mulino New York, the award-winning Italian restaurant with other locations in New York and Las Vegas, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. AQ by Acqualina serves modern American cuisine and sushi for dinner. For more casual meals, Costa Grill dishes out sandwiches, salads and drinks.

  • AARIA is the hotel bar that serves light food and sushi
  • Il Mulino New York offers a live jazz band and a special brunch menu on Sundays

Number of restaurants:

3

Cuisine types:

Asian, Italian, American

Awards:

AAA/CAA
  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast

Pool

The hotel has four pools and food and beverage service is available at all of them. The main swimming area, the Beach Club Pool, boasts private cabanas, chaise lounges and is open to all ages. The hotel is also situated on prime beachfront, where guests can find more lounge chairs and umbrellas, and take a dip in the Atlantic Ocean.

  • Tranquility Pool is adults-only
  • Hotel's staff leads aqua fitness classes, games and other activities at the Recreation Pool
  • The ESPA Pool is tucked away outside of ESPA, and is reserved for spa guests only

Number of pools:

4

Pool types:

  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Seasonal
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • Indoor/outdoor combo

Pool amenities:

  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar

Spa

Acqualina Spa By ESPA is the hotel's luxurious and expensive relaxation venue. A three-hour "time journey" through the spa costs $445, but if you're looking for elite quality, this ESPA spa will likely satisfy. The spa has Finnish saunas, steam rooms, relaxation rooms, a spa pool and many more facilities and treatment options.

  • Some spa facilities are available to hotel guests for free
  • A 20 percent service charge is added to the bill for each service

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna

Kids

Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach was awarded a Fodor's Choice Gold Award in the Best Hotels for Kids and Families in the United States category in 2010. The hotel's AcquaMarine program is complimentary for hotel guests and offers kids a chance to learn about marine biology and play games under staff supervision. The hotel has a supervised children's center that has computers, arts and crafts, toys, microscopes, video games and movies.

  • Kid's Night Out program available on Saturday nights from 7 to 10:30 p.m. for $45
  • Restaurants have children's menus
  • Kids club (free)
  • Cribs
  • High chairs

Fitness

The hotel's fitness center is somewhat small, but it's clean, modern and offers natural light. There are cardio machines with personal TVs, weight machines and free weights. Complimentary bottled water, headphones and fresh fruit are available.

  • Life Fitness brand equipment
  • Personal training sessions can be scheduled through concierge
  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
  • Bicycles
  • Tennis
  • Guided runs
  • Paddle boats
  • Motor boats

Business

The hotel has 2,759 square feet of meeting space with a wraparound private terrace. An oceanfront area can also be reserved for events. Meetings rooms feature Wi-Fi, sound systems and audiovisual capabilities.

  • Spaces can fit up to 40 people for meetings, 130 people for social events

Number of meeting rooms:

3
  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available

Pets

The hotel allows guests to bring one pet that weighs no more than 25 pounds and measures no longer than 14 inches.

  • A one-time, nonrefundable $100 cleaning fee will be charged upon guest's departure
  • Proof of current vaccinations are required on pet's arrival
  • Pet-walking services are available, advanced notice required
  • Pets allowed (with fee)
  • Dog walking
  • Pet-sitting

Golf

Wedding

Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach has an on-site wedding planner that can assist in customizing every aspect of the event. Couples can choose from four indoor and outdoor venues, the largest of which can accommodate 200 guests.

  • Honeymoon package for couples is available

Maximum wedding guest capacity:

200
  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach

17875 Collins Avenue | Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160 [See Full Map]