Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida
Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach picked an ideal location to pitch its bright red beach loungers and cozy hammocks. Fashion types will delight in the proximity of the Bal Harbour Shops and Aventura Mall, while guests who crave Miami Beach’s neon lights can easily get their nightly fix. The biggest temptation, however, is right at the resort – four pools, including an adults-only oasis flanked by cabanas, offer tranquility that can only be topped by a visit to the Finnish saunas and ice fountains at the award-winning spa.
Claim your shaded lounge chair on a quiet, sugary beach early and fall promptly back to sleep. The sun warms you to the core. Drift in crystal-clear Atlantic water and walk back through lush gardens, stopping to sip on a pineapple-mango smoothie by the pool. Take an afternoon drive to explore Miami’s Art Deco district and return for a plate of rigatoni worth writing home about – to your New York friends still waiting for reservations.
Location of Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach
Nearest Airport: MIA
Amenities for Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach
- 97 Rooms & Suites
- Private Terraces
- Oceanfront Dining
- Beach Butler
- Chauffeur Service
- Beauty Salon
- Pool Wait Service
- Beach Club
- Pool & Beach Cabanas
- Shopping Shuttle
- Wine Tasting
- Fitness Classes
- Beach Volleyball
- Beach Soccer
- Jet Skiing
- Children's Programs
Reviews for Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach
I am rating Acqualina a three because I want everyone to be aware of what a five truly means. We have stayed at many many high end hotels across the country.My husband and I took our 3 children, ages 10,8,6 to this hotel last week. Please note that you are in Miami. Collins Ave is a very busy street. There is a McDonald's , 7-11 and Walgreens across the street. There are private residence floors and separate entrances for them as well. We stayed in an ocean front suite with a full kitchen and a large bathroom. The room was tastefully done and we were extremely comfortable. The balcony definitely needs to be maintained and is in need of new furniture (tears in the seat etc.) Again, why not 5 stars. I used the car service provided to take me to Publix to pick up some necessities. The one across the street is being remodeled and will not open up for at least a year. (No one told me that) The hotel itself has some stunning features with the striking red umbrellas and a nice Mediterranean feel, but in my opinion, not a 5 star. The grounds were clean but a lot of the grass has burnt out spots and the beach was extremely dirty. Lots and lots of seaweed that was just left there daily. I can't understand why they didn't pay someone to simply rake it away?? It really brought down the entire feel of the property. The pools are very nice and heated but when my children asked to use a float is was quickly taken away from them.. must have been a very important guest. A couple of beach balls or simply floats for the children would have been a nice touch.. we walked across to Walgreens and purchased it ourselves and made sure our children shared them. No poolside activities for the children. I'm not proposing a volley ball game but some fun activities would have made all the difference. The young girl who worked in that area did not smile once and seemed very angry when I asked her if she had a pump to blow up the floats. We tried to AquaMarine Club and the young girl there too seemed angry and annoyed that we wanted to check it out. I left them there for 1 hour and when I came back they were in tears because the young girl said to my son "are you going to sit there with a puss of your face the entire time" . That really put a sour note on the camp for my children and they didn't want to return for the rest of the trip. Also, be aware that the "club" is a very small dark room in the lower level of the resort. Arts and crafts and video games offered. We are in sunny Miami.. bring these poor children outside for some fresh air!! Not just the later portion of the day. I am comparing this to other camps (like the Breakers in Palm Beach) another suggestion would be to offer evening scavenger hunts (like the Breakers) the kids love seeing the grounds and it's fun! We can play video games at home! I did utilize the Spa which was OK. I was recently at EAU and it does not compare.. very small and not much to offer. The food at IL Mulino was excellent. I could of eaten there every night! Service was impeccable. (Note they are not affiliated with the hotel) Pool food was good and the young man Carlos was a delight! Cocktails were nice as well. The young man checking wrist bands did not smile once and seemed annoyed as well. I think in comparison to other 5 star hotels this one is just not there. If you are in Sunny Isles it's definitely the nicest one. I must give special note to Silvio who went above and beyond for my family !!! Please give that man a raise!! I know everyone else rated a 5 and the reason I gave it a 3 is because of the people I came into contact with when we were there and that "mean camp counselor " as my children have mentioned. It's a lofty price so do your homework and make sure that part of Miami is where you want to be. It's a beautiful hotel but not 5 star yet..
komf - new jersey
Aqualina Resort is truly a special hotel. We have traveled a lot in the Caribbean and Europe and I have high standards for accommodations. For our trip in the fall I looked extensively for resorts in South Florida and the Caribbean to find the perfect vacation experience for my family (8 year old son). After speaking to Igor in the Reservations I was blown away by his professionalism and passion for Aqualina Resort. He was an outstanding representative of the hotel and it set the stage for my idea of what this resort had to offer. I am looking forward to working with Igor again soon to book another vacation at Aqualina. Aqualina's kids club is world class! My son was really excited that there was a kids area with a cool marine biology theme. He begged to go and play there!! The staff, especially Ashley, was so great with the kids. The turf soccer field was a big hit too! My son felt very special at Aqualina, the resort is family friendly. There were even chocolate chip cookies waiting in our room with a handwritten note from the Kids club staff and a rubber duck in the tub. The pool/beach staff was incredible! Very accommodating and professional. They were all wonderful (I wish I would have remembered everyone's names) however Danny went above and beyond everyday to make sure that our set up at the pool was just to our liking. He will have a very successful career in his future profession with customer service skills like that! Aqualina is lucky to have him as an employee. The food and drinks were amazing! I loved the smoothie samples that the staff would bring around in the afternoon. The resort's grounds are perfection! We rented a cabana on Sunday, Danny and Carlos (poolside manager) made sure my husband could watch some of the NFL games poolside on the cabana tv. We loved Aqualina and will be going back soon! This is a high class resort with a family friendly vibe. You will be treated to exceptional customer service surrounded by beach living at its finest!
reecefamilyvacas - Cincinnati, Ohio
If I could rate this resort higher than a 5 I most definitely would. The resort grounds are beautiful and the service is impeccable. I cannot rave enough to truly describe how wonderful we were treated from the time we arrived until our departure. Phaibien took excellent care of us on the beach and at the pool, Kamille and Claudyna and Luis were so kind and helpful they really made it a fantastic experience. Johny, the concierge, was a dream helping me get my flight info together and boarding passes printed. I have stayed at plenty of resorts in my years and none rival the service and amenities at Acqualina. The kids club is awesome and Ashley is so great with the kids they had a ball. The pools and beach are gorgeous and the pools are heated to perfection. We will return for years to come! Thank you Acqualina Resort!
I stayed here following the suggestion of a good friend of mine, 4 nights in total. Too bad I was there for business and I could not enjoy more this wonderful property. It was the first time I never felt like leaving the hotel. Great rooms and suites, breath taking view over the ocean, swimming pools, restaurants, SPA (never saw it, no time, sigh). My suggestion is to spend a bit more and reserve a room ocean front. If you are on the coast, you have to see the water, right?
fedar - Rome, Italy
We spent a terrific two days at the Acqualina. Check-in was warm and friendly -- and the complimentary champagne was a nice touch. LHW membership usually gets us early check-in -- it was a pity that we couldn't get into our hotel room until about 4:00 pm. The room itself was spacious and pleasantly decorated. The terrace -- with table and chairs -- overlooked the intracoastal. The beds were wonderfully comfortable. The property has a terrific situation on the beach, which is white and sandy. There are several pools -- all at the perfect temperature -- with views of the ocean. When we first arrived there were no sun lounges available so the attendant kindly provided us with a cabana at no charge. Pool and beach service is friendly and the food is decent as pool food goes. A giant dispenser of sunscreen at the pool is a very welcome idea for those who forgot to bring their own. The beach has plenty of lounges and tents. Just in back of the beach is a grassy tree-shaded area laden with tables and sofas for casual lunches overlooking the water. You won't find any bargains on the menu but you can't beat the location. Service at lunch can be a little slow. The spa is very modern and spotless and has its own little outdoor pool and Jacuzzi. The hotel's restaurants serve good food but at lofty prices. Our complimentary breakfast was lovely, with a wide variety of choices. However, we didn't appreciate the waiter surprising us with a charge of $10 on the bill for a double espresso, since coffee was otherwise included with breakfast. As we explained, if you plan to charge for espresso (let alone $10!), you need to make that clear when it is ordered. He took it off -- grudgingly. It would have been nice to avoid little annoyances like that. Still, the waiter was an exception to the rule -- the rest of the staff was otherwise extremely friendly, cheerful, and helpful.
andrew l - New York City, New York