Sunday, November 27, 2011

Acqualina Resort and Spa: Miami Nice!

When a 12-year old kid says "I want to live in this hotel" as he is leaving, you know it has to be a special place. Such was the case with my nephew, who joined me for a post-Thanksgiving weekend on the beach at Acqualina Resort and Spa in Sunny Isles (near Miami), FL. He's not the only one who feels this way! I too, found myself thinking I could easily live here in our huge one-bedroom oceanview suite with its incredible beach views, gourmet kitchen (perfect for preparing Sunday brunch en suite), a bathroom the size of many hotel rooms, and a staff that simply couldn't be nicer. From Rodrigo at the front desk to all of the guys at the valet desk and at the beach, to Tino, the gracious Maitre'd at Il Mulino (where we had one of my favorite meals in the world), to the fantastic housekeeping staff who all made fast friends with Mikey the maltipoo (who also made himself perfectly at home at this pet-friendly Leading Hotel of the World), not a single staff member could have done his or her job any better.

I travel all of the time to visit hotels all over the world and it's not often I stay somewhere and find nothing I would change. They simply do everything right at Acqualina, and the exquisite decor, the discreet high-end service, and the impressive attention to detail does not go unnoticed. Families are certainly catered to, with plenty of kids activities from watersports to basketball to ping pong and pool games, and adults who prefer a quieter getaway will find it at the 20,000 square-foot Spa by ESPA with its serene oceanfront pool, impressive complimentary crystal steam/Finnish sauna facilities, beachfront yoga classes by Yogiiza, and a 24-hour gym.

While I never really enjoyed living in South Florida during my five-year stint, this three-night stay at Acqualina Resort and Spa in Sunny Isles definitely changed my mind about the Sunshine State. We'll be back to visit my newest favorite hotel sooner than later, and I am sure my nephew is looking forward to a return visit as well!

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