Acqualina Resort and Spa, known as Florida’s quintessential luxury travel destination, has achieved 5-star status from Forbes Travel Guide for 2019. This 5-star luxury oceanfront resort is known for lush, modern luxury, impeccable service, superior dining, exclusive amenities, and a guest experience that exceeds expectations.
Stepping into the luxurious world of Acqualina Resort and Spa, located in the Bal Harbor neighborhood of Miami, was a delight from the moment I drove onto the property. The exotic entrance to the resort was the first clue that I was going to be whisked away into an enchanting world for the day. I was escorted into the grand entryway, only to be warmly welcomed by the front desk staff and Lily, who was my guide for the morning. Lily greeted me with a vivacious smile and a hearty hello.
After savoring a creamy cappuccino in the main dining room, we strolled outside onto the main deck, with full view of the Atlantic Ocean. There was a lovely tranquility pool surrounded by three oceanfront swimming pools, each a sparkling oasis of cool, refreshing enjoyment.
I was completely captivated by the array of crimson red umbrellas and chairs that covered the pool areas, lawn spaces, and the pristine sandy beach. The unique signature color allowed me to melt into the world of luxury that was inspiring and stimulating all at once.
Following the outdoor stroll of the pools and pristine beach, we visited the lush guest rooms and suites located on the ninth and 18th floors, which provided an amazing ocean view. Each guest room and suite provided modern luxury with timeless elegance, along with breathtaking views of either the Intracoastal Waterway or an ocean view. Guest rooms and suites are extremely spacious and well appointed with a full mini bar and plenty of areas for relaxation and recharging.
After being completely mesmerized by the diamond-studded ocean water viewed from the balcony of the staterooms, I had the opulent pleasure of a signature massage treatment at the Acqualina Spa. The 20,000-square-foot Spa was the crème de la crème of my day at the resort. My full body massage followed by the Finnish sauna, crystal steam room, ice fountain, oceanfront outdoor pool and sundeck were the epitome of relaxation and retreat for the body, mind and soul.
Personalized service, special yoga classes, custom fitness offerings and a multitude of treatment options weave the ultimate in Acqualina’s Spa experiences for one day or several days.
From an intimate beach dining experience to a personalized picnic basket created just for you, there are delightful dining options on the property.
The oceanfront Costa Grill is the perfect spot to enjoy a beachside lunch or a light snack as you unwind with a cocktail until the sun sets. Il Mulino New York is an elegant addition and is renowned for its bustling and energetic atmosphere, market fresh daily specials, extensive selection of fine Italian wines, and impeccably polished wait staff for a truly upscale dining experience. The Chop House has an array of fresh fare options for an al fresco breakfast or brunch each morning, so you never need to leave the property to savor the finest fare of south Miami.
My guest experience at Acqualina Resort and Spa well exceeded my expectations and etched an enchanting memory of ultimate luxury, personalized service, outstanding food, rejuvenation and relaxation that will always be cherished. The Acqualina Resort and Spa experience has MY Culinary Travel Stamp of Approval.