Sunny Isles Beach, Florida
Acqualina Resort & Residences on the Beach
What it is
The charm of a Mediterranean villa meets elegance on the beach at this family-friendly, beachfront destination.
What it isn't
A sexy Miami scene.
What we think
An excellent choice for families who want proximity to South Beach without being in the thick of things, Acqualina checks off the boxes for kids and parents alike: Huge rooms (starting at 600 square feet, all have terraces or balconies, walk-in closets and a soothing-but-sophisticated color scheme of white, silver and gold). Four pools and a gorgeous beach (attendants pass by frequently with snacks and refreshments and have shovels and pails, pool toys, even swim diapers on hand for the kids). A spa (the 20,000-square-foot ESPA sits like a calming totem in the core of the hotel). Great food (New York import Il Mulino is a standout of the three restaurants—but note that there aren't many other options within walking distance). Despite having only 98 rooms and suites, it has all the amenities of a larger resort. Staff are friendly and attentive, and the marine biology–based kids' program is fantastic.
You're here because
You want the perks of a large-scale resort—kids’ club, destination spa, multiple pools and restaurants—without sacrificing luxe digs.
With the kids installed in the AcquaMarine program, learning about sea turtles, you let out a long sigh and settle under the red canvas roof of your private poolside cabana.
Restaurants & Bars
Avra Miami - Avra Estiatorio, the acclaimed Greek restaurant brand, opens Avra Miami overlooking the beach within the Acqualina community making it the 4th restaurant for hotel guests to enjoy when staying at Acqualina Resort. Avra’s cuisine is inspired by the seaside tavernas dotted all over Greece’s coast and more than 200 islands. The menu offers iterations of fresh fish as well rarer Mediterranean gems like fagri and lithrini.
Il Mulino New York - An idyllic match for the elegant Mediterranean style oceanfront Acqualina Resort, acclaimed Italian restaurant Il Mulino New York is renowned for its bustling and energetic atmosphere, market fresh daily specials extensive selection of fine Italian wines and impeccably polished wait staff.
Ke-uH - With an eclectic tapas-style menu featuring the best quality ingredients, Ke-uH brings Japanese fusion cuisine to Acqualina. Guests can enjoy a shared, convivial experience in an elegant and modern setting that includes indoor and outdoor seating overlooking the Atlantic Ocean
Costa Grill - The oceanfront Costa Grill is the perfect spot to enjoy a beachside lunch or a light snack or to relax and unwind with a cocktail as the sun sets. The beachfront Miami restaurant serves an array of gourmet cuisine including sandwiches, burgers, wraps and salads in a casual setting.
Ke-uH Bar – cocktails and sake
AQ Gelato & Coffee Bar – specialty coffee, gelato, pastries
Sunny Isles Beach, about halfway between South Beach and Ft. Lauderdale. The shops at Bal Harbour are about 10 minutes away (there's a free shuttle), South Beach 20 minutes further.