Set on 4.5-sparkling beachfront acres in South Florida’s Sunny Isles, Acqualina Resort & Spa hands down is one of the most perfect places for a family getaway – without forgoing an ounce of luxury. The location feels worlds away from the hustle and bustle, yet it’s just halfway between Miami and Ft. Lauderdale and a quick five-minute drive to the exclusive Bal Harbour shops (guest get complimentary transportation via the Rolls-Royce house car). The traditionally styled, ultra-luxe property offers the highest level of service and is the perfect child-friendly alternative to the South Beach scene. When we say this property is super-kid friendly, we mean it… it goes down in the books! The resort boasts multiple pools, a variety of restaurants so no one goes hungry, and an extensive list of kids’ activities that change daily – so you can trust your little ones will never get bored. And while the little ones are learning what it’s like to be a lifeguard or about the science behind waves, adults can spend hours of relaxation by the pool or in the 20,000 square-foot spa, playing some tennis, discover the design district or art scene with a local insider, take a food tour of the city, or do some shopping at the nearby Bar Harbour Shops and Aventura Mall!
— THE ACCOMMODATIONS —
Acqualina does a remarkable job of making a high-rise resort feel more like a beachside residence. With 98 rooms and suites, you’d think it would be a hard task to achieve – but not here; there are no impersonal corridors or endless searches for your room, rather each is easily accessible the second you step off the elevator and see only four doors, giving it a homey feel. And while each room is elegant and spacious, our favorites for a family are the chic Oceanfront Suites. They range from one-, two-, and three-bedrooms with incredibly spacious living areas that are designed in cool, contemporary tones and come with everyone one could want or need on vacation with the family: open living spaces, sprawling private terraces that overlook the Atlantic, and gourmet kitchens with fully stocked refrigerators.
— FOR THE KIDS —
Mark our words when we say your children will love every second spent at Acqualina! From the really unique complimentary kids’ programs and immersive facilities to the oceanfront soccer field, king-sized chessboard, sandcastle stations, water sports, and so much more – there’s something fun for everyone, no matter their age…
You’ll experience a sigh of relief thanks to their incredible crib set-up that is available upon request and comes with every necessity under the sun: a crib sheet + baby blanket, baby shampoo, lotion, balm, diaper genie, and Acqualina rubber ducks for bath time!
For Toddlers Ages 1 to 4
Whether it’s splashing in the pool for a private swim lesson or making sandcastles on the beach with their very own complimentary sand bucket each day, there are so many opportunities for your toddler to have some fun in the sun! Strider balance bikes are available for toddlers and parents to engage in a fun, hands-on activity together.
For Kids Ages 5 to 12
This is not your typical kids’ club! They have an award-winning AcquaMarine Program that’s not only fun and cool, but also educational! This marine-biology based learning environment has an array of activities like arts & crafts, ocean-themed water games, the experiential learning program jellyfish-in-a-bottle, the seasonal Sea Turtle Program, and so much more. We love that activities are offered both indoors and out at the pools, beach and lawns – so you don’t have to feel guilty that your kids will be stuck inside all day!
For Teens Ages 12 to 16
Acqualina brings teens together through their Teen Scene program, which features a number of exciting social events and activities such as dance and hip-hop classes, volleyball lessons, speed + agility training, makeup tutorials with an artist, art classes, and more! Other teen-approved resort activities include a learning how to scuba dive, playing sports on the soccer field or the beachfront basketball court, or even hanging poolside with a foosball table, ping-pong table, and a life size chessboard. And if your teen loves the ocean, they’ll love the complimentary boogie board that’s theirs to keep!
— THE SERVICE —
Before you even arrive the team at Acqualina will get to know each guests’ preference, make note of any special occasions, remember your children’s names and ages – all to make your stay as seamless, personalized and as comfortable as possible… It’s what makes this resort stand out from all the rest. Expect carefully crafted and really unique amenities tailored to your preferences from the moment you arrive. The service is top-notch and they will anticipate your every move, no matter where you are on the property: from the amazing beach butler service to the in-room amenities like rubber ducks waiting for your kids before bath time or to pregnancy pillows at turndown for moms-to-be. And don’t be surprised when the staff is calling you by your name before the end of the first day…
— OTHER HIGHLIGHTS —
Sustainability is important to Acqualina and they pride themselves on educating the guests (both adults & kids) about the local wildlife and how to be environmentally conscious through experiential programs including their notable Sea Turtle Program (in the summer you can actually watch them hatch and make their way home to the ocean!). They also provide avocado straws in the outdoor restaurants through a partnership with Naked Straw who donates a percentage of all net proceeds to environment charities.
Keep your out for The Estates at Acqualina opening in 2020! It’s slated to be the most amazing private community in South Florida withKarl Lagerfeld-designed lobbies, an ice-skating rink, and a bowling alley…
BENEFITS OF BOOKING WITH ITKE:
Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
Daily Buffet breakfast, for up to two in room guests
$100 USD Spa Services credit, to be utilized during stay
Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
Exclusive surprise amenity