Pack Your Bags For This Sumptuous Sunny Isles Beach Resort


Seating area in a long, white lobby lined with ornate moldings and chandeliers in Acqualina Resort

Restaurant with a red flowery ceiling installation and door to outdoor patio seating and water views in Acqualina Resort

Always in a state of evolution, the ultraluxe Acqualina Resort & Residences in Sunny Isles Beach unveils new refreshments to its public spaces, guest rooms and suites. The lobby of the Mediterranean-style villa has shed its darker, heavy aesthetic and now gleams various hues of white for a lighter, more contemporary feel. Marble floors and grand columns remain, however, keeping true to its signature old-world feel.

“We did a great deal of research on stately European properties that have modernized while preserving their interior architecture,” says Isabel Tragash, principal of STA Architectural Group. “Our findings inspired a fresh color palette bringing life to the architectural features and punctuating them with luxury Fendi Casa furniture and bespoke Nepalese rugs.”

Guests are treated to sumptuous bathrooms with Italian marble floors, Vena Oro marble vanities and Italian sconces. At the new adults-only pool, reimagined by Acqualina Resort & Residences CEO Deborah Yager Fleming, bask in new crimson-red loveseats, daybeds and private cabanas. If you never want to leave the resort lifestyle, the new Estates at Acqualina showcase lobbies created by the late fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld. Unexpected hallmarks include shimmering glass mosaic “carpets,” marble fountains and banquettes flanked by a wall of cast-aluminum swans.