A Mediterranean style villa with the Atlantic Ocean as backdrop; a haven of luxury with crystal clear waters; flawlessly decorated rooms and suites; international restaurants, oceanfront swimming pools, a fitness club, boutiques; child care programs, lush gardens and a spa with a seal of approval from ESPA (a wellness organization that brings together the leading spas of the world): this is an authentic sanctuary of refinement, care and relaxation.
Its name: Acqualina Resort & Spa, in the heart of Sunny Isles Beach, Miami. The Five Star ranking it received this year from the Forbes Travel Guide is only one entry in the long list of praises the resort has harvested since its opening in 2008.
The Acqualina Resort & Spa is more than a luxurious five-star hotel, and much more than a spa of similar category. Nowadays the number of hotels that combine relaxation and rest with demurrage is increasing, but only a few reach the level of perfection. When it comes to services, the Spa at Acqualina is undoubtedly the jewel in the crown.
A temple of relaxation, with 20,000 square feet devoted to excellence, it features eleven multifunctional treatment rooms, four spa treatment rooms, one private spa suite for couples, and an incomparable outdoor terrace with a heated whirlpool and a Roman waterfall.
Open to men and women who want to enjoy any of their treatments, it also offers residents free access to its glass steam rooms, Finnish sauna, refreshing showers and a $40 credit for each night of stay.
Getting a treatment at Acqualina means putting your body in the expert hands of seasoned therapists who will guide you through a journey of magic relaxation, and harmony between body, mind and spirit. The staff’s friendly attitude, combined with the soft lighting and beautiful décor, help slow down your mental pace to begin the experience. Try to arrive one hour early and have a cup of herbal tea, breathe the cool sea breeze, enjoy a cocktail or simply unwind in the relaxation room.
The services available range from the use of the spa to body treatments for men and women, facials, massages, manicure and pedicure, massage with volcanic stones, aesthetic and firming treatments, de-stressing, exfoliation, peelings, toning treatments and anti-aging procedures, to mention just a few.
The facial care treatments are personalized. Therapists analyze your skin type with special vision technology before recommending a particular treatment or facial cream that fits your particular needs. Choosing just one treatment could be difficult, but start pampering yourself with the Ultimate LIFESTAGE facial. The rejuvenating experience will connect all your senses, while expert hands apply pressure on the appropriate points.
At the end, when you face the mirror, you’ll see an improved version of yourself, which will make you smile. But don’t take my word for it. As with every good story, this one you should experience by yourself. Be the protagonist of this blissful journey. ■