"I've never seen so many Aston Martins and Bentleys outside of an exotic car dealership," commented my husband as we pulled up to Acqualina Resort & Spa.
Acqualina is as luxurious as its guests' transportation choices.
Planned to resemble a vertical Mediterranean villa, the distinctive 51-story, ochre-and-terracotta Acqualina stands beside the Atlantic Ocean in Sunny Isles, the beachfront community between Miami and Fort Lauderdale.
Exterior architectural elements — including graceful iron gates, sculpted archways, mosaic floors, and fountains with statues — help to create a romantic ambiance at Acqualina.
The entire Acqualina building contains a 97-room hotel plus 188 condos that start at more than $1 million and go up to $10-million-dollar, six-bedroom penthouses with private swimming pools. Owners' residences have separate elevators and swimming pools.
For guests Acqualina features three swimming pools, a 20,000 square-foot spa, Il Mulino New York restaurant, and exceptionally comfortable guest rooms and suites, many with private terraces that provide glorious views of the beach, ocean, and Intracoastal Waterway.