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It's (Always) Chill Time at Trump's Bella Beach

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  Site Where: 18001 Collins Ave. [map], Miami, FL , United States, 33160
September 18, 2012 at 2:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

The folks at the Trump International Beach Resort in Sunny Isles Beach added a dining experience Bella Beach for people like us -- people who like to lounge a lot and nibble a lot and want to do it year-round.

This Florida beachfront restaurant, an addition to Trump’s 32-story luxury resort is reminiscent of the Mediterranean, or at least, that was the mission when it opened this past spring. Has the mission been achieved? It sounds like it.

The food definitely has a Mediterranean vibe. Some menu options include salmon caviar, Wagyu beef mini burgers and poached shrimp. Entree prices range from about $7 for a lentil salad to $52 for South African lobster tail. Thanks goodness that the ocean view is free, because we peeped that even some of the fancy-named condiments and sauces are $3 each.

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Piazzetta Opens at Acqualina This Weekend

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  Site Where: 17875 Collins Ave [map], Sunny Isles Beach, FL, United States, 33160
March 13, 2012 at 9:27 AM | by | Comments (0)

Posh beach boutique hotel Acqualina Resort & Spa already has that classic Miami amenity: an Italian restaurant, Il Mulino. Now it gets the perfect casual accompaniment: a new restaurant serving pizza and gelato.

This is music to our ears. Il Mulino is your typical old-world Italian restaurant--heavy on the pasta and suited waiters. A beachside hotel like this needs more laidback alternatives and that's what it sounds like it will get when Piazzetta Marketplace and Restaurant opens this Sunday, March 18.

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Acqualina Resort & Spa Has Killer Views On Both Sides (If You Like Fancy Cars)

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  Site Where: 17875 Collins Ave [map], Sunny Isles Beach, FL, United States, 33160
April 5, 2011 at 2:35 PM | by | Comments (2)

For hotels perched along South Florida's coast, a Killer View is essential. For the rooms facing west, many hotels tout their not-quite-killer-but-pretty views of the Intracoastal instead.

Super posh Acqualina Resort & Spa in Sunny Isles is one of them--but when we dropped by the hotel last week we found a much better Killer View on the west side of the property: the one of all the tricked-out luxury cars in the hotel's Porte Cochere.

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Hey Sister, Solé Sister: Solé East Has a Sibling in SoFla

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  Site Where: 17315 Collins Ave [map], Sunny Isles Beach, FL, United States, 33160
March 14, 2011 at 11:58 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Season has not yet arrived in Montauk, so we imagine that things are pretty quiet over at Solé East and sister prop Solé East Beach. But down in SoFla? The Season is in full swing, baby, and whaddayknow, the Solés have another sibling—Solé On The Ocean.

Info on the boutique hotel in Sunny Isles is kind of scant--in fact, we had never heard of it until we were leafing through one of those luxury-lifestyle vanity magazines that proliferate in these parts.

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Trump Miami Wants to Give You Something For Free...Kind Of

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  Site Where: 18001 Collins Avenue [map], Sunny Isles, FL, United States, 33160
March 9, 2010 at 1:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

“Free” and “Trump” aren’t words you hear in a sentence together too often, so perhaps we should savor saying them out loud. The occasion is the latest offer from the Trump International Beach Resort in Miami—where there is a new Free Fridays package on tap.

None of us are stupid enough to think that we can get anything free these days, so let’s cut to the chase—yes, Fridays at Trump Miami will be free for guests who book a room between March 6 and March 16. The catch? There’s a three-night minimum.

So, really, this is just like a “book two, get one free” promotion, which is hardly new in hotel land. It’s also worth remembering that this hotel isn’t in South Beach, but further north in Sunny Isles.

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Acqualina Resort Ditches the Pamphlets in Favor of Bluetooth

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  Site Where: 17875 Collins Avenue [map], Sunny Isles Beach, fl, United States, 33160
April 21, 2009 at 12:30 PM | by | Comment (1)

The posh Acqualina Resort in Sunny Isles, FL is going green by, er, going blue. Instead of throwing a bunch of brochures and pamphlets into your guestroom every day, the resort has launched a Bluetooth messaging system that delivers daily hotel news and offerings straight to your mobile device. Yes, oh yes. Candidate for our next Geek Hotels list? We think so.

Whether in the lobby, lounging by the pool or relaxing at the beach, guests and residents can power on their Bluetooth device and automatically receive hotel entertainment news, events, or any other informational materials of interest.

The resort will only send AcquaBlue messages once a day and guests will not accrue any charges, airtime or additional fees. In addition, this service is only accessible while on the resort grounds and is independent of any wireless carrier.

Sweet, huh? The messages can be delivered to any Bluetooth-enabled device (cell phones, laptops, etc) — and they have even gotten this thing precise enough to launch location-specific messages; i.e., you'll hear about the drink specials if you're by the pool while guests in the lobby might receive announcements about different things.

Rates here ain't cheap — the cheapest room we found for a Sunday night in May was $575 — but this service is totally free, at least.

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Le Meridien Sunny Isles Ready for Art Basel

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  Site Where: 18683 Collins Ave. [map], Sunny Isles Beach, fl, United States, 33160
November 8, 2007 at 2:42 PM | by | Comment (1)

Miami hotels are already gearing up for Art Basel next month, and plans go beyond hiring extra housekeeping to clean up the trashed hotel rooms of art buyers and "artists". Le Meridien Sunny Isles Beach is going over the top with art installations throughout the property, as part of Le Meridien's broader, brand-wide One Night program.

In addition to literally covering the property with fine art photography (in the form of appliques on windows), Sunny Isles will have newly designed keycards designed by artist Sam Samore. Besides opening guest rooms, they'll also grant access to a contemporary art space in Miami. A big One Night party is slated for December 2, just a few days before Art Basel starts up.

Related Stories:
· Killer View at Le Meridien Sunny Isles [HotelChatter]
· Art Basel coverage [HotelChatter]

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Rosewood Resorts to Officially Be Out of Acqualina Hotel by Oct. 31st

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  Site Where: 17875 Collins Avenue [map], Sunny Isles Beach, fl, United States, 33160
October 24, 2007 at 4:33 PM | by | Comment (1)

It's official. Rosewood Resorts will no longer be managing the Acqualina Resort in Sunny Beach Isles, Florida.

On Monday, we got word that RR was pulling out and today we got our hands on the official press release, issued by the Acqualina resort itself. It says:

Acqualina informed Rosewood Hotels and Resorts last month of its decision to end their relationship effective October 31st and to establish its own luxury brand. Acqualina Management, LLC, the hotel management company that has employed the on-site management team supervised by Rosewood,...is to assume complete supervision of the management team.

Hmmm...that sounds like a "We didn't need you anyways" type of release from Acqualina, doesn't it? Nevertheless, it doesn't look like much of the hotel's top management is going anywhere as the hotel's vice president Florent Gateau will stay on as will the sales & marketing director Deborah Yager-Fleming.

The hotel also promises to "build significantly on its membership" in The Leading Hotels of the World program. So we're guessing the resort will do its best to keep returning guests happy.

One last jab in the release: "While retaining its very talented on-site top management group, ownership together with management will focus on continuing to build an even stronger team at Acqualina."

Guests, keep us posted if they live up to this promise or not.

Related Stories:
· Rosewood Resorts Bowing Out of Acqualina Hotel? [HotelChatter]

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Rosewood Resorts Bowing Out of Acqualina Hotel?

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  Site Where: 17875 Collins Avenue [map], Sunny Isles Beach, fl, United States, 33160
October 22, 2007 at 4:06 PM | by | Comment (1)

A regular guest of the Acqualina Resort in Florida wrote into us saddened to hear that Rosewood Resorts was ending its management of the hotel. The hotel's website still states that it is a Rosewood Resort so this is not official news. But we thought we'd investigate anyways.

So we emailed a few of our sources to determine why Rosewood would no longer be managing the place, if this is indeed true. While no one could confirm the report, one source said that the Acqualina may have not fit in with the rest of the Rosewood Resort portfolio.

The hotel is way north of Miami Beach on a soulless stretch of Collins that feels more like a highway.

Our source also added that a few managers transferred out of the hotel to the Carlyle in NYC and to Rosewood properties in the Caribbean, a sign that this move may have been planned for a while.

Have your own thoughts to add about the Acqualina and Rosewood Resorts? Comment below.

[Photo: WaveBreaker]

Related Stories:
· The Regent South Beach No More [HotelChatter]

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Room with a Killer View: Newport Beachside Resort

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  Site Where: 16701 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, fl, United States, 33160
January 18, 2007 at 11:14 AM | by | Comments (0)

We are suckers for a room with a killer view.  We find that we are even more likely to forgive some minor hotel inconveniences if we can stare out the window at something pretty--yeah we are that shallow. Let's help out our fellow hotel mavens by uploading rooms with killer views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. We will feature our favorites in this space from time to time. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number of the hot view.

While Michael de Zayas covers the glamor of South Beach and the hot hotel addresses in Miami Beach, this photo is a reminder that you don't have to be in the fashionable zone to get a killer view and a nice beach to lounge on. Sometimes you're better off at a hotel that snagged a good location long ago.

This shot is from room 404 at the Newport Beachside Hotel and Resort. It's a blocky oceanfront affair that is refreshingly old-Miami, offering good value in a family-friendly atmosphere. It's in the North Miami Beach area, about a mile from Bal Harbour. The room this was taken from, set up like a small suite, often goes for $220 or less--plus the "gotcha" $10 resort fee. Rooms not directly on the ocean run significantly less. (Forget trying to book it for Super Bowl though; they've been sold out for months.)

This part of the Florida coast hasn't escaped the ridiculous amount of construction going on though: cranes and concrete crews are working overtime up and down the beach, maybe building more hotels but mostly building condos. It all seems like bubble-time to us, but there's no denying that this tropical stretch of sand is one of the most enticing in the U.S.--especially considering you can still swim in the ocean comfortably in mid-January.

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Room with a Killer View: Le Meridien Sunny Isles

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  Site Where: 18683 Collins Avenue [map], Sunny Isles Beach, fl, United States, 33160
January 4, 2007 at 11:46 AM | by | Comment (1)

We are suckers for a room with a killer view.  We find that we are even more likely to forgive some minor hotel inconveniences if we can stare out the window at something pretty--yeah we are that shallow. Let's help out our fellow hotel mavens by uploading rooms with killer views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. We will feature our favorites in this space from time to time. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number of the hot view.

Lately, we've beeh in a rut thinking that Killer Views had to come from a hotel abroad. However, QuirkyGal shows us on Flickr that a great room view can be had here in the states. Specifically, the 25th floor of the Le Meridien Sunny Isles. With floors so high, no wonder the service is pokey.

Related Stories:
· Le Meridien Sunny Isles is Pokey With Service [HotelChatter]

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Get Romantic in 2007

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  Site Where: 17875 Collins Avenue [map], Sunny Isles Beach, fl, United States, 33160
January 3, 2007 at 12:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

If your New Year's Resolution is to crank up the romance in your life, then you need to know what about.com's Susane Breslow Sardone considers to be 2007's Best New Hotels for Romance. With tips spread from downtown New York (luckily this time avoiding the yet-to-open Downtown Hotel) to Rio and rural Ireland to the charming Czech Republic, there's a find for everyone, but the big gold medal goes to North Miami Beach's Acqualina.

Less than a year old, the Acqualina is described as "romantic fantasy come to life". Of course, everybody's got their own individual ideas of romantic fantasy (and some of them we just don't want to know about), but if an adults-only tranquility pool and marble showers built for two fit into your imagination, book now.

If you're trying to use it for that special moment, the concierges are even equipped to give you hints on how to propose! (On top of that they're multilingual and can arrange for your pets to be walked, too). Just twenty minutes from Fort Lauderdale airport, and you can let the romance begin.

Also on the list are Gramercy Park Hotel, for the scary gothic sex freak in all of us.

Related Stories:
· Acqualina reviews [TripAdvisor]
· Best New Hotels for Romance [about.com]