Great Staycations: The Atlantic and Acqualina

Thinking about a much-needed weekend getaway? Hotels throughout the area—like The Atlantic and Acqualina—are happy to oblige 

Acqualina Resort & Residences on the Beach 

17875 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach 

About the resort: The five-star Mediterranean-style oasis remains one of South Florida’s most luxurious beachfront destinations. Acqualina’s “Guest Experience Managers” can enhance any stay by curating your getaway experience—from coordinating shopping lists to booking dining reservations to customizing the private bar. Speaking of dining, standout Il Mulino New York once again is serving its traditional Italian cuisine seven days a week (the restaurant also is open for breakfast and lunch). In addition, registered dietitian Staci Shacter has collaborated with the resort on the Acqualina Diet—healthy dishes (think cauliflower pizza with Buffalo chicken and arugula or sautéed zucchini and squash noodles) that are featured on the menu at Costa Grill, gourmet Mediterranean cuisine under the palms and adjacent to the beach. Enhanced “Acqua Experiences” give families a variety of activities from which to choose, including private abstract painting by the sea. 

Isn’t that special: The resort, which reopened June 15, is offering a Summer Getaway special that includes 15% off the best available rate, complimentary valet parking and free internet access. There’s a minimum two-night stay requirement in the deluxe Intracoastal room category (or above). … The Acqualina App gives guests the chance to order food, book cabanas, reserve amenities (and much more) online. 

Contact: 877.312.9742;


The Atlantic Hotel & Spa 

601 Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale

About the resort: The all-suite boutique property along Fort Lauderdale Beach embodies the home-away-from-home vibe enjoyed by guests looking to stay for more than just a night. The rooms are all oversized with fully equipped kitchens and private balconies overlooking either the city skyline or the Atlantic Ocean. Highlights include a fifth-floor outdoor pool with ocean views; popular Sky Bar on the same fifth-floor pool terrace; a V.I.D. (Very Important Dog) program for guests with furry friends in tow; and complimentary beach cruisers. Wild Thyme Oceanside Eatery, renowned for its fresh seafood, delights with a host of small plates (oysters, coconut conch fritters, drunken mussels, bison sliders, lamb ribs), hearty entrées (seafood paella, crispy chicken and thyme waffles), and shared specials (like the crispy seafood cone with clams, mussels, shrimp, calamari, scallops and more).

Isn’t that special: Guests who plan ahead will be rewarded with a 15% off discount when making reservations more than 14 days in advance.

Contact: 954.567.8020; 

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