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Hotel style: Acqualina Resort and Spa on the Beach

Daniela Payne

This beach resort near Miami is an ideal getaway for the stressed-out city dweller, with its luxe decor and neverending amenities.

The hotel
"The Acqualina is elegance on the beach."
At least that's how Klaus Tenter, chairman of the Acqualina Executive Committee, describes the resort and spa on the beach. Situated between Fort Lauderdale and Miami Beach, the Acqualina is a classy place where you can kick back and enjoy the natural beauty of southern Florida's magnificent coastline.
The Acqualina, which opened in May 2006, is an interior design masterpiece. Exuding class and sophistication, guests can enjoy themselves at one of the three oceanfront swimming pools (or in one of the cabanas), the luxurious two-story ESPA (the resort's 20,000 square foot spa), the much-raved about Il Mulino New York restaurant or any of the other fabulous resort amenities.
However, what guests will likely enjoy most is the selection of 97 rooms and suites. Designed by Zeke Fernandez, a renowned Miami-based interior designer, the modern look with classic motifs will have hotel guests oohing and aahing.

The look
For the guest rooms in the Acqualina, space and functionality were a must. "It was important to us that all of the guest rooms and suites have a residential type feel, especially since our average length of stay is close to four nights," Klaus says. "Our guests want to be able to enjoy the same amenities as if they were at home, so top-of-the-line features were a must."
Then came designer Zeke to give the rooms a spacious and elegant feel.
"The Acqualina has a very classic look and edge," Zeke says. "We didn't want a traditional contemporary hotel look with the rooms. We wanted to have more class and personality, as the Acqualina has an audience with taste and style." From sleeping in comfortable Rivolta Carmigani sheets to taking in the oceanfront view from your balcony while sipping your drink of choice in your Oceanfront Suite, you are knee deep in class.
Why we love it
Though decorated in simple, classic colours, the Oceanfront Suite is busy with style. We love the contrast of deep, rich browns against crisp and clean beiges and whites. Textured materials also create a nice contrast.
The suite's walls are a big hit as well. "We did a lot of moldings that are big and over scaled," Zeke says. "The tall wood base is a classic, traditional look. We filled it in with clean-lined furniture. The walls create a beautiful background that set the tone. It's very different and impressive."



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