Great South Florida Escapes: Staycations, Part 6

Acqualina Resort & Residences

Address: 17875 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach

Wow Factor: Never one to rest on its luxury laurels, the AAA five-diamond property has enhanced its already breathtaking rooms, restaurants and amenities. The 98 rooms and suites received new bedding with silky soft linens; custom-designed furnishings; and full bathroom makeovers with Italian marble flooring, glass-enclosed showers and more. The resort also added further sophisticated flair to the adult pool, which now features red loveseats, daybeds and chaise lounges. Il Mulino New York, the acclaimed Italian restaurant that hosts an “all-you-can-everything” gourmet Sunday brunch, also has a fresh look. Meanwhile, the resort has added another yet another fine-dining establishment, Avra Miami, featuring Greek fare.

Isn’t That Special: The resort’s Staycation Rate, 15-percent off, includes valet parking and private 90-minute sessions at AcquaMarine children’s program (ages 4-12). There also are specials that include daily buffet breakfast as well as an ultimate spa package for two with $1,000 spa credit per stay.

Contact:; 877.312.9742

The Marker

Address: 200 William St., Key West

Wow Factor: Understated elegance permeates this 96-room property spanning two tropical acres on historic Key West Harbor, just a stone’s throw from Duval Street and Mallory Square. Each room features a private balcony overlooking the lushly landscaped grounds. Guests have access to three saltwater pools and waterfront dining at Starboard to go with a full calendar of events and activities (think live music, tasting opportunities, pool games, drink specials, poolside yoga and more).

Isn’t That Special: The Ernest Hemingway package includes a tour of Papa Pilar’s Distillery, tickets to the Hemmingway Home, a sunset sail or fishing charter, an in-room pampering kit from Key West Soaps—and a complimentary bottle of Papa’s Pilar rum.Contact: 855.485.9291;


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