City on a Barrier Island
Sunny Isles Beach is a city on a barrier island in Florida. The city, with the Atlantic Ocean on the east side and the Intracoastal Waterway on the west, is roughly halfway between North Miami Beach and the area of Hollywood, Hallandale, and Fort Lauderdale.
Getting to Sunny Isles Beach
The taxi fare from either Miami International Airport or Fort Lauderdale – Hollywood International Airport to Sunny Isles Beach is usually $45 to $55. Airport shuttles are similarly priced. The drive from either airport takes about 30 minutes. Renting a car is often less expensive and more convenient.
Reasonably Priced Resort and Spa
Marenas Beach Resort & Spa is a reasonably priced property in Sunny Isles Beach, with rooms from less than $180 nightly. The $22 daily resort fee covers telephone calls (local and outside of the area), access to the fitness center, Wi-Fi in some public areas of the hotel, and use of the swimming pool along with lounge chairs and umbrellas for the pool and beach. Other hotel amenities include a steam room, spa tub, sauna, poolside bar, restaurant, and both a 24-hour fitness facility and business center. A surcharge applies to using personal trainers in the gym.
Luxury Resort and Spa
Acqualina Resort and Spa on the beach is a luxury property in Sunny Isles Beach, with nightly rates ranging from $500 for a room to $2,950 for a three-bedroom suite. The resort, recipient of the 2013 Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Award and the 2013 AAA Five Diamond Award for four years in a row, features superb amenities. There is a complimentary children’s club onsite. Babysitting or childcare is available at a surcharge. The resort permits one dog or cat — weighing no more than 25 pounds and measuring no more than 14 inches — per guest room. A surcharge applies.
All rooms feature premium bedding, free Wi-Fi, television with premium channels and pay movies, minibar, and complimentary bottled water. The marble bathrooms have large soak tubs and separate showers. Cribs and infant beds are available. For parents wanting to out for the evening, the hotel offers in-room childcare at a surcharge.
Acqualina Spa by ESPA has 16 treatment rooms. Among the services and amenities are several types of massages and aromatherapy, hydrotherapy, body treatments, facials, and Ayurvedic treatments.
Things to Do in Sunny Isles Beach
TripAdvisor has a list of the top 10 things to do in Sunny Isles Beach. Most activities in the city center spending several hours luxuriating at a spa, renting an exotic car, chartering a yacht for a day, or going on a cruise for a few hours.
Exotic Car Rentals, Yacht Charters, and Cruises
Prime Luxury Rentals arranges exotic car rentals for sports car enthusiasts. Rent a Ferrari 360 Spider for $799 per day or $4,199 per week. Charter a 65′ Rodríguez Cat or a 62′ Azimut Mega Yacht. Go on an “Islands of the Rich and Famous” cruise. See the private islands on which celebrities and heads of corporations have built magnificent mansions.
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