Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and if we want to make a good impression, it can only benefit us to choose our dining experience wisely. In this magical and culinary savoir-faire dining city of ours, barely a day passes by without news of an exciting new restaurant, a chic celebrity chef taking center stage, or the must-have entree of the “moment” worth its weight in gold. Fortunately, I met with the team at Acqualina for a behind the scenes tour of what you can expect to enjoy this Valentine’s day with your loved one or your closest friends.

Celebrate this Valentine’s Day at Acqualina Resort and Spa on the Beach. Book a relaxing daytime experience at the Acqualina Spa by ESPA before heading off to a romantic dinner at its oceanside restaurant, Costa Grill, for an unforgettable “Oceanside Dinner Under the Stars.” The coveted restaurant will be opening its doors to welcome all guests this Valentine’s Day, as it is only available to Resort Guest and Residents during the rest of the year.


Valentine’s Day “Oceanside Dinner Under the Stars” at Costa Grill – Enjoy stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean in an enchanting outdoor setting under the stars. This romance filled evening includes a welcome rose for each lady, live music by singer Michelle Manzo, a four-course dinner, and a gift bag of four Macaroons upon departure.

“Oceanside Dinner Under the Stars” is $150 per person excluding beverages, tax and gratuity. Advanced reservations are required via Dustin Lapekas at Dustin.lapekas@acqualina.com or at 305-918-6872. Credit Card prepayment is required by February 7, 2015. Valet parking is $15.00 per car paid on night of event. Please choose from Sunset Seating at 6:00 p.m. or Moonlight Seating at 9:00 p.m.


Amuse Bouche: Savory Macaroon, Crème Fraiche, Caviar, Chive Baton

1st Course (choice): East & West Oysters; 2 & 2 with Champagne Mignonette; Lobster Risotto; Cognac Flambéed, Lobster Bisque, Main Lobster Claw

2nd course (choice): Crab Bisque; Jumbo Lump Crab Meat, Chive Oil; Iberico & Figs; Iberico Ham, Figs, Goat Cheese, Truffle Honey Vinaigrette

Intermezzo: Champagne Lemon Sorbet

3rd course (choice): Ribeye Filet Bordelaise, Creek Stone Farm Center Cut Ribeye, topped with Bone Marrow Bordelaise served with Purple Potato Au Gratin or Seabass Putanesca, Pan seared Sea Bass, Traditional Putanesca Sauce, Anchovies, Micro Herb Salad

Dessert: Milk Chocolate Dip for Two; Red Velvet Sponge Cake, Strawberries, Cantaloupe; Bananas served with House Made Warm Milk Chocolate Dip

Valentine’s Day at Il Mulino

Available only on February 14th, with seating as early as 5:30p.m., is Il Mulino’s three course culinary delights. The Unabashedly European balance of farm-fresh ingredients, artistic preparation, and impeccable service distinguishes Il Mulino as the world’s most exclusive culinary asset. This special Valentine’s Dinner offers romance, elegance and an evening to remember at $175 per person including a glass of Prosecco. All other beverages, tax and gratuity are not included.

For dinner reservations please contact the Concierge at 877.496.3110.

Both restaurants are located inside the Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach

17875 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles Beach, FL


ESPA at Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach celebrates romance and pampering with its special Valentine’s Day Spa Packages. ESPA welcomes all guests and lovebirds seeking an ultimate luxury spa experience to indulge in some quality relaxation and personal time.

 ESPA Packages Available Throughout the Month of February Include:

  1. Love is in the Air Package: a luxurious Valentines treat for you and your significant other to let you relax before your big date! You and your loved one will be welcomed with a glass of champagne and ESPA Two Hour Time Journey tailored to your needs individually and shared together in the Spa’s Private Suite for two. 120 minutes – $750 plus 20% service charge.


  1. Warming of the Heart Package: this treatment is perfect to relieve deep seated tension and muscular stress. Skin Brushing Exfoliation and ESPA Facial cleanse begin the 1 hour and 50 min treatment. The body is massaged with blended aromatherapy oils and Ayurvedic infusions, combined with the use of volcanic stones to release tension, working on the vital energy points & chakras around the body. This treatment ends with deeply soothing head massage to release stress from the mind & body. 1 hour and 50 minutes – $295 inclusive (regularly $354).

About Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach

Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach is a place where the charm of a Mediterranean villa meets elegance on the beach and a recipient of the coveted Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Award, the AAA Five Diamond Award and the Andrew Harper’s Reader’s Choice Award for Top 20 Beach and Family Resorts. A seaside luxury haven located on 4.5 beachfront acres in pristine Sunny Isles Beach, Acqualina Resort & Spa features 98 impeccably appointed guest rooms and suites and 188 residencies with breathtaking views of Atlantic Ocean. Step into a world of luxury with unprecedented accommodations and service, world-class dining destinations, including Piazzetta Marketplace, AQ by Acqualina and Il Mulino New York, three oceanfront swimming pools, spacious boardroom, a world class fitness center offering the latest Artis technology and an innovative marine biology-based children’s program. A variety of lavish interior and exterior venues provide an ideal background for opulent weddings and memorable events on the lush property grounds boasting 400 feet of stunning Atlantic coastline. Acqualina Spa by ESPA, the first ESPA-branded spa in the United States, provides guests with an exquisite 20,000-square-foot, two-story tranquil sanctuary of excellence and relaxation set in a class of its own offering 11 multi-functional treatment rooms and an extravagant private spa suite for two, along with the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful outdoor terrace complete with a spa pool, heated jet pool, and Roman waterfall – all set against the gorgeous backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean. For more information on Acqualina, please visit http://www.acqualinaresort.com.

For reservations, please call 305.918.6777 or 888.804.4338.


Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach




The Mansions at Acqualina




The Estates at Acqualina





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