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WE LCOM E We’re honored you’ve chosen to stay at Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach, one of the most recognized properties in the world.
There’s a stretch of beach where the glittering aquamarine ocean laps against the white-sand shores and an elegant tower beckons travelers. Here, red lounge chairs and umbrellas are strewn across the sand and spill forth from lavishly landscaped gardens and pools, inviting guests to revel in the sumptuous offerings. But the temptations of this Mediterranean-inspired haven don’t end there. Acqualina’s hospitality and top-of-the line amenities continue to garner awards and accolades from some of the most prestigious travel organizations in the world, including Travel + Leisure, Forbes Travel Guide, U.S. News & World Report , The Leading Hotels of the World and — most recently — USA Today, which named Acqualina Resort the Best Waterfront Hotel in the United States. I believe it is our dedicated staff of professionals and never-ending dedication to exceptional service that continues to make Acqualina such a success. You’ve chosen to spend your precious leisure time at our Five Star enclave; know that we are devoted to ensuring you have the resort experience you deserve. In this issue, meet a few members of our team — including our General Manager Christof Pignet — who are on hand to make your dreams come true. We also invite you to discover the worlds of fashion, art and culture starting here, where we embody art, architecture and lifestyle in everything we do. Art meets mixology in our recently renovated AQ Bar, which features a carefully curated collection of works from Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Jeff Koons and many more internationally renowned artists. Get to know the living legend that is Karl Lagerfeld and take a peek at his design for the lobbies at The Estates at Acqualina. And find out which of Miami’s art galleries, museums and festivals are must-visits in the “A Flair for the Arts” feature article. Whether you are visiting us for the first time or are one of our many regular guests, I hope you enjoy your stay.
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RED These stunning pieces are aflame with Acqualina Resortâ€™s signature color.
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RUBY SHOW ERS For over half a century Graff has been indelibly linked with the rarest gemstones. Generations of the Graff family have plied their expertise, personally selecting every stone and â€” uniquely among diamond houses â€” presiding over every step of its journey. This exquisitely crafted, multi-shaped necklace features 102.59 carats of rubies and 36.19 carats of diamonds. Visit the Graff boutique at the Bal Harbour Shops. www.graffdiamonds.com
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DA ZZLING SUNBURST Designer Jean Schlumberger played an essential role in developing the iconic Tiffany & Co. style. In 1956, his designs were coveted and collected by the worldâ€™s most fashionable women, including Jacqueline Kennedy. This 18-karat gold, platinum, ruby and diamond Fringe Necklace by Schlumberger is a quintessential example of his work. Visit the Tiffany boutique in Aventura Mall and find more classic pieces. www.tiffany.com
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FR INGE BENEFITS Another stunning example of Tiffany jewelry designer Jean Schlumbergerâ€™s classic work, the Tapestry Ring in 18-karat yellow gold and platinum features a bursting, 12-carat oval rubellite surrounded by diamonds and an additional flair of gold tassels â€” an accessories trend seeing a resurgance. The tassels add a fun touch of personality to a powerful statement piece. www.tiffany.com
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DROPS OF LOV E The heirloom-worthy fine jewelry from Goldesign Brazilian Jewellery is acclaimed for its exuberant and exquisite design. Owner and designer Ana Marcia Albuquerque enjoys creating jewelry that caters to discerning tastes using the en tremblant technique, a French term that refers to a technique that adds delicate movement to pieces. These unique drop earrings are made of 18-karat gold and feature diamonds, rubies and rubellites. www.goldesignjoias.com.br
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JAEGER-LECOULTRE MASTER CLASS WATCH TRAINING
The Estates at Acqualina played host to an incredible experience in an exquisite setting. On October 17, distinguished guests arrived at The Estates Sales Gallery for a hands-on watchmaking course led by Brian Berkowitz, Senior Technical Watchmaker for JaegerLeCoultre. Organized by HCP Media, guests were treated to a cocktail reception and received a Certificate of Completion along with a gift bag.
1. HCP Media Global Sales Director of Luxury Accounts Lisa Magnus; Jaeger-LeCoultre (JLC) North America Communications Manager Austeja Makoveckaite; Jaeger-LeCoultre Senior Technical Watchmaker Brian Berkowitz; HCP Media President and Publisher Marisa Beazel; and Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach and The Estates at Acqualina Vice President of Communications Alexandra Wensley 2. Steve Rudin; Cindy Rudin; Michele Migliaccio, MDD Boutique Manager for JLC; Brian Berkowitz; Valeriy Kalendarev; Karina Vakhovsky; Nadya Perez; and Andrew Cho 3. Nadya Perez, MDD Boutique Sales Associate for JLC; Carlos Simon Ramirez; Brian Berkowitz; Steve Duff; and Michele Migliaccio 4. Berkowitz with event participants disassembling and reassembling their watches
5. Michele Migliaccio and Roseann Sandor, JLC North America Retail Director
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Couresty of Karl Lagerfeld
IN HIS MORE THAN 50 YEARS IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY, KARL LAGERFELD HAS MADE HIS MARK ON THE WORLD THROUGH CHANEL, FENDI AND HIS OWN LINE. WO R D S - J O S E P H D E AC E T I S
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f style is about making a statement, then renowned designer Karl Lagerfeld has most certainly accomplished that with imperial greatness. Even his appearance accounts for the prestige of his rank. Due in part to his eccentricities, his personal style has helped him promote his own myth. He has donned a ponytail and dark sunglasses since the 1970s and, more recently, added distinctive high collars and dark suits to his signature look. His name has become synonymous with the principal aspirations of the new concept of fashion. After reigning on the fashion throne for more than 50 years, Lagerfeld has advanced his status and influence on many platforms within the world of fashion. Karl Otto Lagerfeld was born in Hamburg, Germany, purportedly on September 10, 1933 — the year has never been officially confirmed. As creative director of Chanel, Fendi and his own eponymous label, he performed great service to the global consumer and the fashion industry as a whole. Lagerfeld’s versatility has been of such significance that we can admire him as an artist. At an early age, his cosmopolitan education and knowledge of languages enabled him to finish his studies in Paris. His big break came in 1954 when he won the first prize in a contest organized by the Secrétariat international de la laine (International Wool Association) with a coat
later produced by Pierre Balmain. Lagerfeld became his assistant soon thereafter and stayed with the House of Balmain for three years before becoming art director at Jean Patou. He remained there for five satisfying but unusually calm years, as he tells it. This relative freedom allowed him to deepen his knowledge in subjects that had passionately interested him for years: history, architecture, music and 18th-century France. When ready-to-wear came into its own in the 1960s, he plunged into a career as an independent stylist in France, Italy, England and Germany. The concept of fur needed modernization to become viable. Henceforth, the House of Fendi called on Lagerfeld to bring a modern pulse to the brand, a collaboration that continues to this day. Perfume has always been important for him as well. In 1975, he launched Chloé becoming the first great ready-to-wear designer to brand a scent globally without first having his own designer label. It wasn’t until 1984 that he established Karl Lagerfeld. He also designed the new collections for Chloé from 1992 to 1997. His constant interest in new experiences led him to illustrate Hans Christian Andersen’s The Emperor’s New Clothes. He even created opera costumes for La Scala, the Burgtheater of Vienna, the Salzburg Festival and the Monte-Carlo Ballet. He entered his first period of great prominence in 1983 when he began his career with Chanel. When choosing a successor, the fashion house had to decide how to deal with the founder’s legacy. The question arose: should the new designer
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follow in the footsteps of the fashion house or should he/she follow personal inclinations with respect to design? The House of Chanel was fortunate enough to find the perfect solution in Lagerfeld. Appointed head designer in 1983, “Kaiser Karl,” as he was called, kept the spirit of Gabrielle (Coco) Chanel alive. During the launch of his first haute couture collection for the historic fashion house, he boasted, “I found it fun to interpret Chanel. I am ashamed to admit it, but it is heavenly to have the chance to be someone else and to break out of the prison of oneself and one’s own style.” Lagerfeld’s main endeavor is to excite and thrill fashion journalists, buyers and ultimately the consumer. His first haute couture collection featured a spectacular travel suit. It was not only extremely contemporary but also took a strong stance in the era of power dressing. The collection was proclaimed the best the house had produced since Mademoiselle had passed 12 years prior. The zeitgeist of 1983 gave Lagerfeld a better chance of putting the house back on the fashion map. His copious use of black was both a Chanel tradition and a contemporary trend. He had his finger on the pulse of the youth culture. At one point, Chanel used Madonna — draped in strings of faux pearls and costume jewelry — as the face of the brand. Equally, Chanel’s austere and masculine style was in tune with 1980s’ power dressing. His great strength is that he lives in the moment and seemingly produces designs that are in touch with the spirit of the times. Lagerfeld used distinctive elements of Chanel and produced something entirely
new. “I use Chanel’s classic devices in a different way,” Lagerfeld has stated. “For example, making straps for a simple jersey evening dress from the gilded chain she used as the handles of her bags or for her CC necklaces. It adds a touch of humor to the sagaciousness of her style.” By respecting Chanel and using this strategy, he managed to keep her spirit alive and well, ensuring that the House of Chanel retained a highly recognizable look beyond Mademoiselle’s lifetime. The recent Fall/Winter 2018 collection was presented at the Grand Palais in Paris. It consisted of a palette of russets, reds and orange; moss; prints of foliage or rings of grey wood; and details that are so dear to Chanel: tweed — classic, downy, frayed or woven — alternates with broadcloth, cotton canvas, soft knits, corduroy and velvet. Thigh-high boots and brogues in oxide gold leather, pink leather fingerless gloves, faux fur cuffs encrusted with feathers, and big colorful scarves all warm this modern and comfortable silhouette. “Chanel, it is life itself, clothes that have a possibility of life,” emphasized Lagerfeld. Like Chanel, Lagerfeld has become a legend in his own lifetime. Even now, he shows keen interest in technologies on offer in today’s virtual world. He has been known to say he is not in the least interested in the past. For the last 30 years, Lagerfeld has steered the House of Chanel into the future. A perpetual renouveau reminding us that time has no influence on the fashion icon’s style and the allure. The great irony is that Gabrielle Chanel often said that “Dressing a woman is not a man’s job.” Lagerfeld has most certainly proved otherwise!
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D ST YLISH LIVING Karl Lagerfeld brings his talents to The Estates at Acqualina by designing new lobbies. WORDS - JOSEPH DEACETIS
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The first condominium project in the United States to involve the iconic designer, The Estates at Acqualina is a new, highly anticipated $1.6 billion residential development in Miami’s Sunny Isles Beach. “I am maybe a frustrated interior designer,” explains Lagerfeld. “I made enough houses for myself that it is now time for me to do places for other people.” Karl Lagerfeld’s vision for the lobbies at 777 Via Acqualina and 888 Via Acqualina blends both classical architecture and contemporary art. For the South Tower, photographs of Roman fountains and arches — taken by Lagerfeld himself — will be etched into larger-than-life wall panels. These images, along with a spectacular working fountain at the center of the lobby, compliment the expansive oceanfront views that surround The Estates. They also evoke a traditional Roman piazza, which, like the lobby, also functioned as a communal gathering place for residents. “I love fountains,” says Lagerfeld, “there is no place in the world where [there are] more fountains than in Rome.” “[My] main inspiration depends [on] the circumstances, and I tried to find a way that goes with this area where the building is and my personal tastes. I have no standard inspirations. I do not do the same ‘Karl Lagerfeld look’ for every building. I always try to find a compromise between me and where the place is.” The space will feature a pale color palette of cerulean blue, white, silver and gray, with pink hues as a nod to the Miami locale of The Estates. “Lobbies serve two purposes — they are the first impression of a building and a common living room for socializing,” says Lagerfeld. It will be a catwalk you can walk on every day!
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CUISINE Experience the art of mixology and savor carefully crafted cocktails at the recently renovated AQ Bar.
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AFICIONADOS OF TASTE Recent redesign of AQ Bar brings elegance and art to Acqualina. WORDS - MICHELLE PAYER
Step into the AQ Ba r and light pours in th rough rotating wall panels that resemble canvas works of a r t with textured br ush strokes of deep pur ple and wa r m blue, offer ing a peek into AQ Chop House by Il Mulino by day before gently closing in the evening. By night, guests a re transpor ted to a sultr y envi ronment of Pa r is’ La Belle Époque. Conversations buzz, a Lucite chess boa rd begs for attention, while an A r t Deco-style backgam mon set sits demurely to the side am idst books and an oversized custom mural on an a rchitectural wall. Here, elegantly outfitted m ixologists create magic with each ca refully constr ucted cocktail. “We want people to feel free to sin k into one of the com for table seats, have a dr in k, play a game with fam ily or fr iends, and feel as if they have been ta ken to a completely different place, which is calm ing but fun,” says Sean Saladino, P r incipal of Saladino Design Studios, which transfor med the elegant space. There is nothing typical about A Q B a r, f r o m t h e c r u s h e d v e l v e t mid-centur y moder n fur niture to the elaborate a r t collection recently
installed in the stylish space. The only collection of its k ind in any South F lor ida hotel, each piece is a lim ited-edition or iginal pr int, created and signed by some of the world’s foremost living and deceased a r tists including Andy Wa rhol, Keith Ha r ing, Dam ien Hi rst, Roy Lichtenstein and Rober t Longo. Sculptures include a Jeff Koons Red Balloon Dog from the or iginal Balloon ser ies released in 1995, while or iginal pr ints include Andy Wa rhol’s Bir th of Venus , which retails for $105,0 0 0 (special pr icing is offered to Acqualina guests and residents). “This is completely unique to Acqualina in ter ms of the a r tists that have been chosen, the investmentgrade level of the a r t, the prestige of the pieces and the compilation itself,” explains Er in Wolov with Fine A r t MI A, the galler y that worked in pa r tnership with Acqualina Resor t to create this impor tant anthology. “We want the Acqualina com munity to engage with a r t,” says Wolov, “to br ing a consciousness of the amazing contempora r y a r tists in [whom] people a re investing and sta r t a conversation.”
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IN GOOD SPIRITS Whether you’re tanning poolside or in search of an evening nightcap, Acqualina’s concoctions are the perfect complement to your resort experience. WORDS - MICHELLE PAYER
Cocktails at Acqualina are as fresh and varied as the resort itself. According to AQ Bar’s Lead Mixologist, Ana Maria Mejia, a cheerful Colombian whom guests refer to by name, that’s no accident. Acqualina’s concoctions are often more like smoothies than alcoholic beverages, thanks to freshmuddled fruits, house-made simple syrups and liquor infusions made from strawberry, hibiscus and ginger. Mejia lends her expertise by recommending cocktails that fit a guest’s mood at the moment. Yearning for a slightly sweet martini? Mejia will recommend A Woman in Red Dress, a guest favorite with vodka, Champagne, St-Germain, Campari and freshly muddled berries. Guests craving something caliente request the Spicy Passion, created with tequila, Cointreau, muddled jalapeño, basil and lemon. A cocktail that “makes you feel like you’re enjoying the moment to the fullest,” explains Mejia, is the Slice of Life, made with organic mixed blackberries, raspberries and blueberries, Absolut Elyx, St-Germain, lemon and mint. Mejia a nd t h e ba r t end i ng t e a m resemble scientists preparing concoctions to their own exacting standards. They spend two hours each day preparing fruits and presenting them in glass jars on the bar for guests to admire; two weeks preparing infusions, including storing the liquor in a dark space; three hours creating hibiscus simple syrup, to extract the most flavor from the flower; and they work with a
special cocktail smoker box in order to create the AQ Smoked Negroni, which is made from citrus-infused gin, Campari, Martini & Rossi Rubino Riserva and hickory wood smoke. For the most popular order at AQ Bar, Mejia believes it’s a toss up between the Something with Cucumber — a cocktail made with Bacardí Heritage rum, Martini & Rossi Bianco, muddled cucumber and fresh lime — and the Little Figlet, made with fig-infused Plymouth Gin and house lime cordial. In addition to a full menu of options, Mejia and her fellow mixologists also create a “drink of the week” that may include fresh herbs from Il Mulino’s kitchen or feature South Florida’s fresh harvests — including mangos, papayas and guanabanas, also known as soursop — for margaritas and mojitos. Rather than make easy-to-prepare cocktails, these bartenders spend days and weeks inventing new concoctions for guests and residents to enjoy at their leisure. Not to be outdone, Costa Grill serves Acqualina Resort’s most Instagrammable drink: the Acqualina Thai Coconut, a refreshing drink with or without alcohol (a splash of Malibu Rum or Ron Zacapa is recommended) served in a young Thai coconut that has been seared with the Acqualina Resort logo. When finished, bartenders can cut the fruit and serve the flesh as a healthy snack or dessert. Now that’s refreshing!
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TOP CHEF Meet Acqualina’s Executive Chef Andre Sattler. WORDS - MICHELLE PAYER
It’s not easy to pin down Acqualina Resort & Spa’s Executive Chef Andre Sattler. In addition to overseeing culinary operations for banquets, events, weddings and Acqualina Spa, this multitasking international chef is taking personal delight in fine-tuning the Costa Grill menu. Utilizing Miami’s homegrown delights, Sattler is enriching Costa Grill’s Mediterranean menu while preserving guest favorites, claiming it’s all about the experience at South Florida’s only private Mediterranean restaurant on the sand. Where are you from? I’m originally from Heidelberg, Germany, and grew up close to the Dutch border in the West German countryside, where we always had good food. My grandparents lived in Mallorca (Spain), so we spent every free minute there. That’s where I experienced beautiful weather, sun, the ocean and the Mediterranean lifestyle. Why did you choose culinary arts as a career? For me, traveling and seeing the world was the catalyst that propelled me towards this profession. I started in hotel management and one of the rotations was in the kitchen. I loved it and honed my skills with apprenticeship at three luxury and business
hotels in Germany, which was unheard of at the time. From there, I was recruited to global luxury hotels and restaurants including The Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg; Rosewood Little Dix Bay; Mandarin Oriental, Elbow Beach in Bermuda; Al Faisaliah Hotel Rosewood Riyadh in Saudi Arabia; and, most recently, Mansion on Turtle Creek. Where can Acqualina guests and residents find you? I spend most of my time at Costa Grill, where I really like to create a Mediterranean environment and present beautiful cuisine that the hotel guests and residents love. My favorites are the grilled branzino sprinkled with lime and served with grilled vegetables, fresh local snapper, flank steak with grilled pineapple, our signature pizzas, the Impossible Burger made from plant-based proteins, the delicious beef tenderloin churrasco made from filet mignon and the Panzanello salad. Here, guests are in an exclusive environment. Nowhere else in South Florida can you sit right on the beach, al fresco, in a place that’s not open to the public and feel as if you’re on the Mediterranean Sea. How do you spend your free time? Right now, it’s all about my son, Fulton Andre Peter Sattler, born August 30 in Fort Lauderdale. (Ask to see the little cutie!)
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AT YOU R SE RVICE A key part of Acqualina’s award-winning, five-star service, General Manager Christof Pignet takes pride in his work and makes every guest’s dreams come true.
Where are you from? I was born and raised in a small village near the border of Italy and Slovenia in enchantingly beautiful Carinthia, Austria.
What is the best part of your job? Having the privilege of working with an exceptional team of passionate and enthusiastic hospitality professionals to make guests’ dreams come true.
What differentiates Acqualina from other luxury resorts? Acqualina is the only resort in Sunny Isles Beach completely open to the Atlantic Ocean with no barrier in between the lush green grass and the beach. Acqualina also offers a wide array of activities for guests of all ages: our Acqua Experiences. We are looking to personalize each guest’s visit with a curated service approach to not only meet but ultimately exceed expectations and create positive memories that will last a lifetime.
If you could spend a day at the resort like a guest, what would you do? Wake up early and admire the sunrise, followed by a workout in Acqualina’s signature gym. This will make the sumptuous breakfast on the AQ terrace taste even more delicious. Then, relax and unwind on the beach with a reserved Acquabed, which takes the lounging experience to another level — with dedicated service and treats. Lunch at Costa Grill for al fresco, seaside dining and creative Mediterranean cuisine. Then, sink into one of the hammocks near the Front Lawn to take a nap or read a book. Later, get pampered in the Royal Spa suite at the exceptional Acqualina Spa by ESPA. As night falls, enjoy a cocktail at the vibrant AQ Bar before sitting down for a most memorable dining experience at the award-winning Il Mulino New York.
How do you maintain Acqualina’s awardwinning, five-star service year after year? The magic formula for success most certainly lies within our Dream Maker culture. Our inspired team members deliver guests’ dream experiences, which in turn creates repeat guests who contribute to a successful business. A positive cycle that continues to fuel passion and ambition and reverberates throughout the resort. We love what we do and we do what we love with genuine care, concern, respect and appreciation for the guest and for each other. We also provide team members with the tools required to enable success and establish training platforms that guarantee consistency for the future. This contributes to Acqualina continuously earning awards and accolades and garnering the recognition this outstanding team truly deserves.
How long have you worked here? In September of 2018 I celebrated my seven-year anniversary.
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E LITE ESTATES As Sales Executive for The Estates at Acqualina, friendly and inviting Karina Serber Batievsky promotes the ideal Acqualina lifestyle. Where are you from? I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and moved to Miami at the age of 12. How long have you worked at Acqualina Resort? Three incredible years! How did you come to work here? My family has always been in the real estate business, from Argentina to Miami and presently in New York. Therefore, I have always been active in the field and obtained my real estate license more than 18 years ago. As Miami’s real estate market began to flourish, I became familiar with the latest developments in the high-end condo market. After my first visit to Acqualina, I absolutely fell in love with the property, its amenities, impeccable service and the incredible lifestyle. That’s when I knew I had to be part of this. What is the best part of your job? When you are working in an ultra-luxe, oceanfront residential environment, it doesn’t feel like a job! But if I had to choose, I would say one of the greatest highlights is the opportunity to meet wonderful people from all over the world and share with them the lifestyle behind Acqualina. I absolutely love watching their amazing reactions when touring through our stunning model residence and then inviting them back for an al fresco lunch beachside.
Describe your perfect Acqualina day. I’d start with a morning walk on the beach, followed by a delicious breakfast catered by Il Mulino. Afterward, I [would] take my children to the AcquaMarine Kids Club, where my boys can spend the day playing soccer and my daughter would do arts and crafts. Then, with my husband in tow, we could head to the adults-only pool before we departed to Acqualina Spa by ESPA for afternoon couples massages. Fill us in on a few of your favorite features at The Estates. Every residence comes with a Jacuzzi and a summer kitchen on the terrace for that perfect Sunday BBQ. Every residence comes furnitureready, [including] a professional-grade oven by the renowned La Cornue. Our lobbies are designed by the iconic designer, Karl Lagerfeld. I invite anyone to feel free to stop by and have a cappuccino with me to discuss more details about The Estates. List a few fun facts about yourself. I have two sons and a daughter that are ALL diehard soccer fans, and I have therefore become one, too! I am obsessed with reality TV: “The Voice,” “American Idol,” “America’s Got Talent.” I truly believe I am a better judge than Simon Cowell. And lastly, my kids say I’m really not that funny because I always laugh at my own jokes, ha-ha-ha!
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COM FORTS OF HOM E For Samantha Felder, Residence Manager at The Mansions at Acqualina, a highlight of her work is getting to know the residents themselves. rising from the residenceâ€™s terrace. Then, enjoying a delicious breakfast in the Grand Salon and socializing with other residents. After, relax and enjoy a beautiful sunny day by the infinity pool. In the evening, gather the family and head to the private cinema to unwind in the luxurious fully reclining leather seats watching a movie and munching on homemade popcorn.
Where are you from? I was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I came to the U.S. 15 years ago. How long have you worked at Acqualina Resort? It will be four wonderful years in March 2019. How did you come to work here? I was looking for a great opportunity and visited Acqualina Spa by ESPA during Miami Spa Month; I was fascinated by the property and the level of service. Shortly after my visit, I learned there was a position open for the new Mansions at Acqualina. It couldnâ€™t have been better timing and opportunity, as my family and I had just moved to Sunny Isles Beach. What is the best part of your job? The best part of my job is the interaction with the residents and the Mansions team. I love to hear the stories from the residents about their family reunions, exciting new trips or just about their day. Also interacting with the team is a pleasure. We have an amazing group of people here at Acqualina. Describe your perfect day at The Mansions. [There are] so many things to do at The Mansions at Acqualina! The perfect day begins with enjoying the breathtaking views of the sun
What new offerings are coming to the property? We are working on some exciting new ideas including ballroom dancing classes and themed gourmet dinners at the Mansions Grill. Fill us in on a few of your favorite features at The Mansions. Our state-of-the-art fitness center is impressive. We just added a first-class rowing machine that our residents love, as it seems to complement the impressive views of the ocean. The fitness center is perfectly designed for functionality and aesthetics. List a few fun facts about yourself. I came to the U.S. with a scholarship to play volleyball. After graduating from college, I played professionally in Europe. I am the only Argentinean that I know (other than my family) who does not eat red meat.
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SPA Awaken your senses at the award-winning Five Star Acqualina Spa by ESPA.
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IN BAL ANCE Find your Zen at Acqualina Spa by ESPA. WORDS - SHAYNE BENOWITZ
To step into the award-winning Five Star Acqualina Spa by ESPA is to succumb to a luxurious world of utter tranquility. The 20,000-square-foot, two-story spa overlooking the Atlantic Ocean is designed in the tradition of a European day spa — full of amenities, including crystal steam rooms, Finnish dry saunas, experience showers, healing Himalayan salt walls and an outdoor swimming pool with a heated jet pool and Roman waterfall. With curated Spa Journeys designed to de-stress and fully escape, as well as customizable ESPA Time signature treatments and an exclusive spa dining menu that features healthy, nutrient-rich meals, Acqualina Spa by ESPA has all the ingredients for a perfect spa day with an eye on the latest wellness trends. When it comes to a personalized spa experience, consider the new 80-minute Sound Care Ritual, which utilizes a music application created in France. Neuroscience researchers have clinically proven that the ritual provides a natural calm, while aiding sleep disorders, pain management, stress and anxiety. During a private consultation with a therapist, guests can choose from a wide selection of musical styles, including classical, New Age, Latin and reggae. The ritual begins with a foot massage, followed by a full-body aromatherapy massage, all while wearing custom Sound Care headphones that provide a completely immersive healing experience.
“Sound Care musical compositions follow a specific pattern called the ‘U’ sequence, which slows down breathing patterns and cardiac and brain activities,” says Catherine Davalle, Director of Acqualina Spa. “By combining the therapeutic powers of Sound Care music and massage, we can now offer guests a one-of-a-kind wellness experience that no other spa is currently offering in the U.S.” A similarly powerful tool is used in the 80-minute Ultimate Performance Facial, but this one has roots in ancient Chinese medicine. A cooling jade roller is applied to the face to increase blood circulation, diminish the appearance of fine lines and assist with lymphatic drainage. Jade is also known to protect against negative energy, fight anxiety, fatigue and pain. “The rollers have different healing properties from the stone,” says Davalle, “They also help with firmness and tonicity of the skin.” For a truly indulgent spa day with a loved one, consider booking the Royal Spa Suite, a luxurious treatment area for two with a private lounge designed by Fendi, a steam shower and oceanfront balcony. “I’m a firm believer that wellness is something that comes from within,” says Davalle. “For most people, it’s a trial and error journey where you evolve and see what works for you. It’s a time of discovery.” And there’s no better place to awaken that discovery than at Acqualina Spa by ESPA.
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M U S T- H AV E E S PA S PA PRODUCTS Spa Director Catherine Davalle dishes on four ESPA products her clients covet. Optimal Skin ProSerum “The Optimal Skin ProSerum is a top seller at Acqualina Spa. Who does not want an antiaging solution that makes your skin feel and look amazing? With the Optimal Skin ProSerum, I have finally found the ultimate solution to revitalize my skin daily and make it glow.” Optimal Skin ProCleanser “Many of our guests love the three-in-one effects of the Optimal Skin ProCleanser.” It’s a gel cleanser, exfoliator and mask rolled into one. “It is the ideal skincare product when traveling because of its versatility. I use it at home during my daily regimen and it helps me save time without compromising the results on my skin.” Muscle Rescue Balm “Our guests adore this product and often carr y it in their gym bag to use after their workout on specific areas of tension.” It soothes hard-working muscles with intensely cooling peppermint and eucalyptus, while warming the body with clove bud and oils from West Indian Bay. Fitness Shower Oil “Our guests have embraced the new Fitness Shower Oil as it is a wonder ful product for relaxation in the evening under a warm shower. It leaves your skin moisturized all day long without having to use an additional body moisturizer.”
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A FLAIR FOR THE ARTS As the longtime host of North America’s largest contemporary art fair, Miami has cultivated a distinct aesthetic and voice in today’s art world. WORDS - SHAYNE BENOWITZ
The 16th annual A r t Basel Miam i Beach was staged at the newly renovated Miam i Beach Convention Center in December 2018. Ever y yea r, the undeniably glitzy and glamorous event draws scores of a r tists, galler ists, collectors and celebr ities to the shores of Miam i for a week of buzzy a r t fai rs and exclusive pa r ties. In addition to the main event at the convention center, there a re dozens of satellite fai rs, including Design Miam i and the longstanding A r t Miam i. W hen the dust settles after A r t Basel Miam i Beach, the city emerges as a yea r-round inter national cultural c a p it a l b o a st i ng n ew cut t i ng- e dge m u s e u m s , l a n d m a r k a r c h i t e c t u r e, a sh a p e - sh i f t i ng ga l le r y s c en e a nd world-famous street a r t. And Miam i’s cultural appeal extends beyond the visual a r ts to a th r iving per for m ing and litera r y a r ts scene. LA N DMA R K I NSTITU TIONS, N EW AGA I N In 2017, two Miami museums welcomed back patrons to their newfangled facilities.
The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami found a permanent home in the Design Distr ict inside a newly built ultramoder n space by Spanish a rchitecture fi r m A ranguren + Gallegos, featur ing a façade of overlapping metal for ms and lighted panels, as well as a thoughtprovok ing sculpture ga rden. After a two-year renovation, The Bass museum on South Beach reopened the doors of its original landmark Art Deco building with expanded gallery space. “The museum’s walls hold a histor ic legacy as the fi rst public exhibition space in South F lor ida and a br ight future as the platfor m for presenting the most intr iguing and inspi r ing contempora r y a r tists of today and tomor row,” said George Lindemann, P resident of The Bass Board of Directors, upon the museum’s reopening. Situated on Collins Pa rk, The Bass is also home to A r t Basel’s P ublic Sector, as well as an eye-catching per manent com m ission by Italian a r tist Ugo Rondinone called Miami Mountain , a totem of monumental boulders painted in a rainbow of neon colors.
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One dazzling art gallery is the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), whose spectacular location on Biscayne Bay in Downtown Miami takes full advantage of the city’s subtropical climate.
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These newly minted institutions are the latest in Miami’s cultural renaissance with crown jewels like Downtown’s Pérez Art Museum Miami and the Frost Science Museum in Museum Pa rk, as well as South Beach’s New World Center designed by Fran k Geh r y and home to the New World Symphony. ST R EET A RT & GA LLERY SCEN E W hen the late Tony Goldman unveiled Wy nwo o d Wa l l s i n 2 0 0 9, h e ig n it e d a st r e et a r t movem ent i n a fo rgot t en i ndu st r ia l n eig hb o r ho o d t h a t wou ld s o on b e c om e on e of M ia m i’s mo st
dynam ic destinations. Today, Wynwood Walls have evolved into a monumental outdoor museum dedicated to street a r t with works by inter nationally renowned a r tists li ke Shepa rd Fai rey, R ET NA and Maya Hayuk. “People were al ready using the neighborhood’s big wa rehouses as a canvas, so there was a lot of graffiti. There was the beginnings of mural work,” says Jessica Goldman-Srebnick, CEO of Goldman P roper ties, which developed Wynwood Walls. “W hat we really saw was an oppor tunity to create an enti re neighborhood as a canvas
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From top: Adrienne Arsht Center; Wynwood Walls
Knight Concert Hall is renowned for world-class acoustics. Built like a room within a room, the design ensures the hall is completely isolated from ambient sounds and vibrations.
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From top: Adrienne Arsht Center; Wynwood Walls
“WHAT WE REALLY SAW WAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE AN ENTIRE NEIGHBORHOOD AS A CANVAS AND TO UTILIZE WALLS TO CREATE CHANGE.” AND WITH THAT VISION, WYNWOOD WALLS BECAME THE NEIGHBORHOOD’S DE FACTO TOWN SQUARE.
and to utilize walls to create change.” And with that vision, Wynwood Walls became the neighborhood’s de facto town squa re, providing a platfor m for a th r iving contempora r y galler y scene, including Fredr ic Snitzer Galler y, Ga r y Nader Fine A r t and Rober t Fontaine Galler y. Once concentrated in Wynwood, Miam i’s galler ies have also spread to new neighborhoods, li ke Downtown, L it t le R ive r a nd Sout h Be a ch w it h Ni n a Joh n s on, Spi n el lo P r oj e c t s, Emerson Dorsch and David Castillo Galler y leading the cha rge. Miam i’s galler ies provide boundless delight for those look ing to discover something u nexp e ct e d, t ha n ks to d iverse cu r a t o r ia l eye s a nd exc it i ng r o st e r s of emerging and established a r tists in intimate settings. CU LTU R E AT LA RGE A tr ip to Miam i can also include catching the world prem iere of an opera or a reading by a best-selling author. The Adr ienne A rsht Center for the Per for m ing A r ts is a world-class venue for theater, concer ts and dance in Downtown Miam i. Thei r season includes ever ything from tour ing Broadway productions to symphony
orchestras, Miam i City Ballet and local theater company per for mances in one of thei r theaters. Highlights of the Spr ing 2019 season include Alvin Ailey Amer ican Dance Theater, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Ba rber of Fleet Street and the F lamenco Festival Miam i 2019. Come November, the Miam i Book Fai r will celebrate its 36th yea r with an eight-day festival drawing more than 40 0 authors to Miam i for panels, readings, discussions and litera r y events. Past lum ina r ies have included Ca rl Hiaasen, Ga r y Shteynga r t, Dan Rather and Sally Field. The festival was founded by Mitchell Kaplan, who owns the independent bookstore Books & Books with locations in Coral Gables, South Beach and at the Adr ienne A rsht Center. “We wanted this fai r to unite the com munity. Thin k of the fai r as a gigantic tent under which ever yone is invited,” Kaplan says. “W hen we program it, we thin k of it as something for ever yone. We have k ids events. We have litera r y events. We have more com mercial events.” With so much a r t at your finger tips yea r round, Miam i is tr uly a destination for the cultural explorer — and there’s plenty to dig into no matter the season.
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A SEASIDE ART ENCLAVE Boasting exquisite architecture, artistic aesthetic abounds at Acqualina. WORDS - MICHELLE PAYER
Acqualina Resort & Spa keeps its magic coyly hidden, even as guests enter through wrought iron gates and ascend upon a cobblestone path that gently curves to reveal a sumptuous Italian palace. Its beauty and artistic features are often concealed in plain sight, simply waiting to be discovered. Overhead, within sight of those traveling south on Collins Avenue, the resort’s backlit Cinderella clock keeps time and reminds everyone who sees it that “it’s time to come home.” A soaring bell tower with iron Juliette balconies stands sentinel by the entrance gates, while a domed cupola at the portecochére portends elegance yet to come. A Roman-style fountain with the garlanded stone statue of a woman in repose signals serene beauty of another time and place and provides a soothing musical backdrop as one steps into the magnificent Gallery Lobby. Here, Old World design features transport guests to an Italian villa, with exotic mosaic tiles, Venetian stucco, hand-painted 30-foot
ceilings, imported marble and sumptuous brocade fabrics. As you walk farther into the resort, Venetian palazzo archways are f lanked by cascading water walls that lead to guestrooms, restaurants, Acqualina Spa and magnificent resort grounds, with four artistically designed fountains that harmonize with ocean waves and swaying palms to create soothing outdoor spaces. As Florida’s only hotel of its kind, built open to the sea with no structural or visual barriers, Acqualina takes full advantage of the natural light that pours through oversized windows. Its lush grounds are dotted with umbrellas in the resort’s signature red color and lounge chairs punctuate the blue and green hues of its natural surroundings. Roman-style statues and oversized clay pots, similar to those that graced Mediterranean cities, create a distinctive Italian resort ambience; a place where elite Roman senators would have felt right at home.
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WH E R E ST Y LE M E E TS TH E S E A Brickell City Centre brings high fashion to Acqualina Resort & Spa On November 10, Brickell City Centre turned Acqualinaâ€™s poolside area into a fashion hot spot. The pop-up event featured offerings from top brands, including Acqua Di Parma, Caudalie, Etxart & Panno, Marc Cain and Orlebar Brown. Complimentary gelato from La Centrale kept shoppers cool and refreshed while they enjoyed raff les and a fun selfie station.
1. Mariolga Calderon, Director of Marketing & PR, Swire Properties Inc. and Andrea Pacheco. 2. Mario Garcia from Marc Cain. 3. Mima Aubert and Flo Monti from Extart & Panno. 4. Julian Bovasso, Ghazal Yazdanparast and Myca Ferrer from La Centrale Italian Food Hall. 5. Ronie Bozo and Phillip Gallardo from Acqua di Parma. 6. Cristina Ramos, Marketing Executive, Acqualina Resort; Christof Pignet, General Manager, Acqualina Resort; and Alexandra Wensley, Vice President of Communications, Acqualina Resort.
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With streets like Collins Avenue and Ocean Drive seemingly custom made for cruising, Miami is the perfect place to rent the kind of glamorous transport that might be unthinkable anywhere else. No one knows this better than Miami native Juan “JC” Caballero, the owner of family-run South Beach Exotic Rentals. For 10 years, they have provided the best high-end luxury and exotic cars in South Florida. “We have a fleet of around 50 cars,” he says, “from Lamborghinis and Cadillac Escalades to Mercedes,” though lately he’s seen increased interest in McLaren due to its connection to Formula 1 (after Ferrari, McLaren is the oldest active racing team). “McLaren is very popular in the South Florida area due to the car’s rich racing heritage,” Caballero says. “These are very race-oriented supercars.” Next up for Exotic Rentals: the Rolls-Royce Dawn and the Lamborghini Urus. Indeed, these two brands are the most heavily represented in Caballero’s stable, with the latter counting as an official symbol of Miami’s high life. Though Caballero acknowledges that some of his clients come from the elite worlds of movies and music, sports and politics, he has to be discreet: “I can talk about some friends, like artist Alec Monopoly and the actor Gerard Butler, who have been clients. And we’ve had all kinds of athletes, including NBA players.” And sometimes, the vehicles themselves rank as the stars: “We’ve had Nike contact us for commercials,” he says. So has J. Bauman, the beauty salon chain. “We get calls for commercials and music videos around once a month, higher in season.” But his best clients are Miami’s visitors, celebrants and car enthusiasts. “We have a lot of international clients and birthday clients,” Caballero reveals. “When people have a
birthday, usually the color they want is pretty out there.” Meanwhile, his car enthusiast clients want to test out different models and explore their options: “They own a Ferrari or Lamborghini but they want to see what the other brand has to offer. So they’ll try out a car for a day or two to experience the technology and the behavior of the car and how it compares to their own supercar.” Exotic Rentals will deliver a vehicle right to Acqualina. “We give them a quick Driving 101 of the car, help them connect their Bluetooth for their music, set up their navigation, plus we have 24-hour service, and we’ll explain the step-by-step process,” Caballero says. If you’re ready to take the plunge and purchase your own luxury automobile, Braman Rolls-Royce Motorcars Miami is dedicated to providing the top-of-the-line service that these lavish vehicles warrant. Choose from the legendary Phantom, the breathtaking Ghost Series II, the high-tech Wraith and others. For Lamborghini, Pagani, Lotus and more, visit Prestige Imports — one of North America’s leading Lamborghini dealerships — located in North Miami Beach. With 15 million dollars worth of vehicles at Prestige Imports, they are an internationallyrenowned destination for luxury cars. Of course, residents at The Mansions at Acqualina who prefer to let others do the driving have the option of signing up for the property’s own Rolls-Royce service. The Mansions residents are known for their love of the uber-luxury Acqualina brand, so it makes sense to have a house car on offer to suit their tastes: the 2016 Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II. Jeff Giasson, General Manager for The Mansions, raves that guests can really luxuriate in this fine vehicle as they are chauffeured within a five-mile radius.
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Courtesy of Rolls-Royce (2)Courtesy of Christian Louboutin
ACQUA EXPERIENCES Acqualina’s newest amenities are experiences. With these lovingly curated Acqua Experiences on land and sea, your next vacation adventure awaits. WORDS - DREW LIMSKY
Yacht Cruise with Captain Matt With Captain Matt Blodgett of the Charter Agency at the wheel, you’ll embark on a three-hour cruise to a sandbar. You can spot wildlife, snorkel or hop on a stand-up paddleboard. Kayaking Through Oleta River One of the top guides at Oleta River State Park will lead you on a two-hour active eco-journey through mangroves and Biscayne Bay to your final destination at Sandspur Island. Scuba Diving Brilliant fish and luminous coral reefs await when you sign up with certified PADI instructors from Squalo Divers. Experienced divers can opt for the open-water option, but there also poolonly and pool-and-ocean plans available. A Taste of Miami Join local food writer Jenny Agress for one of several curated food tours: Top Chefs features a visit to James Beard Award-winning chefs for an haute cuisine tasting; the Miami Cuban Food Tour honors the city’s important culinary traditions; and the Miami Street Food Tour lets you casually sample delicacies from Mexico, Cuba and Venezuela. Photo Shoot Professional lensman Pipe Yanguas — the local “photo biographer” who specializes in documenting activities and vacations — will capture any part of your Miami holiday in images, from family get-togethers to sailing trips. Just for Kids From Story Hour and Etiquette Classes to Sports Lessons and more, Acqualina offers fun and enriching experiences that make for great memories.
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Miami Fashion Week inspires contemporary design and brings resortwear to the world. WO R D S - J O S E P H D E AC E T I S
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For decades, artists and designers have drawn inspiration from Miami, a city filled with bold colors and textures. Today, it is home to the second-largest fashion week in the U.S., where designers and brands alike strive to create resort wardrobe staples with special characteristics that make each piece uniquely satisfying. STYLE LEGACY Recognized by the Council of Fashion Designers of America, Miami Fashion Week (MIAFW) has radically altered the way consumers view resortwear. The style originated to please very affluent customers who spend the holidays in warm-weather climates. More recently, designers, store buyers and the media are viewing resortwear as a specialized year-round clothing style and fashion season. As the only resort fashion week in America, MIAFW is at the forefront of an enormous global business, promoting resortwear as a cross-cultural style and bringing hundreds of tastemakers, stylists, designers, retail buyers, inf luencers, media, bloggers and celebrities to Miami. EVOLVING AESTHETICS Using high-quality mater ials and focusing on craftsmanship, the great interest in MIAFW is connected to the recent art revival of the city itself. By combining signature tailoring with advanced fabric combinations, designers at MIAFW introduce elevated silhouettes that seemingly bridge bold colors and soft features in dynamic yet sexy and sophisticated collections. With all the talk of retro 1980s being highlighted at New York Fashion Week recently, Miami has gleefully gone full throttle to embrace and even shape the fashion trends of the future, positioning the city as a style leader.
MIAFW 2018 Miami’s weeklong celebration of all things fashion includes runway shows, designer line-ups, VIP events, galas, charity soirées and celebrities. MIAFW 2018 kicked off with a star-studded press conference, where MIAFW CEO Julio Iranzo welcomed guests and introduced Honorary President Antonio Banderas. The week’s events were highlighted by runway shows from Oscar Carvallo, Rene Ruiz, Benito Santos, Ágatha Ruiz de la Prada, Silvia Tscherassi, Angel Sanchez and more. The new Miami Fashion Week Summit also debuted, focusing on the fashion industry’s sustainable and ethical issues while providing students of Miami Fashion Institute at Miami Dade College the opportunity to present their own colorful and futuristic designs. The events concluded with MIAFW Honorary President Antonio Banderas’ Benefit Gala, with all proceeds supporting Nicklaus Children’s Ho spit a l Fou nd a t ion a nd F u nd a c ión Lágr imas y Favores. During the gala, Roberto Cavalli unveiled a special curated luxury collection. “Every year we strive to set the bar higher and bring together the best designers and talent to Miami — this year is no exception,” said Banderas. Style is about what you want to communicate to the world. When asked about the 2019 season, MIAFW Creative Director Lourdes Fernandez-Velasco said, “We look to provide a platform for both well-respected and emerging fashion designers to showcase an exclusive resortwear collection, as well as to educate and inspire the younger generation with innovative activations. Also, we strive to continue growing the annual event’s presence with global designers and fashion brands to [develop Miami as] an international oasis.”
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STAR POWER Actor, singer and producer Antonio Banderas flexes his fashion muscle as Honorary President of Miami Fashion Week. WORDS - JOSEPH DEACETIS
How did your relationship with MIAFW develop? My dear friend Secundino Velasco — Miami Fashion Week’s producer — talked [to me] about the possibility of launching a fashion week in Miami. He pointed out, “You are well known in the United States, especially in Miami; I would love for you to help me with launching this project.” I immediately agreed, as we wanted to play an integral role in establishing Miami as a fashion city alongside New York, London, Paris and Milan. Why is MIAFW important to you and important to Miami? For the past 20 years, I have connected with fashion industry experts such as Carolina Herrera, Jean Paul Gaultier and Paco Rabanne. My passion for the fashion industry has continued to grow, and I knew it was time to put on a new hat. With Miami holding a special place in my heart, I knew taking the position as honorary president would help put Miami on the fashion map. Additionally, we wanted to create a platform to empower the next generation of fashion aficionados. In 2018, we collaborated with the Miami Fashion Institute at Miami Dade College and the Knight Foundation at The Miami Foundation to launch the Miami Fashion Week Summit to generate awareness and educate students about the future of the industry. In your opinion, what has been the Latino influence on American style? Latin designers have influenced the fashion industry in many ways, most importantly resortwear. With more people traveling to South and Central America and Europe, the interest in lightweight vacation clothing is in high demand. Latin designers, among others, have taken advantage of this demand and created resortwear collections with elegance, strength and grace — all speaking to the Hispanic culture. During Miami Fashion Week, it was an honor to witness the Latin designers showcase collections embracing their heritage. It is a testament that the Latin designers are thriving and will continue to keep their roots at the core of almost every design. What is special or different about MIAFW? With Miami being the Cruise Capital of the World, for us it was organic and natural to have Miami be the only resort fashion week in America and truly be the platform for cruise collections. We feel strongly that this is also the most fun fashion week in the world to attend. Our designers already say so, and our production house not only produces a fashion show but also concerts, a glitzy charity gala and several scene-and-be-seen events. We have visitors from all over the world that come to town to enjoy great fashion shows and after-parties, while at the same time are also here for a quick vacation getaway.
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Clockwise from top left: Miami Fashion Week (2); Miami Herald
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Every so often, a project comes along that not only breaks new ground in the literal sense, but is also groundbreaking in its industry. When it comes to luxury real estate, The Estates at Acqualina is such a project. Currently under construction and set to be completed by the end of 2020, the decadently luxurious $1.6 billion high-rise kicked off with a celebration this past May attended by hundreds of VIP guests decked in finery befitting the glamorous towers. Attendees included a mix of top real estate professionals, executives from Bank OZK — the lender for The Estates — Sunny Isles Beach city officials, local media and potential residents from around the world. All were captivated not just by the sheer degree of opulence and elegance being planned for the residences but also by the level of excitement and electric charge already in the air. Hosted by Eddie, Jules and Stephanie Trump, the evening was anything but a typical groundbreaking. Champagne flowed freely as guests navigated among stations overflowing with lobster, oysters and shellfish courtesy of Il Mulino New York, which catered the soirée, and swayed to the tunes of a DJ as a warm spring breeze filtered through the crowd. The anticipation built, as a marching band led the way from the party at the Sales Gallery to
the beach, past a meticulously ordered line of 25 Rolls-Royces — Acqualina’s signature automobile — for the actual groundbreaking, for which even the shovels used were a fancy combination of gleaming silver and Acqualina red. Skydivers f loated down from overhead, affixed to red parachutes and trailing red smoke, drifting past Acqualina’s signature red beach umbrellas to the sounds of “The Champion” by Carrie Underwood and Ludacris. “This day for us is a day of great celebration and great joy,” Developer and Owner Jules Trump announced. “Once complete, The Estates’ beautifully manicured lawns and design will integrate like no other into the Atlantic Ocean and provide homes never before seen on the coast anywhere in the world. Art, architecture and lifestyle is what we live by. We deliver beauty and wonderful lifestyles in everything we do.” Indeed, with lobbies designed by Karl Lagerfeld and each residence fully equipped with smart-home technology, imported stone countertops and top-of-the-line appliances, The Estates at Acqualina’s two 50-story boutique towers — which will bear the addresses of 777 Via Acqualina and 888 Via Acqualina — are set to become the most glittering jewels in the Acqualina crown.
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1. Alex De Leon, Luiza Chiminacio and Daniel Prada. 2. The stunned crowd was in awe of the skydivers. 3. Tomas and Silvio Sulichin. 4. Owner Jules Trump gives a speech outlining the exciting details of the upcoming Estates.
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5. Christof Pignet, Tania Karboff, Alexandra Wensley, Jules Trump, Bob Moss, Daniela Rendon and friends break ground. 6. Martha Elena de Lima and Daniela Rendon. 7. The skydivers made quite an entrance. 8. Attendants for Acqualinaâ€™s exciting evening. 9. 25 Rolls-Royces lined up on the sand for the official groundbreaking. 10. City of Sunny Isles Beach Mayor George Bud Scholl, Jules Trump, Stephanie Trump and Michael Goldstein.
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PAL A ZZO DE L CIE LO As the options for luxury residences in South Florida continue to multiply, some are just more heavenly than others.
Penthouse 47 at The Mansions at Acqualina is also fittingly known as Palazzo del Cielo. Comprising 9,000 square feet under air and an additional 2,500 square feet outdoors, the sprawling residence surpasses all others in Miami, and arguably anywhere else in Florida, when it comes to delivering the ultimate in luxury. “People who buy a $38 million penthouse like this are very wealthy,” notes Acqualina President of Sales Michael Goldstein. “They just want to walk in the door and not have to do anything but enjoy it.” And how could they not? The residence, which comes with both a Rolls-Royce Cullinan and a Lamborghini Aventador, features a grand salon with walls clad completely in travertine from floor to ceiling, 18-inch marble baseboards, custom reverse crown molding and a 12-foot cantilevered glass pool that looks straight down to the beach. Ricardo Britto, Director of Interior Design & Projects with Luxury Living of USA, took on the task of furnishing the penthouse. “Among the collections that were selected for this project are Fendi Casa, Bentley Home, Trussardi Casa and Paul Mathieu,” he says, naming among his favorite pieces Fendi Casa’s Artu Sofa, which was custom-designed for the space, and Fendi
Casa’s Piano Bar in a taupe-toned crocodileembossed leather. Immense expanses of glorious space comprise yet another element of luxury in the penthouse, according to Isabel Tragash, Principal with STA Architectural Group. “Spaciousness and maximizing the views, which are magical from every room, are important,” she says. “The penthouse features 30-foot ceilings in the entertaining areas and 15-foot ceilings in other areas.” In addition to the airiness such heights impart, Tragash adds, “They inspired us to develop a reverse crown molding which really enhances and creates a rhythm throughout the space. It’s one of my favorite features.” An extremely rare Calacatta Crema marble adds color and movement and perfectly complements the walls clad in rich-hewn eucalyptus and honed travertine. A custom chandelier features 165 glass droplets that sparkle in the morning sun and illuminate the gleaming interior surfaces at night. Tragash credits her team with realizing the vision which she first discussed with Jules Trump almost six years ago. “He wanted something that exceeded expectations. It was a tall order, but we went to the drawing board.” Clearly, they understood what he was looking for.
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CU R ATE D DESIG N Jaime Perczek began his design journey as a furniture maker in Colombia, but he’s been one of Miami’s star purveyors for luxury specialty items since 1981.
After spending years at the helm of a massive operation — with 10 employees in a 5,000-square-foot showroom — the owner of Today’s Custom Design, Inc., decided to go solo. “I wanted to not only make the furniture, but also design it myself.” That catapulted him to an entirely new level of success, and today, in addition to designing furnishings and other décor items, Perczek takes on multimillion-dollar interior design projects. And he has added a new, truly unique specialty to his oeuvre: creating custom items with semi-precious stones from India through his business Precious Surfaces. “Our furniture ranges from $10,000 to $100,000 per piece,” he notes. “It is like jewelry, with pearls, semiprecious stones, even diamonds. I just did a vanity in black mother-of-pearl seashells. It’s one of a kind.” Such glamorous materials fit seamlessly into an upscale lifestyle like that of the one lived by the residents of Acqualina, where Perczek’s aunt resides and where he has done projects for clients. But Perczek elaborates that there is more to creating
a home that reflects seaside living than simply incorporating the tones of the beach and the water into the décor, something South Floridians are wont to do. “The first part of designing to embrace the sea has to do with shapes, not color. There’s movement in the sea; it has a life to it,” he explains. “The next is vibrancy of the materials, including LED lights, custom carved glass airbrushed in the hues of the ocean, and the use of semi-precious stones, like lapis. Then there is the color and texture of fabric.” He adds, “Illumination is also key, as is flooring — to bring nature in, you must use materials that aren’t of the polished kind. You use the opposite of ‘lines’ — the sea is undulating. A table with a freeform inlay can simulate the depth of the ocean. Considering the beauty of Acqualina, it’s the perfect opportunity to do something breathtaking.” Visit Today’s Custom Design in the DCOTA building, 1855 Griffin Road, Dania, Suite C-172; call 954-925-0701; or go to perczek.com for more information.
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DE VOTE D TO TH E PAG E Committed to providing enriching experiences, Acqualina Resort now provides guests with their own in-room book selections. WO R D S - M I C H E L L E PAY E R
There’s nothing like the luxury of getting lost in a good book while on vacation, or reading a best-selling author’s newest book not yet in bookstores or the business book you’ve had an eye on. At Acqualina Resort, a continuously revolving selection of sought-after books is waiting in every guestroom, thanks to Bedside Reading ®, an exclusive partnership with Madison & Mulholland. The VIP placement company works with top publishing houses to cull best-sellers and exclusive advance copies in order to place new tomes in guestrooms every month. Acqualina Resort invites guests to take books home. “Bedside Reading was created to encourage people to pick up a book, relax and get swept away by a great story,” says program Founder and Creator Jane UbellMeyer. “Our business books are carefully selected, as we know that business leaders
are great readers; it’s been written that Warren Buffett and Bill Gates read 50 to 60 books a year,” she says. Acqualina Resort Partner and CEO Deborah Yager Fleming concurs. “We hope to inspire readers with books in fiction, non-fiction, memoirs, business, classics and children’s titles,” she says, adding that new reading categories include spa/wellness and audio books for Bedside Reading Listening. The resort has additionally created Bedside Reading Story Time, where young guests are invited to a reading hour, then gifted a copy of the book they enjoyed to take home. The program provides the perfect opportunity to take advantage of Acqualina’s peaceful and relaxing areas — like the hammocks and sofas on the Front Lawn — curl up with a book and get lost in a whole new world.
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Braman Miami is proud to offer an exclusive membership to our “Quintessential” program. As a “Q” member, you will have access to personalized services, complimentary pick up and drop off, exclusive incentives and much more!