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elebrating this magnificent creation, nearly 30 years later, the House explores the hypnotizing beauty of a kaleidoscope in both its fine jewelry and timepieces, with a new collection that embraces the spectacular profusion of colors and patterns. Introducing the Winston Kaleidoscope Collection. The lively symmetrical motifs take shape as captivating high jewelry pendants with center stones available in a myriad of colors, from red rubellities to green tsavorites; purple sapphires to aquamarines, and turquoise to tanzanite, among other unique combinations, paired with brilliant diamonds and coordinating side stones.


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arrying the same vibrancy, luminosity and whimsy as its jewelry counterparts, the Winston Kaleidoscope Collection also offers high jewelry timepieces, inspired by a kaleidoscope’s magical show, breathe new life into the House’s vast offering. Precious gemstones, clustered around the case, create a sparkling explosion of color and depth. The Winston Kaleidoscope timepieces showcase the creativity and gem-setting expertise synonymous with the House. In addition, the kaleidoscope motif is reimagined on the dial of six 18-karat gold Premier models with a Swiss mechanical automatic movement. Bold colors and geometric shapes, accented with diamonds and precious stones, enliven these mesmerizing timepieces inspired by their magical namesake. The Winston Kaleidoscope Collection is a oneof-a-kind ode to the perfection of its gemstones and the iconic design heritage of the House and is a true testament to the creative collaboration between Winston’s team of world renowned designers, gemologists and craftsmen, who all work hand-in-hand to create the ultimate expression of timeless beauty. The Kaleidoscope Collection is available by request at Harry Winston salons worldwide. Discover the collection at the House of Harry Winston in Bal Harbour Shops and Miami Design District.


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MEETS ELEGANCE ON THE BEACH We are excited to welcome you to Acqualina Resort & Residences on the Beach, a one-of-a-kind work of art nestled along the breathtaking South Florida coastline. We hope you will find your stay an oasis of serenity, sophistication, and luxury beyond imagination. Life at Acqualina revolves around our incredible beachfront setting and the mix of traditional and contemporary elements. We invite guests and residents to enjoy three oceanfront swimming pools, unwind in crimson colored Acquabeds along the beach, relish Italian delicacies of the famed Il Mulino New York, dine in the new and exciting Ke-uH restaurant, or lunch at a table beneath palm trees at Costa Grill. We strive to fulfill every desire that your mind can conjure as you explore the lush, manicured grounds and encourage you to take full advantage of our services to include a visit to our award-winning, 20,000-square-foot Acqualina Spa by ESPA. Please do not hesitate to contact our Concierge for any special requests you may have. We know there are many hotel options in South Florida. It is our hope that after your stay, you will agree, Acqualina Resort is the only true masterpiece. Kind regards, Deborah Yager Fleming CEO and Partner Acqualina Resort & Residences


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Protection + Protocols

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The New Normal

A New Chapter

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Social Distancing

Luxury Living Benvenuto a Casa

The Masked Women of Acqualina

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Fashion Forward

Grant Friedman

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High Standards Ravello Residences

Adriana Vargas-Hernandez Ramona Liriano

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The South Tower at The Estates at Acqualina Tops Out and the Sales Gallery Reopens

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beaut y + wellness The Latest in Cryotherapy

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family + kids All Fun and Games

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GastRonomy Il Mulino’s Fresh Flourishes Domo Arigato! Ke-uH Brings Japanese Fusion to Acqualina

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accommodations Great Couples Escapes

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AWARDS Acqualina Dazzles with Global Accolades


Protection + Protocols

THE NEW

NORMAL FROM FACE MASK COLLECTIONS TO HAND SANITIZERS IN EVERY CAR AND HANDBAG, 2020 HAS USHERED IN NEW COMMONPLACE HEALTH PRACTICES. ACQUALINA RESORT HAS TAKEN THOSE BASICS TO THE NEXT LEVEL IN PROTECTING RESIDENTS, GUESTS AND TEAM MEMBERS. By Michelle Payer

With more accolades than virtually any oceanfront resort in the country, it’s unsurprising that Acqualina Resort & Residences would go the extra mile to create an ultra-safe and sanitized cocoon for its residents and guests. Expectations are high. The resort has been recognized in USA Today’s 2020 10 Best Reader’s Choice Awards as the #1 Best Destination Resort, the #1 Best Waterfront Hotel and the #1 Best Hotel Spa in the United States. For the sixth consecutive year, it is America’s #1 Luxury Beachfront Resort on TripAdvisor.

For months, we worked behind the scenes to create new programs and safety protocols that enhance our residents’ and guests’ well-being, personalize their experiences and deliver an even greater attention to detail,

explains Deborah Yager Fleming, CEO and Partner of Acqualina Resort & Residences about the exemplary new initiatives that include:

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The Acqualina App In addition to guestroom iPads, a new downloadable App offers heightened customization opportunities, from requesting extra pillows, housekeeping and turndown service times to booking restaurant and spa appointments. It’s Miami’s first Five Star resort to utilize an app that books Acquabeds and oceanfront cabanas via interactive maps to choose between three locations – adult, recreation or beach club pools. Feeling peckish? Order food while at pool, beach and private cabanas, request complimentary best-selling books, read the daily paper, view return flight information and checkin – all via the new Acqualina App.

GEMS (Guest Experience Managers) While visits to Acqualina have always been personalized, new GEMS take customization to the next level with personal outreach prior to arrival. Residents and guests now have a resort emissary who is in contact via phone, email or video conference to customize the guest’s private bar, order groceries, offer virtual tours and more. The same person engages with guests throughout their stay to tailor experiences and jump on any pop-up requests for the ultimate in curated luxury.


NASA scientists couldn’t have engineered a more thorough approach to cleanliness standards Acqualina has instated to keep its guests and residents safe: • Every interior and exterior space and surface throughout the resort’s 4.5 beachfront acres are disinfected with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved electrostatic disinfectant tools using a combination of detoxification chemicals and electrostatic molecules. • The highest-grade CDC and WHOrecommended disinfectants are used within modern electrostatic sprayers to disinfect every guestroom prior to arrival, with Ecolab hospital-grade peroxide cleaners used on the 10 mosttouched surfaces, including handles and knobs, remote controls, bathroom surfaces, telephones and climatecontrol panels. • Non-contact temperature checks are taken upon arrival, and guests receive a complimentary protective gear kit that includes two disposable masks, a bottle of hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes.

• The resort’s interior air quality surpasses CDC and FDA requirements with air filters and air conditioning systems undergoing frequent cleaning. • Electrostatic foggers disinfect the resort’s beachfront Costa Grill restaurant and famed Il Mulino restaurant daily prior to breakfast, lunch and dinner service, and tables are sanitized between every guest visit. • Hand-sanitizer dispensers – touchless where possible – can be found throughout the resort, and guests, residents and staff are required to wear masks for everyone’s safety.

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hile the words of an ancient Persian adage, “This too shall pass” have been expressed throughout history, it’s never been more apropos than in 2020 as the world grapples with the reality of a global pandemic. Yager Fleming says it best,

We are welcoming guests back in the safest way possible and will continue providing personalized care and award-winning service.


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ACQUALINA BRINGS BAL HARBOUR SHOPS’ NEWEST INTERNATIONAL COLLECTIONS TO ENCOURAGE SOCIAL DISTANCING MOST ELEGANTLY. By Michelle Payer

It’s a unique collaboration and helps us reinforce our health and safety measures. With Bal Harbour Shops in close proximity of our resort and being the epitome of fashion, it was a natural fit and we couldn’t think of a better partner.

– Deborah Yager Fleming, CEO and Partner of Acqualina Resort and Residences

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few well-dressed permanent guests are holding court at Acqualina these days. Turning social distancing into a stylish art form, Acqualina has partnered with Bal Harbour Shops to dress four mannequins – two perched in conversation and two observing the bar’s comings and goings -- that gently remind guests to keep a safe distance from one another. The mask-wearing models are outfitted in two of Bal Harbour Shops luxury boutiques’ latest collections:

Akris The signorina with legs crossed wears a light silk crêpe sheath dress in a romantic Variazoni print, while her companion sports linen crêpe doubleface shorts topped with a Variazoni print, cotton voile shirt dress. The Anouk day bag in cervo-calf leather completes the casual outfit. Swiss brand Akris distinguishes itself by designing sleek pieces for the global, career-oriented woman.

Ermanno Scervino Perched on the royal blue couch, one mademoiselle wears a lightweight white organza dress accompanied by flat suede sandals with crystal embellishments. Her stylish friend sports an oversized denim shirt the designer reinterpreted with luxurious jewel button closures and a pleated crêpe de chine midi shirt with a tropical-inspired placed print and side slit. Leather sandals and rope belt with crystal application finish the look. The Italian womenswear line is known for its sensual glamour and feminine flourishes.

More than 100 luxury boutiques fill Bal Harbour Shops’ lush, open-air garden setting, creating an ideal partner from which Acqualina Resort plans to select new brands to rotate the mannequins’ ensembles. While the exquisitely clad mannequins are a clever way for residents and guests to stay current on new international collections, they reinforce Acqualina’s subtle message to wear masks and maintain a six-foot distance throughout its elegantly relaxed surroundings.

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team

What’s your favorite part of the job?

HAVING THE OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DELIGHT OF OUR GUESTS AND TEAM MEMBERS WHEN WE CREATE MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES.

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Grant Friedman

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WITH A SCANDINAVIAN UPBRINGING AND POSH MANAGEMENT JOBS AROUND THE WORLD— VICE PRESIDENT & GENERAL MANAGER GRANT FRIEDMAN UNDERSTANDS GENUINE HOSPITALITY AND FIVE-STAR LUXURY. WHILE HE JUGGLES MANY TASKS TO KEEP THE RESORT RUNNING AT TOP-SPEED, HIS FAVORITE JOB IS MINGLING WITH ACQUALINA’S BELOVED GUESTS. By Angela Caraway-Carlton

You joined Acqualina Resort in April 2020. What was it like starting a new job during a pandemic? When joining a hotel as a senior executive, there is a vast amount of information that one needs to become familiar with in a short period of time, in order to effectively manage the operation and lead a team successfully. As the world was in the midst of a pandemic, my acclimation to the operation and familiarization of the property needed to progress in hyperspeed, so I could quickly and effectively assist our leadership team with developing and implementing new procedures and standards to create a safe and sanitary environment for all our team members, guests, residents and visitors. I also wanted to ensure that we preserve the friendly, caring and personalized five-star experience that Acqualina is renowned for.

What inspired you to pursue a job in hospitality? Hospitality is a cultural trait of Scandinavians. During my youth growing up in Norway, I was continuously exposed to warm and caring hospitality extended to me by friends and family. These enjoyable and memorable experiences embedded a lasting impression that inspired me to a profession in hospitality. I began my career journey in 1989 and advanced through several management positions in five-star hotels over 16 years while in New York City. After leaving New York, I developed, owned, and managed a fine dining Northern Italian restaurant. In 2008, I relocated to Turks and Caicos to open a luxury resort as Managing Director, which I managed for the past 10 years prior to joining Acqualina.

What drew you to Acqualina? I was impressed with the grandeur and beauty of the property and its renowned reputation as a refined and sophisticated luxury brand with an incredibly talented, devoted, passionate and professional hospitality team. I was also attracted to

Acqualina Resort and Residences as it is family owned with owning-partners that prioritize five-star standards and who genuinely care for the wellbeing and happiness of all team members.

Tell us about a typical day on the job. As soon as I wake-up, I review emails and reports from the overnight shift. Once I arrive to the resort, I inspect the property and check on the wellbeing of our team members, guests and residents. Most of the day, I am assisting our team to plan, organize and strategize on the operation and service experience at Acqualina. Between meetings, I walk through the property greeting guests, residents and visitors while continuing to inspect all areas to ensure our quality standards and service levels are maintained.

If a guest asked for a “must-do” during their visit, what would you suggest? Reserve a private cabana at one of our three oceanfront pools and try our signature Acqualina Coconut drink; enjoy the comfort of an Acquabed on the beach with the soothing sounds of the ocean and the crystal-blue waters; or relax on one of our plush red sofas with panoramic ocean views while enjoying lunch with a bottle of rosé wine.

Give us some fun facts about yourself. I enjoy traveling and experiencing authentic cuisine from all cultures. I was very athletic during my youth, playing tennis, ping pong, ice hockey and skiing. I competed in USTA tennis tournaments for many years and also played on a semi-pro level hockey team. My wife is originally from Colombia and we have a vacation house in the Quindío region of Colombia, which is one of the premier coffee-growing regions in the world.

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SELLING

paradise EVER DREAM OF LIVING WHERE OTHERS VACATION? ADRIANA VARGAS-HERNANDEZ, A SALES EXECUTIVE FOR THE ESTATES AT ACQUALINA, REVEALS WHAT IT’S LIKE TO SELL A SLICE OF PARADISE, AND WHAT CLIENTS ARE LOOKING FOR IN TODAY’S NEW NORMAL By Angela Caraway-Carlton

What led you into luxury sales? I received my first opportunity in New Development at the age of 22 selling Gramercy Park for the Graham Companies. I was extremely fortunate to find incredible mentors and true community leaders as an example at such young age. Now, at the age of 48, I feel blessed to have learned from the best, which allows me to go above and beyond for the most demanding client.

What’s it like selling during a pandemic? Covid-19 changed the world and the way we sell real estate. This year has been an opportunity to reflect on what is truly important to our families and clients. Now more than ever, clients are looking for a community with all the services, a variety of restaurants, amenities, and strict health safety measures.

Is there a common amenity that every client seems to want? At The Estates at Acqualina, we have families from all over the world looking for safety and amenities for every age. Acqualina is a true fusion of recreation and relaxation as you can find everything from a FlowRider to basketball courts, several pools and even meditation zones.

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What are your personal favorite amenities at The Estates.

The essence of our Five-Star, award-winning service and our Acquafit program are my favorite amenities. I look forward to our daily activities with weights, Pilates, spinning, boxing, cardio, and our Halotherapy Salt Suite.

Tell us about a favorite day at The Estates. My favorite days are when I get to see the progress of our fabulous lobbies designed by Karl Lagerfeld. Seeing his vision come to life is a true dream for those like me who love the world of luxury and design.

If you lived there, where would we find you? On the beach enjoying the perfectly manicured landscape with those gorgeous red umbrellas and couches.


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RAMONA LIRIANO IS THE ONE TO ADVISE YOU ON WHAT TO ORDER, REVEAL THE SPECIAL OF THE DAY, AND SHE PROBABLY KNOWS WHAT YOUR FAVORITE DISHES ARE. HERE, THE SERVER AT THE GRILL AT THE MANSIONS AT ACQUALINA OFFERS A DELICIOUS LOOK AT THE RESTAURANT AND HER LIFE. By Angela Caraway-Carlton

Where are you originally from?

Do you have a personal favorite dish?

Dominican Republic.

The ceviche. Delicate, white fish marinated with fresh limes, cilantro, jalapenos, avocados and served with tostones.

What led you into the hospitality industry? My career in hospitality started at the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto when I moved to Canada at the age of 20. I worked there for 26 years. Over the years I’ve held several positions, however, my passion is service. I love the interaction and learning our guests’ individual needs and preferences. I have a genuine interest in creating unforgettable experiences. It’s not a job, it’s a blessing!

How is The Grill keeping diners safe?

We’re practicing safe distancing, wearing masks and gloves, washing our hands, and sanitizing spaces at all times. We also offer delivery to residences for those that prefer to stay in the privacy of their home.

What’s the most ordered dish by residents? Either our seafood or fish special, or the churrasco with chimichurri sauce. Mr. Jules Trump favors the branzino and often says it’s the best in the world.

Describe your favorite part of the job. Greeting our residents and their families when they come to spend the day with us outside of the grill and receiving the many compliments of how impressed they are. Very often I’m told by our residents, “This is the best place in the world.”

Give us some fun facts about yourself. I’m a proud mother of the three most wonderful girls in the world. They live in Canada, where I resided for most of my life along with the rest of my family. Friends and family are especially important to me. I really enjoy entertaining at home, cooking, dancing, and helping others whenever possible.

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he impressive South Tower of The Estates at Acqualina, the highly anticipated $1.8 billion residential development, tops out in Miami’s Sunny Isles Beach with an intimate ceremony. The 52-story South Tower has topped out at 646 feet high. The landmark occasion comes about after months of perseverance and hard work on the part of the development’s distinguished architects, designers, sales

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agents and unstoppable construction crews. It also coincides with the reopening of the Sales Gallery which features a fullscale model of an Estates residence, giving potential buyers the ability to fully appreciate the luxury amenities that will be available in each residence complete with exquisite furnishings, rich materials and extraordinary attention to detail.


We are one step closer to completing The Estates at Acqualina. Art, architecture and lifestyle are what we live by. We deliver beauty and wonderful lifestyle in everything we do.

– Michael Goldstein, President of Sales

After breaking ground in May 2018, the development is on track for the South Tower completion in the 2nd Quarter of 2021. The Estates at Acqualina will offer 248 luxurious residences from four to seven bedrooms in two towers, The South Tower, and the Boutique North Tower. Villa Acqualina will offer 45,000 square feet of amenities including a spa and fitness center, a world-class restaurant overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Circus Maximus, a full floor of amenities including an ice skating rink, bowling lanes, a golf simulator and a movie theater. Through an exclusive partnership with one of the world’s most celebrated designers, the entrance lobbies at The Estates at Acqualina will be designed by none other than the late Karl Lagerfeld. Mr. Lagerfeld’s design and style will further enhance the grandeur of two of the most important spaces at The Estates. The Estates’ 5.6 acres of grounds and gardens will offer lush landscaped gardens, multiple pools, a FlowRider® wave simulator, a basketball court, a bocce court, a dog park, soccer field, a beachfront restaurant and fivestar beach and pool services. Also available will be 24-hour valet, 24-hour security services, a full service resident concierge and a house Rolls-Royce car. The Estates benefits from its sister developments, Acqualina Resort & Residences on the Beach and The Mansions at Acqualina. The legendary service by Acqualina Resort & Residences, a Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond Hotel and TripAdvisor’s #1 Beachfront Resort in the Continental United States, ensures that The Estates at Acqualina delivers ultimate perfection and a unique experience on every level.


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Swimsuit by Vince Camuto Swim


Bikini by Shoshanna Swimwear


Dress by Ermanno Scervino, Bal Harbour Shops


Watch by Richard Mille, Bal Harbour Shops Dress by PatBO, available at Acqualina Spa


Dress by Ermanno Scervino, Bal Harbour Shops


Top by Significant Other, Bloomingdales, Aventura Mall Shorts by Alice + Olivia, Bloomingdales, Aventura Mall


Dress by Alice + Olivia, Bloomingdales, Aventura Mall Shoes by Jimmy Choo, Aventura Mall


Dress by Amur Shoes by Jimmy Choo, Aventura Mall Watch by Richard Mille, Bal Harbour Shops


Top by Johanna Ortiz Skirt by A.L.C.


All Jewerly and Watch by Harry Winston, Bal Harbour Shops Dress and Bag by Carolina Herrera, Aventura Mall Shoes by Jimmy Choo, Aventura Mall


All Jewerly and Watch by Harry Winston, Bal Harbour Shops Dress by Mayda Cisneros, Coral Gables Shoes by Jimmy Choo, Aventura Mall


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Cryotherapy By Michelle Payer

ESPA’S NEW CRYOTHERAPY TREATMENTS ARE THE LATEST ADVANCEMENTS IN REMARKABLE SKIN-TIGHTENING TREATMENTS FOR FACE AND BODY.

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Entering the country’s only branded ESPA has always been an elegant affair, with its tony boutique, hushed passageways and attentive service. Now, with Acqualina Spa exceeding CDC safety protocols, only a few patrons are granted entrance each hour, creating an exceedingly private, villa-like experience. Gliding into deep relaxation within an uncrowded Himalayan salt-walled relaxation lounge is pure bliss. Hands-free door sensors lead to the spa’s oceanfront pool terrace, with its palm-lined garden and Roman waterfall spa; every locker is sealed with a sticker marking its disinfection, and a menu of more than 15 spa amenities are available upon request. The wellness oasis, already a Five Star destination and named Best Hotel Spa in the U.S. by USA Today earlier this year, achieves much of its notoriety for consistently remaining on the forefront of transformative treatments. The newest -- two facials and a body treatment -- use the Italian Pagani Cryo T-Shock device to smooth fine lines, plump skin, reduce the appearance of cellulite and stimulate collagen production. Forget holding your breath and immersing your body into an uncomfortable cryochamber to achieve tightening effects. A trained esthetician uses a modern wand that is pre-programmed to alternately emit heat that virtually irons out wrinkles, followed by a T-Shock Arctic Blast that feels like a massive ice block is freezing and sealing the skin. While the 60-minute Arctic Blast Facial is recommended to immediately produce a red carpet-ready glow, the 75-minute Cryo T-Shock Anti-Aging Face Treatment is meant to deliver lasting results and can replace invasive injections if done regularly.

The T-Shock Anti-Aging treatment is a full facial that not only includes the benefits of the hot and cold cryotherapy machine, but also the nourishing and toning benefits from the ESPA Professional Lift & Smoothing mask and ESPA Tri Active Advanced ProBiome serum that goes to work while the esthetician delivers a relaxing scalp massage. – Catherine Davalle Spa Director “The T-Shock Arctic Blast is a shorter version that focuses solely on the work of the Cryo T-Shock device to deliver intense cold for a quick and effective beauty boost that’s ideal before a red carpet event,” says Davalle. Both facials help even skin tone, contour the face with lymphatic drainage to flush away toxins, reduce fine lines, stimulate collagen production and eliminate any dark circles and puffiness around the eye area. For the Cryo T-Shock Body Treatment, guests choose their problem areas – triceps, glutes, abdomen or thighs – for a targeted session that again uses the Pagani device to alternate between hot and cold in varying times, temperatures and sequences to remove unwanted fat or cellulite and reinvigorate loose skin. The non-invasive treatment finishes with an ESPA Detoxifying Oil to prolong the tightening benefits. With face and body Cryo T-Shock treatments, Davalle says consistency pays off; monthly treatments using this revolutionary technology build on previous sessions to produce cumulative results.

A relaxing alternative to visiting the plastic surgeon?

Yes, please.

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hough the words “I’m bored” strike fear in every vacationing parent’s heart, a child’s battle cry of “what’s next?” is more of a certainty at Acqualina Resort where an innovative AcquaMarine program is at the forefront of the luxury resort’s ongoing open-air activities. Always exciting, educational and handson, children become environmental stewards through private, ever-changing 90-minute sessions, from Amazing Alligators and Ocean Mammals to Super Sea Storm and Brilliant Dolphin

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Buddies, using arts and crafts, puzzles, quiz games, iPads, relay races and much more. Families can book one of three sessions offered per day for up to five children ages 5-12. Further honoring its oceanfront setting and its place as Best Resort in America via USA Today’s annual 2020 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards, Acqualina organizes special turtlehatching expeditions during select times of the year. Though reservations are easily made through the concierge, myriad outdoor activities are always present to

keep children and teens entertained. From a beachside soccer field on the Great Lawn, to dual basketball hoops, chess board, foosball, Cornhole games on the sand and a recreation pool with daily activities, there’s always an activity, game or sport happening throughout the day. To keep guests safe, the resort conducts temperature checks before AcquaMarine sessions and requires face masks for all indoor activities. Contact the concierge desk for more information, times, prices and reservations.


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IL MULINO’S

FLOURISHES

COOLER FALL WEATHER MEANS PLEASURABLE OUTDOOR DINING AND NEW CULINARY DISCOVERIES AT VENERABLE IL MULINO NEW YORK By Michelle Payer

There is possibly nothing gastronomes look forward to more than outdoor dining during Miami’s winter months, particularly when gentle ocean breezes mingle with romantic Romeo & Juliet balconies, the melodic sounds of ocean waves, stellar service and some spectacular new menu additions at Acqualina’s famed Il Mulino New York restaurant. Beginning in November, Corporate Executive Chef Michele Mazza introduces crudo – the Italian take on sashimi – using locally sourced snapper, tuna, swordfish and daily catches from local fishermen. The presentation is simple, “the Italian way,” he says, “using orange, lemon and lime to mingle the sweet and tart citrus flavors, all prepared à la minute” for his fresh, light crudo and ceviche additions. While holding fast to menu favorites, Chef Mazza introduces new dishes using olive oil, garlic and seasonal vegetables from South Florida farms – avocado, bell pepper, micro

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greens, eggplant, among others – to create lighter menu options that include organic, free-range chicken and fresh pasta made from prized Italian Caputo flour, which also comes in a gluten-free version. “I see people want to eat lighter; they’re more health conscious and may not want heavy sauces,” says Mazza, “I’m using the Italian organic flour for pasta, pizza and ravioli dishes, then creating light sauces using vegetable stock for the pasta, and white wine for the fish,” he says, noting that guests who value the traditional dishes won’t be disappointed. Favorite menu items, including Ravioli ai Porcini with champagne truffle cream sauce, English Dover Sole and Ribeye Tagliata aren’t going anywhere. Neither are 18-month aged Grana Padano cheese, 18-year balsamic vinegar Bonini and Carnaroli Acquerello Tenuna Columbara, the secret to Chef Mazza’s incomparable risotto.


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lways set in a villa-like atmosphere, the Il Mulino dining experience is even more private with newly established Covid-19 guidelines. Three outdoor “Romeo and Juliet” balconies perched above the terrace create romantic private dining alcoves, while eight tables – spread six feet apart – grace the terrace and overlook the pool and beach. Indoors, only 14 tables – seating a maximum of six people – glow amidst tapestries and wrought-iron chandeliers. Though Il Mulino’s bar is closed at the moment, its mixologists have created five ingenious vacuumsealed “Cocktails on the Go.” From a Lychee martini to Passion margarita, Negroni and the Bella Donna featuring limoncello, Aperol and Grey Goose Citron, these handy packs can be opened immediately and poured over an ice-filled glass, or stored in the fridge to imbibe later in guestrooms or under the stars.

lighter

I SEE PEOPLE WANT TO EAT

THEY’RE MORE HEALTH CONSCIOUS – Corporate Executive Chef Michele Mazza

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GastRonomy

IT’S THE BALANCE IN

every single bite Oscar Noborikawa, Master Sushi Chef

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Domo Arigato! Ke-UH Brings Japanese Fusion to Acqualina

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By Michelle Payer

ith its diverse and eclectic menu, tapas style and ingredients from the earth’s four corners, it’s unsurprising that Ke-uH restaurant garners such gushing adjectives as “creative,” “different,” “extraordinary” and “exciting” in its online reviews. Opened in 2017 in Weston by eight entrepreneurs – friends since primary school – Ke-uH’s forthcoming grand entrance in Acqualina Resort & Residences – in the former AQ space – may be subdued, but those in the know are buzzing with low-key excitement. The menu may look familiar to fans of Kazumi restaurant on Key Biscayne – they have owners in common, with tapas presentation and sharable plates at the menu’s forefront. Carlos Delfino Chef/Founder and part owner of Ke-uH and Kazumi, worked with Master Sushi Chef Oscar Noborikawa, to create this inventive Ke-uH menu. Noborikawa spent 14 years in Nobu Miami, perfecting his art under the disciplined tutelage of some of the country’s most revered Japanese masters before being elevated to prestigious Executive Sushi Chef. Noborikawa says his command of Japanese cuisine can be distilled down to ingredients and balance. He works with trusted purveyors to import Japanese Hamachi yellowtail, Uni sea urchin, octopus and sweet shrimp, Scottish salmon, Yellowfin and Bigeye tuna from Central and South America and Bluefin tuna from the Mediterranean Sea. The Chefs at

Ke-uH make everything from pizza crust to ponzu sauce, yuzu soy, truffle flavors and aioli from personal recipes to accompany sushi and non-Japanese menu items include baby back ribs, sliders and Kurobuta pork belly, plus vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. “It’s the balance in every single bite,” says Noborikawa. “For me, it’s the combination of the quality of product, the preparation, the respect of and care for every single ingredient and inherent discipline to create the perfect balance of citrus, spiciness, sauce for expressive sushi,” he says. “The grilled octopus is cooked sous vide for four hours,” says owner Daniel Fernandez. “There’s a tremendous amount of work put into every single dish.” If you haven’t experienced Ke-uH, Fernandez and Noborikawa say order the crispy spicy krab Ke-uH salad, tuna tacos, tuna and salmon pizzas – both with trufle oil, a “Bonzai Truffle” roll that contains Ke-uH salad, avocado and cucumber wrapped in green soy paper, topped with tuna cubes and truffle oil, the “Spicy Honey Shrimp” that bathes tempura shrimp in jalapeno aioli, honey, almonds and walnuts, and the most popular “Bea” roll with combination of crispy shrimp, fried plantain, avocado and cream cheese wrapped in red chili soy paper and topped with eel sauce and lemon pepper. Remember, it’s all small plates, inspired to create a shared, convivial experience.

DOMO ARIGATO!

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a c c o m m o d at i o n s

GREAT COUPLES ESCAPE REKINDLE YOUR LOVE IN ACQUALINA’S CLASSIC SUITE. By Erica Corsano

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Sophocles once said that “one word frees us of all the weight and pain of life. That word is love.” No saying has ever rung more true, especially during this testing time in history. As our loved ones cancel and postpone engagement and wedding celebrations, and many families are still experiencing virtual classrooms from home, many couples are in need of a great escape. Enter in Acqualina Resort’s luxuriously romantic Classic Suites. Whether indulging in a staycation or traveling safely to the Miami area, this Mediterranean-inspired hotel offers the ultimate getaway for anyone looking to rekindle their romance via a relaxing retreat. Their impeccably designed Classic Suites were created specifically with couples’ in mind. Lush linens, rich textures like taupe lacquer, zebra wood, walnut, champagne bronze, smoked glass, and plush velvet are among the modern-meetscozy design elements imagined by designer Isabel Tragash. ETHEREAL

OCEAN VIEWS FROM EACH AND EVERY ROOM ADD TO THE

—but perhaps the most blissful room in the exquisite outfit, is the bathroom. At nearly 1180 square feet, this magical space is suited for two, with a glass-enclosed couples’ shower with dual shower heads and a big, beautiful bathtub— perfect for bubbles, cuddles and champagne. Further set the scene for a romantic moment together by playing your favorite tunes via the integrated media connectivity throughout the majestic chamber. Be sure to make good use of the lavish bath and body products provided by ESPA spa products and uber playful Acqualina-branded rubber ducky. The glamour continues in the master bedroom with a tufted walnut wrapper on wrap-around headboards, regal wingback chairs and Chinchilla “fur” throws. While you may never want to unravel yourself from the high thread count, ultra-luxe sheets, should you need more champagne, water or sustenance to fuel your fairytale, a fully stocked gourmet kitchen with sub-zero built-in appliances, designer granite countertops, and Italian limited-edition cabinets are available in many of Acqualina’s oceanfront suites.

royal experience

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Well Read

A NEW

chapter By Angela Caraway-Carlton

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here’s nothing like cuddling up

received three complimentary books

audiobooks that our hotel partners

with a good book on vacation, and

in their room. With the onset of

could gift to their guests before they

Acqualina Resort & Residences ensures

Covid-19, the resort removed physical

arrive, while on the property and when

that every guest has the chance to

books from rooms and pivoted to

they leave,” explains Ubell-Meyer, who

indulge in a page-turner. In 2017, the

Ubell-Meyer’s new program, Bedside

curates books specifically for the hotel’s

resort launched the Bedside Reading

Reading on the download.

clientele.

program, a coveted amenity created

“Our solution was to create a suite

by Jane Ubell-Meyer, where guests

of

complimentary

eBooks

and


THE PROGRAM IS

green, touchless, and safe, AS WELL AS BEING A FABULOUS GIFT. – Ubell-Meyer Ubell-Meyer envisioned the original

Whether you love a thrilling mystery,

also enjoyed the Bedside Reading

program in her 20’s after a disastrous

captivating romance, or a business-

Book Club, where every two weeks

vacation with an ex-boyfriend. “Upon

focused read, there’s a genre for every

they received a complimentary digital

arriving at a fabulous hotel in the

taste and age, including children’s

book, ranging from spiritual wellness

Caribbean, my boyfriend promptly

books. Guests of the hotel receive a link

to memoirs, and joined an intimate

took a 180-degree turn and changed

to a dedicated website where they can

chat with the author via Zoom.

his mind about the relationship,” she

choose from six to eight eBooks and

Whether you’re vacationing or live at

says. “The only thing that saved the

audiobooks that change every month,

Acqualina, the gift of reading never

vacation for me was a phenomenal

along with access to a library of author

goes out of style. Enjoy our gift to you,

book. Lesson learned, bring a book

podcasts. During the quarantine,

BedsideReading.com/Acqualina.

when you travel.”

residents at The Estates at Acqualina


The Estates at Acqualina

Luxury Living

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FOR A TRULY EXQUISITE BEACHFRONT HOME EXPERIENCE, THE UNPARALLELED COMFORT AND LUXURY OF CASA D’ORO AT THE ESTATES AT ACQUALINA IS UNLIKE ANY OTHER SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENCE. By Rebecca Wallwork

Casa BENVENUTO A

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The impending arrival of The Estates

Casa D’Oro extra special is its position

Casa D’Oro is a home custom-made

at Acqualina is an exciting moment

on the ground floor of one of The Estates’

for South Florida entertaining — with

for aficionados of Acqualina Resort &

shining, slender towers, Via Acqualina

a private pool and sauna and a summer

Residences on the Beach and the refined

777. The residents who will call Casa

kitchen on the garden terrace.

oceanfront lifestyle it offers. Opening

D’Oro home can enjoy all the benefits of

Residents and guests will enter Casa

in 2021, The Estates at Acqualina will

condo living, with the feeling of a private

D’Oro through a private foyer with

feature 248 exquisite residences with

home situated at ground level boasting

10-foot-high double doors. The expansive

wide open views of the ocean.

easy access to the glorious Atlantic Ocean

open living area includes a great room,

right outside.

dining room, kitchen and breakfast

This

THE

crème de la crème OF THIS ALREADY UNPARALLELED LINEUP INCLUDES TWO DOUBLESTORY PENTHOUSES AND TWO SINGLE-FAMILY HOMES.

Meet

one

of

those

homes:

Casa

D’Oro, the gold standard of single family condominium residences. This breathtaking home will earn its place as one of the most coveted new homes in Florida when construction wraps up. As with all residences at The Estates at Acqualina, Casa D’Oro is designed as one of the world’s finest residences and will be delivered furniture ready, boasting topof-the-line appliances, imported stone countertops, smarthome technology and over 10-foot-high ceilings. What makes

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six-bedroom,

seven-and-a-half-

area, all with marble or wood floors and

bathroom home is comprised of 11,605

stunning ocean views.

total square feet of indoor and outdoor

Upstairs,

space over two levels. Communal living

homeowners will find a world of luxury

areas and two guest bedrooms can be

in their private quarters — from the onyx

found on the main level, while discrete

walls and vanities in his and hers master

family living quarters with four bedrooms

bathrooms to the oversized his and hers

are located on the upper level, for the

dressing rooms with suede or leather

utmost privacy and home-style living.

finishes.

via

a

private

elevator,


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ne thousand feet of pristine

Atlantic Ocean beachfront awaits outside Casa D’Oro’s doors, as does the extensive range of amenities available exclusively to residents of The Estates at Acqualina — like Villa Acqualina and Circus Maximus — along with the AAA Five-Diamond amenities Here,

of

Acqualina

indoor-outdoor

Resort.

living

is

made possible in the most elegant, comfortable fashion, and residents will enjoy world-class art throughout The Estates and in the beautifully cultivated gardens. It’s a truly unique lifestyle unlike anywhere else in the world.

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H i g h S ta n d a r d s

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OPEN FLOOR PLANS, DRAMATIC DESIGN OPTIONS, AND GENEROUS OUTDOOR SPACES DEFINE THE COLLECTION OF

Ravello By Samantha Brooks

RESIDENCES AT THE 50-STORY BOUTIQUE TOWER.


FROM THE MOMENT THE ELEVATOR DOORS OPEN INTO A RAVELLO RESIDENCE, GUESTS ARE

stunned

BY THE EASTERLY VIEWS,

straight to the horizon


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rchestrated so that the

master suite, great room and kitchen are all east facing the ocean, each of the 4,385-squarefoot residences located on the north side of the Boutique Tower are designed for family living. “Most families spend the majority of their time in the kitchen, great room, and dining room, which we’ve designed to be open and connected,” says Isabel Tragash, Principal at STA Architectural Group, the interior designer for the two towers. “However, for privacy, we’ve created a hallway gallery— great for art—with indirect cove lighting, that leads to the guest bedrooms, with each one having a view.”

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While all of the Ravello residences are

the Panda White, with a base color of

for the floors. Cabinets are sleek and

essentially laid out the same, the design

white and bold lines of black and deep

modern, with an entire wall featuring

team has created numerous design

green, other options like Gray Argento

doors made from semi-reflective glass

options to custom tailor each residence

feature soft and subtle tones that blend

that is interiorly lit, so that it’s only

to the buyer’s own taste. “We have

into each other for a soothing feel.

transparent when illuminated. For

four to five choices each for flooring,

“We’ve sourced these from all over the

appliances, the La Cornue ranges are

kitchen countertops, kitchen cabinets,

world—Greece, Italy, Turkey—going

the centerpiece of the kitchen. “I’ve

and the stone in the bathrooms,” says

to an annual fair in China to see what’s

learned how their ovens have a concave

Tragash. “However, each is a curated

new and then visiting the quarries all

arch on the top that helps food cook

palette, and we’ve made sure everything

around the world,” she says.

more evenly—not to mention how

works together. We won’t allow anyone

Whether the buyer cooks or caters, the

it preserves the heat inside too,” says

to make a mistake.”

kitchens are truly meant to combine

Tragash. “Another thing that’s great is

In the master bathrooms, onyx clads

form and function. For starters, owners

that it has a French plate at the center,

everything from the floor to the

have the option of choosing from four

which can be removed to insert a wok.

ceiling. While some stone options

different marbles for countertops and

veer towards the dramatic, such as

an equally stunning array of wood types


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here’s also a pizza oven which can roast

just about anything you can imagine. It’s truly fabulous.� Rounding out the space is a full-height wine refrigerator and refrigerator and freezer from Sub-Zero, along with Miele dishwasher and conventional ovens. However, the showstopper is the six-foot stainless steel galley sink with not one, but two, Dornbracht faucets, as well as integrated cutting boards and racks for dishes. But the true joys of South Florida living are spending time outdoors. Here, each residence has terraces outside of the master bedroom and outside the living area and great room, complete with a spa with jets and a waterfall that massages the shoulders. Outdoor grills also furnish the spaces, which are primely positioned to take in the stunning views and cool breezes for a truly spectacular oceanfront living experience.

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Awa r d s

Acqualina Dazzles WITH GLOBAL ACCOLADES By Michelle Payer

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Few among us haven’t taken a peek at

experiences create a cocoon from

In a perfect award trifecta, U.S News

TripAdvisor when planning a getaway.

which to achieve total relaxation.

and World Report announced it

Whether it’s curiosity or research, we

named Acqualina Resort and Spa the

want to know what others are saying

“#1 Best Resort in the Continental U.S.” in its ninth annual

about our destination of choice. Resort”

Type “Acqualina into

TripAdvisor

We are overjoyed with TripAdvisor’s

Best Hotels rankings. Using

announcement and are truly flattered by our

a combination of TripAdvisor

and up pops a whopping

guests who feel excited to share their positive

user

212 pages of reviews. From

experience on TripAdvisor and across social

guest

personal

stories

media.

about

scores, reviews

magazine

star and

annual

ratings, travel awards,

Thanksgiving feasts catered

Five-star service and satisfaction are top

the publication firmly places

by the resort’s Executive Chef

priorities and I’m thrilled for our incredible

Acqualina among the world’s

team, whose never-ending hard work is

to the exclusivity of just five guestrooms per floor, 1,300 past

guests

have

best resorts.

recognized with this award.

To keep every visit fresh, Acqualina continually invents

painted

diverse pictures of a resort considered the best in America. One

– Deborah Yager Fleming, CEO

new ways to excite guests at its seaside luxury haven. From creating Acqua

traveler gushed, “I have never been

Experiences

that

include

to a more beautiful, well-run resort

Forbes Travel Guide agrees, heralding

learning to scuba dive and private

in my life! The facility was perfect,

Acqualina as a Five Star Hotel for the

Culinary Tours to private kayaking

the employees were all professional

eighth consecutive year, and bestowing

sojourns at nearby Oleta River State

and friendly and the level of service is

the same honor upon Acqualina Spa

Park and an innovative marine biology-

unmatched. Acqualina takes elegant

by ESPA, the resort’s 20,000 square-

based children’s programs, guests and

service and pampering to a new level.”

foot wellness sanctuary. The rare,

residents always have a plethora of

Opinionated

shy

double Five Star rating recognizes

singular experiences from which to

about posting honest reviews, flock

elegant accommodations paired with

choose.

to TripAdvisor, which has named

exceptional amenities and exemplary

To see what all the fuss is about, book

Acqualina the Traveler’s Choice Award

service that reach the height of

one of the resort’s enticing packages

winner – it’s #1 Luxury Beachfront

perfection on multiple occasions.

where you can receive daily breakfast, a

Resort in the Continental U.S. -- for

Professional inspectors check into

welcome amenity or a complimentary

the sixth consecutive year. It’s agreed

properties regularly - and anonymously

night. Head to acqualinaresort.com for

the beachfront resort’s Mediterranean

– to evaluate more than 500 rigorous

rates and details.

villa-style

criteria to determine a Star Rating.

travelers,

sanctuary

never

and

private

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EXPERIENCE DEFINED BY CULTURE, STYLE & TASTE

A Miami landmark and an integral part of the city’s diverse style and culture, Aventura Mall is a must-visit destination for residents and South Florida visitors. Unique experiences, a world-class art collection, eclectic dining, and cutting-edge architecture are just a few elements that make Aventura Mall more than a shopping center; it’s a remarkable playground for culture-seekers and trendsetters alike. Sweeping views and modern design echo triumphantly through the mall. An oasis for shoppers seeking a unique experience, Aventura Mall continuously features newlyopened shops, delectable restaurants and artistic works. A dynamic, new three-level wing, designed by world-renowned architect Carlos Zapata, offers unparalleled panoramic views and unique offerings that create an experience that ventures far from the status quo. Inspired by Miami’s spirit of openness and generosity, Apple’s two-level store complements the creativity that pulses through Aventura Mall. Designed by architecture firm Foster + Partners, the store blurs the lines of interior and exterior design, creating an expansive green space with a lush grove of trees and displays adorned with new technology. The undulating, vaulted roof provides a sustainable touch, harvesting rainwater to reduce the potable water consumption year-round.


A true paradise for shoppers, Aventura Mall is one of the most visited malls in the U.S., cultivating a lineup of the world’s most coveted brands. Pristine luxury boutiques include world-class fashion houses and designers such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Fendi, Givenchy, Burberry, Saint Laurent, Tiffany & Co., Rolex, Hermes (opening 2022), and more. In addition, the shopping center is anchored by five department stores, including Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s, and is highlighted by 300 of the world’s most popular retailers, including Adidas, Anthropologie, H&M, Sephora, and a two-level Zara. Continuing its ever-evolving lineup of retailers and experiences, Aventura Mall recently welcomed an array of new retailers, including Madewell, Farm Rio, Messika, M Missoni, Free People, Levi’s, Elie Tahari, Laduree, Eden Park, Paloma Barcelo and Michele Lopriore. In addition, internet darlings like Warby Parker and Fabletics have materialized into brick-and-mortar Aventura Mall boutiques. Once visitors have their fashion fix, there’s more on the menu. Complementing Miami’s eclectic and diverse culture, Aventura Mall’s dining experience enables visitors to brush with cuisines from around the globe. Guests enjoy a multitude of classics and newcomers, many offering indoor and outdoor seating, including Ornos Estiatorio by Chef Michael Mina, CVI.CHE 105, Pubbelly Sushi, PANI, Tap 42 Craft Kitchen + Bar, Serafina Miami, The Cheesecake Factory, and Divieto Ristorante. Treats Food Hall, a curated food emporium on the expansion wing’s third level, is a gastronomical delight, home to Shake Shack, Chicken Guy! by Guy Fieri, Miami’s first Figs Pizza + Pasta Bar by Todd English, Chipotle, JRK!, Zuuk Mediterranean Kitchen, Poké 305, and more. Before or after enjoying Aventura Mall’s cuisine, visitors can feast their eyes on world-class contemporary art installations by globally renowned artists. The Arts Aventura Mall program has curated more than two dozen pieces throughout the mall, including the 93-foot-tall, landmark Aventura Slide Tower by Carsten Höller and Gorillas in the Mist by The Haas Brothers, a statue of three bronze gorillas that doubles as a whimsical outdoor fountain.

The Arts Aventura Mall program, which includes pieces from Louise Bourgeois, Ugo Rondinone, Julian Opie and Jorge Pardo, also features an 8-foot tall by 8-foot long by 4-foot wide LOVE sculpture by Robert Indiana, one of the preeminent figures in American Pop art. Conceived in 1966 and executed in 1998, LOVE can be found outdoors on the upper level next to Tap 42 Craft Kitchen + Bar. With artistry emerging throughout the center, Aventura Mall’s architecture delivers cutting-edge design and emboldened creativity. Carlos Zapata’s vision for the new wing is highlighted by an 84-foot by 50-foot glass entrance that brings the “outside in” with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. It continues with an uninterrupted, 350-foot-long skylight that provides the wing with abundant natural light. Zapata also left his architectural mark on LEVEL THREE, Aventura Mall’s dynamic new event venue. His salient details and composition make the space an inviting, modern canvas for fêtes and ceremonies of all varieties. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer sweeping views of the city, while the lush rooftop terrace transports guests into an enchanting oasis. LEVEL THREE has gathered an A-list following, becoming the backdrop for high-profile occasions including a fundraiser for Miami HEAT star Dwyane Wade.

For more than 20 years, The Aventura Market has shown #locallove to South Florida farmers and artisans. Shoppers enjoy the perfect indoor setting to explore a variety of unique and thoughtfully created products. Representing the region’s talented cultural melting pot, The Aventura Market showcases a diverse array of exotic foods, fresh produce, desserts, handmade goods, and home decor from more than 40 local vendors. The market is open every Saturday and Sunday during mall hours. “Innovation is a hallmark of everything we do,” says Jackie Soffer, Chairman and CEO of Turnberry, owner, developer and manager of Aventura Mall. “From outstanding design to a unique lineup of retailers, we believe in offering our visitors an unparalleled and culturally rich experience.” For hours of operation, visit AventuraMall.com or call (305) 935-1110.


Seeing is Believing

New Ghost Makes its Presence Known Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Miami welcomes a new kind of luxury vehicle to South Florida By Erica Corsano

Seldom does a new product launch garner the kind of attention Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Miami has experienced from their recent reveal of the much anticipated Ghost 2021. While all Rolls-Royce customers are a loyal breed, Miami Rolls-Royce clients take the concept to an entirely new level. The luxury dealership, which is a member of the Braman Miami family of dealerships, had to push back their original April launch for the vehicle to September due to the global pandemic. But that didn’t stop their team from having a record month. General Sales Manager Alvaro Borge says that the dealership actually saw an increase in sales, delivering thirteen new Rolls-Royces in Miami alone—their monthly average was between seven and eight.

Why the uptick in business? Borge attributes it to a combination of things. “We have a lot of clients who normally travel, who didn’t go anywhere for the summer due to the pandemic—a silver lining for us.” Borge says the increase has been steadily rising since May, partially due to a special rebate offered to clients. The rebates vary with each model, but present a compelling financial benefit to the client— and it works; business is booming. In fact, pre-sales are currently taking place for the new Ghost 2021, a car that presented an opportunity for customers to own a quietly opulent, more compact Rolls-Royce: its slightly smaller than the brand’s Phantom design. Borge explains: “The Ghost is a more compact version of the brand’s Phantom,


giving us an opportunity to capture clients who want something smaller and more discreet for everyday. And it’s easier to park!” In September, a select group of clientele were invited to get up close and personal with a static display (no test drives yet) of the exquisite vehicle. This was following a virtual sneak peak months prior, direct from Goodwood, England, where Rolls-Royce cars are manufactured. The virtual unveiling resembled something you’d see in a modern-day James Bond film. Current Rolls-Royce owners have access to a private smartphone application called “Whispers,” whereby they can get news and updates and learn about new launches like this one. But those who are craving their luxurious new driving experience will have to be patient— the car will start production in January 2021 and deliveries are slated to begin in the spring.

Still, the anticipation of the new Ghost, which is totally redesigned featuring brand new, high technology, has Miami Rolls-Royce lovers buzzing. Clients have been patiently waiting to purchase the car and Borge expects the orders to roll in. Pun intended. “The car is incredibly appealing for this market...our last ten years have been so successful in Miami and this just adds to the excitement,” explains Borge. Pricing starts at $332,000 and with add-ons, the average price will be around $380,000. An affordable luxury in comparison to the car manufacturer’s Phantom model which starts at $500,000. “It’s a perfectly-balanced and incredibly powerful car and our clients are excited for it. This is probably the most successful RollsRoyce of the company has ever built and it has given RR the volume and the ability to sell more units,” adds Borge.


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