"The Vegas of Florida" Returns as Sunny Isles Becomes America's Hot Spot

Acqualina SunriseSunny Isles Beach, Florida

is a two mile stretch of white sandy beaches just 15 minutes north of Miami Beach and 5 minutes from Bal Harbour. In the 1950’s, Frank Sinatra and his cronies played here occassionally ducking out to bet on jai alai and dog races as it was once known as the Vegas of Florida. Now this former Rat Pack playground has come back to life with a fury and is experiencing an exceptional luxury oceanfront condo & condo hotel boom it has ever seen.

With the overcrowding and over hype of South Beach, sun seekers are coming to Sunny Isles as the area is seeing a proliferation of luxury development and high class restaurants. New celebrity residents and European Investors are seeing the great value along the ocean and snapping up shiny condo deals including Terrell Owens of the Dallas Cowboys, according to the New York Times. Here we find the first class services South Beach offers yet a new exclusive location offering additional privacy and a lifestyle of luxury.

  • Residents & Buyers + The newest of Oceanfront Condo Portfolio include the Turnberry Ocean ColonyTrump Towers I, II & III, Jade Beach & Jade Ocean, Sayan Condos, Trump Royale and St. Tropez (Bayside). Yes, Trump has been aggressively building seeing the future value as he always does. My favorite Trump quote is… “Don’t wait to buy real estate, buy real estate and wait.”
  • Vacationers & Guests + On the Luxury Condo Hotel side, we explore the finest in services at Acqualina (Rosewood Resort), Le Meridian (M Resort), Trump International Beach Resort, Ocean Point (DoubleTree) and Sole on the Ocean offering serenity, rejuvenation & enjoyment.

Acqualina consists of hotel and private condo residences located at 17875 Collins Avenue. Acqualina Hotel is currently the most luxurious condo hotel on the ocean consisting of 97 rooms and starting at $850 night. Acqaulina has attracted hordes of wealthy Brazilians and Russians who arrive in style driving Jaguars, Ferraris and Bentleys. This hotel has ESPA spa which offers Asian elegances with first class pampering.

If the royal treatments put you in the shopping mood, have the chauffeur drive you over to the Bal Harbour shops at 97th and Collins where you’ll soon find the most exclusive open air mall in the country. The Bal Harbour shops have hundreds of designer boutiques to choose from including Gucci, Neiman Marcus, Saks, Yves Saint Laurent and many more.

For dinner there are many great places like Il Mulino (inside Acqualina) or La Vita e’Bella (at The Golden Strand) featuring Italian dishes. Ready for a Miami martini? Head over to Lime Lounge at the Trump International Beach Resort at 18001 Collins where you’ll mingle with a fashionable Miami crowd of locals & celebrities. This Trump Resort like the Acqualina is all about excess as the 32 story resort has groot style swimming pools, air conditioned cabanas and sumptuous rooms.

The next morning start your day walking the peaceful beach at sunrise and looking for that perfect shell. Now that the Rascal House has closed we’ll be patiently waiting for the new Epicure market (coming 2009) where breakfast will dominate Sunny Isles Beach! I continually add to this blog so if you’d like new updates once available, you can be notified by email or by RSS feed (see upper right column) each time a new posting occurs.