How to Live Lavishly at the World's Finest Residences

Acqualina Resort & Spa is responsible for fashioning Sunny Isles into a luxury destination. The developers of the Acqualina brand, Jules, Eddie, and Stephanie Trump, have now expanded the brand’s seaside footprint by carving out a posh niche of upscale, oceanfront real estate with the opening of The Mansions at Acqualina, escalating the brand’s vision to even greater heights.

Residents of 79-suite sky Mansions will be treated to unprecedented levels of opulence, from units constructed of the most magnificent materials and finishes, to one of the highest levels of personalized service available anywhere in the world. Because Acqualina boasts such a strong command of brand loyalty, investors secured $200 million in reservations well before The Mansions’ groundbreaking in 2012. Even though the near majority of owners (an average age of 45) at The Mansions hail from the U.S. (48 percent), the property will welcome tenants from around the globe. The Mansions’ lap of luxury is a multicultural language, appealing to real estate enthusiasts from Brazil, Canada, Mexico, South America, Russia, Ecuador, Israel and beyond.

Spearheaded by the influential Trump Group (not associated with Donald Trump), with architecture by Cohen, Freedman, Encinosa & Associates and interior design by STA Architectural Group, The Mansions is pristinely polished, coupled with a key convenience for new homeowners. Provided the opportunity to select from four tastefully composed palettes by world-renowned STA (known for its uncompromising attention to detail), owners have the added benefit of settling into furniture-ready units, enhanced by Fendi Casa. With just two residences per floor, residents can relish in exceptional panoramic ocean views, each with wrap-around terraces featuring champagne glass railings, private hot tubs and outdoor kitchens, all framing immense living and entertainment areas. And, the $55 million, 18-000-square-foot Palazzo di Oro penthouse is an elevated, oceanfront work of art, to say the least.

Each residence in The Mansions is composed of top-of-the-line design, with standout features for the tech savvy, including smart building technology, linking residences to certain building amenities (audio, window treatments, lighting), intrusion monitoring systems and intelligent climate control digital thermostats, just to name a few. Culinary connoisseurs can cook, dine and entertain in kitchens that host custom cabinetry, Miele appliances, Franke sinks, Dornbracht fixtures and imported stone countertops. As expected, each master suite is equipped with comfortable luxury; the highlight: a midnight bar with refreshment amenities, so you can enjoy your nightcaps in bed. The Mansions also understands how much you value your own space, catering to you with both his and hers bathrooms as well as individual closet units.

Customary with the unparalleled Acqualina service comes a bevy of amenities for natives of The Mansions. If you’re constantly on the go, feel at ease with 24-hour valet, doorman and security attendants, and complimentary transportation to surrounding destinations by the house Rolls Royce. Take advantage of direct access to the esteemed, neighboring Acqualina venues, like Acqualina Spa by ESPA, Il Mulino New York, Costa Grill, and AQ by Acqualina. Occupy the Grand Salon, whether for leisure or private events, and unwind in the virtual game room (with a $40,000 custom gaming chair), the spa or the hammam. Stogie aficionados will have access to the cigar lounge with private humidors, while oenophiles can sip and swirl in the wine cellar and tasting lounge (complete with private wine lockers). Direct beach access encourages a daily barefoot stroll in the sand, followed by a dip in an infinity pool overlooking the ocean. Relax in a cabana with pool attendant service and enjoy waterside dining on the weekends to round out that staycation feel right at home.

By Tracy Block