The ice cream-colored, family-owned motels of the 50s and 60s in Sunny Isles Beach have been replaced by soaring condominium towers and resort hotels. These new Sunny Isles venues in Miami drip with luxury amenities like expansive, palm-dotted pool complexes, European-style spas, fitness centers and upscale lounges and restaurants. Even so, Sunny Isles Beach is still quieter than, say, Miami Beach or Fort Lauderdale, but it has evolved into a luxury destination that can entertain and accommodate groups.
Set on a barrier island between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean, Sunny Isles Beach is 8 miles from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, 15 miles from Miami International Airport, 10 miles from the Greater Fort Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center and 17 miles from the Miami Beach Convention Center.
Meeting-oriented venues in Sunny Isles Beach capitalize on the wide sandy beach framed by the aquamarine waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Among the selections are the 390-room Trump International Resort (25,000 square feet of prime Miami meeting space), 312-room Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort (18,000 square feet of meeting space) and 118-suite Doubletree Ocean Point Resort & Spa (12,000 square feet of meeting space).
Certainly one of Florida's most exotic and artistic special event venues, Wherehouse 2016, is located a five-minute drive south of Sunny Isles. The 3,600-square-foot hall features the stylish paintings and designs of artist Bruce Grayson with floor-to-ceiling murals, dozens of handmade light sculptures, custom-painted tables, custom painted chairs and sofas as well a four bars, three large widescreen TVs and an adjustable stage for a DJ or live music. It can accommodate as few as 30 people and as many as 300.
Some of best dining venues in Sunny Isles Beach are located at top resort hotels. These include Neomi's at Trump International Beach Resort, Il Mulino New York at Acqualina Resort & Spa and Kitchen 305 at Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort.
Thanks to Sunny Isles Beach's prime location between Miami and Fort Lauderdale, attendees have access to a wide variety of attractions and shopping opportunities with under a half-hour drive time. Popular choices include the South Beach Art Deco Historic District, Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino in Pompano Beach, Haulover Beach Park, Bal Harbour Shops and Aventura Mall. Sunny Isles Beach is also only 20 minutes north of Ocean Drive in South Beach (for those who need a healthy dose of international glitz to enhance a meeting or incentive experience) and less than 15 minutes from the restaurants, bistros and cafes on Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale.