Acqualina & Bal Harbour Partnering

MIAMI, July 21, 2020 – Acqualina Resort & Residences partners with Bal Harbour Shops in a creative way to support social distancing at the ultra-luxury resort located in Miami’s Sunny Isles Beach. Four mannequins elegantly dressed by some of the designer boutiques from the luxury shopping mecca will be seated in the impressive lobby of Acqualina Resort to maintain social distancing as guests linger throughout the indoor space.

“It’s a unique collaboration and helps us reinforce our health and safety measures,” said Deborah Yager Fleming, CEO and Partner of Acqualina Resort & Residences. “With Bal Harbour Shops located in close proximity from our resort and being the epitome of fashion, it was a natural fit and we couldn’t think of a better partner.”

The collaboration will launch with the mannequins dressed in the exquisite collections by two of the boutiques at Bal Harbour Shops: Akris, the Swiss-brand featuring sleek pieces for career-oriented women around the world, and Ermanno Scervino, the Italian womenswear line characterized by sensual glamour and feminine flourishes. This ongoing collaboration with Bal Harbour Shops will feature a variety of fashion brands to be announced.

“We are excited to partner with Acqualina Resort & Residences on this creative fashion project as during these challenging times it is essential to be able to pivot and respond with innovative solutions,” said Matthew Whitman Lazenby, President and CEO of Whitman Family Development, LLC, owner and operator of Bal Harbour Shops. “The cornerstone of Bal Harbour Shops’ storied success has been our emotional connection with our guests and our community. The safety and health of our customers, employees and tenants will always be our top priority.”

Acqualina Resort reopened on June 15 with enhanced safety and cleanliness practices providing guests, residents and team members with confidence and assurance that their well-being is a top priority. The mannequins are in addition to other safety measures including:

  • A non-contact temperature check for all guests, residents and team members
  • Guests are required to wear a face covering when traversing throughout the property
  • Personal protective equipment and enhanced training are provided to all team members
  • Hand-sanitizer dispensers — touchless wherever possible — are placed throughout the resort
  • Six-foot distancing measures between individuals, groups and staff are required at all times
  • Social distancing mats located throughout the property
  • The resort complies with all occupancy limits mandated by local and/or state authorities.

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Opened in 1965 by retail visionary Stanley Whitman and still operated by his descendants today, the third generation family-owned Bal Harbour Shops was the first all-luxury fashion center in America featuring high-end retailers in a tropical, open-air setting. The first to make lush landscaping a key part of the design, Bal Harbour Shops features tropical plants and orchids, waterfall features and koi ponds and a variety of palm trees for shade. Bal Harbour Shops is uniquely positioned across from the Atlantic Ocean offering a serene visual aesthetic like no

other luxury shopping destination. The historic Bal Harbour Shops, known for its curated retail as well as the emotional connection to its tenants and customers is the global leader in luxury shopping destinations and integrates a dynamic website with editorial content and a global following as well as engaging social media channels with over 500,000 followers. For more information on Bal Harbour Shops, please visit


Acqualina Resort & Residences is a place where the charm of a Mediterranean villa meets elegance on the beach. A seaside luxury haven located on 4.5 beachfront acres in pristine Sunny Isles Beach, Acqualina Resort & Residences features 98 impeccably appointed guest rooms and suites and 188 residences with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean, world-class dining including Il Mulino New York, three oceanfront swimming pools, spacious meeting rooms and an innovative marine biology-based children’s program. A variety of lavish interior and exterior venues provide an ideal background for opulent weddings and memorable events. Acqualina Spa by ESPA, the first ESPA-branded spa in the United States, provides guests with an exquisite 20,000-square-foot, two-story tranquil sanctuary of excellence and relaxation. A family owned and operated property, Acqualina is a recipient of the coveted Forbes Travel Guide Awards for both the hotel and spa and the AAA Five Diamond Award.

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Media Contacts:
Alexandra Wensley
Vice President of Communications
Acqualina Resort & Residences

Gotmar Giron
Director of Public Relations & Special Events
Bal Harbour Shops