Statewide Travel Buzz


• Easter means memorable dining with an equally memorable view atMandarin Oriental, Miami (500 Brickell Key Drive, 305/913-8358 for reservations). From 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 31, the resort’s standout culinary team will present Easter brunch at Cafe Sambal; cost is $85 for adults, $35 for children 6 to 12 (kids under 6 dine for free). Expect dishes ranging from salmon strudel with Champagne sauce and eggs Benedict to stations for made-to-order omelets, pancakes and waffles, sushi, seafood and salads, fresh fruit and an array of pastries. Word on the street is that the Easter Bunny will be making an appearance, as well.

Acqualina Resort & Spa (17875 Collins Ave., 305/918-6777) in Sunny Isles Beach has announced a couple of exclusive spa packages good through April 30. Tip-Toe Into Spring includes a signature manicure and pedicure, as well as a 50-minute Spring Radiance Facial, at Acqualina Spa by ESPA—the 20,000-square-foot award-winning oceanfront retreat. The Tip-Toe treatment runs 2 hours and 40 minutes and goes for $250 (plus 20 percent gratuity). Men’s Spring Into Action offers gentlemen guests the popular ESPA Age Rebel facial and ESPA classic manicure; the 1-hour, 40-minute treatments is $235 (including gratuity).

• Across the state on Anna Maria Island (12 miles south of Tampa), the Mainsail Beach Inn (101 66th St., Holmes Beach, 888/849-2642) is giving moms something to celebrate for the entire month of May. Guests reserving at least a three-night stay anytime from Sunday to Thursday are eligible to receive a $250 American Express gift card to use on Anna Maria’s popular Pine Avenue, dinner at the neighboring Beach Bistro or activities throughout the area. Rates start at $234 for a two-bedroom island suite at the boutique resort, opened in 2009, that features 12 two- and three-bedroom residences.