VP OF COMMUNICATIONS, ACQUALINA RESORT AND THE ESTATES AT ACQUALINA
Alexandra Wensley is the Vice President of Communications at the Five Star, Five Diamond Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach and The Estates at Acqualina, slated to open in 2020. Located on the grounds of Acqualina Resort, The Estates at Acqualina is a brand new ultra-luxury $1.5 billion residential development in Sunny Isles Beach. The Estates recently announced a partnership with iconic designer Karl Lagerfeld who will be designing the two residential lobby spaces as his first interior design project in the United States. Prior to joining the Acqualina brand, Wensley worked for Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group serving as Director of Communications for its award-winning Miami property for 15 years and was a member of the hotel’s Executive Team. She also was instrumental in the opening of the former Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya, Mexico and for the successful rebranding of Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta.
Prior to Miami, Wensley worked in Hawaii for the state’s largest public relations firm – McNeil Wilson Communications. In that capacity, she handled the Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau account, where she created and implemented multi-level marketing campaigns to promote the state worldwide. She also represented the legendary Mauna Kea Resort and Hawaiian Airlines accounts.
What do you love most about Your City?
Our foodie vibe, the culture and sports. Miami is a vibrant cosmopolitan city.
Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?
My husband Craig and I like to take our two children for breakfast to Bagel Bar East. My father owned a Greek diner on Long Island when I was growing up. I still enjoy classic diner food! Yummy scrambled eggs with a toasted bagel and home fries.
What are you doing at:
6:00 AM – Just finished working out and ready to wake up my children. I am a morning person so I get up early to exercise. This is the “me” time I take for myself before it’s time to start the day.
10:00 AM – Touring a top journalist through the stunning sales gallery at The Estates at Acqualina or having breakfast al fresco at Acqualina Resort with a potential partner or writer. I do a lot of networking throughout the day. I love meeting new people and exchanging ideas.
12:00 PM – Favorite Power Lunch spot/meal?
Costa Grill at Acqualina Resort – this is the best kept secret for lunch in Miami. With a Coconut drink in hand looking onto the white sandy beach, it doesn’t get better than this. Try the Kale and Quinoa Salad.
7:00 PM – I am just arriving home to spend quality time with my family. We try to eat a proper dinner together and catch up on everyone’s day. Plus, get their school homework done and read before bedtime.
11:00 PM – I am sleeping! I need 8 hours of sleep.
What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?
Coffee – two or three cups of black coffee. On occasion, I’ll splurge and enjoy a latte with almond milk in the afternoon from the coffee bar in the Estates Sales Gallery.
Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?
I am hooked on podcasts. Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations keeps me in touch with what’s important and The GaryVee Audio Experience for marketing inspirations. I recently subscribed to Invisibilia and with the kids, Pants on Fire.
What should everyone try at least once?
I have three – Go on an adventure trip, eat at a Michelin-starred restaurant and ride in a limo.
Where do you enjoy getting lost?
Greece. The sunsets, beaches and the sea – it’s breathtaking. Plus, the food is the best!