By: Jen Karetnick
No one ever needs an excuse to indulge in a luxurious, soothing massage, facial, mani-pedi or body wrap. This is even more true when you’re on vacation and in the mood to treat yourself. But occasionally, you or your partner might need a little coaxing. Therapies can prove daunting, whether it’s because the treatment is new or just new to you. Don’t be discouraged; be a duo! With a loved one by your side, trying a rubdown with heated bamboo sticks or a detox with Thai herbs is the easiest way to knock out the intimidation factor and, at the same time, up the ante on a romantic getaway.
Get a Room
Many of Miami’s hotels have their own signature spas that offer side-by-side treatments. Some even have a dedicated room for couples. For instance, at The SPA at One Bal Harbour Resort & Spa, located just across from The Shops at Bal Harbour, couples who opt for a massage are treated to a candlelit ambiance in a private room with side-by-side tables, then offered glasses of Champagne in the Ocean View relaxation area. At the storied Biltmore Hotel’s European-style spa in Coral Gables, the couples room leads into a double outdoor shower for extra time together.
At Lapis, The Spa at the Fontainebleau, co-ed sections are designated in the Hamman and the Essence Mineral Pool, both of which are ideal for chilling before or after treatments – especially the popular Aromatic Hydrobath and Ocean Sensory Massage, which therapists say “simulates the ebb and flow of waves on a shoreline, Indeed, it includes herbal compresses to refresh the skin after a day in the sun and salt. Or, if two are soon going to become three, schedule the Oh Baby Bleau for Two, a couples pre-natal Swedish massage extravaganza.
If a single room or sharing space isn’t appealing, check out The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Miami. Couples can tailor any of the therapies as well as the length of them in a VIP couples suite, which overlooks Biscayne Bay.
Enjoy the Water – and the Waterfront
If you want to enjoy every minute of Miami’s fabulous weather, consider scheduling a couples massage on a pool deck or in a cabana. At Agua Spa at The Delano Hotel in South Beach, single treatments can be customized to service two – in an outdoor solarium, no less.
The Standard, a renowned spa hotel, is praised for its globally inspired hydrotherapy elements: column showers, a Roman waterfall, a Finnish steam room, an Arctic plunge pool. The Standard Spa Miami Beach allows you to book treatments for more than one person, and the very Zen-minded Standard, perched on the eastern edge of the Venetian Causeway, even offers waterfront yoga, acupuncture and guided meditation for groups.
Another spa perfect for two or more (priced per person), the Spa at Grove Isle, specializes in wedding packages, like the Ultimate Bridal Party Package for bride and maid of honor, or even a co-ed wedding party. It includes a Euro Glow Facial and Balinese massage, as well as a mani-pedi, style and blow-dry. While many of Grove Isle’s spa services are indoors, hot tubs and more take advantage of the hotel’s stellar setting on the lip of Biscayne Bay. A couples massage can be booked waterside – which can be followed by a private steam room session for two.
Don’t settle for a mere massage just because you’re a couple. Elemis Spa, located in the Loews Miami Beach Hotel and in the Village of Merrick Park in Coral Gables, allows you to upgrade your couples massage with a variety of indulgences, including hot stone therapy, hair and scalp treatments, and body glosses in private rooms for pairs.
At the unique, Western Australia-based Jurlique Spa in the Mayfair Hotel in Coconut Grove, you can fashion an entire organic, holistic vacation around therapies in the couples suite. In addition to massage, choose from paraffin treatments to detox wraps, with plenty of foot, hand, body scrubs, and face masks in between.
In fact, it’s often said that the couple who peels together, stays together. And don’t assume that just because a resort sounds a certain way to your ear, it won’t offer something for couples. Even sports-centric Shula’s has an Aveda spa with a Couples Connection special that combines massage with aqua polish and rosemary-mint pedicures, for both of you.
Miami Spa Month
Miami has become so well-known for its spas, both in-hotel and stand-alone, that Greater Miami and the Beaches offers Miami Spa Month http://www.miamispamonth.com/. During July and August, participating spas offer select spa treatments for just $99. Both visitors and residents are encouraged to take advantage of treatments like the Coco Bliss (a chocolate-peppermint-brown sugar scrub) at Agua Spa at Mondrian South Beach or the Four-Handed Massage where two therapists provide treatment at once at the Exhale Spa at EPIC Hotel in downtown Miami.
If a couples treatment isn’t listed explicitly, don’t hesitate to ask. The number-one credo among spas everywhere is to please, relax and soothe their clients. Miami’s spas have the customer in mind, down to the native Florida orange slices floating in the drinking water.
Find out all there is to experience by visiting our Spa page.