By: Shayne Benowitz
A day at the spa will melt your tensions away—especially at one of these luxurious spa retreats.
When it comes to relaxation, nothing beats a luxurious day spa. Luckily for anyone in Miami, the city is filled with stunning spas perfect for a sublime massage, facial or healing therapy. Visit Miami during July and August when Greater Miami celebrates Miami Spa Month. For two months, Miami Spa Month features incredible savings on special treatments at premier spas throughout the city. Make a day out of it by indulging in amenities like steam rooms, saunas and mineral baths, and get a workout in with a personal trainer or in a state-of-the-art fitness center. At Miami’s day spas, you’re in for more than just a spa therapy. It’s a holistic experience from the moment you slip on your robe and step into the all-encompassing oasis. Here are some of our favorite Miami day spas.
Exhale Spa at The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour
The newest Ritz-Carlton in Miami is also home to the newest branch of Exhale Spa. A results-oriented wellness spa dedicated to mind-body therapies, Exhale is home to Core Fusion and yoga classes in addition to its treatment offerings. Plan a perfect day by starting your morning with a fitness class, followed by time in the sauna and steam room before a massage or facial. End the day at the outdoor waterfront terrace or take a dip in the hotel’s swimming pool or ocean.
The Spa at Carillon Miami Beach
At 70,000-square-feet, the Carillon is the largest spa in Miami Beach. With a full thermal experience that includes a rooftop Jacuzzi and swimming pool, crystal steam room, experiential rain showers, Finnish sauna, footbaths, herbal laconium, igloo, indoor Jacuzzi and thermal loungers, you can easily spend all day at the spa without even trying. While The Spa at Carillon offers massages, facials and body treatments, they also specialize in Eastern medicine, like acupuncture and energy healing.
The Spa at The Miami Beach EDITION
As soon as you enter the white-draped relaxation room of The Spa at The Miami Beach EDITION with its plush, pillow-strewn lounges and vintage Moroccan rugs, you immediately melt into a state of relaxation. Sweat it out in the steam room first and then opt for their restorative Power Nap, which stimulates four hours of sleep in 20 minutes. You can customize a massage or opt for signature Thai or Shiatsu treatments. Afterwards, emerge fully revitalized for lunch poolside at Tropicale.
Tierra Santa Healing House at Faena Hotel Miami Beach
When you book a therapy at Tierra Santa Healing House at Faena, you’ll be advised to arrive an hour early for a journey through their marble-laden, Roman-inspired spa. You’ll begin with an invigorating shower in the hydrotherapy chamber with a slice of soap from the block at the entrance, followed by a bathing and detoxifying ritual that includes the herbal steam room, sauna, tepidarium and ice chamber. At the end of the circuit, relax on the marble hammam before being whisked into the relaxation room with a stunning pastel rug depicting an under-the-sea tableau. While a host of massages, facials and body therapies are available, this South American-inspired spa also offers shamanic healing.
Acqualina Spa by ESPA
One of Miami’s only Forbes Five-Star Spas, Acqualina Spa by ESPA is a luxurious delight. You’ll be greeted with a cup of tea before being escorted into the 20,000-square-foot spa, which includes a crystal steam room, Arctic ice fountain, experience showers, Finnish dry sauna and Himalayan salt wall. With a private pool and Jacuzzi perfect for a spa lunch, it’s the ideal destination to while away the day. Using luxurious ESPA products, facials are both luxurious and results-oriented. They also offer a host of Day Spa Journeys with multiple treatments for the ultimate in relaxation.
The Biltmore Spa
Getaway to The Biltmore Spa in Coral Gables for a classically South Florida spa day. Overlooking the rolling greens of the 18-hole golf course, you’ll unwind in style at this historic property. With the recently launched Benessere Wellness program, a spa day here can be created to include a custom fitness class, juice, healing treatment and healthy cooking class. Their Zen package, for instance, includes yoga, an Ayurvedic massage, a green juice and Vegan cooking class. You’ll leave fully relaxed and restored with a healthier outlook on life.
Lapis Spa at Fontainebleau
One of the more luxurious spas in Miami, Lapis Spa at the Fontainebleau offers the ultimate oasis to unwind. Start with their Water Journey, which includes mineral baths, massage jet showers, a eucalyptus steam room and marble hammam lounge chairs. With ocean-inspired treatments, indulgent massages and beautifying facials, their extensive spa menu covers all the bases. A day at Lapis also gives you access to the Fontainebleau’s gym, swimming pool and beach, so you may never leave.
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Miami
A Forbes Five-Star Spa, The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Miami is the ultimate destination for unwinding in the lap of luxury. Inspired by Chinese, Ayurvedic, European and Thai practices, the spa is a relaxing, healing oasis. You’ll start your treatment with a welcoming herbal tea and foot ritual after you’ve had time to unwind in the sauna and steam room. It’s all about an unhurried pace here with Signature Spa therapies lasting up to two hours. You can also add a private fitness class to your day or book full or half day journeys that include lunch.
Miami Spa Month
Visit Miami during July and August when Greater Miami celebrates Miami Spa Month. For two months, Miami Spa Month features incredible savings on special treatments at premier spas throughout the city.
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