By: Shayne Benowitz
Find serenity at one of these luxurious Miami spa resorts.
If unwinding at a spa in the lap of luxury is your idea of paradise, then Miami is the city for you. From lavish treatments to stress-melting amenities and endorphin-producing workouts, Miami’s resort spas have all your bases covered.
With onsite Exhale Spa offering a class schedule of mind-body workouts including yoga, Core Fusion and the latest bootcamp-inspired Core Fusion Extreme, the EPIC Hotel downtown is a destination for getting fit and unwinding at the spa.
With a results-oriented approach, their signature Fusion Massage and Power Facials are targeted and customizable. Eastern medicine practices like acupuncture and cupping are also on the menu. Relax post-treatment in the hammam or Zen Lounge, and make a day of it by snagging a chair by the 16th floor pool overlooking Biscayne Bay.
Exhale Spas are also found at the Loews Hotel Miami Beach and Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour.
Fontainebleau Miami Beach
At 40,000 square-feet, Lapis Spa at the Fontainebleau is a practice in marble-covered luxury. From the mineral pool, rain tunnel and deluge shower to hammam lounge chairs in the spa’s lavish water ritual, it’s a palace of supreme relaxation.
Make a day of it and bookend your treatment (the 80-minute customizable Masters Massage is heavenly) with a day at the sprawling poolscape and beach. Then, finish it all off with a meal at the oceanfront, al fresco La Cote.
The Standard Spa Miami Beach
Snag a lemon yellow lounge chair overlooking Biscayne Bay next to the zero entry pool at the heavenly hip spot that is The Standard Miami. With an outdoor water ritual and mud baths to compliment the indoor stadium-style hammam and water lounge, you’ll never run out of novel places to lounge and enjoy hydro-therapy.
The full service Standard Spa offers a wide range of fitness classes from yoga to Pilates, while the bayside restaurant serves an eclectic menu of healthy and hearty fare. Opt for a Hot + Cold Stone massage to completely melt your tensions away.
With a newly launched Benneserre (well-being in Italian) wellness program, the Coral Gables classic is reinvigorating its spa programming to include spa, fitness and healthy culinary components inspired by the Mediterranean. At The Biltmore’s spa, select from a new menu that includes a Mineral Wellness Ritual and Anti-Aging Skin Therapies, while the fitness center offers over 100 weekly exercise classes.
They’ve also opened the brand new Succo Juice and Smoothie Bar. Bennessere brings healthy menu options to each of the resort’s restaurants, as well as opportunities to participate in cooking lessons. While there, consider a round of golf or an afternoon lounging by the largest pool in the United States by the picturesque Mediterranean Revival resort.
The 28,000 square-foot Spa at W Miami is a sumptuous, surreal space designed by Phillipe Starck with a stunning canary yellow chandelier, baroque lounge chairs and tall, floor-to-ceiling mirrors overlooking downtown Miami from its marble-laden water lounge. Complete with a gym and a variety of fitness, ranging from yoga to Surfset, you’ve got a lot of ground to cover on your spa day. Indulge your skin in their uber-luxurious HydraFacial and then slather on the SPF for a day spent lounging by the longest pool in Miami with sweeping views of Biscayne Bay to boot.
Acqualina Resort & Spa
Boasting a Forbes Five-Star Spa with ESPA, Acqualina offers an unparalleled spa retreat with stellar service, treatments and facilities. A glittering lounge with a light therapy steam room and a dry sauna compliments the outdoor spa pool and Jacuzzi overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
With superior ESPA products on hand, opt for a Skin Radiance Facial. You can also arrange for a private yoga or personal training session with local organic yoga clothing/lifestyle brand Yogiiza.
Miami Beach EDITION
The latest luxury spa in Miami Beach opened at the Miami Beach EDITION in November 2014. This lifestyle hotel with boutique sensibilities has designed a sublimely chic spa with abundant plush white lounge chairs and copious curtains to put you in the mood for relaxation.
You can even opt for a 20-minute power nap meant to simulate four hours of sleep there. Steam your worries away in the steam room or hammam and opt for one of their customizable spa treatments. The deep tissue massage is guaranteed to work out your kinks.
The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami
An oasis in and of itself at the tip of Key Biscayne, The Ritz-Carlton makes for a lavish escape from the stresses of city life. If you’ve spent too much time in the sun opt for their signature Tropical Paradise Hydrating Wrap.
With gorgeous facilities designed by Gettys, unwind at the Jacuzzi, sauana or steam room and burn some calories in the fitness center. While there, take advantage of their world-class tennis center.
Additional Ritz-Carlton Spas in Miami are also located in South Beach, Coconut Grove and Bal Harbour.
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