Miami's Most Relaxing Spa Resorts

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By: Shayne Benowtiz

Nothing beats a day spa for restoring, reenergizing and relaxing while on vacation.

If unwinding at a spa in the lap of luxury is your idea of paradise, then Miami is the city for you. From lavish therapies to stress-melting amenities and endorphin-producing fitness classes, Miami’s resort spas have all your bases covered. These are some of our favorites for the ultimate in relaxation.

The Spa at Four Seasons Surfside

The Spa at Four Seasons Surfside is a singularly luxurious experience. Exquisitely designed by Joseph Dirand in calacatta marble, Turkish tile and brass fixtures, it’s as stylish as it is relaxing. From the peaceful marble hammam to lavish Biologique Recherche facials and the intuitive hospitality, moments of delight await around every corner. There are only six treatment rooms for an intimate experience, as well as a wide variety of globally inspired therapies including Ayurvedic massages from India and reflexology from Chinese medicine.

Exhale Spa at Kimpton EPIC Hotel

With Exhale Spa offering a schedule of mind-body classes including yoga, Core Fusion and bootcamp, the Kimpton EPIC Hotel Downtown is a destination for both fitness and relaxation. 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 The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour.

The Spa at Carillon Miami Beach

At 70,000 square feet, the Carillon is the largest spa in Miami Beach. It’s also fresh off of a multi-million dollar renovation. 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 here. While The Spa at Carillon offers massages, facials and body treatments, they also specialize in Eastern medicine, like acupuncture and energy healing.

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.

    Lapis Spa at Fontainebleau

    One of the most 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. You may never leave.

    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 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 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.

      The Standard Spa Miami Beach

      Snag a lemon yellow lounge chair overlooking Biscayne Bay next to the zero entry pool at this heavenly, hip spot at The Standard Spa Miami Beach. 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 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.

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