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By: Angela Caraway-Carlton

Ready to treat yourself? Greater Miami & Miami Beach knows how to spoil its locals and visitors. If you like to spa where you sleep, Miami offers an abundance of luxe spa resorts, as well as pampering day spas and holistic hideaways boasting treatments hailing from far-flung lands. Whether you’re looking for a facial that’ll leave you with a vacation glow, a couples’ massage for a special experience, or treatments to soothe the soul, we’ve rounded up some of Miami’s best spas.

Carillon Hydrospa
Experience the Hydrospa at The Carillon Miami Wellness Resort

Resort Spas

Carillon Miami Wellness Resort, Miami Beach

At the amenity-rich Carillon Miami Wellness Resort, the largest spa and wellness center on the Eastern Seaboard, guests will feel like they’ve arrived at a spa playground. Spa-goers can move around the expansive Thermal Hydrotherapy Circuit, which includes seven hot and cold suites, including an igloo, herbal steam room and sauna, all meant to stimulate circulation and reduce stress. Choose from indulgent massages that will leave the body feeling wonderfully relaxed, powerful facial treatments such as the Thermafacial, which works to activate collagen formation, and even touchless wellness treatments. Guests can take one of the hotel’s 65+ fitness classes offered each week, climb the two-story indoor rock wall, or go for a full functional medical assessment and program with the Biostation. Wrap up your spa day with a wellness-focused meal at The Strand.

Lapis Spa
Enjoy serenity at Lapis Spa

Lapis, The Spa at Fontainebleau, Miami Beach

You’ll want to carve out an entire day to enjoy the relaxation-inducing features at Lapis, The Spa at Fontainebleau. The sprawling spa inside the iconic Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel is fitted with rooms centered around water. Alternate between massage-jet showers, mineral pools and eucalyptus steam baths, then swim or float in the long co-ed pool that’s treated with minerals to help soften the skin. When it comes to treatments, choose a massage with CBD oil or try “The Masters,” a triple treat for the body using Swedish and deep tissue techniques as well as hot rocks to release tight muscles. The spa also offers potent anti-aging facials as well as a private suite for couples who wish to have a secluded treatment that includes a soak in a tub and an 80-minute custom massage.

The Palms Hotel Spa
Share relaxation in a couple's suite at The Palms Spa

The Palms Aveda Spa, Miami Beach

Tucked away on the garden level of the lushly manicured Palms Hotel & Spa, The Palms Aveda Spa is a tropical sanctuary worthy of an all-day retreat. Sip their famous Aveda tea in the tranquil co-ed relaxation room, or move to the patio to enjoy the soothing sounds of a waterfall. The intimate spa offers an array of treatments using natural, plant-powered products. Guests can choose from massages that utilize everything from hot stones to aromatherapy, body therapies that involve exfoliating scrubs, and radiance-inducing facials. Add on extras such as the Shirodhara treatment, where warm oil is gently poured on the forehead to calm the nervous system. Extra perk: Guests who book a 50-minute or longer treatment have access to the hotel’s pool and beach.

Mandarin Oriental Spa
Melt your stress away at Mandarin Oriental Spa

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental – Miami, Downtown Miami/Brickell

For the ultimate in luxury, escape to the lavish Spa at Mandarin Oriental – Miami, which spans three serene stories on secluded Brickell Key. Spa guests will first retreat to the relaxation room where a waterfall feature lulls you into a restful mindset, and then move on to the sauna and steam room. Treatments, which are uniquely based on the ancient traditions of Chinese, Ayurvedic, European, Balinese and Thai cultures, include everything from a Thai massage to a decadent Glacial White Caviar facial. Those desiring added bliss should book a treatment in one of the six posh spa suites boasting floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Biscayne Bay.

Tierra Santa
Indulge in Tierra Santa's unique therapies

Holistic Spas

Body Sense, Coral Gables

At BodySense, therapists focus on different modalities and ancient therapies that range from pain management to luxurious treatments. Spa-goers can enjoy everything from a Chocolate Decadence Massage, where they’ll be covered in cocoa from Italy, to medical massages meant to alleviate particular body ailments. Go for acupuncture, detoxing methods such as IV vitamin therapy, or hop into the cryo chamber for a frigid experience that’s supposed to reduce inflammation and help athletes recover faster.

Tierra Santa Healing House, Miami Beach

Feel like you’ve been transported to a far-flung land by booking a spa day at the colorful Tierra Santa Healing House inside the Faena Hotel Miami Beach. The focal points of this South American-inspired spa sanctuary are a huge hammam, where guests can relax on heated stone benches before a treatment, and the wet spa, meant for lathering on mud, scrubs and essential oils. The menu spotlights shaman-developed rituals and treatments, and offers unique therapies focused on healing that aren’t found at most spas. Sample the Tree of Life Vibrations, where you’ll lie down on a heated bed and a therapist will offer a rubdown with fragrant oils and hot stones, all while bathing the body in “sound healing” using Nepalese singing bowls.

spa setup
Nourish your body at a day spa

Day Spas

Tao Spa Miami, Miami Beach

For a variety of self-care indulgences, head to Tao Spa Miami, a popular day spa in South Beach. Here, facials focus on anti-aging benefits or acne-prone skin. You’ll also find unique massages such as the Bamboo Fusion Massage (which uses bamboo sticks to knead away body aches) or a hot oil massage. Or go for nourishing body treatments where you’ll be enveloped in everything from seaweed to marine algae or clay.

VITA Luxury Body Club, Miami Design District

At VITA Luxury Body Club, you can expect a mix of modern anti-aging technology melded with ancient spa philosophies. Guests who want to turn back time can book medical-grade facials such as microneedling or a HydraFacial, cosmetic procedures ranging from Botox to plumping fillers, as well as laser hair removal and body contouring. If you simply want to unwind, choose a sports massage, deep tissue pressure or couples’ massage. To reap long-lasting benefits, locals can buy a membership for monthly savings on treatments.

Miami Spa Months

Locals know that summer brings Miami Spa Months, which means great deals on treatments at Greater Miami & Miami Beach spas throughout the months of July and August.

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