Miami may be best known for its wild side, but it’s also a well-stocked city for travelers wanting to detox, rejuvenate or simply relax at a state-of-the-art spa. This selection of Miami’s best spas allows visitors to prioritize whatever they wish – water treatments, fitness workouts, massage, beauty, spirituality, ambience – and find the perfect place to relax.
The Standard Spa builds on all the usual spa offerings – beauty treatments, massages, water therapies – with a holistic focus on spiritual well-being. It has a well-developed yoga school and frequent workshops and retreats, aiming to instill a place of inner calm and develop techniques to sustain it. And alongside all this there’s a vast "hydrotherapy playground," with a Hamam, sound shower, thermal waterfalls, an "Arctic plunge pool" and much more.
Situated on Key Biscayne, the Ritz-Carlton spa draws on the ocean that surrounds it for inspiration. This gives it a cohesive, flowing design scheme that runs through the spa’s many areas. It has an intricate array of beauty treatments, with a detailed selection of nail, hair and skin treatments. There’s also an excellent fitness center, with yoga, pilates, circuit classes and even guided walks around the local area. And its newly renovated wet area looks stunning.
This spa offers the best of some big brand names: It is the first-ever spa developed in conjunction with fashion magazine ELLE; and it is situated in the historic Eden Roc Hotel, legendary playground of old American superstars such as Frank Sinatra and Elizabeth Taylor. Guests can muse on this illustrious cultural backdrop as they catch some rays in the private rooftop cabanas, or move between the hot tub, chilled cold tub and steam shower, or enjoy one of the innumerable luxury beauty treatments.
Lapis is a chic, stylish and achingly modern spa that is quite simply difficult to beat. A great deal of thought has been put into its design, which can be seen both in small details such as the ice cucumbers placed discreetly around the space to cool your eyes, and in bigger concepts, such as the range of "water journeys" that guests can choose between. The latter knit together the spa’s many water-based therapies (a mineral water jet bath, an elements rain tunnel, a eucalyptus-infused steam, and so on) into patterns intended to create particular emotional effects, with increasing levels of physical intensity – relaxation, wellness, regeneration or transformation.
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The largest spa in Florida, the Canyon Ranch Spa has everything you’d expect and more. There are a wide range of massage and other bodily therapies, drawing on ancient spiritual traditions and modern science alike. There is a beauty salon and skin care center. Guests can move languorously round a luxurious thermal suite, "Aquavana," a small village of hot tubs, saunas, soaking tubs and thermal cabins. Or they can work out in the fitness center, and attempt to scale the two-story climbing wall. Access is complimentary for guests at the Canyon Ranch Hotel.