A visit to spa is probably the best way to relax, and when it comes to spas, Southeast Florida would surpass your expectations. Almost all five-star hotels in Southeast Florida welcome their customers to a wide array of facial, massages and nail treatments. Apart from the hotels, there are plenty of independent spas, conveniently located near the Florida’s popular beaches, shopping malls and top hotels, to refresh your mind and body.
If you happen to be in Southeast Florida or planning to visit it, be assured that the region is not short of spas. The daunting task, however, is to settle for one out of many.
You can start pampering yourself as early as you get off the plane by visiting Exhale Spa located inside the American Express Centurion Lounge. For a speedy rejuvenation, the spa offers express massage chairs and manicure. For more detailed services, you can visit Exhale Spa’s other locations at EPIC Miami, Loews Miami Beach Hotel and the Ritz-Carlton, Bal Harbour. All the three locations are located inside the hotels, but are owned and managed by the corporate brand based in New York and feature barre and yoga classes, a mani-pedi bar, steam rooms, hot tubs and blow-dry bars.
Another popular spa chain in Miami is Equinox. Equinox spas offer a combination of fitness and spa experiences and its branches include a fitness club at Merrick Park in Coral Gables and full service spas at a stand-alone location on South Beach, one at the Four Seasons Hotel Miami, inside Aventura Mall and a new location opening at Brickell Heights.
Exhale Spa has also build tremendous prestige among the most discerning spa-goers because of its impressive therapy treatment menu and selection of fitness and yoga classes. You’ll find Exhale Spa locations at the EPIC Hotel in downtown Miami, Loews Miami Beach Hotel, The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, and the American Express Centurion Lounge at Miami International Airport.
The Spa at the Viceroy hotel in Miami will whisk you away to an urban paradise with its grand chandeliers that hover over a collection of therapy pools and floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the serene waters of Biscayne Bay. The Valmont facial, which soothes the skin and repairs DNA, is a highly recommended service.
The Four Seasons Palm Beach allows a chic sanctuary to escape the everyday stress. Try its 80-minute Palm Beach Signature Massage and let all the stress and tension melt away. Its head-to-toe treatment includes an invigorating scalp and body massage using warmed Key lime and vanilla essential oils.
In Miami-Dade County, the Biltmore in Coral Gables, Fontainebleau in Miami and Trump International Beach Resort in Sunny Isles Beach is one of the few renowned spas that provide spa services. It runs Miami Spa Month which lasts 60 days, from July 1 to August 31, and offers discounted packages designed to rub you the right way. While smaller day spas also participate in this seasonal offer, some of the largest luxury hotel spas are also available at the same price. Some even feature reduced rates on valet parking and unrestricted access to the hotel’s pool deck. Reservations for all appointments are required and most treatment menus are posted on the official website in the spring.
Among the many spas available in the Southeast region, the Doral Golf Resort & Spa (doralresort.com) continues to hold its spot as Miami’s oldest and most respected spa. In addition to offering all the typical day spa services, the facility is home to the Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa (pritikin.com), one of the world’s pre-eminent wellness centers, which treats a variety of health challenges.
Fort Lauderdale is also full of luxurious spas with unlimited spa services. Among others, the Red Door Salon & Spa at the Galleria Mall is easily accessible. While shopping at the mall drop by to enjoy a wide range of massages, body treatments facials, make-up applications and hair services. A more wallet-friendly option is Massage Envy, which offers signature facials and massages at dozens of locations up and down the Southeast Florida coast.
Fort Lauderdale exhibits an inexhaustible variety of spas and a few of them are: In Broward County, the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa, the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six in Fort Lauderdale and the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa are among the partial list of hotels with full spas. In Palm Beach County, there are spas at Boca Raton Resort and Club, Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa in Manalapan and PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens.
If you’re lucky enough to be in Florida during the months of April or October, watch for Spa Week specials. Almost all the spas across the Sunshine run bi-annual events that provide two to three full-service spa treatments for just US$50 each.
The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County promotes a wide range of theatre, dance, art, music and history in what’s known as Florida’s Cultural Capital, and offers endless tips for planning your trip! Located in the popular Mizner Park, the Boca Raton Museum of Art houses an array of contemporary and modern art collections.
The Seagate Hotel & Spa in Delray Beach pulls out all the stops to provide the best possible spa services to its customer. Its year-round packages include Girls Just Want to Have Wine, featuring a one-night stay in deluxe accommodation and a Chardonnay pedicure, a Merlot anti-aging facial, a Cabernet body polish and a grape-seed renewal body massage, which come with complimentary wines and cheese.
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