Best spas in Miami
Walking into Lapis Spa inside the Fontainebleau Hotel is like stepping foot inside the wellness realm of Narnia—a world of whirlpools, therapy showers and steam rooms. Guests are encouraged to embark on “water journeys” designed to transform, regenerate and relax, depending on the sequence and amount of time spent each respective water zone, which include the signature Bleau Rain room—an energizing deluge of warm water. In addition to the spa’s popular hydrotherapy treatments, Lapis offers traditional massages and facials. Opt to spend the rest of the day relaxing at the hotel, as all spa guests have access to the gym and (all 10!) of the Fontainebleau pools.
Exhale Miami might be better known for its fitness classes than its wellness treatments, but both deserve their share of praise. Get your butt kicked in a barre class or ease your mind with some yoga and then let one of their talented therapists rid you of all the soreness with a classic Fusion massage. The bird’s-eye view of downtown Miami from several of the treatment rooms and fitness studios is a vivid reminder of the distance between you and the stressors of everyday life. Unwind further with a dip in the EPIC Hotel pool, which is open to spa guests.
You can get lost inside the Turnberry Isle Miami Spa—it’s that big and with so much to experience. Schedule in at least a few hours to make use of everything that’s offered. Take a fitness class, try a lymphatic drainage treatment, which reduces swelling and removes blockages from your lymph nodes, and receive a skin-clearing facial. What’s great about Turnberry is how seamlessly they blend traditional methods with oriental medicine and holistic wellness treatments. The icing on the cake is the full-service salon at the bottom floor of this multi-level facility. Spring for a blowout or mani before making your way out the door.
Crossing the bridge to Brickell Key for a day at the Spa at Mandarin Oriental isn’t really getting away, but when you’re surrounded by water and pampered like royalty, it’s easy to make-believe you’re on vacation. The massive 15,000-square-foot facility is well known for its menu of globally inspired services, such as Thai massages. Taking the much-loved pedicure massage to the next level is the spa’s new menu of Margaret Dabbs London services, named after the renowned podiatrist who pioneered the “medical pedicure.” For nearly an hour you’ll have your feet slathered in oils that restore, relax and relieve tired feet, plus leave nails in tip-top shape. Co-ed areas are limited but guests can choose to splurge on a couples’ suite high above the city with views of Biscayne Bay. Down below, the beach area and bungalows are open to all.
Either people in Miami Beach really need to chill out or the spa is that great, but people pay for memberships to the Standard Spa—and trust that they put it to use. Pop in on a weeknight and you’ll never find their famous hammam empty; though it’s large so it will seldom feel crowded either. The spa’s fitness facilities, especially the yoga classes offered, are fantastic. A day pass for The Standard Spa pool will set you back almost as much as a massage, which includes access to everything in the hotel, so opting for a treatment is really just good business.
It’s only a quick jaunt from the mainland over the bridge to small, manmade Grove Isle but Palmeiras Beach Club Spa feels like it’s thousands of miles away on a lush, tropical island. Fitting to its hippie Coconut Grove location, it features facilities that are partially outdoors and whirlpools that overlook Biscayne Bay. The spa, while peaceful, is on the smaller side and has few relaxation areas inside. But guests are allowed to use the hotel pool, which is large and has plenty of loungers and cabanas.
Big-name hotel spas have all but run the little guys out of town, though not Eména, which has remained a favorite of locals since opening its doors in 2009. This quaint, luxury spa in the Design District, whose name means “me” in Greek, thrives on making every client feel like a VIP. Everyone receives organic teas and goodies upon arrival and has the option to enroll in membership program to receive deep discounts on a range of services. Customized treatments and medical-grade procedures, from lasers to fillers, are available and carried out in private. No need to divulge the reason for your sudden glow.
It’s a trek from Miami but this Sunny Isles spa is worth it if you’re looking for something that resembles a wellness retreat. Once you enter and slip into a comfy robe and a pair of slippers, it’s all about relaxation. You won’t hear sounds above a whisper in any of the dark and cozy changing rooms or find crowds in the steam room. Treatments are on the pricier side (in keeping with the sophisticated, beachfront neighborhood) but the line of namesake ESPA lotions and serums warrant the extra bucks. Acqualina offers a small, spa-themed menu for guests spending the day at the facility.
The Biltmore Spa is great for hotel guests looking to complement their luxurious stay with a top-notch treatment. Massages and facials are fantastic here, but relaxation areas are limited and services don’t include a pool pass. The spa's manicure and pedicure services and array of skin-care therapies are especially popular with locals. Good luck landing an appointment with Tilza Rizzo, the spa’s eyebrow specialist who happens to be one of the city’s most sought-after brow experts.