July 2019: We’re smack in the midst of Miami Spa Months (July 1–August 31), which means it’s the ideal time to comb through the city’s dozens of wellness and beauty-focused retreats and update our list of Miami’s ultimate spas. Joining the elite ranks are Tierra Santa Healing House, Faena’s high-end-holistic spa, and Carillon Miami Wellness Resort, a 360-degree retreat dedicated to making you look and feel your best. Read on for the full scoop and get ready for some deep relaxation—you deserve it.
Sometimes, not even a carefree day on the sands of a Miami beach can beat the stress of everyday life. For that, we turn to one of the best spas in Miami, offering all sorts of mind- and body- healing treatments that relax and recharge. Go for a massage to soothe sore muscles (and tired feet from too much dancing at a club in Miami) or indulge in facial to reveal glowing skin. A number of our spa picks are tucked away in the best Miami hotels, so why not treat yourself to a staycation? A local getaway may be what you need to unwind.
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What is it? This wellness microcosm holds whirlpools, therapy showers and steam rooms, boasting a “water journey” designed to transform, regenerate and relax.
Why go? 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.
What is it? Set on the third floor of the hotel, this ethereal, 22,000-square-foot sanctuary boasts one of the East Coast’s largest hammams (that’s a Turkish Bath for the unindoctrinated), along with shaman-developed body-healing rituals and treatments.
Why go? The Faena Hotel Miami Beach’s sprawling wellness facility takes a high-end-holistic approach to wellness, such as high-tech facial treatments using super-luxurious Naturopathic and Biologique Recherche skincare lines.
What is it? A small-but-mighty wellness facility helmed by the Exhale folks, offering a unique blend of fitness and spa. 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.
Why go? 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.
What is it? JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort’s sprawling, two-story wellness facility offers a wide range of treatments, from the traditional massage and facial to the new-wave CBD variety and holistic lymphatic drainage treatment.
Why go? Turnberry seamlessly blends traditional methods with oriental medicine and holistic wellness treatments. Plus, there’s a full-service salon on the bottom floor, where you can spring for a blowout before making your way out the door.
What is it? 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.
Why go? 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.
What is it? 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.
Why go? 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.
What is it? Fancy a massage? Craving a poolside snack that won’t wreck your bikini bod? Both are possible at this wellness-focused property, where the gym and spa offerings rival the menus at most health resorts.
Why go? Beyond your standard menu of massages and facials, you can hook yourself up to a vitamin-packed IV, check in on your emotional health with an individual therapy session or sit in on a complimentary wellness lecture.
What is it? With gorgeous 1930s terrazzo flooring, rich velvet, marble and wood finishes throughout, and views of the water from every angle, this historic and impeccably updated property is complemented by a world-class spa complete with a Turkish Bath and tea room.
Why go? Even though it’s dripping with history, everything contained within the spa space is modern, airy and effortlessly luxe. Feeling jet-lagged, or perhaps a tad hungover? The Meridian Detox begins with a grounding alkaline foot bath followed by a detoxifying body scrub. Special focus is then given to the body’s meridian points with an acupressure energy massage.
What is it? The Biltmore Spa is a relaxing hideaway for locals and guests looking for top-notch wellness treatments.
Why go? The spa’s manicure and pedicure services and an array of skin-care therapies are especially popular with locals. Plus, the spa’s eyebrow specialist, Tilza Rizzo, is one of the city’s most sought-after brow experts.
What is it? 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.
Why go? Everyone receives organic teas and goodies upon arrival and has the option to enroll in a membership program to receive deep discounts on a range of services, including one of Emena’s transformative facials carried out with the spa’s proprietary skin-care line.