Drop Pounds and Stress with a Staycation in Key Biscayne

February 20, 2014 | by Beth Landman | Pursuits

The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne is our pick for a mid-winter wellness staycation. 

If your New Year's resolution has lost its resolve, the easiest way to get back in the saddle is to check into a place that makes achieving your goals a pleasure instead of a challenge. Enter The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne.  

Located just 20 minutes from South Beach, the resort has the feeling of being on a quiet island. Its spa has just gotten a $2 million update, using tones that reflect the tropical environment, and fitness options make full use of the setting: classes begin at dawn with a sunrise swim and go on until dusk.


Take your spin class out of doors, to the shoreline. 

Spinning is fun, but sometimes you’d rather be outside than in a trendy studio. At the Ritz-Carlton, there’s no need to choose. During sunset spin classes, you ride on the great lawn, while watching the spectacular ocean view and being spritzed and handed ice-cold towels by attendants. 

Once a month the resort hosts special full moon spins or full moon yoga under the stars facing the sea.  There are two pools (one is adults only), and the ocean in Key Biscayne is so calm it’s like a third. This resort also has the largest tennis center of any Ritz-Carlton in the world.


A soak in the whirlpool and a luxurious spa treatment are the perfect aprés workout treat. 

At the spa, whirlpools have fountains that massage while you soak, eucalyptus scents the steam room, and skylights allow sun to shine in, so you can enjoy the rays sans tan lines. Among the most luxurious treatments are a piña colada body polish, an electronic lifting facial, and a trigger point massage. 

Nail services are particularly unique, as guests can choose their own shade and scent. And the polishes are vegan, free of harmful chemicals, and not tested on animals.  


Start your dinner at Cioppino with this silky burrata dish. 

No need to break your regime during dinner, or to leave the resort. The resort has a coastal Mexican dining spot, Cantina Beach, and a Tuscan restaurant, Cioppino. Both serve the freshest local fish and produce. 

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