By Julia Ford-Carther | June 29, 2015 | Style & Beauty
As the city prepares to celebrate Miami Spa Month, these standout local wellness centers offer everything from Eastern cultural influences to state-of-the-art skincare technology.
Summer sun and high temps mean it’s time to relax, retreat, and repair at Miami’s luxury spa and wellness venues. In honor of Miami Spa Month, July 1 to August 31, here are some of the top treatments and locales to try, whether you want to shape up, detox, or just zone out.
Fountain Of Youth
Not all staycations are created equal. At the Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa, a world-renowned facility for over 35 years, a getaway could literally change your life. “At Pritikin, we teach our guests how to develop healthy eating and exercise habits,” says Jennifer Weinberg, Pritikin’s marketing project leader. “We have guests who are in great health and want to stay that way, as well as guests who have weight and/or health concerns that they want to address naturally, as a potential alternative to medication or even surgery.” At its Weekend Health Retreats, July 9 through 12, then again September 3 through 6, guests will experience a fully immersive health program, from a body composition scan and fitness classes to a 30-minute nutrition consultation and a 50-minute massage. Cooking classes and eating seminars grant you one-on-one access to the center’s nutrition, health, and wellness experts. Plus, all meals are prepared by the center’s award-winning chefs. The luxury accommodations at Trump National Doral, Pritikin’s campus location, are just the icing on the cake. 8755 NW 36th St., Miami, 305-935-7131
The menu at Lapis spa at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach boasts a few new ayurvedic additions that incorporate the natural healing system of India’s ancient Vedic culture to support mind, body, and spirit harmony. Focusing on the often-overlooked scalp, hands, and feet, the Arundhati Five-Star Treatment concludes with a Tiscah balancing bowl pressure-point massage that restores harmony throughout your overloaded system. 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-674-4772
At Acqualina Resort & Spa’s Acqualina Spa by Espa, beat the heat with its Summer Refresh, a full-body specialty service featuring dry-brush body exfoliation and a chilled-out massage with spearmint, peppermint, and rosemary essential oils and healing aloe vera. Through September 30; 17875 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, 305-918-8000
Turns out you don’t have to eat seaweed to reap its benefits. A signature offering from The Biltmore’s new Benessere wellness program, the Organic Seaweed Leaf Cocoon combines the detoxifying properties of fresh Atlantic seaweed with its high mineral content to infuse antioxidants into the skin to combat signs of aging and minimize the appearance of cellulite. 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables, 305-913-3187
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend—and now her skin’s, too, in the Blue Diamond Facial available at Remède at The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort. Using Budapest-based Omorovicza’s advanced Blue Diamond antiaging products, including the resurfacing Peel, Concentrate, and Super Cream, the procedure gently and effectively lightens, plumps, and repairs skin. Traditional Hungarian facial massage techniques circulate oxygen to blood cells in the skin, essential for speedy cell renewal. 9703 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, 305-993-0600
After all those summer Fridays at the beach, you’ll need to stop in at Exhale at Epic Hotel for some serious damage control. The Cool Beam Facial is like fitness for your face as light therapy works its magic, erasing the appearance of aging, including lines, sunspots, acne, and redness. Take advantage of Exhale’s Miami Spa Month deal (throughout July and August) and book this facial in conjunction with one of Exhale’s legendary mind-body classes. 270 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-423-3900
For Miami Spa Month, MySpa at the Intercontinental Miami highlights its über-relaxing Raindrop Experience massage. Six essential oils, including basil, wintergreen, and clary sage, are gently dropped onto your spine, a sensation that is at once comforting and calming. Ancient Tibetan healing practices and massage restore balance, reduce anxiety, and ease body aches. 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami, 305-372-4444
Celebrity aesthetician Tammy Fender’s all-natural, plant-based formulas have been keeping A-listers looking young and refreshed for years. In her signature facial at Tammy Fender Holistic Skin Care, Fender creates a completely customized holistic treatment based on three essential oils of your choice that resonate with your body’s immediate needs. A reflexology foot massage done simultaneously by another aesthetician while Fender works your crown will send you into a meditative trance. It’s worth the drive. 711 N. Flagler Dr., West Palm Beach, 561-659-2229
Need to get away? Escape to Brickell Key and treat yourself to total bliss at The Spa at the Mandarin Oriental, Miami, one of Miami’s five-star hotels. Opt for a Calm Mind Harmony, which starts with a full-body salt and oil scrub that reinvigorates lackluster skin, then release any remaining tension during a rubdown where you need it most—shoulders, neck, and back. 500 Brickell Key Dr., Miami, 305-913-8332
After a brief hiatus, Agua Spa is back at the Delano with a full menu of its dearly missed favorites. Here, chill happens on the penthouse floor—grab a chaise lounge with an ocean view, or sunbathe on the terrace before being called in for your Lemon Basil Bamboo Scrub. A refreshing blend of Dead Sea salt, essential oils, skin-softening vitamin E, and an herbal infusion helps shed tired skin to reveal your newly buffed and polished beach body. Delano Hotel, 1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-674-6100
photography by paul Warchol