There’s nothing like relaxing and unwinding in a city where everyone seems to be going, going, going all the time. And decompressing near the ocean with the sound of waves, the sights of seagulls and deep blue seas and that fresh, salty smell is otherworldly. We’ve chosen the top spas in Miami, in different price ranges and locations, to fit all your needs and your wildest spa dreams. Live a little; there’s nothing like a day of indulging at the spa.
Open since 1930, the Surf Club is easily one of the most sophisticated and glamorous hotels in all of South Florida. Le Sirenuse, the hotel’s beautiful Italian restaurant and bar, is reason enough to hole up here for a day or a week (or a year if your budget allows), but if it’s a spa day you’re searching for, opt for a Heat Fusion massage with heated stones, herbal compresses and warm oil or a custom Biologique Recherche facial. You’ll never want to leave — any Four Seasons we’ve ever been to manages to do everything right from the food to the cocktails to the concierge and, of course, even the spa.
If you want to hang out all day before or after your treatment, this is the place to do it. Exhale at the Loews has a hot tub, steam room and sauna in the women’s locker room and a workout class schedule that includes yoga and barre taught by renowned instructors (you can even get a fitness membership here). The full-service spa menu includes facials — nearly 10 options — and massages as well as scrubs, manicures, waxing and acupuncture. Some spa treatments are even available poolside or in the privacy of your hotel room. Take advantage and order some snacks at the pool after getting pampered.
Not only does the Standard offer monthly spa specials on treatments, the hotel schedules retreats and workshops a few times a year, too. If that’s not really your thing, not to worry; there’s a pool on site here with views of Sunset Harbor, a hamam (complimentary to hotel guests), an arctic plunge, mud bath and more. Register for a paddleboarding class or power yoga — the Standard Spa offers a full-blown class schedule for ultimate relaxation. Then, obviously, there are facials, mani/pedis and endless massage options. Some treatments last upwards of 120 minutes. Our pick is the Detox Cleanse, which can go for 60, 75 or 90 minutes and is meant to increase circulation, expel toxins, restore balances and reduce muscle aches and pains.
Totally a wildcard, Golden Massage and Spa in Coral Gables serves up that fab foot massage you only find in the Chinatowns of New York and LA. For $45 an hour, you get to lie back in a comfy reclining chair bed with your feet in a tub of hot water while your massage therapist works his/her way from your head to your arms to your feet to your legs to your back. This rubdown focuses specifically on the feet and feels like pure magic. Hot stones are part of the mix as are hot towels to dry your feet after they’ve soaked in the tub. Fancy massages are wonderful, sure, but you haven’t really lived until you’ve had this kind of foot massage.
This spa, inside the Mondrian, was designed by Marcel Wanders and has just six treatment rooms and a garden-terrace view. Included with your spa treatment is discounted valet parking, complimentary fitness center access, access to the sauna and steam room and full pool service with chairs at the hotel’s award-winning pool. The spa menu here includes Happier Hour specials like the $40 express facial or express reflexology (every Wednesday from 3 to 7 p.m.). If you’re looking to book a spa pamper party, this is the place to do it. Whether it’s a bachelorette party or a birthday you want to celebrate, GUYandGIRL Spa can arrange a lovely day with a group of friends that includes champagne, treats, mani/pedis and massages. A custom spa package and a fun group is key here.
Besides being located on another gorgeous property, the Spa at the Miami Beach EDITION has a few unique perks like personal trainers, lap pool sessions and 24-hour fitness center access. Open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, this spa offers plenty of interesting a la carte services like the CBD Healing Wave (a CBD oil massage to ease muscle tension, plus biotic wave technology to soothe the nervous system and enhance rejuvenation) and a 24K nail treatment as well as packages for moms-to-be, anyone needing a detox and those who are real fancy and willing to spend close to $1,000 on a spa day. The Royal Edition lasts 315 minutes (that’s five whole hours!) and includes a 24K body scrub, massage, facial, manicure and pedicure. You’ll never be the same after that one.
Carillon Miami Wellness Resort
On 68th and Collins, Carillon is a little further north from all the other spas we’ve mentioned and a little quieter, too. Those looking for a serene escape and who might want to get away from it all for a day or so should head to Carillon. At the Spa at Carillon Miami, you’ll find a hydrotherapy circuit that promotes healing and well-being. The spa here is set in a 70,000-square-foot space with Atlantic Ocean views and has an extensive spa menu that includes skincare, ayurvedic wellness, thermal experience, anti-aging are, organic and raw beauty skin care and so much more. Choose wisely or go wild. You can’t go wrong here. If you need to cancel or reschedule your services for any reason, make sure to do so at least 24 hours in advance. Any later will result in a 100 percent charge, unfortunately.
Esencia Wellness Spa at the Nobu Hotel Miami Beach
It’s all about holistic wellness at Esencia, one of Miami’s top-rated spas right now. Guests at Nobu Hotel are welcome to take advantage of spa facilities including whirlpools, plunge pools, saunas, hydro-experience showers and the relaxation lounge, which has floor-to-ceiling windows with resort and ocean views. Each treatment here begins and ends with the Nobu Stretching Ritual to awaken the body, mind and spirit and another perk is that Florida residents receive 25 percent off spa treatments, excluding salon services and retail items. Book a Nobu Nagomi treatment (floral foot bath followed by an Asian-inspired massage, facial cleansing and body exfoliation) or a Japanese Silk treatment (body exfoliation, full body massage with hot stones and a scalp massage and hair mask) for ultimate relaxation and a fresh start.