In Miami, Acqualina Spa by ESPA, the first ESPA-branded spa in the United States, is truly a cathedral of relaxation with an impressive 20,000-square-feet devoted to pampering.
The two-story spa features 11 multi-functional treatment rooms and an extravagant private spa suite for two, along with the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful outdoor terrace complete with a spa pool, heated jet pool, and Roman waterfall – all set against the gorgeous backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean.
One could easily spend their entire stay taking in the waters at this impressive 20,000 square-foot cathedral of relaxation.
There is only one word you need to know when embarking on a spa experience here: Aquavana. That's the term for the water universe contained within this sprawling North Beach, Miami hotel, a campus of New Age healing and wellness. Measuring at over 70,000 square feet, it's the largest and most ambitious spa in Florida. Designed by David Rockwell, the vast array of facilities include a crystal steam room, a rain shower with options like “Caribbean Monsoon” and “Polar Mist” that surround you with water, cool mist and rainforest sounds, two separate saunas (one scented, the other not), a cool air igloo with a choice of scents (mint, menthol, and eucalyptus), foot baths and thermal heated loungers.
One could easily spend an entire day taking in the “waters” at this mega-spa at the famed oceanfront resort in Miami. Borrowing elements from Turkish hamams and Japanese hot spring retreats, this multi-level shrine to relaxation is, like everything at the Fontainebleau, large and lavish. Specially mineralized water courses through the spa’s pools, tubs, and showers, containing calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, and copper all sourced from red seaweed farmed on the Brittany Coast.
The first thing that greets you at this white-on-white pampering den tucked away on the second floor of the hipster hotel is a metallic receptionist desk reminiscent of a disco ball, and the previous night’s revelries. Designed by Dutch wunderkind Marcel Wanders the intimate space – only 4,000 square feet – manages to pack in the necessities like a lattice-enclosed princess mani-pedi room, a petite relaxation room overlooking the hotel’s gardens and a steam room.
The soothing sounds of falling water and the woody, spicy scents of AVEDA products permeate the experience at this spa. An apothecary store redolent with rosemary, mint, and citrus doubles as the entrance to the boutique spa located below ground level.
The steam room is outfitted in metallic gemstone-colored bisazza tile, giving it a warmth that most white-tiled steam baths lack. There’s pleasure in the details here, from a small stone sink is filled with cold towels that are constantly refreshed with an ice fountain to a hydrotherapy room equipped with a state-of-the-art HydroCapsule, which combines a Vichy-shower with light therapy.