Feeling a little overspent after the crazy weekend? Still working on that workout plan before your next trip? Wanting some down time after a busy week? Us too. So, we set out to find some Miami spas where we could press pause and get a bit of pampering.
The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club
This exquisite property is both modern and a throwback. It’s a celebration of the historic past of the original structure, developed in 1930 by tire tycoon Harvey Firestone, and the new contemporary design from architect Richard Meier. Sophistication and luxury comingle, inspiring refined ideas and stimulating conversation, especially at the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Le Sirenuse Miami restaurant and its Champagne Bar.
But at the Five-Star spa, the chatter is put on hold for calm. The bright, airy entrance and relaxation rooms are reminders that you can just slip away, watch the waves and tune out while getting your wellness tune-up.
Make sure to save time for enjoying the eucalyptus steam room, marble hammam and other wet areas and for consulting with an aesthetician, regardless of what treatments may be in store, about the dynamic and strategic Biologique Recherche products in the spa boutique. You might think that what you need is less invigoration, but you’ll love the Therapeutic Percussive Massage. The things it does for the promotion of circulation and relief of muscle tension are amazing. The elevated experience incorporating percussive technology eased our tight shoulders and neck, recharging us for the next adventure.
Valmont for The Spa at Setai, Miami Beach
Step into Five-Star The Setai, Miami Beach for an unforgettable trip to a dreamy Far East getaway. When you enter the spa, you’re immediately greeted by the smiling staff and the thoughtful balance between contemporary stylings and delicate elements of the natural world. Our favorite aspect of this sanctuary, beyond the serene spa suites with ocean and pool views, are the featured Valmont skincare products used in the services.
Valmont, a family-run line that harkens back to the long history of traditional Swiss medicine, has been working for more than 30 years to perfect its efforts to slow down the aging process on skin. It has come up with a line that is notably long lasting and efficacious.
If you are ready for a hundred minutes of bliss, opt for the Setai Signature Master of Time Treatment. The spa exclusive showcases products from the top of the Valmont line, the L’Elixir des Glaciers, which sculpt, nourish and redefine the face. This experience is a full-body one, with added attention paid to sun-damaged areas and hydration with the line’s Valmont Body 24 Hour cream.
While your body savors the bliss, your aesthetician will concentrate on your face, utilizing four distinctly choreographed massages. This service is a splurge but one with lasting benefits and unwinding results you can’t help but notice over time.
Tierra Santa Healing House, Faena Hotel Miami Beach
Faena Hotel Miami Beach, the eclectic yet elegant Five-Star property, is as much a sensorial experience as it is a location for awe-inspiring accommodations and unforgettable meals. And nowhere is that more evident on the property than at Tierra Santa Healing House.
Situated on the third floor of the hotel, the Four-Star sanctuary might be missed by some or mistaken for a boutique at first glance. But once you enter, you’ll have no question that you’ve entered somewhere special. Part high-end retreat, part healing center, part sensory travel experience and part self-recovery zone, the spa is everything you need it to be. (Need a hammam, too? Tierra Santa Healing House has one of the largest on the East Coast.)
With bright colors, warm textures and a welcoming energy at each turn, the space is coveted as much for its vibe as for its vibrant collection of treatments.
The Biologique Recherche and Naturopathic brands are vital to the spa’s success, but the most memorable component is its staff. When you try one of the body rituals, for instance, lovely attendants will escort you through phases of your healing journey and encourage you to understand the benefits that teas, views and scents have on the soul.
If you’re traveling with a special someone, the Art of Love couples retreat is the way to go. For six hours, you and your sweetie will go on a journey that consists of a customized healing ritual, a lavender bath, a full-body massage, a clay application and an organic lunch on your own terrace before you begin a two-hour facial and a peaceful ending that includes champagne and treats from the kitchen.
Bamford Haybarn Spa, 1 Hotel South Beach
We love 1 Hotel South Beach’s energy. This one-of-a-kind Four-Star retreat reminds you of ways to luxuriate while saluting an ethos that is both urban and environmentally aware. All of the reclaimed materials, mushrooms sprouting from manmade columns and fascinating art pieces have a way of calming the mind and body before you set foot in the spa.
Bamford Haybarn Spa is the first U.S. location for a concept that has its roots deep in founder Carole Bamford’s own English countryside upbringing. It’s an ideal partnership as the line focuses on holistic, individually crafted and hardworking elements made to nurture without compromising its commitment to nature.
“What you put on the body is as important as what goes in it” is one of Bamford’s strongest beliefs. With that line of thinking in mind, the spa’s 80-minute B Silent Treatment makes sense. After all the “noise” of modern life, this opportunity for quietude will be a welcome component to your 1 Hotel stay. With assisted stretches and Japanese shiatsu rocking techniques, you’ll let go of stress and focus on giving back to self. Additionally, B Silent Temple Balm is applied to the temples and forehead to promote deep relaxation.