In the world of wellness, reinvention is a common theme. At Carillon Miami Wellness Resort, a recent $10 million renovation is elevating an already impressive property to a new level of luxury. Unveiled in October, the update includes a redesigned lobby, a Rat Pack-era inspired lounge and bar, a signature ocean-view restaurant with a private dining room, a grab-and-go café, an enhanced outdoor terrace with dining and event space, and added meeting space. Additionally, this month marks the debut of new menus for both spa and medical services at The Spa at Carillon Miami, adding to an already expansive array of services that cater to the needs of 250-plus guests a day.
This is not the first makeover for this iconic Miami hotel that was designed by Norman Giller, the “father” of Miami Modern (MiMo) architecture, in 1958. At the time, it was the second-largest property in Miami Beach, and throughout the 1960s, it was renowned for its famous guests, lavish parties, and big-name entertainment. Its luster faded throughout the 1980s, but in 1998, it was made part of a redevelopment and restoration that was completed in 2008 and eventually taken over by Canyon Ranch. The newest owner, Z Capital, purchased the resort in 2015 and revived the original Carillon brand, with Giller’s son, Ira, spearheading that project. This latest update further adds to the resort and spa’s cache.
“The heart of our new brand is wellness, and we strive to reflect that core value in all of our treatments,” says Catherine Strange Warren, vice president of spa and wellness and another new addition to the property—she joined the team following a successful tenure at Eau Spa at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa (FL) and will be leading the staff of 100 professionals who work in the property’s integrated spa, fitness, salon and wellness facilities. “We are creating a new spa journey that is bespoke to the needs of each of our guests,” she says. “We have been working with vendors to craft spa experiences that will be unique to our property and our core values regarding wellness. We want Carillon Miami guests to enjoy a true wellness experience from beginning to end.”
Indeed, wellness is at the core of every part of the Carillon experience, but nowhere is it more apparent than in the 70,000-square-foot integrated wellness space, which offers ocean views and is the largest in Miami Beach. According to Melissa Fielding, director of spa and wellness, it serves as the heart of the entire resort. “It is a multi-story wellness facility with an expansive fitness center, a large medical facility, a salon, and Miami’s largest thermal experience,” she says. “The hotel is set along one of Miami’s best beaches, so we used the beach and setting as the design inspiration. The spa is the main feature of this wellness resort, so everywhere within the hotel is an element that ties back to the spa.”
With such an expansive space, this focus isn’t surprising. The spa features 23 treatment rooms, including several specialty rooms that incorporate equipment like sound-enhanced massage tables, dry-float tables, hydrotherapy tubs, a steam capsule, and soaking tubs. A popular service that takes advantage of these offerings is North Beach Drift ($300, 110 minutes), which was inspired by the seaside setting and includes a full-body exfoliation, a facial, and a re-mineralizing body wrap performed in the dry-float bed followed by a full-body massage. The spa’s thermal experience is noteworthy, as well, and includes a crystal steam room, a Finnish sauna, an herbal laconium, a hydro tub, experience showers, a foot spa, and thermal loungers. Fitness is also a major focus, with more than 200 classes per week, a two-story indoor rock wall, a spacious fitness center that offers stunning views and an impressive array of Techogym equipment, and exercise physiology services and solutions. Rounding out the wellness services are a variety of standout holistic options. Medical-based offerings are overseen by Adonis Maiquez, M.D., who offers intravenous vitamins; supervised weight loss; hormone-replacement therapy; detoxification; executive physicals; functional, anti-aging, and regenerative medicine; and more. Nutrition guidance, Ayurvedic therapies, acupuncture, and energy healing are also available.
Along with hotel accommodations that include 150 one- and two-bedroom suites, the property also has a residential component and a wide range of offerings for locals, who can take advantage of spa memberships and exclusive specials. “We are a wellness facility in the heart of a vibrant city, which is a great benefit to the local community,” says Fielding. No matter from where they hail, guests seem to have one thing in common—a wellness mentality. “Every person who comes into the space is looking to improve the quality of their life and create balance,” she says.
The spa team is equally focused on helping guests achieve these goals as the Carillon continues its evolution. “Over the next few years, we will continue to refresh the property and expand our spa, fitness, wellness, and medical programming,” says Strange Warren. “We have such a commitment from our owners; thus, making our property the one to watch.”
The Spa at Carillon Miami
Z Capital Partners
Vice President of Spa and Wellness
Catherine Strange Warren
Director of Spa and Wellness
70% female; 30% male
70,000 square feet;
23 treatment rooms
Aromatherapy Associates, Deborah Lippmann, Environ, Iles Formulas, Margaret Dabbs, MoroccanOil, Oribe, Phytomer, Tata Harper
Design for Leisure