Summer is sweet for penny-pinching spa lovers thanks to Miami Spa Month. Throughout July and August, relaxation-seekers can score spa treatments for as low as $99 at a host of the city’s hottest spas. Here are a few more of the sizzling spas making waves in Miami.
A Lesson in Tranquility
This summer, teachers can pencil in some much deserved pampering at the Aveda Seven Seas Spa & Salon at the Newport Beachside Hotel, where they can partake in the Teacher Appreciation Package ($49). This affordable offering provides educators with some much-deserved TLC and includes a 25-minute Elemental Nature Facial or Massage, a glass of bubbly, and all-day pool and beach access. It’s a grade-A way for teachers to unplug.
Offering an experience that embodies its surfside location, Acqualina Spa by ESPA at Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach (Sunny Isles Beach, FL) recently debuted a Himalayan Salt Wall, making a name for itself as the first Florida resort to offer this amenity. Found in the Relaxation Lounge, the wall helps neutralize negative ions and allow clients to detox, relax, and recharge courtesy of the salt bricks composed of 84 trace minerals that help create harmony by increasing negative ions in the air and reducing electromagnetic pollution. Said to offer stress relief, boost energy and vitality, and provide guests with an overall sense of wellbeing, the wonderful wall is quickly proving to be worth its weight in salt.
Bringing a South American flair to Miami, the Faena Hotel Miami Beach is one of the area’s most buzzworthy new hotels. Adding exponentially to its appeal is the Tierra Santa Healing House, a colorful sanctuary whose name means “holy land” and that features a design inspired by hotelier Alan Faena’s beach house in Uruguay. With direct access to the beach and pool and taking up an entire floor of the hotel, the 22,000-square-foot, 11-treatment-room spa is the ultimate healing haven, complete with spectacular views of Miami Beach and the Atlantic Ocean. The spa also offers an artistic influence, with floral murals by Juan Gatti and paper-art installations by Manuel Ameztoy. But the most noteworthy highlight is the extensive wet spa, which is the largest of its kind in the region. Guided sessions there kick off with guests receiving a cut of hand-blended Tierra Santa soap and an exfoliating mitt. They then begin their journey through the Waterfall showers; the Hammam, which features a communal area and intimate cubicles; and the Herbal Steam Room, infused with detoxifying aromatherapy scents. The wet spa area also includes two wet scrub treatment rooms, a multi-tiered sauna, a chill room with an ice fountain, and a tepidarium, where guests can recline on heated stone beds to gently return the body to its normal temperature. No matter how they choose to enjoy their time, guests will be immersed in South American style, from the gift shop that features unique Latin finds to the treatments performed using the spa’s signature product line, which incorporates ethically sourced ingredients from South America, such as Amazonian White clay, muds from the rainforest, and maca root. According to Faena, Tierra Santa Healing House will make any visitor feel right at home. “Harmony between the physical, mental, and spiritual realms is a universal human quest,” he says “With Tierra Santa, I wanted to create a sanctuary for our guests by combining the best of traditional South American healing in a skillful synthesis of age-old therapies and modern-spa technology.”
The Politics of Pampering
The Trump name isn’t just making political headlines lately. It’s also creating spa buzz at Trump National Doral Miami with the redesigned Trump Spa and the brand new Trump Spa Suites, which were designed by Ivanka Trump, executive vice president of development and acquisitions for the Trump Organization. The reimagined spa features 28 refreshed treatment rooms featuring custom beds from Gharieni; a new Men’s Grooming Salon with a manicure and pedicure station and services performed using Homage products; and a new Spa Salon with custom manicure and pedicure stations by Michele Pelafas, a luxe makeup station, and a shampoo area with Shiatsu massage chairs. Other updates include a restored spa entrance and staircase, a new adults-only lap pool, an improved indoor pool, and enhanced men’s and women’s locker rooms. Guests seeking the ultimate spa getaway can take advantage of the resort’s new Spa Suites, where they can enjoy private in-room spa treatments; lavish bath experiences prepared by a bath butler; mixology indulgences featuring a Champagne bar, a rum flight, or a martini experience; and complimentary daily breakfast and wine-hour service. No matter a spa-goer’s political affiliation, it’s a hot new retreat that is sure to be on their ballot for bliss.