Sometimes a spa getaway is just what the doctor ordered. Nothing leaves you feeling quite as refreshed as a long soak in a copper tub, a hot-stone massage or a seaweed wrap – even better if you can listen to the ocean waves during your chosen treatment. These spas in Southeast Florida epitomize what it means to relax with their serene atmospheres, ocean vistas and tropical decor, but they also offer a gauntlet of unique treatments to inspire and rejuvenate. Below are some of the most interesting and exquisite spa offerings in the area.
Spa Atlantic: The Ocean Immersion
601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
The Spa Atlantic is consistently ranked among the top spas in Southeast Florida for its natural products, beautiful views and serene atmosphere. The sea-and-citrus-inspired spa typically incorporates elements from the surrounding beach environment into its treatments, which is especially apparent in the ocean immersion treatment, an all-encompassing marine-infused experience. First, the body is scrubbed with freeze-dried seawater crystals and algae-derived alpha hydroxy acid to prep and invigorate the skin, and then the massage is performed with a combination of mineral-rich seawater and seaside plant oils. The result is complete balance and reinvigoration.
St. Somewhere Spa: The Last Shaker of Salt Scrub
1111 N. Ocean Dr., Hollywood
Located in the Margaritaville Resort, the St. Somewhere Spa is an inspiring oceanfront getaway. Resort guests and visitors alike will enjoy a variety of exquisite massage treatments, wraps, facials and more, all in a little slice of paradise inspired by the colorful and serene South Florida landscape. Quench your thirst and satisfy your skin at the same time with the Last Shaker of Salt Scrub. Sip a complimentary margarita while experiencing a full-body scrub, which removes dry skin and improves circulation, leaving you feeling smooth and energized.
Waldorf Astoria Spa at the Boca Resort: The Rose Quartz Ayurvedic Facial
501 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton
The Waldorf Astoria Spa at the Boca Resort was named the number one resort spa in the world by Condé Nast Traveler in 2014, which is no surprise. The 50,000-square foot spa is an ethereal getaway modeled after the historic Alhambra in Granada, Spain – and the treatments are no less impressive. The rose quartz Ayurvedic facial, for instance, incorporates rose quartz to reduce muscle tension and stimulate the lymphatic system, while rose water hydrates and rejuvenates the skin. Before your treatment, be sure to take advantage of the spa’s signature ritual bath, a 50-minute mineral soak complete with a waterfall shower, sauna, whirlpool and steam room.
Seagate Spa: The Rain Massage
1000 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach
At the Seagate Spa, the experience is not as much about escaping your surroundings as it is about appreciating them. The 8,000-square-foot spa is located in the idyllic, picturesque Delray Beach, and was carefully designed for the ultimate relaxation experience. Try the rain massage, which incorporates a warm rain shower into the experience. The treatment begins with an exfoliation of warmed sugarcane and coconut oil before the rain starts. This technique calms the nervous system to provide unparalleled relaxation, and will leave you feeling relaxed, cleansed and rejuvenated.
Maui Spa: The Huna Treatment
2100 NW Boca Raton Blvd., Boca Raton
This exquisite, tri-level sanctuary is a favorite among South Florida residents, most likely because it makes them feel like they have stepped onto the Hawaiian islands. Indeed, the spa is the brainchild of Gayle Wentworth, who lived in Maui for 10 years before opening her business in 2007, bringing that aloha spirit to Florida! From massages to wraps, all of the spa’s services are wholesome and invigorating, and all based in Polynesian tradition. Take for instance the Huna Treatment, which begins with a gentle warm oil treatment on the “third eye” to quiet the mind and restore inner calm. Then enjoy a scalp and deep-tissue massage (Lomi Lomi) designed to heal the body and reduce stress. It is one of the most popular treatments for a reason!
The Breakers: The Quartz Massage
1 South County Rd., Palm Beach
This Mediterranean-inspired spa sits in one of Southeast Florida’s most recognized landmarks. The Breakers was built in 1896 by Florida railway tycoon Henry Flagler, and offers a luxe getaway for travelers and locals alike. Slip into your robe and soak in the atmosphere of the spa, an oceanfront, indoor/outdoor paradise with fountains and lush surroundings. Sip infused water or tea while you wait for your therapist to escort you to your chosen treatment – our choice is the quartz massage, which incorporates a bed of warm alpha-quartz sand into the experience. The technique envelops the body, releases tension in the muscles and provides hypnotic relaxation.
Eau Spa Palm Beach: The Champagne Shimmer Body Luster
100 S Ocean Blvd., Manalapan
The Eau Spa is the self-proclaimed magical spa playground of Palm Beach, featuring upbeat music, wishing wells, champagne, cupcakes and a water garden for blissful relaxation. Choose from a menu of quirky yet luxe treatments, which range from the water-based mermaid treatment to the the luxe royal recovery. Our pick is the champagne shimmer body luster, a decadent body scrub that polishes the skin with glittering warm champagne oil. Drink in the relaxing vibes! After your treatment, be sure to create your own exfoliating potion at the Scrub & Polish Bar, which is filled with herbal, sea salt, oil and floral elements to incorporate into your perfect, personalized elixir.
The Diplomat Spa & Resort: Bamboo Massage
3555 S. Ocean Dr., Hollywood
The Diplomat Resort might be a newcomer to the South Florida resort scene, but that has not stopped it from receiving accolades left and right. In fact, it was voted one of the top resorts in Florida by Condé Nast Traveler readers in 2016. Step into the eclectic yet relaxing oceanfront spa to enjoy a gauntlet of luxe treatments. One of our favorites is the bamboo massage, which incorporates bamboo stalks into a deep tissue massage for increased circulation and healing.
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