Florida Health & Beauty
The Sacred Space Miami
105 24th St., Edgewater
Miami’s energetic design aesthetic collides—gently, sustainably, and with gratitude—with alternative wellness and lifestyle at Karla Dascal’s The Sacred Space Miami. In reality, it’s four spaces in one, five if you count Paradise Farms, the biodynamic farm that services the on-site restaurant (along with a number of other Miami dining meccas). There’s a space for classes and workshops. There’s a sprawling event space. There’s a plant-based restaurant (see two sentences ago). There’s a tropical garden. Visiting the 36,000-square-foot space is very choose your own adventure, with all paths leading through an indoor-outdoor, minimalist environment. A sampling of the classes and workshops on the programming schedule: kundalini yoga, a sound bath, a visit from Wim Hof, mindfulness meetups, and something fascinatingly called a moondance experience. Post-moondance, head to Plant Miami for a vegan and kosher take on South Florida cuisine (and occasionally, live music). Take your oat milk latte to go and spend some time hanging out in the garden, surrounded by bamboo, a guava grove, maybe a talipot palm in rare bloom. Check yourself out in the reflection pond. Maybe even take a photo—a day of clean food and conscious…
The Standard Spa
40 Island Ave., Venetian Islands
Whether you’re lounging on the heated marble steps of the enormous, coed Turkish-style hammam, sipping fresh-pressed green juice while the ocean glitters before you, doing serious yoga or Pilates—or all three plus an astrology reading and a pedicure—a few hours here takes you far, far away from everyday stress. Located inside the Standard, the spa is a sleekly modern ashram combined with a sybaritic retreat. The incredible facials include crystal-infused masks, essential oils, lymphatic drainage massages, and more.
Skin Apeel Day Spa
21301 Powerline Rd. #215, Boca Raton
Granted, the name of this spa isn’t especially compelling, but once you walk in, you’re instantly enamored of the place, which is a gorgeous enclave with blooms literally hanging from the ceiling (an atmospheric flourish if ever there was one). Organic kojic acid, “fitness facial” protocols that aim to work face muscles for a toning effect, organic enzyme peels, cryotherapy, and microneedling constitute the spectacular treatments that leave you gleaming. But it’s the aestheticians, who are knowledgeable, passionate about the spa’s holistic ethos, and incredibly informed about skin health, that make this place legit.
100 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach
You haven’t really lived until you’ve had the Four Hands Essence Facial here; one aesthetician tends to your face, while a second specialist treats your hands, arms, feet, and legs. The Eau Naturale treatment, less over-the-top but plenty restorative, revives skin with layer upon layer of beta glucans (commonly taken in supplement form for glowy-skin support), fatty acids, ellagic acid (linked to skin elasticity), and antioxidants via beautiful, organic, botanical formulas.
The Spa – Tammy Fender
711 N. Flagler Dr., West Palm Beach
The facials at Tammy Fender’s gauzy white studio are transformative—it wouldn’t be hyperbole to say they verge on a sort of spiritual awakening. If you’re ever anywhere near Palm Beach, we recommend moving heaven and earth to make time for an appointment. Fender’s touch is nurturing, soulful, and sure, and the scent and feel of her gorgeous skin care, as well as the herbs, plant butters, clays, and flower essences she customizes for each client, are dramatically revitalizing. She has you choose (unlabeled) essential oils specifically for your treatment, a fantastic reflexologist works on your feet as the facial happens, and Fender walks you through where she sees you in that moment, mentally, physically, and emotionally. You walk out completely at peace, with the best skin of your life.
The Spa at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club
302 Ponte Vedra Blvd., Jacksonville
This beachside spa opened almost a hundred years ago, and it still has a dreamy backhouse vibe—except for the team of skilled technicians, who give amazing massages, body scrubs, cryotherapy, and facials. The Diamond and Emerald Ayurveda Facial incorporates emerald crystals and diamond powder to stimulate vital energy points, rebalance the body, and calm and revive skin.
The Betsy South Beach Rooftop Wellness Garden & Spa
1440 Ocean Dr., South Beach
Outdoors on the gorgeous plant-flanked rooftop of the Betsy Hotel, this spa is absolute heaven. Retractable sails shade private cabanas, where treatments that harness the power of pure ingredients and salubrious fruit extracts are performed by skilled aestheticians. The Muse is a thorough detox with antioxidant-infused coconut milk, pore-tightening cucumber toner, and a corrective, glowifying mask made with blueberries and cocoa powder.
The Spa at The Miami Beach EDITION
2901 Collins Ave., Mid-Beach
The beautifully redone Edition hotel (formerly the 1955 Seville Hotel) is a one-stop shop for all things Miami—and the spa is a tropical paradise. There are no-nonsense, basic yet intense facials, like the oxygenating express Damage Control, and super luxurious, nurturing ones, like the organic Super Natural and the Royal, in which gold and diamonds are whipped with collagen into a super thick mask. After any treatment, add on the Power Nap, where you’re lulled to sleep using Biotic Wave technology, which claims, somehow, to squeeze four hours of sleep into thirty minutes. No matter what the technicalities, it could not be more relaxing.
5830 S.W. 73rd St., South Miami
Oliver-Pyatt in South Miami offers four levels of care—residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and transitional—for women struggling with all types of eating disorders and exercise addiction. The center focuses on a personalized medical and psychiatric approach and invites family members to take part in the recovery process, from orientation to weekly therapy sessions to on-site visits. Oliver-Pyatt’s sister program, Clementine, supports adolescents.
1220 20th St., Bayshore
Sometimes the hotel gym can feel…well, like a hotel gym. Anatomy is arguably one of the finest gyms in America, and it luckily offers day passes. The space is filled with the latest equipment, a dynamic roster of classes, and an entire AstroTurf-covered roof terrace laden with gear (ropes and such) for outdoor exercise. The post-workout sanctuary, with its hot and cold plunge baths, eucalyptus-scented steam room, and sauna, is a godsend for tired muscles and aching bodies.
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