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The Standard Spa
40 Island Ave., Venetian Islands, Miami, FL
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, FL
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.
Eau Spa
100 South Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach, FL
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, FL
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 Betsy South Beach Rooftop Wellness Garden & Spa
1440 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, FL
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., Miami Beach, FL
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.
Oliver-Pyatt Center
5830 SW 73rd St, Miami, Florida
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.
La Centrale
601 S. Miami Ave., Brickell
La Centrale is a three-floor, 40,000-square-foot love letter to Italian food and wine. A total of fourteen restaurants, five bars, and a marketplace fill the space, with the entire top floor dedicated to wine. The beauty of La Centrale is that it caters to every situation. If you’re in a hurry, hit the market; if you’re starving, grab a panino to go; if you have time, sit down for a few courses. They also offer cooking classes. Despite the scale, it doesn’t feel like a mall: The rustic Tuscan décor feels welcoming and cozy rather than generic. The aromas of homemade pasta sauce are remarkably inviting, but if it's an aperitivo you’re after, Negronis are on the third floor.
Happy Place Donuts
507 Española Way, South Beach
Recently opened, Happy Donuts is a sugar palace for grown-ups. Between the café and the terrace, there are over one hundred seats, and impressively, the bakery manages to keep up. For entertainment, stand at the glass counter and watch the busy bakers churn out thousands of chewy doughnuts and tarts. Flavors like guava are something you won’t taste elsewhere, and although this is technically a doughnut shop, we’re partial to the Nutella-stuffed pastries.
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