Miami 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.
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.
1874 West Ave., Bayshore
Atma in Sunset Harbor offers color, cuts, spray tans, manicures, pedicures, and, of course, blowouts. The place is clean and airy, with a pretty, monochrome mosaic floor and white marble-topped counters. It feels a little like you’re in the world's coolest powder room, and it would be easy to hang out for a few hours.
3930 N.E. 2nd Ave., Design District
Four international hairstylists are the brains behind IGK, which stands for their combined surnames of Izquierdo (two of the stylists are married), Grenia, and Kusero. The Philippe Starck–designed space, with its chevron-pattern wood floors and sleek marble counters, is modern and clean. Most notably, the chairs are supremely comfortable (an important detail given that hair color can take hours). The blowouts are, however, super speedy, and these stylists can cut hair like no other. Booking is essential as the services at IGK are always in demand.
Bamford Haybarn Spa Miami
2341 Collins Ave., Mid-Beach
All of the treatments at this atmospheric, chic yet inviting spa inside 1 Hotel South Beach are guided by Ayurvedic principles and use the brand’s in-house line of organic skin care (the products are Soil Association–certified, which is the UK’s highest standard for organic beauty). Concentrated elixirs, lymphatic drainage techniques, oxygen and LED-light therapies, and the power of the aestheticians’ healing touch make the facials as glow-inducing as they are relaxing. We’re especially obsessed with the 24 Karat Gold treatment, a fifty-minute face massage that includes a nanogold-infused collagen treatment that leaves you firm and radiant. The spa’s locations in the UK and Brooklyn are just as deluxe—and sustainable.
The Standard Spa Miami
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 truly takes you out of the everyday. Located inside the Standard, the spa's sleekly modern ashram meets sybaritic retreat has everything. Within the hammam, there are shiny metal tubs for individual pretreatment baths; beyond that, there's a Roman-style waterfall hot tub, a mud lounge, a Finnish sauna, an infinity pool, and an arctic plunge. There’s every sort of massage and facial, plus goopier options, like crystal-infused masks, biopuncture, and workshops on hypnocoaching, sound healing, crystal healing, and more. The food couldn’t be healthier or more delicious, and the on-an-island setting is about as gorgeous as it gets. Photos: Adrian Gaut.