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.
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 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.
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.
All Day Coffee
1035 N. Miami Ave., Downtown
All Day has won every award going, and for good reason. The food and, of course, the coffee are some of the best in Miami. All the produce is sourced as locally as possible: Bread is from the much-lauded Zak the Baker, bagels and English muffins are baked in house, and the delicately sweet honey comes from a Miami beehive. An extensive beverage program, with specialty drinks, like Joe Went to Thailand—Thai iced coffee with Xocolatl Mole bitters—is inspired. But it’s not all coffee. Chamomile tea from Egypt, silver needle white tea from Taiwan, and proper rooibos from South Africa are all fantastic. (We’re partial to the earthy turmeric golden milk.) Come hungry and split a few egg dishes—the double yolks baked in leek, spinach, and cheese with a hunk of crusty bread for dipping is our first choice every time.
Aubi & Ramsa
172 NE 41st St., Design District
Far from the bubblegum whimsy of generic ice cream shops, Aubi & Ramsa is strictly for the over-twenty-one set. The premise explores the versatility of alcohol as a sweeter flavor, in the form of ice cream. Surprisingly, the combo of sharp booze (mainly whiskey) and flavored cream really works. The orange chocolate cheesecake is infused with Glenlivet Scotch Whisky, citrusy Cointreau, and silky mascarpone cheese, while the chocolate Azteca has hints of mezcal and cinnamon. Design-wise, every detail is considered—the smooth marble counter, copper stools, and extensive selection of booze mimic the experience of sitting at a chic, low-lit bar. Meanwhile, the containers holding your scoops of choice are beautifully branded with spoons to match.
4441 Collins Ave., Mid-Beach
The soaring white monolith that is the Fontainebleau dwarfs its corner of South Beach. The hotel is staggering in size compared with nearby properties, and the space is filled with not only guest rooms but several clubs and a few restaurants, including London favorite Hakkasan. An ideal hotel for a weekend of letting loose, you hardly need to leave the property (though we suggest you do). There’s a nightclub, Liv; two cocktail bars; five restaurants; a spa; and an adjacent marina should you care to arrive by sea. While staying here with children doesn’t seem like a good idea (it is loud), the kids' program is excellent and includes day camps, scavenger hunts, sports, and a babysitting service.
1717 Collins Ave., South Beach
Though it’s in close proximity to the glitzy hotels of South Beach, the Surfcomber is unpretentious and relaxed. It’s right on the beach but not super scene-y. The pool is shaded by the surrounding palms and close enough to the waves to catch that essential sea breeze and none of the sand. The décor abandons the all-white concept adopted by so many hotels in the neighborhood and instead goes for bright geometric patterns that complement the Art Deco aesthetic of the property. The surfboards nestled in corners around the lobby and heaped out by the pool are a further nod to the mellow, amiable vibe the Surfcomber is going for.
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