Waxing seems like a simple beauty treatment?but at Wax Spa, there's more to it than meets the eye. First off, aestheticians must be licensed to ensure safe, effective treatments, and the wax is imported from Europe. Then, there's the strict policy against recycling wax and spatulas, which ensures a germ-free salon.
The team complements their waxes with an array of body contouring treatments, which rely on technology ranging from ultrasound waves to radio frequencies, which is a cosmetic treatment designed to tighten skin without the need for an incision or recovery time. The treatment uses radio frequencies to uniformly heat the dermis, or inner layer of skin, to tighten and help initiate the production of new collagen. Depending on the size of the treatment area, the procedure may take anywhere from 15 minutes for a facial to upwards of an hour for a full body treatment. The salon also brightens complexions with diamond microdermabrasion, which sloughs away dead surface skin to reveal the bright, youthful-looking skin beneath it. And no matter the treatment, each team member takes a customer-centered approach to their services, and helps to cultivate a warm atmosphere that puts clients at ease.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
The team at Sanctuary Salon & Spa, which is nestled within the foliage-lined, crisply black-and-white Sanctuary South Beach boutique hotel, nurtures bodies with organic products and anti-aging facials. Skilled aestheticians pamper visages with Dead Sea minerals and organic exfoliating flaxseeds, and stylists cut and color hair in the natural light that floods through the onsite salon. Clients can elect to receive massages, including hot-bamboo and deep-tissue modalities, in pristine white spa treatment rooms or pick another location in the hotel that they would prefer. Therapists can meet guests in their room or beside the rooftop pool surrounded by white tile steps and a manicured green strewn with lawn chairs and vacationing garden gnomes.
Executive Chef Frederic Delaire stocks his pantry with ingredients from local suppliers such as Paradise Farms, Worden Farms, and Winter Park Dairy, ensuring his menu of Mediterranean cuisine is full of fresh flavors straight from the fields. Some of his signature dishes include key west fish tacos and diver scallops pappardelle, as well as florida lobster salad with free-range egg and sherry vinaigrette. Grilled steaks and roasted chicken provide a meaty alternative to the many seafood offerings and shareable tapas sate smaller appetites. Diners have the choice of eating inside or al fresco on the terrace, which allows eyeballs to feast on views of the Atlantic Ocean and rocket ships as they land back on Earth.
Brownes' 75-minute signature manicure and pedicure (a $70 value) will pamper your finger shingles and toe shells. Surrender your appendages to the care of experts as they undergo a salt soak, scrub, and massage. Nails will be buffed, rebuffed, filed, and given an extremely French 'do. You will also receive your choice of eyebrow treatment—give your brows some time apart with a wax (a $19 value) or a tweeze (a $24 value). The massages at Brownes & Co. soothe the work-weary body and soul. A therapeutic rescue massage (a $105 value) utilizes deep-kneading tissue techniques to undo knots and built-up tension, whereas the Well Being massage (a $105 value) synthesizes aromatherapy oils with a multitude of refreshing massage techniques. The combination Swedish and shiatsu massage (a $95 value) ends the longstanding feud between Sweden and Asia by conducting relaxing peace talks on your back. Relight your internal furnace and felxibilify your tense muscles with a Rock Your Kasbah hot-stone massage (a $105 value). Go online to schedule your appointment.
Owned by Dr. Paul Wigoda, a board-certified plastic surgeon, Me Day Spa offers an extensive menu of med-spa services to keep you looking and feeling your best. Skin treatments include a Go and Glow facial ($60), Paprika Treatment ($110), and Muscle Toning ($85) for faces too lazy to get to the gym. Visit one of the professional aestheticians for a Miami Beach Swedish massage ($55 for 30 min; $85 for one hour), during which a string-bikini-clad Viking conquers tension with muscle-soothing meatballs, or put the Groupon toward a lymphatic drainage massage ($125) to knead out body toxins and tension.