Stepping into agua Spa at Mondrian South Beach is like stepping into a canvas: white walls surround white furniture upon white floors. The heat and bustle of the outside world disperses into 4,000 square feet of wide-open spaces. Then a splash of color catches the eye and it becomes apparent that Dutch designer Marcel Wanders didn't leave his canvas bare at all. Speckled throughout are surprisingly fun accents?plants, leaf-green tiles, and entire rooms soaked in lipstick red.
But relaxation is the key at agua Spa. Inside six private rooms, guests enjoy a range of services, from revitalizing facials that use chardonnay grape peels to detoxifying body scrubs with a touch of lavender. And many of these treatments rely on SJAL products?a line used by only a handful of spas across the nation. Yet the certified aestheticians don't just stop at the surface. To ease away worries that the IRS won't believe your dog ate your tax forms, therapists work through nine massage modalities, including their signature Swe-Thai: a blend of Swedish soft strokes and Thai-style joint stretching. Afterwards, guests can head into the adjoining 4.5-star Mondrian South Beach hotel for a dip in the pool.
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.
Nestled inside the five-star Hilton Bentley Miami hotel, Ocean Drive Spa tends to aesthetic and stress-relief needs with authentic ayurvedic services lead by ayurvedic doctor Vishwanath Guddadar. A practice of medicine that developed in India more than 5,000 years ago, ayurveda balances and strengthens the body and mind through a combination of herbal medicines, detoxification, massage, exercise, and incorporeal duels.
Ocean Drive’s providers, all trained in India, work to heal problems including fatigue, joint pain, headaches, and insomnia. Dr. Ivan Rusilko helms the weight-loss and anti-aging programs, which detoxify physical forms with herbs and lymphatic massage or relaxation and meditation. Ornate fabrics drape over plush treatment beds inside private rooms decorated in rich woods, cascading curtains, and polished metal antiques for heating aromatic oils or completing Victorian chemistry sets.
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.
Nailing a job interview, taking a spiritual retreat, and heading out for a night with friends?these disparate activities all work to boost one?s Oola. Fun to say and satisfying to achieve, you attain Oola when several core factors of your life are thriving. Oola might mean that you?re feeling good about your fitness level, finances, career, faith, or relationship with your family, friends, and ant-farm residents. The folks at Oola hope to boost Oola levels nationwide by helping their clients map out their life?s goals and how they will go about achieving them. The service also boosts Oola quotients by introducing their members to cool businesses and offering discounts on services including massages, fitness, and mani-pedis.