Behind Panico Spa & Salon is industry expert Jack Panico, a 45-year hair styling veteran and three-time international haircutting champion. The founders of several successful salons in New Jersey, Jack and his wife Sandra designed their spa in the Flamingo South Beach hotel with influences from Eastern healing traditions. Buddha-themed treatment rooms, Zen-inspired decor, and sustainable hair care products from Neuma bring peace of mind to clients as they enjoy fresh fruit, hot teas, and herb-infused waters. Facials derive their anti-aging powers from vitamins and antioxidant-rich ingredients, and massages can be made all the more relaxing with the addition of aromatherapy, volcanic hot stones, or a therapist that moonlights as a jazz saxophonist. Even waxing services take a cue from the salon’s soothing philosophy, thanks to a formula that hydrates as it strips hair from the face, arms, chest, and back.
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.
It's virtually impossible to administer nail polish while swimming in the ocean, but Nyce Nails has done the next best thing by setting up shop right on Miami Beach. The sound of nails buffing harmonizes with rippling waves as techs rehab nails and decorate with basic and shellac color polish. Clients may also request nail art in intricate designs such as hearts, zebra stripes, or bows.
West Ave Spa's licensed therapists dole out relaxing and therapeutic massages designed to lower pain and lift spirits. The massage menu addresses myriad complaints—there's Swedish massage to allay general stress, sports massage to relieve injury or symptoms of an active lifestyle, and wellness massage, a Swedish–deep-tissue hybrid treatment that both lowers stress levels and eases chronic tension. To make the treatments that much more indulgent, the therapists offer add-ons like scalp treatments with nourishing argan oil and hand and foot scrubs to remove dead skin and glue-filled socks. They also administer full-body scrubs such as a brown sugar scrub, which imparts a radiant glow, or a green tea and algae scrub, which uses caffeine to stimulate the mind and vitamins to soothe aches and pains.
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.
A full-fledged day spa, Massage by Design offers much more than its name might convey. Here, massage therapists practice uncommon modalities, such as Tian Di bamboo massage, in which smooth bamboo sticks are rolled across the back help improve circulation and alleviate musculoskeletal pain. Custom signature massages blend many modalities, including Swedish and deep tissue, to treat each individual's most pressing needs. But beyond the physical manipulation, aestheticians revitalize complexions with anti-aging facials and microdermabrasions. Mani-pedis beautify nails, lash extensions create lavish looks, and waxing gets rid of unwanted hair in a safer manner than leaning over a campfire.