The team at Nails 111 believes in "good, clean fun," combining a health-conscious philosophy with a charming, shabby-chic ambiance. Antique-style tables and chairs, chandeliers, and lilac walls create an 18th-century-parlor vibe as nail techs wash and sanitize hands and set aside an individual spa kit for each guest. They wear latex gloves upon request and eschew spa chairs and whirlpool-type footbaths in favor of disposable pedicure tub liners. The crew decorates nails with Essie, OPI, or Shellac polish and also performs sleek blowouts and straightening treatments at the Blow and Go hair bar.
The salon was created by internationally trained beauty expert and Lima, Peru, native Marizza Contreras and Miami native Jonathan Nussbaum, who was inspired by a girlfriend's frustration the lack of nail salons open after 7 p.m. Nails 111 staffers refine digits until 9 p.m. Monday–Saturday, making late-night manicures possible for owls wishing to impress their prey.
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.
Owner Gaston Safar opened his first Safar salon in Boston in his early 20s to showcase his gift for styling hair, which he honed at a young age in his parents’ salon in France. In 1998, he created a sister salon, Acote Salon, and today, the Safar family has extended their salon empire with the newest addition in Miami Beach, a second Safar. Safar shares his European style with an experienced team of international professionals who have trained with such companies as L'Oréal Paris, Aveda, and Vidal Sassoon and showcased their work in fashion shows and magazines. Italian marble flanks walnut-wood accents and floor-to-ceiling mirrors inside the elegant beauty salon. Inside, nail services spruce up fingers and toes and waxing treatments remove unwanted body hair. An outdoor rooftop terrace hosts yoga classes and provides the proper space to dramatically show off new hairstyles in the wind.
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.
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.
Honeydoo Salon & Spa's beauty experts pamper and fine tune bodies with both all-natural and high-tech treatments. During facials aestheticians rely on ?minence Organic Skin Care products?which are made from organic ingredients hand-picked in Hungary?to purify skin and combat fine lines, acne, and hyperpigmentation. But they also use technology such as microdermabrasion to refine faces. The nail technician's mani-pedis utilize organic scrubs and custom organic masks, as well as fast-drying no-chip polish, to make nails look as pretty as a princess's curricula vitae. Other technologically advanced treatments include keratin hair straightening and iLipo laser body contouring.