In-set blue floor lights greet guests as they stroll into mySpa, an upscale respite tucked within the InterContinental Miami Hotel. Though the spa’s modern décor is striking, the warm, friendly demeanor of the staff quickly makes clients feel at home as they walk back to one of the spa’s 10 treatment rooms. Within the calming spaces, aestheticians customize facials with Intraceuticals Oxygen Infusion treatments designed to stimulate cell renewal by releasing a cool mist of oxygen over the skin, and rejuvenate bodies with scrubs and wraps that incorporate European bathing techniques. Candle lit hallways also lead clients to various nooks around the spa where they can find a SpaJet2 hydro capsule, nail salon with two pedicure thrones, and fully-stocked locker rooms with drench showers and eucalyptus steam rooms.
The spacious retreat also provides guests with free weights and a Technogym cardio theater in the fitness center, as well as a spa boutique filled with beauty accessories and clothing. And if clients just want a moment to relax, separate men and women’s lounges cater to them by providing a quiet space with healthy drinks and snacks.
Owner Denise Cambeiro trained with Sothys salons in three countries—Brazil, Paris, and the United States—before making her way to Miami to open Denise Beauty Salon. In addition to precision haircuts and color, Denise also specializes in eyebrow shaping and body waxing. She and her small team of stylists, nail technicians, and waxing professionals work out of a chic salon with full-length mirrors and stylish pedicure chairs.
Hashem Salon’s nail technicians pamper frazzled hands and overworked feet with soothing nail services. Fingers and toes skinny-dip in warm baths during the 60-minute standard mani-pedi before aestheticians buff cuticles and reign in irresponsible hangnails with stern admonishments to behave. After a hand-and-foot massage soothes stressed-out ligaments, technicians apply pigmentation to nails, matching fingers and toes to their owner’s outfit, eye color, or competitive-hide-and-seek team jersey.
As one would expect of a place named one of the best hair salons in the country by Elle, Roberto Giordano's eponymous salon and spa is the product of decades of hard work. Roberto himself divides his time between the styling station and the runway, where he organizes fashion shows.
Bumble and bumble, Kérastase, and Goldwell products beautify locks in the open-design salon, where mirrors float above tawny stylists' tables between sprays of purple orchids. Aestheticians rule over a separate spa suite to deliver facials, massages, and waxing with yonka products.
Fabian Lopez completed his salon training in Buenos Aires before carrying his expertise with him to Miami, where he launched Cabellos Salon with an international team of stylists, waxing specialists, and nail technicians, whom he believes represent the melting-pot character of the city. With an arsenal of products from MoroccanOil, Alfaparf, and Redken, the stylists cut, color, and condition locks to suit each client's lifestyle and hair type. Hair extensions add naturalistic volume and length, and Featherlocks feather extensions deliver pops of color, texture, and confidence to birds with receding hairlines. Inside the waiting area, a red leather couch situates clients beside a coffee table topped with fresh flowers and glossy magazines. Large, sparkly chandeliers add luminescence to the casual scene, and a nearby armchair printed with a portrait of Audrey Hepburn brings a subtle sense of Old Hollywood glamour.
Body Minute's focus on catering to women with busy lifestyles propelled its skin-care methods into more than 350 beauty centers across Europe—and then, across the pond. Whether requesting individual services or a monthly subscription, each of Body Minute's clients receives the convenience of quick treatments without the need for an appointment.
Basic facials with steam and extractions cleanse specific skin types, while facial patches reinvigorate the skin with algae or olive-tree extracts. Alternatively, aestheticians pamper the whole body with services such as a relaxing Japanese massage and a Hormeta scrub exfoliation, which lets clients feel the smoothing effects of volcanic rock without having to roll down the slope of Krakatoa. To help clients achieve the results of their treatments at home, Body Minute carries its own line of paraben-free, Swiss-made beauty products.