The One Spa You Have to Visit on Your Next Trip to Miami
By Elise Minton Tabin |
Miami may be known as the land of sexy women who are barely dressed. But it’s also home to some of the country’s best spas. And recently, I got to spend some much-needed down time at the Carillon Spa in Miami Beach, and it was just what I needed.
My morning started off with the 50-minute Wellness Compass ($165), which is an assessment of where I stand healthwise. After a few quick balance tests--like standing on one leg and a cool machine that measured body fat and metabolism rates--and questions about my diet and workout routine, I was given a snapshot on the areas where I could improve and how to get to my target weight. While I was told I am on good track to get the results that I'm after (read: toning up), I was given some helpful advice, like eating more peanut butter after working out and adding in some exercises like yoga and Pilates to help with flexibility.
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Next up was the North Beach Drift ($300)—110 minutes of pure bliss. Inspired by the spa’s majestical beach atmosphere (literally steps from the treatment room), this head-to-toe treatment was just what I needed to set me on the path to relaxation. First, I was treated to a full-body exfoliation—it wasn’t the least bit aggressive, hard on the skin or uncomfortable—which left my skin smooth to the touch. Next came a mini facial, and then the best part of the treatment: the wrap. An aromatic seawater gel was applied to my body before I got into a dry float cocoon (imagine a bathtub with a raft of sorts that you wrap around your body kind of like a blanket) and snoozed off to dreamland for 20 minutes.
Just when I thought it was time to clean up and be done with the treatment, a full-body massage was next on the agenda. All in all, there wasn’t a single step overlooked in this treatment and my entire body felt totally rejuvenated and renewed.
So the next time I am asked what’s a must-do in Miami, a trip to the Carillon Spa is definitely on the can’t-miss list.