The 10 Best Spas In South Florida

The 10 Best Spas In South Florida

We get it. Between torturous traffic, weekends packed with events, and the endless quest to achieve that elusive work-life balance, life can get pretty busy here in South Florida. That’s why it’s crucial to unwind and recharge. From Delray to Fort Lauderdale, our editors present the spas and treatments that should be on every local’s bucket list.

by Jennifer Tormo by Heather Carney Jan 2015 Also on Digital Edition

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Best Unique Spa Treatments: Spa Atlantic

We have heard it over and over: The Atlantic Hotel has one of the best spas in Fort Lauderdale. But when we heard the spa also offered a beer treatment? It became major bucket list material.

Yes, at Spa Atlantic you can sip from a bottle of Orange Blossom Pilsner during your treatment. Following a citrus-beer body scrub, pop open the bottle while your therapist dumps several bottles of beer into a tub full of citrus bubbles, slices of limes, oranges and grapefruits. Following the soak, you’ll receive a warm body wrap followed by an application of luscious citrus lotion. The science behind it? Beer is good for the skin. Sounds like a good excuse for a drink to us.

If beer isn’t your thing but you still want a unique treatment, the boutique hotel spa offers a taste of Florida in several other treatments, incorporating citrus into several of its treatments – orange blossom facials, citrus body scrubs. Best of all, the spa uses all-natural products.

After your treatment, walk a few steps outside the spa door to the Atlantic’s pool, offering one of the most idyllic views of the beach in Fort Lauderdale.

Products used: Osea

Price range: $75 to $300

Treatments offered: Massages, body treatments, facial skin care, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam amenities, waxing, hair and nail salon, makeup application and spray tanning

Nice touch: A 15 percent discount on regular services is offered for locals.

What to try:

Body treatment: Signature Beer Treatment – Citrus Suds Body Cocoon & Bath: citrus beer body exfoliation, hair and scalp treatment and soak; 80 minutes; $220

Massage: Aromatherapy massage: essential oils stimulate the senses; 50-80 minutes; $140-$190

601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale |

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Best Modern Spa: Bliss Spa

As one of the most chic and trendy hotels in Fort Lauderdale, it’s not surprising that the W’s spa is just as modern. The 4,000-square-foot spa is intimate – with five treatment rooms, two manicure and two pedicure stations, a nail lounge and men’s and women’s lounges – so therapists have plenty of time to give all their attention to clients.

During treatments, the colorful spa plays smooth R&B music. Following treatments, guests can head to the brownie buffet for a different kind of indulgence.

The modern design and ambience of the spa is matched in the menu, which offers a “Quick Bliss” set of treatments for the professional who wants to stop by on their lunch break. Facials on this menu are 30 minutes, manicures are 30 minutes and treatment add-ons/touch-ups are 15 minutes.

For guests with more time to indulge, the spa’s limited-time packages are a great way to get the most bang for your buck. At press time, there was a Fabulous Four package including a facial, massage, hot cream manicure and a pedicure for just $265. Not too shabby.

Products used: Bliss

Price range: $50 to $300

Treatments offered: Massages, body treatments, facial skin care, waxing, nails, laser hair removal and men’s services.

What to try:

Massage: The Ginger Rub: ginger root and essential oils detox and stimulate, followed by a foil wrap and full body massage; 105-135 minutes; $225-$285

Facial: Head to “Glow”: triple oxygen facial, warm full-body essential oil wrap, and scalp and foot massage; 90 minutes; $205

401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale |

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Best Spa Atmosphere: Waldorf Astoria Spa at the Boca Resort

This spa was named the No. 1 resort spa in the world by Conde Nast Traveler readers in 2014. Pretty big deal, right?

The first time you step into the 50,000-square foot spa, it’s likely to make your jaw drop. Modeled after a historic Spanish palace, the grounds include a 10,000-square-foot spa pool, vibrant gardens and stunning architecture.

The treatments are just as top-notch as the design, so book several and make an afternoon of it. Be sure to start with the spa’s signature Ritual Bath, a 50-minute mineral soak and waterfall shower that utilizes varying pressures and temperatures of water to relax and prep the body for the next treatment.

Products used: Natura Bissé

Price range: $80 to $325

Treatments offered: Massages, facial skin care, body treatments, hair, nails, gentleman’s facial and bridal services.

What to try:

Facial: Boca Pink – Fire & Ice Facial by Eminence: antioxidants derived from elderflower, red current and magnolia bark hydrate, invigorate and protect skin; $150-$215; 50-80 minutes

Massage: Citrus Drench Wrap: Antioxidants from ascorbic acid, orange juice, crystallized honey and shea butter exfoliate and protect skin from aging and dryness; wrap utilizes a Vichy shower; $160; 50 minutes

501 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton |

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Best Spa for Travelers: The Diplomat Spa

The spa, located on the first floor of the Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, features 10 treatment rooms, a Vichy shower, a Duet room overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and a Spa Café. It’s the perfect retreat for the busy business professional or the couple looking to enhance a beach vacation.

As guests walk through the 14,000-square-foot spa, they’ll immediately relax as they take in the signature white tea scent and listen to the soothing waters from the spa waterfalls. It provides a tranquil transformation.

Products used: Kerstin Florian, G.M. Collin and Aromatherapy Associates

Price range: $60 to $300

Treatments offered: Massages, body treatments, facial treatments, manicures, pedicures, waxing, packages and more.

Nice touch: The spa includes a Halotherapy salt steam room that enhances inner and outer well-being. Guests can also enjoy apple-cinnamon tea, fruit-infused water and food tastings from the Spa Café in the reception area.

What to try:

The Bliss Package is pampering at its best. The 100-minute treatment, which aims to heal the skin, body and scalp includes a massage, scrub and renewal ritual. The Aspire Massage uses natural plant aromatherapy oils and varied massage techniques customized to how the guest wants to feel. The 25-minute Energize Scrub includes a personalized aromatherapy body wash and natural exfoliating olive grains. The treatment concludes with a Renewal Ritual, a 25-minute aromatic and therapeutic scalp and shoulder massage with a moisturizing hair oil treatment. The entire treatment leaves the skin feeling smooth and the mind energized. It’s a wish that really does come true.

3555 S. Ocean Drive, Hollywood /

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Best Private Spa: The Spa at Lago Mar

This exclusive spa is only open to hotel guests, not the public, making it a private and secluded experience. It’s ideal for a couple’s getaway or a girls’ retreat, with special spa packages catered to each individual stay.

This charming resort and spa is the ultimate resting spot for someone looking to rejuvenate and re-energize. After a few days of relaxing at the resort’s private beach, the Water Lily After-Sun Soothing Wrap provides skin with a retreat from the hot Florida sun. The 50-minute treatment provides relief from sunburn or sensitivity from sun exposure by cooling and desensitizing the skin with water lily, green tea and chamomile. Imagine the sigh of relief as the burn and sting is soothed away.

Guests have called the spa a timeless oasis. Sounds about right.

Products used: Pevonia skincare products, an all-natural line from France that restores, rejuvenates and revitalizes skin.

Price range: $70 to more than $300 depending on the treatment and the duration

Treatments offered: Treatments include massages, body services, skin care treatments, waxing and manicures and pedicures.

Nice touch: Men looking for some pampering can book the “It’s a Man’s World” package that includes a 25-minute Gentlemen’s Facial, a 25-minute manicure and a 50-minute Sports Massage. It won’t take much convincing to trade in the golf clubs for a day at the spa; $209

What to try:

Body treatment/massage: Combine the 30-minute exfoliating coconut sugar body scrub with a 50-minute aromatherapy cinnamon massage. The scrub restores skin leaving it silky and refreshing while the cinnamon massage relaxes muscles and promotes detoxification.

1700 S. Ocean Lane, Fort Lauderdale /

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Best Spa Menu: Red Door Spa by Elizabeth Arden

We’re always blown away by the size of the Red Door Spa. Tucked away in the Galleria Mall, you’d never guess how grand the spa is – until you step inside. The spa just keeps going and going and going – literally. Take a tour of the spa and you’ll walk from hallways of treatment rooms, to a hair salon, a nail salon, waxing rooms, makeup application rooms – the rooms are endless.

And the menu is just as big. To start, there are 17 facials on the menu – so chances are high you’ll find one that’s just right for you. There’s a Gentlemen’s Services menu, with massages, facials, mani/pedis, and even a back facial. There’s a medi-spa menu with minimally invasive facial enhancements and pulsed light hair removal.

And then there are the packages. They’re pricey, but some of the most luxurious we’ve ever seen. The “Ultimate Indulgence” package, for instance, includes a hot stone massage, signature facial, spa lunch, olive oil manicure and pedicure, shampoo blow dry and finish, and makeup touch up – all for $534. Doesn’t sound like a bad way to spend a day.

Products used: Elizabeth Arden, Aromatherapy

Price range: $80 to $225

Treatments offered: Massages, body treatments, facial skin care, medi-spa, men’s services, waxing and threading, makeup, hair and nails.

Package to try: Diamonds Are Forever: Desert Hot Stone Massage (50 minutes), Ultimate Arden Facial, spa lunch, Red Door Signature Pedicure and Manicure; $1,040

Facial to try: Ultimate Arden Facial: warm stone upper body massage, microdermabrasion, face and eye collagen mask, décolleté treatment, hand treatment and scalp massage

Manicure/pedicure to try: Orange Pomegranate Manicure & Pedicure (120 minutes) – A total spa treatment for your hands and feet. Premium sugar exfoliation, massage and a luxe paraffin treatment followed by polish application; $120

Nice touch: The spa doesn’t let anyone leave with a “naked face.” All treatments come with a complimentary makeup touch-up. It also offers spa lunches catered by The Capital Grille.

The Galleria | 2598-A E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale |

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Best Spa Packages: Seagate Spa

The whole spa experience is built around escaping your surroundings. But when your surroundings are Delray Beach – the charming village by the sea named “Most Fun Small Town in America” by USA Today – is it really necessary to escape? The Seagate capitalizes on its location, incorporating Delray’s charm into every treatment. The Seagate’s version of a hot stone massage is the “Hot Shell Massage,” a Swedish massage utilizing warm seashells. And OK, it rains a lot in South Florida – but inclement weather can sometimes be soothing, as proven in the spa’s “wet” body treatments, which utilize Vichy rain showers.

But where the Seagate really excels is its packages. Four times a year, it offers a “Day of Beauty,” a partnership with Saks Fifth Avenue in Boca Raton to bring 50-minute facials, cocktails and complimentary makeup applications to guests from $125. The “I Love Delray” package is a full-body refresher, with piña colada mani/pedi, pineapple body polish and coconut oil Swedish massage for $252. Best of all, a treatment gives you access to the spa for the day.

Products used: Elemis and Sodashi

Price range: Massages and skin care treatments from $65 to $550. Average treatment under $200.

Treatments offered: Holistic therapies, facial skin care, body treatments, massages, nail services, waxing, eye lifts, hand/food treatments and more.

Nice touch: Every guest is given a complimentary cosmetics bag with travel-size goodies to use before/after the treatment, including toothbrush, toothpaste and mouthwash; shaving cream and razor; makeup remover; loofah and more.

What to try:

The Atlantic Glow Body Experience: full-body exfoliation followed by gentle rain shower, warm oil application and scalp message; 80 minutes; $180

1000 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach |

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Best Healing Spa: The Maui Spa & Wellness Center

Gayle Wentworth brought Hawaii to Boca when she opened The Maui Spa in 2007. The spa specializes in healing the body without chemicals or invasive procedures – techniques that Wentworth absorbed during a decade-long stay in Hawaii.

This tri-level sanctuary is a fan favorite, and was voted No. 1 destination spa in 2014 by the Boca Raton Award Program. Beyond the treatments, the spa offers a rooftop oasis for a serene cocktail reception, corporate event or luncheon. Or head up to the roof for the spa’s spiritual yoga classes. Classes are offered every Wednesday and Sunday.

Guests call the spa “therapy for the soul.” We can see why.

Products used: Eminence Organic Skin Care, Image Skincare, Pure Fiji Tropical Bath and Body Care, Kneipp, Comphy Sheets from the Comphy Company, Clarisonic and Seda France candles

Price range: $55 to $400

Treatments offered: The services include island-style massages, facials, wraps, oil baths, organic nail treatments, waxing and acupuncture.

Nice touch: The rooms are individually designed for relaxation, such as the Hana Hydrotherapy Room, which gives guests the experience of relaxing in a tropical forest complete with bamboo and a waterfall. We’re already dreaming of Hawaii.

What to try:

The Huna Package is one of the spa’s most popular for a reason. It starts with pouring warm herbal oil on the “Third Eye,” or the forehead area, to quiet the mind and restore inner calm. “Within a few minutes, you kind of let go … you get into a different dimension,” Wentworth says of the oil ritual. That’s followed by a scalp massage and then a Lomi Lomi Hawaiian massage designed to heal stress. The treatment finishes with reflexology, a relaxing form of natural healing that involves specific pressure points on the feet; $250 for three hours.

2100 NW Boca Raton Blvd., Boca Raton /

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Best Holistic Spa: Skin Apeel Day Spa

This day spa is a local favorite. We have to agree. It’s won numerous awards and accolades since it opened in 1992 including Best Skin Treatment from the Boca Raton Forum and Favorite Day Spa from Longevity Magazine. The spa’s approach to wellness and healing focuses on the entirety of the person, rather than just aesthetic appearances. So it’s a full-body and mind experience.

The spa was nominated for “Top Facial Boca Raton” from the Sun-Sentinel, and features 18 different variations. One even includes a stimulating paprika herbal treatment. Owner and Founder Kim Knapp recommends the MicroCurrent Non-Surgical Facelift Facial, a fan favorite for those 30 and older. Guests say the treatment has taken years off their face. Who wouldn’t want that?

Products used: The spa uses a variety of products including Alaska Glacial Mud, Arcona, Eminence Organic SkinCare, 21 Drops Natural Aromatherapy Essential Oils and more.

Price range: Facials range from $65 to $239; massages range from $55 to $209 depending on the type and the duration.

Treatments offered: Treatments include facials, massages, manicures and pedicures, waxing, spa rituals, mineral makeovers and acupuncture.

Nice touch: The spa ceiling is adorned with hanging purple Wisteria. “It’s part of our charm and most definitely, our branding identity,” Knapp adds. Guests also rave about the lemonade ice cubes served with the spa’s refreshments.

What to try:

Body treatment: Knapp also recommends the Raindrop Therapy, a body treatment that features high vibrational essential oils “rain dropped” from the air onto the body. The therapy combines massage and spinal alignment to help the body detoxify and re-energize. She says the overall focus is to clear impurities from the mind, body and spirit, and that it’s an ideal treatment for pre and post travel.

21301 Powerline Road, Grove Center, Ste. 215, Boca Raton /

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Best Retreat Spa: The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Fort Lauderdale

This spa, tucked quietly away on the seventh floor of the beach-front resort, offers ocean-inspired therapies and restorative remedies. Guests can relax before and after their treatment in the relaxation lounge while sipping champagne, fruit-flavored water or tea. The spa features 11 treatment rooms, including a private couple’s suite. Visitors will notice an upgrade after this summer, when the spa undergoes a renovation that includes a new hair salon, a steam room and sauna. The rest of the spa will be “refreshed.”

Products used: Eminence Organic Skin Care, La Bella Donna makeup

Price range: $75 to $295

Treatments offered: Body polishes, wraps, massages, facials, manicures and pedicures, as well as men’s treatments.

Nice touch: Locals looking for a retreat can receive 15 percent off a spa service Monday through Thursday.

What to try:

For the ultimate dose of detox and relaxation, try the signature Intuitive Ocean Treatment. This 110-minute treatment combines multi-sensory elements to transport guests into pure bliss. It starts with a detoxifying skin brushing that stimulates the skin from head to toe, followed by an aromatherapy body scrub that exfoliates the skin. Next, the masseuse works on the face, massaging oil on the cheeks and the forehead, followed by a sensitive face mask. Most treatments might stop there, but not this one. After a 15-minute steam and shower, the treatment finishes with a massage and heated stone treatment; $295; 110 minutes

1 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale /