South Florida's Healthiest Staycations To Make You Feel Your Best
South Florida's Healthiest Staycations To Make You Feel Your Best
Whether you’re looking to decompress with a relaxing spa treatment, reset with a new nutrition plan, or jump-start a fitness regimen, a stay at one of these 15 resorts is sure to get the job done with the best wellness offerings in South Florida.
Relieve and Relax
Watch the sun rise over the ocean while taking a spinning class at the Ocean Fitness Terrace. If that sounds like a way you’d like to start your day, the excitement will only continue while staying at The Breakers this spring and summer. Immunity or recovery juice, anyone? The Beach Club Restaurant will help you re-energize post-spin class. Enjoy offerings with mindful ingredients like kale, ginger, cayenne and grapefruit, and try adding bee pollen, echinacea and spirulina. Next up, lounge by one of the resort’s four pools, or take advantage of the luxurious poolside bungalows, complete with a personal concierge, and head to Ocean House for lunch to try the coffee infused with nitrogen for a smooth, creamy pick-me-up. Visit the spa for a personalized service using either Tammy Fender, OSEA and ERBE products. The Quartz massage is also a fine experience to indulge in, during which guests actually rest on a bed of warm alpha-quartz sand in order to release tension and provide hypnotic relaxation. After a quick blowout at the new salon, enjoy some chill time before a well-balanced meal at Seafood Bar. Afterward, retire to your oceanfront room to watch the sunset. (From $369/day)
The Breakers, 1 S. County Road, Palm Beach / 877.724.3188 / thebreakers.com
Carillon Miami Wellness Resort
Wellness Your Way
Where else can you expect to find a nutritionist, exercise physiologist and acupuncturist, all on one resort property? Carillon Miami Wellness Resort in Miami Beach offers the total wellness package, from a 70,000-square-foot spa facility—South Florida’s largest—to a comprehensive fitness program of more than 40 classes per day. With a personal wellness concierge as your guide, create a custom Carillon experience to fit your needs, whether that’s a complete detox or an opportunity to jumpstart your health and fitness goals, and take what you’ve learned home with you. Be sure to visit the spa and take part in Carillon’s thermal experience, a circuit of therapeutic water features, including a foot bath, Finnish sauna, experiential rain shower, igloo and crystal steam room. Guests can also choose from a variety of unique treatments, including the Wellness Compass ($165), which involves undergoing a health assessment and gaining fitness and nutritional recommendations from the resort’s exercise physiologist. Other highlights at Carillon are its juice bar, two-story indoor rock climbing wall and Thyme restaurant, which serves seasonal, mindful cuisine and a new Mind.Body.Spirits wellness cocktail menu with detox drinks, like spiked wheatgrass. Ready to book a stay? Go for the new “Wellness Your Way” package, which includes 10 percent off rates, complimentary buffet breakfast for two at Thyme, a $100 food and beverage credit at any of Carillon’s dining outlets, and $250 spa credit for any spa, salon, health and wellness, or fitness services.
Carillon Miami Wellness Resort, 6801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach / 866.800.3858 / carillonhotel.com
Eau Palm Beach
EAUmmm Yoga Retreat
Those who’ve visited the Eau Palm Beach’s Eau Spa know why the resort is on this list. The 42,000-square-foot sanctuary is an authority on mixing pleasure with pain. The pleasure? A garden with dipping pools and hanging chairs, 19 treatment rooms and a candle-lit wishing well. The pain? Spin to boot camp classes scheduled daily, or private sessions with certified personal trainers that garner discounted rates toward spa sessions. (Insider’s tip: Pick pain before pleasure and follow a workout with the Muscle Melter massage built to address fatigued or aching muscles and joints.) This summer from Aug. 11 to 13, the resort will host a yoga retreat led by celebrity teacher Eric Paskel. Guests can opt to stay at the hotel for two nights ($799-plus/accommodations, yoga classes and breakfast buffet), purchase all five classes ($199), or buy each separately ($60/Friday session, $45/each Saturday and Sunday session). Classes will range from a high-energy, detoxifying flow on Friday night to a “SoundOff Yoga Experience” on Saturday that uses headphones to pump ’80s music through participants’ ears.
Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, 100 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan / 561.533.6000 / eaupalmbeach.com
Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach
Find Focus at Four Seasons
Hoping to recharge or focus on fitness during a stay close to home? Look no further than the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach. From May through October, Florida residents can take in all resort offerings with exclusive rates. Explore the five-star spa featuring a saltwater Jacuzzi, eucalyptus steam room, high-performance showers and relaxation rooms before or after a treatment. The Day Spa Beach Retreat package ($195) includes either a 50-minute Ocean Bliss Customized Massage, Hydrating Organic Facial, Coco Beach Body Scrub or Key West Recovery Wrap in The Spa. After a pampering session, guests can use their $35 credit that comes with the package toward lunch at the on-site restaurants Graze or Atlantic Bar & Grill. Next up is a core-focused XBall fitness class with master trainer Susan Mask, or a private individual or couples strength training, cycling and nutritional analysis class. Guests also shouldn’t leave without hitting the beautiful beach for a stand-up paddleboard class with Morgan Baer, a U.S. Coast Guard masters level certified captain. Also available are surfing lessons, wave runners, snorkel gear and more. Tennis lovers can find sanctuary on the court featuring personalized, private instruction.
Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach, 2800 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach / 561.547.2100 / fourseasons.com/palmbeach/
Hilton West Palm Beach
Partaking in a boot camp class is a lot more enjoyable when it’s set at the Hilton West Palm Beach’s outdoor green lawn. Guests and locals can take part in the class every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. as part of the hotel’s health and wellness offerings. The one-hour program (free for hotel guests, $10 for locals) includes a kick-butt workout taught by local TotalMovement exercise instructors. After, attendees can join Jennifer Martin, a regionally known yoga instructor and motivational leader, for a spiritual poolside vinyasa yoga class that’s also complimentary for guests ($10 for locals). The Manor is the perfect place to dig in for a recovery meal. Pick from a menu that caters to those looking for a lean meal during their stay. (Pro tip: The TM logo next to certain menu items signifies the dish is under 400 calories—a collaboration between the Hilton and TotalMovement founder Erika Strimer.) A DJ is on hand all afternoon for entertainment as guests enjoy a poolside party. Hit the lawn for games like corn hole, life-size chess and ladder golf. Or simply relax while soaking in the sun. Recharge with a trip to Provisions—a grab-and-go food option featuring fresh, cold-pressed juices, fruits, sandwiches and seasonally inspired foods. Hilton West Palm Beach also offers guests a three-day LA Fitness pass, access to its 24/7 gym, and it will soon offer bikes to rent for a day to tour the city. A trip to the beach is an easy two-mile ride away!
Hilton West Palm Beach, 600 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach / 561.231.6000 / hiltonwestpalmbeach.com
Like the Greeks
Warning: this retreat isn’t for those who just want a low-calorie meal and deep tissue massage from their healthy staycation experience. At Hippocrates Health Institute, guests are fully immersed in organic, plant-based diets, and exposed to non-invasive and youth-enhancing therapies. The program is for those who want to make a change—a big change, to their diet, way of thinking, lifestyle and overall health. The campus is set on 50 acres of tropical land in West Palm Beach and offers packages like a three-week life transformation program called “Learn, Nourish & Heal,” and the weight loss transformation program called “Discover, Transform & Renew.” Not ready to commit? The institute hosts an open house during the last Wednesday of every month to offer insight into the programs, and it also presents one-day events like “Yes, You Can Meditate!” (May 6, $139) and “A Taste Of Happiness” (May 13, $189). And then there’s the vegan lunch and dinner buffet open to the public for $25 on Thursdays and Saturdays starting at noon.
Hippocrates Health Institute, 1466 Hippocrates Way, West Palm Beach / 561.471.8876 / hippocratesinst.org
Hyde Resort and Residences
All About You
Plan a trip to Hollywood’s hottest new hotel, featuring a 40-story tower with 367 shared condo hotel units and 40 purely residential units. Hyde Resort & Residences features a ninth-floor pool with a beautiful oceanfront amenities deck, but that’s not all. Guests looking for relaxation can take part in a mindful stay during the Divine Me Experience. Soak up the morning sunshine during a one-of-a-kind yoga session led by certified personal trainers on the pool deck. After, guests can stop by Terrazas, the oceanfront pool bar, and feast on a delicious quinoa salad, vegetable wrap or other items created with fresh ingredients. Then, it’s off to eména spa, just steps away from the pool deck. A premier eco-luxury spa, eména is full of positive and refreshing aromas to help soothe the senses and reconnect with oneself. Here, guests will enjoy a body detoxification with a stop at the relaxing sauna before choosing one of the following spa treatments: a 50-minute Apalo (from $155 and includes the “soft” Swedish Massage to allow the body to let stresses fade away), Vathi (from $165 and includes a deep massage to relieve tension) or an Organic Facial ($155), which uses a custom cocktail of organic fruit- and vegetable-based skin care products that will bring out radiance and glow.
Hyde Resort and Residences, 4111 S. Ocean Drive, Hollywood / 754.212.3083 / hydehollywoodbeach.com
Jupiter Beach Resort
Hang out in a hammock, and soak up the sun before embarking on a health and fitness adventure at Jupiter Beach Resort. Jupiter’s only beachfront resort property, the hotel offers plenty of complimentary fitness programs and outdoor activities, ranging from beachfront yoga to beach cruisers, kayaking and paddleboarding. Guests can fit in a traditional workout at any hour using the 24-hour fitness center, but the resort also offers a lighted tennis court and heated swimming pool for late use. For a fresh seafood meal that you don’t have to feel guilty about, dine at the resort’s on-property oceanfront restaurant, Sinclairs Ocean Grill. From seared black grouper to cedar plank salmon and lemon pepper mahi mahi, Sinclairs serves up fresh filets without the heaping side of guilt. To rejuvenate the mind and body, Jupiter Beach Resort’s Opal Spa offers ocean-inspired treatments, like the Quench, “a skin-softening ocean odyssey” that includes the application of exfoliating polish, a toning body mask and hydrating oils. Another unique offering is Opal Spa’s “tapas-style” sampler experience, which gives guests the chance to select any combination of three 25-minute services. We recommend wrapping up the day with a salad or fresh-pressed juice cocktail from The Sandbar as the sun goes down—enjoy ocean views, the waterfall spa, outdoor fire pits and live music on weekends.
Jupiter Beach Resort, 5 N. A1A, Jupiter / 561.746.2511 / jupiterbeachresort.com
Give yourself an excuse to put down your cell phone—at least for a few hours. For a total digital detox, the Digital Wellness experience at the Spa at Mandarin Oriental (one of only five Forbes five-star award winners in Florida) will help you disconnect from technology and reconnect with yourself. The spa launched monthly wellness retreats earlier this year, which let guests enjoy restorative treatments, activities like group yoga classes and mindfulness exercises such as coloring, journaling or meditation. Begin by posting a selfie to social media to announce that you’ll be disconnecting, and then relinquish your phone for the daylong retreat. (Don’t worry, your most prized possession will be kept safe in its very own cell phone sleeping bag.) We suggest trying the property’s new Healing Wave treatment, which was designed exclusively for Mandarin Oriental, Miami, and uses singing bowls to send healing sound vibrations through your body. Plus, an added benefit: throughout the massage, the reverberating clangs of the harmonic bowls will call your attention back to the present moment—just as you might be getting a little too lost in the relaxation (we’re talking to you, spa-going sleepy heads). Upcoming Digital Wellness retreats at the Spa at Mandarin Oriental are scheduled for May 20 and June 17, and the package includes a healthy bento box lunch with detox juices.
Mandarin Oriental, 500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami / 305.913.8288 / mandarinoriental.com/miami
Mind and Movement
What was already a leading eco-friendly resort focused on health and sustainability has now launched a brand new wellness trifecta. Since its debut two years ago, 1 Hotel has led the pack of South Beach hotels with features like its complimentary Lobby Farmstand, offering seasonal produce, and Nativ Made, which sells organic grab-and-go eats. The resort has since added other wellness favorites like an on-site SoulCycle studio and Watr at the 1 Rooftop, known not only for white cabanas and sweeping ocean views but also for fresh, clean Polynesian and Japanese eats, like poké and sushi rolls. But that trifecta of additions we referred to? It’s comprised of a first-of-its-kind fitness center, an English countryside-inspired spa and a vegan eatery from the chef behind Wynwood’s vegan fine dining concept Plant Food & Wine. At Spartan Gym—which was modeled after Spartan obstacle course racing—guests can use equipment like ropes and monkey bars, partake in workout classes that help condition their bodies, or book private sessions with Spartan-certified trainers. Meanwhile at Bamford Haybarn Spa, the first U.S. location from the British lifestyle and wellness brand, unwind in The Woodland Room as a peaceful retreat and enjoy massage treatments or facials with a hands-on, holistic approach. Finally, 1 Hotel’s latest offering, Plnthouse, which opened in March, serves plant-based items for breakfast and lunch, such as avocado toast, cauliflower falafel bowls and carrot ginger kelp noodles. Look out for the launch of 1 Hotel’s Mind and Movement package, which will offer vacationers a combined wellness experience at all three destinations. And, of course, if you’re looking to reward yourself on cheat day, check out Beachcraft, a farm-to-table restaurant from “Top Chef” judge Tom Colicchio, or the ultra-chic STK steakhouse.
1 Hotel South Beach, 2341 Collins Ave., Miami Beach / 305.604.1000 / 1hotels.com/south-beach
Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island
Looking for the ultimate spa getaway? One of the best spas in the nation is located right in our own backyard. Named one of Condé Nast Traveler’s top 20 resort spas in the U.S. in 2015, SiSpa at Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort is a sea-inspired sanctuary offering treatments that take advantage of the therapeutic qualities of seawater. Make it the focal point of your stay when you book the Journey to SiSpa package, which lets guests enjoy not one, but two 50-minute spa treatments during their stay, plus unlimited use of spa facilities for two. The award-winning spa offers heated marble beds, waterfall showers, a private outdoor Jacuzzi, a relaxation room with its own hot tea bar and antioxidant water, and treatments like the Atlantic Detox Body Envelopment and the replenishing Sargasso Seaweed Experience. For further wellness-oriented recreations beyond the bounds of the beachfront spa, Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island offers morning yoga and meditation classes, surfing lessons, pedal boat tours, and other water sports, plus a grotto-style pool with a two-story waterfall and water slide, and a separate heated infinity pool.
Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa, 3800 N. Ocean Drive, Riviera Beach / 561.340.1700 / palmbeachmarriottresort.com
Paddleboarding at the Pelican
A Key West weekend without the drive? Yes, please. The Pelican Grand brings a laid-back, island vibe to Fort Lauderdale beach, with one of the tallest oceanfront views in the city. Grab a gander from the top during a visit to Pure Spa. Windows on the 11th floor frame an endless blue ocean, a view enjoyed from hanging chairs in the relaxation room while waiting for a treatment. Take healthy skin with you by scheduling the PURE You Facial, which includes 50 minutes of cleansing, extractions, toning and a mask. Next, stop for a bite at the O2K Lounge by the pool and take a leisurely ride down the lazy river before a paddleboard excursion. The “Paddle Away” package (Room rate plus $95; through Dec. 31) not only includes a one-hour fitness lesson for two from Fort Lauderdale’s Standup Paddle Surf School, but guests also receive their choice of accommodations and breakfast for two each day. Cap off the night with a bit of indulgence at OCEAN2000—you deserve it. Reserve a table outside, just steps from the ocean, or grab brunch before Sunday checkout—the restaurant got a recent mention in Travel + Leisure when the magazine announced Fort Lauderdale as the No. 1 brunch spot voted by readers.
Pelican Grand Beach Resort, 2000 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale / 954.568.9431 / pelicanbeach.com
PGA National Resort & Spa
Waters of the World
Boasting a 33,000-square-foot sports and racquet club, multiple golf schools and tennis academies, plus a 40,000-square-foot newly revitalized salon and spa, the sky is the limit for how many active and enjoyable experiences you can find at PGA National Resort & Spa. The fitness facility features state-of-the-art exercise equipment, an indoor racquetball court, a five-lane saltwater lap pool, a spin room with video road mapping and more than 70 classes a week like yoga, Barre, belly dancing and more. Enter a new realm of relaxation with the resort’s Waters of the World spa package ($239 May 1 to 24, $169 May 25 to Sept. 30), featuring luxury accommodations with private balcony or terrace and full breakfast at the Palm Terrace restaurant. Guests can enjoy a 50-minute spa treatment per day (Swedish Massage, Pure Body Glow Body Exfoliation and more) and access to the Waters of the World mineral pools. The pools feature European healing minerals from the French Pyrenees and wondrous salts from the Dead Sea in Israel. Relax in the sauna or steam room before or after taking part in a fitness class or tennis lesson with the Sports and Racquet Club. Additional wellness packages are offered at the resort, including the David Leadbetter Gold Academy package or the Stay & Play Tennis package.
PGA National Resort & Spa, 400 Ave. of the Champions, Palm Beach Gardens / 800.863.2819 / pgaresort.com
What’s better than a Mediterranean hummus plate with flatbread, Kalamata olives, feta cheese and roasted peppers? A Mediterranean hummus plate with all of the above enjoyed poolside while awaiting a spa treatment at The Seagate Hotel & Spa in Delray Beach. The property presents monthly spa packages—Spring Flowers in May ($296) and Get Ready For The Beach in June ($344)—that typically include a massage, facial, manicure and pedicure, and a complimentary cocktail. But wellness doesn’t end there. Hotel guests can attend daily yoga, ZUMBA, aerobics and water aerobics classes for $15 at the fitness center, or they can take up golf or tennis at The Seagate Country Club ($175 for 18 holes and cart; $40 per hour on the tennis court).
The Seagate Hotel & Spa, 1000 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach / 561.665.4800 / theseagatehotel.com
Turnberry Isle Miami
Imagine being in a bath with jets buzzing over calming music as you sip a glass of Champagne before a 50-minute massage. Now stop imagining and book a weekend at Turnberry Isle Miami. The property’s newly renovated ÂME Spa & Wellness Collective offers 70 treatments including standouts like the Fijian Ritual (which starts with a 15-minute milk soak bath), and the Spa Wave Hypnotic Facial (paired with vibrational sounds and color therapy). Experience both (or others) during Camp ÂME, a three-day or two-day retreat hosted once a month by a guest practitioner. On July 7 to 9, plant-based chef and entrepreneur Matthew Kenney presents Plant Food & Wine Retreat, and on Sept. 8 to 10, master yoga teacher Nikki Costello will lead a Wellness weekend ($1,365/person). Vacation often means more planning than relaxing—where to stay, what activities to schedule, how to maintain a diet or fitness regime. But Camp ÂME takes the brainwork out of it, giving guests tailored itineraries that include nutrition classes, group fitness, spa services, social events, healthy meals and enough free time to tour the property’s tropical gardens, sit poolside or go for a round of golf at one of two on-site championship courses. The only task for guests? Simply showing up.
Turnberry Isle Miami, 19999 W. Country Club Drive, Aventura / 305.933.6930 / amewellness.com/retreats