Travel — 26 August 2015
A guide to latest, greatest spa treatments

By Felicia Levine and Mark Gauert

Overworked and overtired? Then close your eyes. Now breathe deep and picture spending a day – or a week – at one of South Florida’s most luxurious spas. Can you smell the lavender?

Now imagine indulging in one of the spas’ newest treatments. There are customized wrinkle-reducing facials that use organic biodegradable ingredients; antioxidant-packed coffee body polishes for smooth, glowing skin; and hip and thigh treatments that eliminate dreaded cellulite.

And talk about extreme pampering: From meditative mineral baths and whimsical self-centered gardens to decadent brownie buffets and manicures infused with crushed pearls – these are not Grandma’s spas.

Cheers to your health

Spa Atlantic at The Atlantic Hotel & Spa, Fort Lauderdale

Spa-menities: This sea- and citrus-inspired luxury day spa is located here on the fifth floor of the Oceanfront Terrace. It spans 10,000 square feet with seven treatment rooms. Offerings include oversized soaking tubs, a Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, fitness center, yoga classes and a pool overlooking the Atlantic. Guests choose from an array of customizable massages, facials, body and beauty treatments, spray tanning, nail and hair services, makeup application and more.

Worth Noting: Spa Atlantic uses OSEA products that are naturally sourced, vegan, gluten-free, biodegradable and packed with restorative vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes. The algae used are gathered from a desolate beach in Patagonia.

Newest Treatment: The “Signature Beer Treatment” uses Florida-brewed Orange Blossom Pilsner beer. It starts with a citrus-beer body exfoliation, followed by a wrap in a special beer citrus potion, a beer hair and scalp treatment and a session in a relaxing soaking tub. It ends with a soothing full-body lotion application. – F.L.

Spa Atlantic at The Atlantic Hotel & Spa, 601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-567-8085,

Skin Deep

Waldorf Astoria Spa at Boca Raton
Resort & Club 

Spa-menities: Palatial gardens, grand arches, elaborate mosaics – there’s a reason this 50,000-square-foot Spanish-style retreat was named the No. 1 Spa in the World during last year’s Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards. There are 44 treatment rooms, a full-service salon, private pool, tapas-style café and Spa Great Hall with a fireplace. But the pièce de résistance is the Ritual Bath area, with nine mineral baths, waterfall showers, a whirlpool and steam, sauna and inhalations rooms.

Worth Noting: You need to be a club member or hotel guest to use the spa, but if it’s luxury you seek, you’ll find it here.

Newest Treatment: The “Optimal Release” Thai-inspired massage uses free-flowing movements to assist in stretching and joint mobility and to improve flexibility. It includes a foot ritual, body exfoliation, facial cleanse, full-body joint-release massage and scalp massage. The “AMA Releasing Abyhanga” includes body exfoliation, a facial cleanse and body and scalp massages and is tailored for anyone experiencing stress or poor sleep patterns. Both use luxury ESPA products. – F.L.

Waldorf Astoria Spa at Boca Raton Resort & Club, 501 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton, 561-347-4772,

Bamboo for You

Diplomat Spa at the Diplomat Resort
& Spa, Hollywood

Spa-menities: Located just steps from Hollywood Beach, this ocean-inspired spa spans more than 14,000 square feet and includes 10 treatment rooms decorated in the colors of the sea. A vast menu of services ranges from purifying acne facials and chemical peels to reflexology and prenatal and couples’ massages. There is also a sauna, mani-pedi stations and a serene relaxation room and waterfall for some quality meditation time. The Spa Café serves healthy food and drinks.

Worth Noting: Geared toward harried, overworked guys, the “Gentleman” is a deep-cleansing facial designed to alleviate signs of fatigue, stress and exhaustion, revealing smoother, younger-looking skin.

Newest Treatment: Offering a twist on a deep-tissue massage, the “Bamboo Massage” uses warm bamboo stalks to penetrate muscles, increase circulation and lymphatic drainage and provide a deep sense of relaxation and well-being. Afterward, any leftover tension will melt away in the Halotherapy Salt Steam Room. – F.L.

Diplomat Spa at the Diplomat Resort & Spa, 3555 S. Ocean Drive, Hollywood, 954-602-8400,

Real “Apeel”

The Spa at the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, Fort Lauderdale

Spa-menities: Located on the resort’s private beach, this 22,000-square-foot haven with 18 treatment rooms aims to revive “mind, body and spirit” and does so with a buffet of anti-aging facials, body wraps, massages, nail services and beauty treatments, along with add-ons for customization. There’s a private saltwater pool, Jacuzzis, saunas, steam rooms and a fitness center offering 15 classes per week. Guests can design their own body scrub.

Worth Noting: Prepare to unplug: The entire spa, including poolside, is a cellphone-free (and smoke-free) environment.

Newest Treatment: Say bye-bye to orange-peel thighs: The “Slim Effect Treatment” naturally helps reduce the appearance of cellulite and sculpts and contours hips and thighs. It starts with a soft body exfoliation, followed by a rigorous massage to help eliminate toxins and improve skin tone and texture. The final step is a warming body mask with grapefruit, ginger, pepper and caffeine to stimulate and purify the skin. – F.L.

 The Spa at the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, 3030 Holiday Drive, Fort Lauderdale, 954-765-3032,

Now and Zen

Naples Grande Spa at the Naples Grande
Beach Resort, Naples

Spa-menities: At the end of the one-hour-and-43-minute-drive (yes, we were counting the minutes), it’s reassuring to know there’s a place “to renew mind, body and spirit” on the other end of Alligator Alley. Four pavilions in a Japanese-themed, road-trip calming “spa village’’ await here at the foot of the Naples Grande Beach Resort. Relax in the meditation lounge before heading upstairs for a massage or one (or more) of the scrubs, wraps, masques, facials, mani-pedi treatments. Pad outdoors in slippers and robe afterwards to challenge the meditation labyrinth or the whirlpool baths, sauna and steam rooms – or just forget all about the drive over on a Zen chaise lounge.

Worth Noting: The menu of Summer Specials at the spa, including the Citrus Salt Body Scrub, Swedish Massage, Organic Facial and Firming C Facial, all 50 minutes and $109 each; and a 75-minute Classic Spa & Pedicure, also for $109, will continue through Oct. 31. (Some restrictions apply, so check first).

Newest Treatment: We are stubbornly fond of the classic Swedish Massage (normally $130 for 50 minutes, $205 for 80 minutes) but if you really must indulge in something cutting edge, the “Discreet Indulgence’’($635) promises “the ultimate spa journey’’ – a five-hour extravagance of massages, facial and mani-pedi – that will take your mind so far off Alligator Alley you’ll forget how you even got here. – M.G.

Naples Grande Spa, 475 Seagate Drive, Naples, Reservations, 239-594-6321,
or 6321 within the resort.

Bathing Beauty

PURE Spa at the Pelican Grand Beach Resort, Fort Lauderdale

Spa-menities: Situated on the oceanfront hotel’s 11th-floor rooftop, PURE Spa opened in June, co-created by industry veteran/spa director George Powell-Lopez. The Scandinavian-inspired sanctuary packs big luxury into nearly 3,000 square feet with three indoor treatment rooms, two outdoor cabanas, a relaxation room, mani-pedi stations, lockers and an alfresco shower. There’s rooftop yoga, massage therapy, facials and body treatments, waxing and makeup application and plenty of healthy food and drink options. Try the PURELY Divine signature cocktail made with raspberry, blueberry, blackberry and acai juice.

Worth Noting: According to industry reps, PURE is the only spa in the United States to carry Maria Akerberg’s full line of 100-percent organic, pharmaceutical-grade skincare and cosmetic products.
Newest Treatment: The “Maria Akerberg Luxury Facial” helps with the natural aging process by encouraging the skin to heal while bringing out its natural glow. The “Royal Bathing Ritual” incorporates MicroSilk technology that cleanses, exfoliates and moisturizes the skin with an oxygen-rich blanket of micro bubbles. – F.L.

PURE Spa at Pelican Grand Beach Resort, 2000 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-556-7600,

Uplifting Experience

Eau Spa at Eau Palm Beach Resort
& Spa, Manalapan

Spa-menities: Named a five-star destination by Forbes Travel Guide, this 42,000-square-foot spa’s mission is to ensure guests are “spoiled rotten.” Indeed, guests are greeted by “spa fairies” with champagne and couture cupcakes. Guests can customize music, scent and lighting color in one of 19 treatment rooms where a large menu of services are carried out. In addition to alfresco soaking tubs, waterfall showers and scrub and polish bars, a self-centered garden offers cabanas, dipping pools, swinging chairs and cocktails.  

Worth Noting: Check out the salon, where decadent treatments include a mani-pedi infused with crushed pearls.

Newest Treatment: The “One Love Facial” is a European-style CACI facial, aka, non-surgical facelift. It’s designed to alleviate hyper-pigmentation, photo-aging, pore congestion and fine lines and wrinkles. It’s customized to include an Alpha Beta peel, microdermabrasion, Vitamin C mask and collagen or hyaluronic infusion. It’s topped off with sculpting microcurrent and collagen-stimulated LED for firming and tightening. – F.L.

Eau Spa at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, 100 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan, 561-540-4960,   


Wake-up Call

Seagate Spa at The Seagate Hotel & Spa, Delray Beach

Spa-menities: Luxury ESPA and Elemis beauty products are used at this 8,000-square-foot retreat, which has seven treatment rooms and a diverse spa menu offering massages (including for couples), a mani-pedi suite, Vichy shower, skin enhancements and innovative facials and beauty services. Complimentary fresh fruit and cool lime-infused cloths are provided after workouts at the fitness center, which overlooks the pool. A poolside café serves grilled salmon, cold jumbo shrimp and other healthy cuisine.

Worth Noting: A “Young Adults” program offers skincare for teens to target acne and create a glowing complexion. Free 15-minute consultations are available upon request.

Newest Treatment: The “Wake-Up Call” starts with an aromatic coffee body polish packed with antioxidants to eliminate free radicals, followed by a full-body massage using peppermint, rosemary and eucalyptus to energize the mind and sweet almond oil to nourish skin. Next comes a refreshing silk eye mask infused with Vitamin C. Finally a free cup of coffee puts extra pep in your step. – F.L.

Seagate Spa at The Seagate Hotel & Spa, 1000 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561-665-4950,

Pores No More

Bliss Spa at W Fort Lauderdale 

Spa-menities: You’ll be treated like a “BIP” (Bliss Important Person) at this hip, fun spa with retro décor reminiscent of 1950s Florida. Offerings include massages, facials and locker rooms with steam showers and lounges that open up to an outdoor terrace. There’s also a wet room for splashy body treatments, a luxe nail salon and other beauty services. Order wine, have food delivered to your treatment room, munch on complimentary spa snacks (olives, cheeses and fruit), or partake in the hotel’s renowned endless brownie buffet.

Worth Noting: For true indulgence, guests can receive alfresco treatments in a private cabana on the poolside WET Deck.

Newest Treatment: The “Multi-‘face’-eted Customized Facial” starts with an intensive skin consultation with an esthetician who will tailor a treatment specific to your skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines and pores, improve tone and texture and reveal a softer, brighter skin complexion. – F.L.

Bliss Spa at W Fort Lauderdale, 401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fourth Floor, Fort Lauderdale,

Shower Power

aLaya Spa at Bonaventure Resort, Weston

Spa-menities: Nestled amid 20 lush acres, the 48,000-square-foot aLaya Spa includes 30 treatment rooms offering knot-melting massages and body-wellness services, including a “Shea Butter Wrap” that repairs sun-damaged skin. There’s makeup application, waxing, a large mani-pedi menu, hair styling at Paul Mitchell Focus Salon, locker areas with eucalyptus steam rooms, saunas and whirlpools, a Yoga and Spin Studio, a private heated pool, Zen garden and a Spa Café.

Worth Noting: In partnership with personal trainer Billy Beck, a state-of-the-art gym offers the BB3 Fitness and Nutrition program with dietary counseling, motivational workshops, individual coaching and butt-kicking classes.

Newest Treatment: The “Mud Slide,” which includes a rejuvenating full-body exfoliation accompanied by a moisturizing marine-based mud wrap. Next comes an invigorating hydrotherapeutic Vichy shower, where you lie down as powerful water jets massage tired muscles, enhance skin tone, promote weight loss, reduce stress and improve circulation. – F.L.

aLaya Spa at Bonaventure Resort, 250 Racquet Club Road, Weston, 954-349-5500,

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