By Patti Roth
The spa industry is offering a juicy array of new ways to be rubbed, scrubbed and polished these days. Hot stone therapies to warm and relax muscles – once the trendiest treatment – have been joined by such intriguing tools of the trade as tuning forks, LED lights, heated bamboo stalks, pumpkin purée and golf balls.
Golf balls? Yes, just like the ones on the links – only used here to glide along your back and knead your shoulder blades.
Perhaps you’d appreciate wispy ostrich feathers lightly brushed across your skin before a massage. Or a dazzling pedicure with dozens of perfectly placed Swarovski crystals topping the tootsies. Ahhhhh, so many new ways to be indulged.
To whet your appetite, here are some of the more distinctive, exotic, sought-after and extravagant new features at South Florida spas.
Spa Atlantic at The Atlantic Hotel & Spa, 601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-567-8020, atlantichotelfl.com
Noteworthy: The Signature Beer Treatment Citrus Suds Body Cocoon & Bath incorporates a six-pack of locally brewed Orange Blossom Pilsner made with orange blossom honey. In addition to offering a bottle to sip, the pampering includes citrus-beer body exfoliation, potion wrap, hair and scalp treatment, and a soaking tub with beer and lotion applied to the full body.
The Spa at Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa, 3030 Holiday Drive, Fort Lauderdale,
Popular: The Sticks and Stones massage, which includes basalt stones to warm and relax the muscles, followed by work with heated bamboo sticks.
Noteworthy: The Pamper and Play Package includes two 50-minute spa services for a grown-up and a session for an accompanying youngster in the resort’s Surf Club.
Trend: “People are looking for more results-oriented treatments. Everyone is pressed for time nowadays, so treatments that make a visible impact are in demand,” says spa director
SiSpa at Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa, 1200 N. Ocean Blvd., Pompano Beach, 954-944-9528, sispapompano.com
Noteworthy: Kicking off a spa treatment with ostrich feathers, lightly swept along the back to provide a distinctive and relaxing welcome – and sometimes incorporated into specific massages.
Food-infused: Muddy Pumpkin Body Treatment includes full body exfoliation followed by a cocoon wrap with pumpkin mud mask, which includes organic pumpkin purée, scalp and foot massage and rehydrating cinnamon-scented oil. In addition to its familiar scent, “the pumpkin is a natural enzyme that boosts overall radiance by deep cleansing pores, temporarily shrinking their look and improving the look of broken capillaries and uneven skin tones,” according to Kate Green, treatment supervisor at SiSpa’s Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa location.
Heavenly Spa by Westin at The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa, 3555 S. Ocean Drive, Hollywood, 954-602-8400, westondiplomat.com
What’s new: Wellness programs and lecture series; a bathing butler for resort guests and a misting butler offering a shimmering body mist around the pools.
Noteworthy: Massages by the pool, at the beach and in cabanas.
Bliss Spa at W Fort Lauderdale, 410 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-414-8200, wfortlauderdalehotel.com
Popular: The Hot Milk and Almond Pedicure features a soak in steamed milk and almond oil.
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Waldorf Astoria Spa at Boca Raton Resort & Club, 501 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton, 888-543-1277, bocaresort.com
Popular: La Alternativa Facial, which includes tuning forks said to enhance relaxation and reduce facial lines.
Trends: LED light is said to help improve the appearance of skin, with benefits that include reducing the appearance of wrinkles and inflammation caused by conditions such as acne.
Noteworthy: Magnetic ritual, includes a shimmering exfoliating mud formulated with diamond dust.
The Breakers Palm Beach, One South County Road, Palm Beach, 561-653-6656,
Noteworthy: The Spa Petite offers manicure and pedicure services designed for youngsters ages 6 to 12.
Popular: Personal Retreat Massage, tailored to the preferences of the guest, featuring any combination of aromatherapy, deep tissue, hot stones, sports massage and reflexology.
What’s new: Health and wellness coach.
Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, 100 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan, 800-328-0170, eaupalmbeach.com
Noteworthy: Outdoor garden area with hanging chairs over a reflecting pool and a massage bench with a waterfall cascade. Garden villas at the spa feature private outdoor showers and outdoor bathtubs.
Trend: Incorporating peptides in facial treatments. The benefits include softening and smoothing wrinkles and lifting and firming the skin, according to staff.
The Spa at Turnberry Isle, 19999 W. Country Club Drive, Aventura, 866-612-7739,
Popular: The two-hour Fijian Ritual includes a Fijian milk soak bath, body exfoliation with Fijian sugar scrub, Fijian body butter massage and either a Fijian scalp treatment or foot massage. Flavor selection is coconut, mango or guava.
Interesting equipment: La Alternativa facial includes tuning forks, “tapped intermittently during the facial for an effect that enhances relaxation and helps reduce facial lines,” says spa director Tammy Pahel; and the Quirogolf Massage uses golf balls.
Indulgent: The Ultimate Massage treats an individual to a synchronized full-body massage by two therapists.
The Betsy Spa at The Besty hotel, 1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305-531-6100, thebetsyhotel.com
Distinctive: Massage Under the Stars offered to midnight.
Noteworthy: The spa is on the roof of the hotel.
Lapis at Fontainebleau, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-538-2000, fontainebleau.com
Popular: Traditional full-body Swedish massage.
Lavish: The Bleau Private Spa Suite, 100-minute spa service for two guests in an oceanfront room. Includes a soak for two in a shared jetted tub with mineral-enhanced water and a spa bath butler providing guests with refreshments and adjusting the water as needed.
Lavish: Swarovski Crystal Pedicures embellish the toenails with dozens of well-placed gems, in a selection of hues.
Trend: Mineral soaks and mineral-enriched sea muds.