Winter Refresh

Florida has long been a destination for those seeking wellness retreats, and its spas provide cutting-edge treatments and therapies. Here are some of the latest offerings from the Sunshine State.
Experience oceanfront bliss with botanical-infused beauty treatments at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne.

By Beth Landman

Opal Grand

Last month, holistic guru Tammy Fender premiered a new spa at the oceanfront Opal Grand hotel in Delray Beach. The bi-level haven features guided meditation, Thai yoga massage, and an organic scrub with 52 minerals, essential oils and salt. Fender’s signature facial includes oxygen therapy and botanical blends on the face along with reflexology for extra relaxation.
10 N. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach;

Lounge by the clear blue pool at The Boca Raton.

The Boca Raton

The famous pink resort, formerly called the Boca Raton Resort & Club, is undergoing a massive renovation, and the spa, unveiled in December, has been reimagined by lifestyle guru Colin Cowie. Inspired by Spain’s Alhambra Palace, Spa Palmera has 44 treatment rooms, a pool, a café with Mediterranean snacks and such enticements as halo therapy and ritual baths. Among the latest treatments are sound therapy; sensory awakening therapy, which uses contrasting warm basalt and cold marble; and a restorative body session inspired by aromas found in Moroccan spice markets, that begins with a milk-and-honey soak and involves an exfoliation with terra-cotta stone.
501 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton;

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PGA National Resort’s new spa will harness the healing powers of salt to promote wellness.

PGA National Resort

A highlight of the spa, scheduled to open in February, and conceived by Venus Williams’s design group, V Starr, will be mineral pools with fountains enriched by salt from various countries including France and Turkey. It will feature a pink and white salon for hair styling and nail services; Himalayan salt rooms meant to cleanse the lungs are new, as is a couples area.
400 Ave. of the Champions, Palm Beach Gardens;

Paul Labrecque Salon and Spa

For those who have very sensitive skin, facials can result in rashes, itching or burning, but Biologique Recherche has a new treatment designed for those who can’t tolerate traditional products. Using balloon plant extract, probiotics and other ultra-purified, preservative-free ingredients, the Toleskin Cryotherapy Facial restores fatty acids to the skin, replaces its barrier and strengthens it against external stresses. 340 Royal Poinciana Way, Suite 327, Palm Beach;

Acqualina Spa

Devised for athletic spa aficionados, the tony resort’s latest remedy, Targeted Recovery Treatment, begins with a tissue warm-up using a Hypervolt tool and is followed by deep tissue massage with oils, meant to improve performance and ease post-workout tension. The session ends with a Cryo T-Shock to heal the muscles. Before or after, enjoy the property’s crystal steam room, sauna, relaxation lounge with Himalayan Salt Walls, and refreshing ice fountain and experiential shower with cool arctic or warm Caribbean mist. Plus, there is an oceanfront outdoor spa swimming pool, sun deck, and heated jet pool with Roman waterfall. 17875 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach;

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Opal Grand’s extensive selection of skin care remedies

Carillon Miami Wellness Resort

The resort is opening a new center, the biostation, an anti-aging and medical wellness center that will bring in innovative offerings such as hormone replacement therapy, nutrient therapy, human growth hormone and peptide therapy. The hotel, which has a full schedule of fitness classes, has also introduced new touchless wellness services including salt float baths, cryotherapy, the circulation-boosting Avacen machine and meditation beds. 6801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach;

The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami

The tranquil resort is a de-stressing escape in itself, and the spa provides experiential treatments like the detoxifying Tequesta Ritual complete with aromatherapy and scalp massage; or the Coconut Nourishment, which uses warm organic virgin coconut oil. The latest: CBD Relief, a massage administered with hemp-based products. There is also a full menu of men’s treatments. 455 Grand Bay Drive, Key Biscayne, Miami;

Crane’s Beach House Gets A Wellness Makeover

Delray Beach has long lured wellness practitioners, so it’s no surprise that a hotel would capitalize on the wealth of healing hands in the area. Crane’s Beach House Boutique Hotel & Luxury Villas, which opened 20 years ago, has undergone a renovation and concept change, adding in a comprehensive wellness program, making the hotel a spa-style destination. The 28-room hotel has partnered with Rose Bruce Yoga for group and private classes in vinyasa, hatha, yin, restorative and raja, in which longer poses engage connective tissue and increase pliability. Spa offerings include deep-tissue and Swedish massages (which can be enjoyed outdoors in Crane’s tropical courtyard, or on the balcony or patio of a room) from Victoria Aragon of Loosen Up, acupuncture treatments from Dr. Tony Willcox, and coconut-goji berry facials from Bella Reina Spa, as well as frangipani jasmine pedicures and macadamia body scrubs.