Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa Miami Beach

Think about your typical spa with candlelit relaxation rooms, trickling fountains, the faint smell of eucalyptus, soothing body massages and saunas that melt your stress away. Now take that and throw it out the window, because the Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa Miami Beach ups the ante on a spa vacation to the Nth degree. Here—yes, all of the above is included, but there’s so much more—you’ll find health assessments, spiritual seminars, stress management workshops, and a list of fitness classes. Oh, and did we mention the delicious organic cuisine and oceanfront setting?

In fact, explains Matthias Kammerer, the property’s managing director, Canyon Ranch Miami Beach is the ultimate way for vacationers to relax, restore and rejuvenate. “Whether you take a walk or a yoga class, there are endless ways to relax here,” he says. “Guests can restore the mind, body and soul by nourishing themselves with healthy and delicious cuisine, educating themselves by attending health lectures from our health and wellness practitioners and renewing the soul through meditation classes.” And with a 70,000-sq.-ft. spa that features a long list of indulgent treatments, it’s pretty difficult not to feel rejuvenated.

spa-licious Boasting 54 treatment rooms and the European-inspired Aquavana thermal spa, Canyon Ranch’s spa and wellness facility is nothing short of impressive. With an extensive menu of body treatments; therapeutic massages; mud, salt, seaweed and aromatherapy treatments; facials; body wraps and scrubs, choosing treatments might prove more difficult than one would imagine. For traditional massage lovers, we definitely recommend the spa’s signature Canyon Ranch Massage, intended to stimulate circulation and sooth tight muscles. Or, for clients feeling a little more adventurous, recommend a body wrap that fits their individual needs—guests can choose from firming, moisturizing, energizing, soothing, detoxifying, healing or contouring, or immune-boosting wraps. The treatment begins with a full body exfoliation followed by the application of therapeutic products. Guests are then cocooned and put in a dry flotation bed while the skin soaks up the oils and lotions.

Guests should definitely leave ample time before and after treatments for daily use of the Aquavana thermal spa. Here, they can enjoy separate men’s and women’s Finnish dry saunas, whirlpools, herbal saunas, crystal steam room, ice igloos, foot reflexology basins, heated loungers and experiential shower cabins. The spa also features separate men’s and women’s private dressing rooms and relaxation lounges.

The property’s salon also offers a wide range of services including manicures and pedicures that use only vegan polishes, and it plays host to many of the resort’s complimentary lectures such as “Bring Your Own Blow Dryer” and “Makeup 101: Lip Tips.” But the salon is not just for the ladies. In fact, a certain guest accompanying this editor did not hesitate to kick up his heels to try out the salon’s popular gentleman’s pedicure.

live well “Canyon Ranch Miami Beach is for people interested in a healthy lifestyle, spa and potentially seek motivation and education,” says Kammerer. “We meet all our guests wherever they are in their road to wellness.” Kammerer adds that the advantage of the resort is that all services are a la carte, so they have the option to choose their activities. “The beauty is in the fact that they have the choice to go as light or as heavy as they want,” says Kammerer.

There are over 40 fitness classes available at Canyon Ranch Miami Beach—most of which are complimentary—ranging from beginner to advanced levels. Classes include a yoga, ballet, core training, indoor cycling, cardio kickboxing and Pilates. Kammerer recommends guests try out Buff Ballet Booty—a ballet-inspired class to strengthen abs, buns and legs; Kinesis—a movement workout using a Kinesis wall; and the Rock Wall Boot Camp. There are also a variety of relaxing class options like breathing, meditation, and a beach walk. There’s even Kid Fit and Youth Fit classes for the little ones.

Daily lectures and demonstrations vary and can include topics like Heart Health, Mindfulness Meditation, The Power of Energy Drinks, Resistance Training 101: More than Moving Iron, The Art & Science of Change, and Libido and Longevity From a Chinese Medicine Perspective.

In addition to its extensive list of exercise options, Canyon Ranch offers an array of wellness services. At the wellness center, qualified physiologists can perform full comprehensive exercise assessments, as well as stress tests, bone density evaluations, heart-rate variability testing and hormone testing. Guests can also set up appointments with a staff nutritionist to discuss healthy eating and weight loss, high cholesterol and heart disease, food allergies, diabetes and digestive wellness. A lifestyle consultant, meanwhile, can assist guests with issues of self esteem, stress and anger management, spirituality, life transitions and dream exploration.