The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne is Moonstruck

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The Tequesta Indians who lived on the island of Key Biscayne in Miami named it “Bischiyano,” meaning “favorite path of the rising moon,” and The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne is honoring that history with an array of moon-inspired treats.

Let’s start off with one of our favorites, the Spa’s Lunar Spa Treatment spa series, featuring Eminence’s new Biodynamic line that correlates with the 28-day lunar calendar. It offers guests a featured treatment each week during one of the four phases of the moon: Waning Moon, New Moon, Waxing Moon and Full Moon.

During Waning Moon, the Spa offers Ocean Indulgence ($320), a 105-minute treatment using elements of the ocean to detoxify and revitalize the skin, with a sea salt body buff and algae wrap treatment, ending in a full body massage. There are usually two days of the New Moon and it is said to be a time to “rid oneself of things.” The featured treatment is a gentle 50-minute Biodynamic Facial ($160) using calendula and eucalyptis oils. The 105-minute Aroma Indulgence ($320) during the Waxing Moon uses aromatherapy oils and a body wrap, ending in a warm bath and full body massage to “cleanse and decompress.” Lastly, the Full Moon treatment, a 20-minute Tidal Hydrotherapy Bath ($60), helps restore dehydrated skin. The complete Lunar Series is available for $860 and includes a 50-minute signature massage.

In addition to spa treatments, guests can also watch the moon rise over the Atlantic Ocean on the Grand Lawn during the Full Moon Spin Series, featuring spin classes that take place on the night of the full moon (what more inspiration can you need to get those thighs working!). During the cardio class, “Spin Stars” will come around offering guests cold towels, refreshing water and spray spinners with spritzes of water. Classes are $25 pp and are offered until June 2013. For reservations, call (305) 365-4197.

Cioppino restaurant will take the moonrise theme one step further with its monthly moonrise dinners on the outdoor terrace, with Constellation Concierges, who are local astronomers, helping guests point out stars and constellations. Dinner is $60 pp or $90 pp with wine, plus tax and gratuity, and includes a constantly changing four-course menu inspired by a region of Italy. The next dinner will take place Dec. 10. For reservations, call (305) 365-4286.

Rates at The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne start at $349. For more information, call (305) 365-4197 or visit