I love spas. From massage to relaxation with sound bowls, being in a spa takes us for a while to a parallel dimension where we can relax and help our body recover from all the stress we put up with daily.
During my recent trip to Miami I was fortunate to experience three different spas and decided that from now on I will include an experience of this style on each trip. Especially after the long flight and after renting a car in Miami, I felt I deserved some luxurious relaxation.
The spas that I toured in Miami belong to three of the most luxurious hotels: Nobu, Trump Doral and Mandarin Oriental. But many hotels of different levels have their own spa, and in fact you do not need to be a guest to take advantage of them.
The spa at the Nobu / Eden Roc is a hidden gem: behind the wellness products store, and in a space that is not obvious from the outside. There is a giant spa with several massage and treatment rooms, a wet spa, fitness centre, beauty salon and the most beautiful relaxation room I saw in my life.
The relaxation room deserves a separate note: a bright and beautifully decorated space, with several chairs and armchairs to relax, and drinks and snacks to eat if one wants.
Trump International Hotel
Located in its own building within the immense complex that is Trump Doral, the spa of this hotel is also gigantic, and is divided into two parts: the relaxation spa, and a medical centre where guests can go to do health treatments. The one I experienced, of course, was the first.
Majestic stairs lead to the women’s area to the right, and the men’s to the left. Upon entering each section has a small relaxation room, showers and dressing rooms with all the amenities that can be imagined. In this same area there’s the “humid spa”, with hydromassage, sauna, and even an ice water pool. And once you’re ready, you go to the treatment rooms.
Both therapists were very friendly and professional, as well as doing their job well. At the end, and after giving us a few minutes to get up and put on our robes, they waited outside with a few glasses of champagne and nuts, which we could enjoy in an armchair inside the area of the rooms.
Spa Mandarin Oriental
This is the spa where I had a brief but beautiful relaxation session with sound bowls. The Mandarin Oriental spa is as beautiful as the previous ones but spread over two floors with treatment rooms. In a beautiful room with two stretchers and an armchair, which had the particularity of having a view of the bay and the skyline of Brickell, we lived the sound bowls experience that was very relaxing. The frequency of each bowl has a different effect on your body, and although I do not know if I would hire it as an independent service, it seemed as an excellent complement to a day of relaxation.
At each travel destination we can find plenty of spa options and relaxation treatments, either in our own hotel, in dedicated centres, or even in hotels where we are not staying.
While it may seem luxurious and prohibitive at first glance I think considering it as part of the holiday, everyone definitely deserves it and much more.