August 1, 2014

OUT+ABOUT: Bathing in beauty

2.8 min read| Published On: August 1st, 2014|

By Mary Ann DeSantis

OUT+ABOUT: Bathing in beauty

2.8 min read| Published On: August 1st, 2014|



Beauty starts from within, and a day — or two or three — at a wellness spa can rejuvenate your spirit, which certainly makes you feel good. You’ll come home refreshed and looking more beautiful than ever.

Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa

6801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

Canyon-Ranch-Miami-Balcony-ViewCanyon Ranch has been synonymous with health and wellness retreats since the original property in Arizona was founded more than 30 years ago. Its worldwide reputation as a destination spa resort leader extends to its Miami Beach property that opened in 2008.

The 1950s-era Carillon Hotel was restored and rejuvenated after sitting vacant for 10 years to become Canyon Ranch/Miami. After Carillon owner Eric Sheppard visited the legendary Canyon Ranch in Tucson, his life changed dramatically. He and a business partner convinced Canyon Ranch founder Mel Zuckerman to join them in restoring and converting the Carillon into a hybrid version of the original property.

Canyon Ranch offers holistic and integrative medical advice that helps guests establish healthy habits for life. On-staff health professionals work with guests to design programs specifically tailored for their needs.

The various health packages offered at the ranch address issues such as stress management, weight control, pain management or smoking cessation. Canyon Ranch/Miami is also one of the first wellness retreats to offer energy medicine, practiced for thousands of years in Asia. Guests can choose acupuncture, acutonics, reiki and other Eastern practices to address pain and stress.

Now through Dec. 20,  Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa is offering Florida residents a special “Florida Beach Break” package that includes a $50 spa and wellness allowance, complimentary breakfast for two, and complimentary valet parking. Rates begin at $450 per night.

Mission Inn Resort & Club

10400 County Road 48, Howey-in-the-Hills

MI_SpaMarbellaExtrNightIf your time is limited, stick close to home and spend the day at Spa Marbella at Lake County’s own Mission Inn Resort & Club. Spa Marbella offers a variety of spa treatments, including massages, body wraps, facials, nail treatments, stretching classes and more. The Signature Marbella Stone Massage is one of the most popular menu items, joining the couples Side-by-Side Treatments.

The blissful treatments are a great way to enjoy a day or, even better, a weekend of luxurious pampering at Mission Inn, celebrating its 50th anniversary. The resort’s bougainvillea-covered courtyards and Spanish Mission-style architecture create a special ambiance. Before or after your spa visit, enjoy a range of activities, including golf, tennis, fishing, trap and skeet shooting, and hiking on the Trails of the Conquistadors that wind through undeveloped land reminiscent of “old Florida.” And dinner at the elegant El Conquistador is a delicious conclusion to your “staycation.”

Seasonal rates at Mission Inn begin at $184 and include deluxe room accommodations, breakfast buffets and a $100 credit in Spa Marbella per night stay. Also, check the website for special spa and golf packages available throughout the year.

Safety Harbor Resort & Spa

105 N. Bayshore Drive, Safety Harbor

When Hernando de Soto discovered natural springs near Old Tampa Bay in 1539, he sincerely believed Juan Ponce de Leon had missed the Fountain of Youth. De Soto was convinced he had discovered the legendary waters on Florida’s west coast, and quite possibly he did, if the Safety Harbor Resort & Spa is any indication. The natural spring waters bubbling beneath the spa attracted the rich and famous even before the spa was founded in 1925. Believed to restore youth and vitality, the natural mineral water from the springs is still used in the spa’s three swimming pools and spa treatments.

One of the most comprehensive spa and fitness centers in the nation, Safety Harbor Resort & Spa specializes in wellness programs to rejuvenate and revitalize mind and body. The website SpaWellness Finder consistently names it among the top 10 U.S. spas. The 50,000-square-foot spa features 30 treatment rooms, pools, saunas, steam rooms, whirlpools and a tranquility garden. The spa has been a national historic landmark since 1964, and it became a Florida Heritage Landmark in 1997.

Guests may choose the services and level of activity that fits their interests. One- and two-day packages beginning at $143 per night are perfect for guests who need to find some personal serenity where the healing waters still flow.

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About the Author: Mary Ann DeSantis

Mary Ann DeSantis is a fellow of the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers, Napa Valley, and recently received certification from the Wine & Spirits Educational Trust (WSET). An award-winning journalist, she has written for Lake & Sumter Style since 2006.

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