Luxury and opulence abound at the Mandarin Oriental, a Miami hotel that sits proudly on the luscious waterfront of Brickell Key.
There are no illusions of grandeur here; the Spa at the Mandarin is truly the hotel’s showpiece of utter extravagance. The Spa’s first noteworthy attribute is its idyllic position on the bay, but on the inside, an award-winning, 15,000-square-foot sanctuary offers 17 private treatment rooms including six VIP suites as well as beachside cabanas. Treatments integrate a holistic approach and incorporate exotic, cultural rituals and tidbits of ancient practices.
Don’t bring your watch, services last as long as you like. The Spa’s philosophy, known as the “Time Ritual,” is based on a series of phases, “Welcome, Purify, Nurture, Balance and Bliss,” and the amount of time you book determines how many stages you want to experience. This method and its corresponding treatments could fill a tome, so we’re abbreviating here when we tell you that the Ayurvedic Holistic Body Treatment, Life Dance, Balinese Synchronized Massage, Ayurvedic Foot Therapy and a series of facials should not be overlooked. Many of these services begin with herbal tea and a ceremonial foot soak followed by skin-softening exfoliation and gentle facial cleansing. Massages incorporate warm infusions of essential oils and healing herbs and take on a soulful, spiritual bent along with work on energy centers that help release tension.