The 10 Best Spas In South Florida
- BEST UNIQUE SPA TREATMENTS: SPA ATLANTIC
- BEST MODERN SPA: BLISS SPA
- BEST SPA ATMOSPHERE: WALDORF ASTORIA SPA AT THE BOCA RESORT
- BEST SPA FOR TRAVELERS: THE DIPLOMAT SPA
- BEST PRIVATE SPA: THE SPA AT LAGO MAR
- BEST SPA MENU: RED DOOR SPA BY ELIZABETH ARDEN
- BEST SPA PACKAGES: SEAGATE SPA
- BEST HEALING SPA: THE MAUI SPA & WELLNESS CENTER
- BEST HOLISTIC SPA: SKIN APEEL DAY SPA
- BEST RETREAT SPA: THE RITZ-CARLTON SPA, FORT LAUDERDALE
BEST UNIQUE SPA TREATMENTS: SPA ATLANTIC
The boutique hotel spa offers a taste of Florida in several treatments, incorporating the ocean into several of its treatments—Vitamin Sea facials include fruit and citrus enzymes, and the Sea Scrub exfoliates with sweater crystals. Best of all, the spa uses all-natural products.
After your treatment, walk a few steps outside the spa door to the Atlantic’s pool, offering one of the most idyllic views of the beach in Fort Lauderdale.
Products used: Osea
Price range: $10 to $350
Treatments offered: Massages, body treatments, facial skin care, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam amenities, waxing, hair and nail salon, makeup application and spray tanning.
601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale |
BEST MODERN SPA: BLISS SPA
As one of the most chic and trendy hotels in Fort Lauderdale, it’s not surprising that the W’s spa is just as modern. The 4,000-square-foot spa is intimate—with five treatment rooms, two manicure and two pedicure stations, a nail lounge and men’s and women’s lounges—so therapists have plenty of time to give all their attention to clients.
The modern design and ambience of the spa is matched in the menu, which offers a “Quick Bliss” set of treatments for the professionals who wants to stop by on their lunch breaks. Facials on this menu are 30 minutes, manicures are 30 minutes and treatment add-ons/touch-ups are 15 minutes.
For guests with more time to indulge, the spa offers massages, laser hair removal services, body treatments, nail care, facials and waxing.
Products used: Bliss
Price range: $10 to $610
Treatments offered: Massages, body treatments, facial skin care, waxing, nails, laser hair removal and men’s services.
401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale |
BEST SPA ATMOSPHERE: WALDORF ASTORIA SPA AT THE BOCA RESORT
This spa was named the No. 1 resort spa in the world by Condé Nast Traveler readers in 2014. Pretty big deal, right?
The first time you step into the 50,000-square foot spa, it’s likely to make your jaw drop. Modeled after a historic Spanish palace, the grounds include a 10,000-square-foot spa pool, vibrant gardens and stunning architecture.
The treatments are just as top-notch as the design, so book several and make an afternoon of it. Be sure to start with the spa’s signature Ritual Bath, a 50-minute mineral soak and waterfall shower that utilizes varying pressures and temperatures of water to relax and prep the body for the next treatment.
Products used: Natura Bissé
Price range: $20 to $730
Treatments offered: Massages, facial skin care, body treatments, hair, nails, gentleman’s facial and bridal services.
501 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton |
BEST SPA FOR TRAVELERS: THE DIPLOMAT SPA
The spa, located on the first floor of The Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, features 10 treatment rooms, a Vichy shower, a Duet room overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and a Spa Café. It’s the perfect retreat for the busy business professional or the couple looking to enhance a beach vacation.
As guests walk through the 14,000-square-foot spa, they’ll immediately relax as they take in the signature white tea scent and listen to the soothing waters from the spa waterfalls. It provides a tranquil transformation.
Products used: Kerstin Florian, G.M. Collin and Aromatherapy Associates
Price range: $60 to $599
Treatments offered: Massages, body treatments, facial treatments, manicures, pedicures, waxing, packages and more.
3555 S. Ocean Drive, Hollywood /
BEST PRIVATE SPA: THE SPA AT LAGO MAR
This exclusive spa is only open to hotel guests, not the public, making it a private and secluded experience. It’s ideal for a couple’s getaway or a girls retreat, with special spa packages catered to each individual stay.
This charming resort and spa is the ultimate resting spot for someone looking to rejuvenate and re-energize. After a few days of relaxing at the resort’s private beach, the Water Lily After-Sun Wrap provides skin with a retreat from the hot Florida sun. The 50-minute treatment provides relief from sunburn or sensitivity from sun exposure by cooling and desensitizing the skin with water lily, green tea and chamomile. Imagine the sigh of relief as the burn and sting is soothed away.
Guests have called the spa a timeless oasis. Sounds about right.
Products used: Pevonia skincare products, an all-natural line from France that restores, rejuvenates and revitalizes skin.
Price range: $30 to more than $300
Treatments offered: Massages, body services, skin care treatments, waxing and manicures and pedicures.
1700 S. Ocean Lane, Fort Lauderdale /
BEST SPA MENU: RED DOOR SPA BY ELIZABETH ARDEN
We’re always blown away by the size of the Red Door Spa. Tucked away in The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale, you’d never guess how grand the spa is—until you step inside. The spa just keeps going and going and going, literally. Take a tour of the spa and you’ll walk from hallways of treatment rooms, to a hair salon, a nail salon, waxing rooms, makeup application rooms—the rooms are endless.
And the menu is just as big. There’s everything you’d expect for women’s services, and a Gentlemen’s Services menu, with massages, facials, mani/pedis and even a back facial. There’s a medi-spa menu with minimally invasive facial enhancements and pulsed light hair removal, as well. Doesn’t sound like a bad way to spend a day.
Products used: Elizabeth Arden, Aromatherapy
Price range: $18 to $230
Treatments offered: Massages, body treatments, facial skin care, medi-spa, men’s services, waxing and threading, makeup, hair and nails.
The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale | 2598-A E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale |
BEST SPA PACKAGES: SEAGATE SPA
The whole spa experience is built around escaping your surroundings. But when your surroundings are Delray Beach—the charming village by the sea named “Most Fun Small Town in America” by USA Today—is it really necessary to escape? The Seagate capitalizes on its location, incorporating Delray’s charm into every treatment. The Seagate’s version of a hot stone massage is the “Hot Shell Massage,” a Swedish massage utilizing warm seashells. And OK, it rains a lot in South Florida, but inclement weather can sometimes be soothing, as proven in the spa’s “wet” body treatments, which utilize Vichy rain showers.
But where the Seagate really excels is its packages. Four times a year, it offers a “Day of Beauty,” a partnership with Saks Fifth Avenue in Boca Raton to bring 50-minute facials, cocktails and complimentary makeup applications to guests from $125. The “I Love Delray” package is a full-body refresher, with piña colada mani/pedi, pineapple body polish and coconut oil Swedish massage for $252. Best of all, a treatment gives you access to the spa for the day.
Products used: Elemis and Sodashi
Price range: $65 to $550
Treatments offered: Holistic therapies, facial skin care, body treatments, massages, nail services, waxing, eye lifts, hand/food treatments and more.
BEST HEALING SPA: THE MAUI SPA & WELLNESS CENTER
Gayle Wentworth brought Hawaii to Boca when she opened The Maui Spa in 2007. The spa specializes in healing the body without chemicals or invasive procedures—techniques that Wentworth absorbed during a decade-long stay in Hawaii.
This tri-level sanctuary is a fan favorite, and was voted No. 1 destination spa in 2014 by the Boca Raton Award Program. Beyond the treatments, the spa offers a rooftop oasis for a serene cocktail reception, corporate event or luncheon.
Guests call the spa “therapy for the soul.” We can see why.
Products used: Eminence Organic Skin Care, Image Skincare, Pure Fiji Tropical Bath and Body Care, Kneipp, Comphy Sheets from the Comphy Company, Clarisonic and Seda France candles
Price range: $15 to $400
Treatments offered: The services include island-style massages, facials, wraps, oil baths, organic nail treatments and waxing.
2100 NW Boca Raton Blvd., Boca Raton /
BEST HOLISTIC SPA: SKIN APEEL DAY SPA
This day spa is a local favorite. We have to agree. It’s won numerous awards and accolades since it opened in 1992 including Best Skin Treatment from the Boca Raton Forum and Favorite Day Spa from Longevity Magazine. The spa’s approach to wellness and healing focuses on the entirety of the person, rather than just aesthetic appearances. So it’s a full-body and mind experience.
The spa was nominated for “Top Facial Boca Raton” from the Sun-Sentinel, and features 18 different variations. One even includes a stimulating paprika herbal treatment. Owner and Founder Kim Knapp recommends the MicroCurrent Non-Surgical Facelift Facial, a fan favorite for those 30 and older. Guests say the treatment has taken years off their face. Who wouldn’t want that?
Products used: The spa uses a variety of products including Alaska Glacial Mud, Arcona, Eminence Organic SkinCare, 21 Drops Natural Aromatherapy Essential Oils and more.
Price range: $15-$300
Treatments offered: Treatments include facials, massages, manicures and pedicures, waxing, spa rituals, mineral makeovers and acupuncture.
21301 Powerline Road, Grove Center, Ste. 215, Boca Raton /
BEST RETREAT SPA: THE RITZ-CARLTON SPA, FORT LAUDERDALE
This spa, tucked quietly away on the seventh floor of the beach-front resort, offers ocean-inspired therapies and restorative remedies. Guests can relax before and after their treatment in the relaxation lounge while sipping Champagne, fruit-flavored water or tea. The spa features 11 treatment rooms, including a private couple’s suite. It also includes a hair salon, a steam room and sauna.
Products used: Eminence Organic Skin Care, La Bella Donna makeup
Price range: $75 to $295
Treatments offered: Body polishes, wraps, massages, facials, manicures and pedicures, as well as men’s treatments.
1 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale /