Miami Mud Bath
Florida Vacation Guide: Miami’s healthy side
Looking for a healthy cold-weather escape? Known for its Latin music industry, Cuban heritage and Art Deco architecture, Miami offers a South Beach edge to health. Spa it up in this subtropical metropolis.
Slather detoxifying clay over your body in the outdoor, clothing-optional mud lounge and then rinse off al fresco before stepping into a clawfoot tub overlooking the ocean. Inside the Standard Hotel & Spa, you can also lounge in a hot stone hammam, a sound shower or a eucalyptus steam room.
Purge your sins in the Mandarin Oriental’s Spa Lifestyle room, stocked with a variety of organic foods including raw natural bars, dried fruits and dark extra fine chocolate. The walls, bedcovers and air itself, go through a seven-step cleaning process that certifies the environment “allergy-friendly.” Along with views of Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline, guests also have an in-room fitness program, personal lifestyle consultant and spa cuisine offerings, as part of the balanced, stress-free environment.
Strap on rollerblades and join the South Beach crowd for ten blocks of lazy palms and bronze tans. Stroll among multi-colored art deco lifeguard stands, bop with boom-box toting teens or applaud beach volleyball from the sidelines.
The mud lounge costs $10 but the open-air experience is one of a kind. Call (305) 704-3945.
Spa Lifestyle Rooms begin at $735 per room per night. For reservations, call (305) 913-8288.
The stroll is free but for more information call (305) 673-7730.