By Julie Landry Laviolette

In today’s world, taking care of yourself – your mind, body and spirit – has never been more important. If you’re looking to indulge in some serious TLC, Florida has a world of possibilities.

Soak in some Vitamin D on a powdery-sand beach with waves gently lapping at your toes. Clear your head with a quiet walk through wooded trails along natural springs. Or select one of Florida’s luxurious spas for the ultimate day of pampering, reflection and rejuvenation.

Here are a few favorites:



The Spa at Henderson Beach Resort & Spa

Blissful 10,000-square-foot spa on the Gulf Coast in Destin uses coastal tones and nature-based treatments inspired by natural surroundings.
Highlights: Sip a Lavender Bubbles cocktail and relax on an overstuffed chaise in the Lavender Lounge. Head to the serene Himalayan Salt Suite to de-stress and take in the healing benefits of the walls’ intense mineral content, which can help with respiratory and skin conditions. Float your cares away in the floatation tank. The spa’s 11 treatment rooms offer a range of services, including a Couples Connect experience with a private balcony, chocolates and champagne. There is a Teen Spa for youths 13 and older, a ladies’ steam room, sauna and special spa guest rooms with clawfoot tubs.
Why it’s unique: The spa takes its cues from its unspoiled natural setting, coastal views and adjoining state park. Outdoor whirlpools overlook the secluded park and spa treatments incorporate indulgent ingredients like caviar proteins and a Kauai clay mask from Hawaii.
When you go:
The Spa at Henderson Beach Resort & Spa
200 Henderson Resort Way
Destin, FL 32541

The Spa at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club

Peaceful 30,000 square-foot spa on the Atlantic Ocean near Jacksonville with waterfalls, soothing music and an elegant marble lobby.
Highlights: Stroll through the refined lobby and let the calming sounds of waterfalls and water sculptures ease your mind. Take advantage of an expansive menu of more than 100 services. The spa’s 22 treatment rooms include private couple’s suites and offer intricate treatments that incorporate CBD, pure Florida honey, red Arizona clay and other natural ingredients. Enjoy the relaxation lounge, steam room, sauna, whirlpool, outdoor pool and therapy grottos. There’s also a boutique, spa café, and hair and nail services.
Why it’s unique: The spa, opened in 1987, creates anti-aging treatments with premium ingredients like diamond powder, pure collagen and volcanic rocks. Specialty services such as lash extensions and 3D microblading, a state-of-the-art semi-permanent eyebrow tattoo, are available.
When you go:
The Spa at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club
302 Ponte Vedra Blvd.
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082

The Spa at One Ocean Resort & Spa

Cheerful wellness retreat in Atlantic Beach offers indulgent marine-inspired treatments with sweeping ocean views.
Highlights: Eight treatment rooms in this cozy spa focus on organic ingredients from the ocean, including a body polish made from algae and body scrubs using five different salts from around the world. The spa’s Osea body products are marine-based, gluten-free and organic. Sip a glass of champagne, sink into a comfy chair and enjoy floor-to-ceiling ocean views in the tranquil blue and white relaxation room. Indulge in chocolates or a coffee, or order lunch to be sent up. The men’s locker room has a flatscreen TV and steam shower, while the women’s locker room has a clothing-optional Jacuzzi and steam rooms.
Why it’s unique: A five-hour Deep Blue Package brings together the best of the spa’s offerings. It includes a massage using warmed porcelain seashells, the Earth & Sea body scrub, an Ocean Mist facial and the Beachcomber manicure and pedicure.
When you go:
The Spa at One Ocean Resort & Spa
1 Ocean Blvd.
Atlantic Beach, FL 32233

Relax at the Safety Harbor Resort & Spa


The Spa at Safety Harbor Resort and Spa

Florida’s only natural mineral springs spa is a 50,000 square-foot wellness haven in an historic resort on the Tampa Bay waterfront.
Highlights: Join spa guests in plush signature robes throughout the resort and enjoy mineral springs swimming pools and whirlpools, lunch in the restaurant or refreshments at the waterfront Tiki bar. The spa’s 30 treatment rooms offer mineral springs baths, Hungarian herbal mud wraps and spa day packages for women, gentlemen, couples and teens. Licensed therapists trained in holistic healing offer massages, facials, body scrubs and more, including Vichy shower treatments. There is a fitness studio with classes, a hair and nail salon, a teen-only locker room and resort memberships available.
Why it’s unique: Established in 1926, the spa features treatments using the mineral waters of Espiritu Santo Springs, discovered by Spanish explorer Hernando De Soto in 1539. Treatments feature Eminence Organic Skin Care from Hungary.
When you go:
Safety Harbor Resort and Spa
105 North Bayshore Drive
Safety Harbor, FL 34695

Spa at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando

Refined spa in the Four Seasons at the Walt Disney World Resort offers a calming chance to recharge in a 13,000 square-foot space with pampering for all ages.
Highlights: Unwind in dark wood relaxation rooms separated by gauzy white curtains, or soak in some sun in a lanai-covered whirlpool or lounge chair in the outdoor relaxation area. The spa’s sophisticated destination has 18 treatment rooms, including two private bungalows and four couple’s suites. Healing services include ancient Ayurvedic treatments from India that combine a decadent herbal oil massage with a steady stream of warmed oil poured on the third eye chakra in the center of the forehead. Besides serene relaxation areas, the spa offers experience showers, a spa tub, steam room and hair and nail services.
Why it’s unique: IV vitamin therapies to support the immune system, micropuncture facials to improve the complexion and cryotherapy to tone the body are a few of the spa’s healing services. Magical Moments for Kids salon treatments for ages two and older include the Royal Treatment with a princess dress, tiara and wand.
When you go:
Spa at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at the Walt Disney World Resort
10100 Dream Tree Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32836

Spa at The Ritz Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes

The spacious 40,000 square-foot wellness retreat at this Orlando resort offers nature-inspired treatments in an elegant setting.
Highlights: Saunter through the lush tropical landscaping surrounding the lavish three-story spa that offers myriad ways to pamper. Decompress in the outdoor heated saltwater pool exclusively for spa guests, where you can reserve a private cabana or savor a poolside lunch. The spa’s 40 treatment rooms offer indulgent experiences like chakra balancing, Ashiatsu full body massages using the therapist’s bare feet for intense relaxation and a Thai treatment using stretching, acupressure and rhythmic compression. There is an indoor fitness center, tranquility boutique and men’s and women’s locker rooms. The spa has a hair and make-up salon, lounges, saunas, steam rooms and whirlpools.
Why it’s unique: Signature treatments incorporate herbs from the resort’s organic garden, honey from its resident bees, citrus from local orchards and CBD.
When you go:
Spa at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
4012 Central Florida Parkway
Orlando, FL 32837


The Spa at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa

A playful 42,000 square-foot oasis, this exclusive Palm Beach retreat offers refined luxury with a touch of whimsy.
Highlights: Embrace your inner goddess in the regal “Self-Centered Garden,” which features swinging chairs, dipping pools and a lush water garden. Reserve a private villa with an alfresco shower and tub for before or after your treatment. The spa’s 19 treatment rooms have customizable scents, music and lighting, but that’s just the beginning of your personalized experience. Light a candle and set it adrift in the Wishing Well as you sip champagne. Head to the Scrub & Polish bar to select the sea salts, oils and florals unique to you. Enjoy saunas, steam rooms, Jacuzzis, a hair and nail salon, a spa café and a fitness center and movement studio with classes.
Why it’s unique: One of only 49 spas in the world to receive a five-star rating from Forbes Travel Guide, Eau Spa’s lavish anti-aging and rejuvenating treatments include a six-hour “Perfect” day with a scrub, massage, facial, hair and nail services and a bottle of bubbly.
When you go:
Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa
100 South Ocean Blvd.
Manalapan, FL 33462

Tierra Santa Healing House at Faena Hotel Miami Beach

The 22,000 square-foot oceanfront spa in Miami Beach offers ancient South American healing techniques in posh surrounds.
Highlights: Start your journey to wellness in the opulent wet spa, which uses temperature changes to promote relaxation and detoxification. After a waterfall of powerful showers, a serene Turkish Hamman offers communal and private relaxation areas. An herbal steam room features detoxifying aromatherapy while a multi-tiered oak sauna offers dry heat. The Ice Parlor cools the body after heat therapies and the Tepidarium uses heated stone beds to gently return the body to its normal temperature. Eleven treatment rooms, including two oceanfront suites with private terraces, offer holistic and healing services. There are daily fitness classes, a boutique, a salon and a luxe relaxation room with herbal teas and vegan nibbles.
Why it’s unique: Shaman-developed body-healing rituals and treatments use Nepalese singing bowls, sacred oils from South America and energy purification techniques. Facial treatments use Naturopathic and Biologique Recherche skincare, and hair salon services use “The Method” developed by Rossano Ferretti Salon.
When you go:
Tierra Santa Healing House
Faena Hotel Miami Beach
3201 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33140

The Spa at Naples Grande Beach Resort

Innovative wellness and ancient healing techniques are the focus of this 16,000 square-foot indoor-outdoor spa village in Naples.
Highlights: Designed in the Japanese tradition with four pavilions, the tranquil spa is set amidst tropical greenery and water features. There are 12 treatment rooms and a private Spa Villa with an outdoor plunge pool for couples or small groups. Choose from an extensive menu of traditional, Eastern-inspired and state-of-the-art treatments. Sip flavored water or herbal tea as you wander the sundeck, labyrinth or meditation lounge. Enjoy whirlpools, a sauna, steam rooms and rain showers. Hair and nail services and a fitness room are available.
Why it’s unique: Wellness services like cryotherapy body slimming, a saltwater floatation tank with 800 pounds of Epson salt to de-stress and an infrared sauna that detoxes at seven times the rate of a traditional sauna are available. The spa also offers NuCalm, a patented app that’s clinically proven to lower stress.
When you go:
The Spa at Naples Grande Beach Resort
475 Seagate Drive
Naples, FL 34103

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