By Kara Franker

Everyone needs a little rest and relaxation now and then. A beach vacation might be just what the doctor ordered. I think it’s time for you to escape and head down to one of these South Florida resorts for a spa-cation. 

1. Acqualina Spa by ESPA in Miami Beach

A favorite for Europeans, ESPA is one of the premier spas in the world. Located at the luxurious Acqualina Resort in Sunny Isles Beach, the spa features holistic and restorative treatments based on Ayurvedic principles. 

Try the Skin Radiance Facial with Optimal Pro Serum (50 minutes; $155) to rejuvenate and repair your skin after a day at the beach. ESPA’s Optimal Skin Pro Serum is a facial treatment oil that includes natural ingredients to help strengthen the skin on a cellular level. 

If You Go: The spa is located at 17875 Collins Avenue in Sunny Isles Beach, Fla. To make an appointment call 305-918-8000 or visit

2. The Spa at The Breakers in Palm Beach

Nestled within the Beach Club at the glamorous Breakers resort, the spa is a luxurious seaside retreat in Palm Beach offering a combination of ocean-inspired treatments and wellness services. 

Try the Personal Retreat - Signature Treatment Massage (50, 80 or 110 minutes; prices vary). Your therapist will custom-design a treatment to address your specific needs with any combination of aromatherapy, deep tissue, hot stones, sports massage and reflexology. 

If You Go: The spa is located at One South Country Road in Palm Beach, Fla. To make an appointment call 561-653-6656 or visit

3. The Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale Spa 

Located in the heart of Fort Lauderdale Beach, the spa at The Ritz-Carlton features a signature line of relaxing treatments that are inspired by the sea. 

Try the Ocean Sea Salt Glow (80 minutes; $240) for a full body detox treatment that begins with a light aromatherapy massage, followed by an organic seaweed exfoliating body scrub application. Spend a few minutes in a private steam room to allow the skin to completely absorb the hydration.

If You Go: The spa is located at 1 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. To make an appointment call 954-302-6490 or visit

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