Bienvenidos a Miami. A coastal enclave of sun, surf, nightlife and art, Miami is a famously dynamic destination. Locals and visitors alike keep the city’s salsa clubs and lounges packed until the early hours of the morning; and Miami’s vibrant contemporary arts scene culminates in the world-famous Art Basel festival every December. And between its raft of designer fashion emporiums and art deco architecture, glamour is embedded deep into Miami’s very DNA.
But just because you’re heading to such a bon vivant city doesn’t mean you have to fall off the wellness wagon. Miami is also home to a wide array of wellness-centric hotels, restaurants, spas, shops and activities. Allow our editors to recommend the city’s best-in-class wellness destinations — along with a few other spots you can’t miss — so that no matter your agenda while you’re in town, you leave Miami feeling even better than when you arrived.
1 HOTEL SOUTH BEACH: 1 Hotels are famously chic, calm and health-focused. In contrast to some of the city’s more colorful properties, 1 Hotel South Beach is designed in a serene waterfront symphony of taupes, ivory, ash wood and stone. Its expansive guest rooms start at 700 square feet, and many feature ocean views. Guests also enjoy easy access to peaceful Miami Beach. Not only is there a renowned plant-based restaurant, PInthouse, on site, but the lobby also features a farm stand with fresh produce, for those who want to load up on superfoods while lounging by the pool. SoulCycle is in the building, and the hotel’s Bamford Spa is a world-famous wellness mecca with Ayurvedic treatments and an organic product line.
THE EDITION: Hotelier Ian Schrager’s Miami outpost — the Edition — is a local favorite. Our source says the Edition has the best rentable beach chairs in the city, and with the hotel’s prime location on Miami Beach, it’s not hard to see why. The hotel has even created a tropical nook — aptly named The Sandbox — just off the beach with hammocks for napping, Ping-Pong tables and lounges for barefoot cocktails. Don’t miss the spa’s relaxation lounge with biotic wave treatments, or its most luxurious treatment, the Royal, which includes a 24k gold body scrub and massage, followed by a gold or diamond deluxe facial. The hotel’s restaurants are helmed by famed restaurateur Jean-Georges Vongerichten, whose Market within the hotel offers pressed juices and ceviche.
FAENA: Faena is a Miami icon. The sister property to the famous Faena Buenos Aires is located in a stunning building from the 1940s, with interiors designed by no less than Great Gatsby film director Baz Luhrmann. Art deco flourishes, Carrara marble and leopard-print abound inside, while outdoors, a pristine strip of private white-sand beach awaits, with cabanas and butlers; not to mention a gold-dipped wooly mammoth on the hotel grounds, courtesy of Damien Hirst. The hotel’s wellness pièce de résistance? The Tierra Santa Healing House spa — a destination in its own right, with one of the largest hammams on the East Coast, and an array of body-healing rituals and treatments developed by shamans.
THE CARILLON: The Carillon’s philosophy is all about blending Eastern, Western, alternative and aesthetic medicine into a melange that is uniquely their own. The hotel is a bona fide wellness resort, with a spa clocking in at 70,000 square feet, and an array of offerings including IV therapy, chakra balancing, salt baths, cupping and more traditional facials and massages. The property also features one of the country’s largest thermal hydrotherapy circuits, based on the traditional European model of water therapy. And those looking for touchless wellness can choose between infrared saunas, cryotherapy, and the world’s first technology-enabled meditation pod. The hotel’s restaurant, the Strand, serves fresh, local Mediterranean-inspired dishes on an outdoor terrace, overlooking the hotel’s 750 linear feet of quiet, unspoiled beach; while a top-flight selection of nutritionists, acupuncturists and energy healers can assuage guests’ every need.
THE FONTAINEBLEAU: A Miami classic, the Fontainebleau was opened in 1954, and has played host to a steady stream of celebrities, socialites and sunseekers ever since, including Frank Sinatra and James Bond, who stayed at the Fontainebleau in the 1964 Bond movie, Goldfinger. Located in Miami Beach, just off the ocean, the hotel has over 1,500 rooms and suites, and a bow tie-shaped swimming pool in homage to the Fontainebleau architect’s signature bow tie.
The Faena Miami. Courtesy of Faena Hotel Miami Beach
PURA VIDA: Miami’s premier spot for casual healthy food, Pura Vida specializes in organic, produce-forward bowls, toasts, wraps and smoothies. There are three chic and cheerful locations scattered throughout the city, but our favorite is the Design District outpost, which has a patio lounge with a chandelier and beach furniture.
BACHOUR BAKERY & RESTAURANT: Bachour Bakery & Restaurant is a perfect blend of decadent and healthy. For those looking to err on the healthy side, the seafood-forward sit-down menu offers a killer shrimp and quinoa salad, along with zaatar salmon and ahi tuna toast. On the decadent end? The bakery’s pastry chef is the world-renowned baker Antonio Bachour, whose Nutella croissants alone are worth waking up for.
BARMELI69: BarMeli69 is an incredible neighborhood restaurant — the kind frequented by locals, and not typically found in tourist guides. The unpretentious Greek food is fresh, flavorful and insanely good, and the place is helmed by a proper Greek chef, with an extensive Mediterranean wine list to match.
PLANT: Located within Sacred Space Miami (see Refresh), Plant is a certified kosher and gourmet planet-forward restaurant in a serene garden. With everything from vegan BLTs to banana pancakes on offer, the menu seems determined to prove that eating healthy doesn’t have to mean sacrificing taste. And should you be so inspired to whip up plant-based food of your own after your meal, stop by the farmer’s market on Sunday mornings, featuring produce from local Paradise Farms.
CASA TUA: With outposts in Miami, Aspen and Paris, Casa Tua is a favorite of the style set. And looking around the Miami location’s stunning interiors and gardens, it’s not hard to see why. Guests have an option to dine in the cozy, art-filled library or among the towering, lantern-lit palm trees of the garden, which make for a perfect backdrop to enjoy the tuna tartare and Chilean sea bass, not to mention snap the perfect Instagram shot.
EL PUB: Miami has one of the largest populations of Cubans in the world. So, when we say El Pub has killer Cuban food just like you’d find on the streets of Havana, we really mean it. El Pub is located in Miami’s Little Havana and is extremely popular with locals in the know. It’s nothing fancy, but the food is more than worth the trek.
CHOTTO MATTE: Two of our favorite cuisines collide at Chotto Matte, a Japanese-Peruvian fusion restaurant in a beautifully designed space, replete with a skylight and faux cherry blossom trees scattered between tables. The menu is, of course, seafood-focused, with an emphasis on high-quality cuts of fish.
APPLE A DAY: Apple a Day is an old-school health food emporium. A grocer with plenty of fresh, organic prepared foods, it’s a perfect pit stop to grab organic smoothies, salads, wraps and juices. The interiors are nothing to write home about — it is a grocer, after all — but the food quality is second to none.
SEXY FISH: London’s swank, see-and-be-seen restaurant Sexy Fish recently opened a location in Miami, which is now considered one of the hottest restaurants in town. The menu is Asian-inspired and the food is excellent, but the real draw at Sexy Fish — beyond the crowds — is the decor, which is a joyful, surrealist assemblage of fish lamps, turquoise banquettes and Damien Hirst installations.
MANDOLIN AEGEAN BISTRO: Locals rave about Mandolin Aegean Bistro, which is located in a 1930s bungalow in the Design District. A bona fide Greek couple owns and operates the restaurant, which serves fresh, flavorful and — you guessed it — Greek food under the Miami sun.
PLANTA: PLANTA is an innovative vegan restaurant located in South Beach. Unlike many health-forward restaurants, PLANTA is sexy, too — plan to wear your highest heels when headed there for dinner — and makes it a point to offer healthy spins on craft cocktails for those looking to imbibe with their rainbow rolls and udon noodles.
SEASPICE: Located on the banks of the Miami River, Seaspice is as pretty as they come, with flowering trees along the outdoor dining patio space and the Miami skyline twinkling beyond. The menu has a decidedly decadent bent, with everything from foie gras to caviar on offer.
Left: Tierra Santa Healing House. Courtesy of Faena Hotel Miami Beach. Right: Sexy Fish Miami. Courtesy of Ken Hayden.
SOCIALISTA: Glamorous, clubby, old-school and Caribbean-inspired are just a few of the adjectives that could be used to describe Socialista, one of Miami’s most exclusive nightlife spots. You’ll need to know a member to get in, but this is one private club worth cozying your way into, with interiors designed to replicate the heady, pre-revolution decadence of Havana, full of romance and color. The drinks menu skews towards Cuban drinks, but they make a mean martini, too. Socialista has other outposts in New York, London and Dubai.
STANDARD HOTEL: If your invite to Socialista was lost in the mail, head to The Standard, where a killer view of the sunset can be had from the rooftop bar. The cocktail menu is famously expert, and the hotel’s beloved concierge, Crispy, can answer your most esoteric Miami questions, and recommend the best drinks on the menu, to boot.
BALL & CHAIN: For a night of pure fun, head to the Ball & Chain, which is located in Little Havana. The vibe is full-on Latin dancing and music, and the outdoor setting is a perfect tropical paradise to dance away the hours over a caipirinha or three.
BROKEN SHAKER: Tucked away behind the Roman & Williams-designed Freehand Hotel, the Broken Shaker is one of Miami’s most atmospheric hideaways. Strings of white light crisscross the patio space where locals and visitors alike down seasonal cocktails on a mishmash of chic patio furniture among flowers and under towering palm trees.
WYNWOOD WALLS: Miami is famous for contemporary art, and graffiti art in particular. The locus of graffiti art in the city is at the Wynwood Walls, which features a rotating series of famous and up-and-coming graffiti artists. Tours are available for those looking to learn more about graffiti art, but the walls are also a great place to simply go and snap pictures of your own.
LOCUST PROJECTS: Locust Projects is an arts collective in the Design District. The focus is on multimedia art installations and exhibits, with everything from painting and sculpture to video and immersive exhibits on offer, in a mix of indoor and outdoor space.
COCONUT GROVE FARMERS MARKET: To meet the Miami area’s local farmers, head to the Coconut Grove Farmers Market on Saturday mornings. There, you can sample the wares of various food purveyors, or pick up a few artisanal goods to carry home with you for friends or family. The market also has grab-and-go food for those looking for an easy Saturday lunch.
MIAMI BEACH WALK: The bike path and boardwalk that runs from South Pointe all the way to Bal Harbour is a can’t miss for any bikers and particularly intrepid walkers. The dazzling oceanfront view is a backdrop to the entire 100 blocks, and those who arrive without bikes can rent them in South Pointe before beginning their journey north.
SOL YOGA: For those who like their yoga with a side of sweat, SOL Yoga is the place to be. The studio is heated with infrared panels, which gently warm the body from within, penetrating into cells to release toxins and reduce inflammation.
JETSET PILATES: For those looking to amp their Pilates workouts up a notch, JETSET Pilates is the way to go. The chain has multiple locations around Miami, and is the only one in the city with Lagree Megaformers, which are famous for enabling people to get cardio in along with toning sessions in the 50-minute classes.
AHANA YOGA: Ahana Yoga was founded by a Jivamukti teacher, but has, nonetheless, an excellent array of yoga classes for seasoned and newbie practitioners alike. Vinyasa, hatha and ashtanga are all on offer, along with classes for kids. Individual sessions are also available on request.
FITBOX METHOD: Fitbox is Miami’s boutique boxing studio. Its workouts are no ordinary boxing classes, but instead, incorporate elements of weight lifting and boot camp for a hard-core circuit training program that will leave even fitness die-hards drenched in sweat.
FULL MOON BEACH YOGA: Various studios and teachers in the city regularly host yoga classes on the beach when the new moon rolls around each month. Whether you’re looking for kundalini or just an old-fashioned vinyasa flow, there’s likely a class that will help you set new moon intentions, and release whatever isn’t serving you any longer gently into the ocean as you flow.
BAMFORD HAYBARN SPA: Located inside the 1 Hotel, Bamford is famous for its Ayurvedic treatments and its in-house line of organic skin care. The spa also has outposts in Brooklyn and the United Kingdom, and is famous for its commitment to sustainability. The space has a soothing, airy vibe, and the massages are particularly top-notch — perfect after a long day of sightseeing, or simply lying on the beach.
SACRED SPACE MIAMI: Sacred Space Miami is a wellness center with more classes, workshops and treatments than anywhere else in the city. Think kundalini intensives, sound baths and a “moondance experience” around the new moon. The indoor-outdoor space also features a biodynamic farm with an on-site plant-based restaurant, and a garden with rare plants and flowers. Sacred Space is the kind of place you could come and stay an entire day, rotating between classes, treatments and time kicking up your heels with a green juice in the shade.
TIERRA SANTA HEALING HOUSE: Tierra Santa Healing House is located inside the Faena Hotel. It is home to one of the largest hammams on the East Coast, and features shamanic healing modalities, including pranic healing and massage arts. There is also an integrative medical program on offer by consultation, and private training for those looking to up their yoga or Pilates game.
BLO BLOW DRY BAR: There’s nothing like the feeling of a fresh blowout to revive you midweek or get you ready for a night on the town. And Blo is the best of the best when it comes to blowouts in Miami. The Brickell spot does nothing but blowouts and has got it down to a science, meaning you’ll be out the door in no time, looking and feeling like a million dollars.
FRANGIPANI: Frangipani is our go-to local spot for vintage linens, art books, sustainable athleisure, beachwear and more. The store is a great spot to find gifts, and has a focus on nontoxic and organic materials and suppliers. If you’re in a pinch and looking to put together an ensemble on the casual end of the spectrum, Frangipani can also help you get there.
THE WEBSTER: Arguably Miami’s most famous shopping destination, the Webster is a 20,000-square-foot luxury shopping mecca, with goods from the likes of Stella McCartney and Proenza Schouler. The store is housed in a 1939 art deco building — pale blue and pink, natch — in the middle of South Beach, and bustles at all hours with an air of glamour and excitement. If you need a gown or festive going-out attire, the Webster is your port of call, although the store does offer plenty of active and resort wear as well.
GEE BEAUTY: Gee Beauty is a clean beauty mecca that doubles as a treatment center for facials, brows, makeup and body. Come before a night out to stock up on nontoxic makeup, and let one of their technicians expertly apply a new look. Or stop by on a quiet afternoon for a primer from one of their associates on swapping in a full clean beauty routine, before testing some of the products yourself with a facial.
EBERJEY: Eberjey would earn a top spot on a shopping list no matter the destination, but the Miami location in particular deserves a stop. The line of lingerie and loungewear was founded by two sisters in Miami in 1996, and has since earned a cult following around the world for those who are looking to relax in style without sacrificing comfort. The Miami boutique is bright, delicate and feminine — the perfect place to stop with girlfriends, or just yourself, for a relaxing afternoon.
SWEAT RECORDS: Sweat Records was founded by a Miami DJ, who has amassed an enormous collection of vinyl — spanning decades — available for purchase in her cool Design District shop. The store also has a vegan cafe, so shoppers can grab an almond milk latte before perusing the piles of electronica, hip-hop and ska.
ALCHEMIST: A true concept shop, Alchemist is located in a Pritzker Prize-winning car garage, designed by famed architects Herzog & de Meuron. Shoppers are treated to rotating art installations and a range of avant-garde designers, including Givenchy, Alaïa and Celine. The entire space is encased in glass, all the better to appreciate the beauty of the clothing and art around you.
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