Backyard beauty escapes

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You’ve tackled your spring-cleaning checklist and packed away the sweaters you barely wore this winter. Now for the final detox: a visit to one of Miami’s fabulous hotel spas. The prestigious Forbes Travel Guide recently awarded five-star ratings to three local standouts—The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Remède Spa at the St. Regis Bal Harbour, and a newcomer, Acqualina Spa by ESPA. Each offers the kind of restorative break that leaves us feeling Zen for days. The fact that we can get there without hopping on a plane—and emerge looking perfectly groomed and glowing—is just a bonus. Here, our best insider tips for each.ACQUALINA SPA BY ESPA 17875 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles; 305-918-6844 Most soothing treatment 50-minute Swedish massage with custom-blended essential oils for $155. Don’t miss The Heat Experience area, where you can alternate between a crystal steam room and arctic ice foundation. Best perks Lavender lemon cookies and spa bento-box lunches, served on the ocean-side veranda deck.

ACQUALINA SPA BY ESPA 17875 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles; 305-918-6844

 
Among the offerings at Remède Spa at the St. Regis Bal Harbour is this relaxing couple's treatment room.
Among the offerings at Remède Spa at the St. Regis Bal Harbour is this relaxing couple's treatment room.

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Most soothing treatment 50-minute Swedish massage with custom-blended essential oils for $155. Don’t miss The Heat Experience area, where you can alternate between a crystal steam room and arctic ice foundation. Best perks Lavender lemon cookies and spa bento-box lunches, served on the ocean-side veranda deck.

REMÈDE SPA AT THE ST. REGIS BAL HARBOUR 9703 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour; 305-993-0600

Most decadent treatment The 24-Karat Designer Facial with gold oil for $285. Ask for Randy, a massage therapist with an impressive number of repeat clients. Best amenities Fresh-pressed juices, champagne and top-flight chocolate truffles.

THE SPA AT MANDARIN ORIENTAL 500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami; 305-913-8332

Fastest pick-me-up The 45-minute Calm Mind Massage, for $150, based on holistic Chinese medicine. Don’t miss The spa’s exclusive organic teas and delicious poolside lunches. Best amenities Access to a private beach cabana; group belly-dancing lessons on request.

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