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April 3, 2014

Backyard beauty escapes

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

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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