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Sea Spa: The Biltmore Hotel Spa, Miami
Where is The Biltmore Hotel Spa?
Oozing Gatsbyesque charm, this architectural beauty dating from 1926 may be only a few miles from the body-thumping beats of South Beach in Miami, but it is firmly rooted in a different era. Sitting on the seventh floor of the Biltmore, the bright, airy spa overlooks the Mediterranean-style houses and lush gardens that surround this Coral Gables hotel.
What's it like?
With finches chirping in the lobby, a high tea served daily to the sound of a harpist and a gigantic pool (with more than two million litres of clear blue water) it’s easy fall under the spell of the Biltmore’s recently renovated splendour. A custom floral fragrance, flute music and hushed voices greet guests upon arrival at the spa, and all treatments begin with a Buddhist-inspired ritual to set your intention and the presentation of a dorje (a symbol of the religion).
What are the best spa treatments at the Biltmore hotel?
If you want to get reacquainted with your inner mermaid opt for the 90-minute Voyage of the Sea treatment. It starts with a scrub of Voya seaweed powder mixed with scented oil, followed by a 20-minute soak in a tub filled with Atlantic seaweed. Some of the leaves are then wrapped around your limbs to nourish and detoxify skin. The final step is a hydrating massage with a seaweed-based lotion. By then you can expect to be aglow, relaxed and a little thirsty, which makes the chilled fruit-flavoured water readily available throughout the spa especially delicious.
Best by boat
Coral Gables is land-locked but only a half-hour-drive from world-class superyacht marinas in Miami and Miami Beach.