After partying in South Beach until the wee hours of the morning, a spa day may be exactly what the doctor ordered. The Spa at the Standard is Miami’s best way to spend a Sunday lounging around. But this spa is no ordinary spa—it’s more like an amusement park of a spa. The spa has 22 different parts—yes, you read right, 22 parts. You can easily spend hours here, if not days, and not get bored. Warning: You might be so relaxed, you'll never want to leave.
Begin at the hammam, a traditional Turkish spa. For those who desire the true hammam experience, get the hammam rub and scrub, where a technician rubs sea salts all over your body. Other treatments include Thai on a table, which loosens sore muscles, or opt for “The Standard,” which combines several bodywork techniques, hydrotherapy and essential oils for an extremely personalized experience. The "soul temple" relaxes every muscle in your body from top to bottom. A therapist washes every part of your body and then washes it away with a purifying mint salt wash. These treatments don’t come cheap; the "Standard,” will cost you $145.
The whole environment is conducive to relaxing. The outdoor hot tub has an eight-foot cascade waterfall of 103-degree water. After your treatment, relax in the salt-water swimming pool with music piped in under the water. For only $20, choose from three different types of mud and relax in front of the bay for hours while the mud dries.
There’s lots of health benefits to a spa day: The arctic plunge increases your heart rate and kickstarts circulation. It gets rid of toxins and cleans out all your impurities. The falling water column is perfect if you have neck pain—it’s an invigorating stream of water that relieves tight muscles. The four-handed massage brings a deep sense of relaxation.
If you’re the type of person who gets bored with just relaxing, try some of the yoga classes and workshops. There's pilates, dance classes and ten different types of yoga. The spa makes you feel like you’ve been transported to heaven, and all your worries will magically disappear. The relaxing may cause you some money stress—a day pass is $75 for non-hotel guests—but it’ll be the best money you ever spent.