Receiving an invitation to visit the largest spa in South Florida (70,000 sq ft to be exact), was definitely one of the highlights of my year in Miami and it just happened to materialize when a visit to the spa was very much needed…at the tail end of the moving process when I was sore, running low on energy, and anxious about fitting a studio apartment’s worth of stuff into a minivan to go across the U.S. So the invitation to visit The Spa at Canyon Ranch Miami Beach was a very welcome diversion from the moving process. As soon as I checked, in the staff was very welcoming and friendly...something that was rare during my year in Miami. The Canyon Ranch Miami Beach property is impressive and absolutely breathtaking to say the least. The service I received from the spa is called Yatra. Yatra, as explained to me by my service provider, is a Sanskrit word that means journey. The treatment is a journey through the senses and is intended to unwind every sense, relax every nerve and melt every muscle.
My 100 minute sensory journey began with a natural rice scrub. The scrub was gentle, but left my skin feeling uber soft and smooth. I was then escorted to a rose-scented, salt-infused bath where I lay soaking in bliss for about 20 minutes while also exploring a color-therapy journey. Finally, I received a gentle massage as I reclined on a therapeutic neuroauditory-sound table, where specially selected music vibrated through my body, melting away a lot of the “moving” tension. The journey was truly incredible and each sense with the exception of taste was fully engaged and invigorated.
One of my recommendations when visiting the spa is to either arrive early for your service(s) or stay later…at least an hour, to make sure you explore Aquavana thermal suites, which will definitely enhance your spa treatment(s). I especially enjoyed the Crystal steam room, Finnish sauna and Igloo. The Thermal Heated Loungers also looked pretty amazing, but unfortunately I did not allow myself enough time for that experience. I also recommend having lunch at the Canyon Ranch Grill while soaking in an amazing ocean view or taking one of the spa’s fitness classes. The spa has a lot to offer so it’s probably best to make an entire day of your experience or better yet a very long relaxing weekend.