We can count the reasons to stay in Miami during the oppressively hot summer months on one hand: less tourists, Miami Spice restaurant month, and those crazy summer deals when hotels and spas slash their rates to fill empty rooms and blank appointment books.
So as long as you're sweating your cafecitos off come August, you might as well take advantage of indulgent lavender honey massages that cost half of what they do the rest of the year.
Miami Spa Month began on July 1 and runs until August 31. Over three dozen local spas are offering various luxe spa treatments from ancient barefoot massage to personal foot mistresses, and every last one costs just $99.
Below we've combed through Miami Spa Month's rub-down deals and pulled out the best deals, most swank suites, and worthwhile extra perks from the Delano on Miami Beach to the Acqualina Spa in Sunny Isles.
Grab some cucumber slices and start chillaxing, Miami.
The Ritz-Carlton Spa, South Beach
<em>Allure</em> named the <a href="http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/SouthBeach/Spa/Default.htm" target="_hplink">RItz-Carlton Spa</a> on South Beach the best spa in Miami. For Spa Month, indulge in the classic treatments like the 80-minute The Ritz-Carlton Signature Facial and the 80-minute massage for just $99. The rest of the year both cost nearly double that at $200. The more adventurous should book the SPAshiatsu in which a therapist, suspended from bars made of blonde bamboo wood, delivers an ancient Asian barefoot massage.
Fontainebleau Miami Beach <a href="http://www.fontainebleau.com/web/spa/lapis_spa/spa_at_a_glance" target="_hplink">This two-story swank spa</a>, complete with a coed jet-pool, offers 50 minutes of traditional Swedish, hot stone, and a unique massage performed with a bamboo stalk at the discounted $99 rate. As an added bonus, if you book your massage on Tuesday through Thursday, your $99 will also buy "Soak Me," time in Lapis' indulgent bath, or a Lapis manicure. All spa guests can enjoy a full-day of complimentary amenities including the jet bath, rain tunnel, steam room, and a 5,800-square-foot gym overlooking the ocean.
Acqualina Spa by ESPA
Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach <a href="http://www.acqualinaresort.com/espa/" target="_hplink">This Sunny Isles spa</a> has won accolades from Fodor's, Spa Finder, TripAdvisor, and beyond. For spa month, you can sample some of their awarding-winning luxury indulgence. A mere $99 translates into a blissful 50 minutes of swedish massage with either scalp treatment or foot ritual, a men's facial, or a facial and massage combo -- treatments that usually cost $150. All spa guests can enjoy the facility's private spa pool deck, finnish saunas, crystal steam rooms, ice fountains and showers.
The Delano Hotel Now there's yet another reason to stop in at the impressive Philippe Starck-designed Delano. In honor of Spa Month, the hotel's <a href="http://www.delano-hotel.com/en-us/#/explore/?id=/delano-miami-agua-spa/" target="_hplink">Agua Spa</a> is offering the spend-y $250 Vitamin Boast Facial for the discounted rate of $99. The spa also features some of the longer treatments available during Spa Month. Their 60-minute Melting Lavender Massage, normally $150, is available at the lower rate and combined with a 30-minute oxygen face treatment. To lure you in on the slower days of Monday and Tuesday, an early weekday booking will be rewarded with an after-treatment mimosa and cupcake.
The Standard Spa, Miami Beach
The Standard, Miami Beach <a href="http://www.standardhotels.com/spa-miami-beach/spa-wellbeing/spa-bathing" target="_hplink">The bayside hotel</a> is offering their 60-minute Thai on Table massage for $99 for Spa Month, down from the usual rate of $155. For the same price, you could also get a 45-minute Standard rubdown followed by a Turkish Hamam Rub and Scrub, and a herbal bath. At Spa Month rates, the Standard is also offering personal "hand and foot mistresses" as part of their 2-hour Summer Soaked + Worshipped treatment. The attendant will bathe and massage your limbs in coconut milk, fruits, and flowers in a bath of polished river stones. He or she will then exfoliate you with a tropical sugar scrub and give your tired skin a chance to detox with a sea mineral mask. Lastly, a manicure and pedicure is followed by a hot-stone foot massage. Spa guests are encouraged to make use of The Standard's lush grounds and amenities, including an aroma steam room, cedar sauna, sound pool, Roman waterfall hot tub, arctic plunge and mud lounge.
Canyon Ranch Wellness Spa
Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa Miami Beach Bliss out with <a href="http://www.canyonranch.com/miamibeach/the_spa/" target="_hplink">Canyon Ranch</a>'s 50-minute lemongrass and basalt river stone massage, treat your sun-ravaged skin to a vitamin-infused facial, or realign your chi with 50 minutes of traditional acupuncture. The spa offers 7 Miami Spa Month treatments for the lower rate of $99. Spa guests can also enjoy Canyon Ranch's Aquavana thermal suites, hydrotherapy thermal cabins featuring steam rooms, finnish saunas, foot spas, herbal laconium (warm ceramic room), and heated loungers.
The Spa at the Setai
Called one of the "Top 50 Hotel Spas in the U.S." by <em>Conde Nast Traveler</em>, <a href="http://www.setai.com/thespa" target="_hplink">the spa at the Setai </a>is offering their $180 Balinese massage for $99 during Miami Spa Month. The spa, which focuses on treatments inspired by the Pacific Rim, offers 6 other 60-minutes treatment from Himalayan Crystal Body Polishing to Voya Bladderwrack Body Buffing. To boot, each spa suite has ocean and pool views, a private bath and steam room.