Florida Keys Spas, Health & Wellness
Photo courtesy of Thomas Wanhoff
Throughout the Florida Keys, visitors may find that not only do calm waters and soothing skies enhance the quality of a Keys vacation, but the availability of beauty, health and wellness therapies round out a life-changing experience, inside and out.
In virtually any area of the Keys are rejuvenating day spas, massage therapies, yoga classes or alternative healing treatments for any traveler, whether you are on vacation solo, sharing a romantic couple’s getaway, a girlfriends’ weekend, pre-wedding bridal party treat or looking to reconnect mind, body and spirit.
Visitors seeking yoga classes don’t have far to look no matter where they are in the Keys, and no matter their experience level.
Explore this at-a-glance directory to find a savory spa experience in our islands. This directory is intended to serve as a general guideline, and additions and updates are to be made as needed. It is suggested to contact individual lodging properties for recommendations as well.
The Upper Keys:
In Key Largo and Islamorada, where KeysCaribbean Luxury Resorts & Marinas has two exclusive locations, Mariners Resor t Villas & Marina and the Historic Tavernier Inn
Pilates is a proven effective method of exercise and physical movement designed to stretch, strengthen, and balance the body. These exercises concurrently involve one’s body and mind to the purpose of improving posture, restoring muscular tone and correcting muscular imbalance. At Key Largo’s Pilates In Paradise take a holistic approach to overall wellness with private and public classes. 98840 Overseas Highway, #1, Key Largo (305) 453-0801.
Kiki’s Spa can treat visitors to a candlelit warm stone massage, a facial “under the sea” or sit with a gal pal and get a pedicure sitting in a comfy papasan chair. Other services include microdermabrasion, waxing, lash extensions, makeup artistry and tanning. Kiki’s Spa, 89240 Overseas Highway, Suite 2, Tavernier (305) 852-0011.
Blu Bamboo Salon & Day Spa caters to a girl’s most luxurious whims of hair and body cars. Best friends, brides to be and women eager for some pampering will enjoy the nail, hair facial and massage treatments Blu Bamboo offers. 82205 Overseas Highway, MM 82, Suite 6, Islamorada (305) 664-9342.
Ciao Bella Salon & Day Spa is a girl’s wonderland of combined salon services, Swedish, couples, deep tissue massage and reflexology. 82913 Overseas Highway, Islamorada (305) 664-45588.
Healing Waters Massage Therapy & Aquatic Bodywork offers massages reminiscent of the Florida Keys: ask for the 18 Mile Stretch, Gulf Stream Water Dance massage, the Matecumbe Relaxation massage, or perhaps Raindrop Therapy with essential oils is what is needed to awaken the body. Located near MM 90 in Tavernier, (305) 852-4867.
Island Body and Sol day spa at The Moorings, a beautiful serene resort, offers massage therapy, facials, reflexology, body treatments, manicures, pedicures, all natural botanical bath and skincare products from around the world. Beach yoga on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 8:30 a.m. and Sundays 9:30 a.m. 123 Beach Road (at the Moorings), Islamorada (305) 664-3264.
Islamorada Yoga offers yoga lovers classes to transform your body and increase your energy. Early bird (Mon, Fri 6 a.m.) and evening (Mon 7 p.m., Wed 5:30 p.m.) Ashtanga yoga classes available. 85960 Overseas Highway, #2, at MM 86 bayside (305) 432-6900.
The Middle Keys:
In the Middle Keys, KeysCaribbean Luxury Resorts & Marinas has the Village at Hawks Cay Villas on Duck Key, Indigo Reef Resort Villas & Marina and the Coral Lagoon Resort Villas & Marina vacation rentals in Marathon
For those seeking yoga on the sea, Marathon’s Spirit Snorkeling offers a sunset Ananda yoga cruise aboard Namaste, a 34-foot Coral Island Power Catamaran whose 24-foot width makes it extremely stable and comfortable. An inhale fills participants’ lungs with soft ocean-filtered air while an exhale blends into the glistening surface of the Atlantic Ocean.
Bodies in Motion has a mission for health-minded individuals to “keep moving” with yoga, fitness and flexibility classes as well as bodywork and massage therapy. A regular schedule of beginner and advanced yoga classes, with private Cranial Release Technique sessions and massages are available by appointment. Bodies in Motion, 6363 Oversease Highway, Marathon (305) 292-2331.
Calm Waters Spa at Hawks Cay Resort in Marathon is among the region’s leading health spas and resorts. With the delicate aroma of salt air and tropical fruits, the spa pampers with massages, body treatments, facials, and fine salon care that one would expect at a full-service day spa – conveniently located in the privacy of one’s own vacation villa. Calm Waters also offers specialties just for teenagers. Hawks Cay Resort, 61 Hawks Cay Blvd., Marathon (305) 289-4810.
Tranquility Bay Beach House Resort in Marathon offers Island Spice Private Spa, where guests are treated in the privacy of their own beach house to a full range of luxury spa therapies, yoga, purifying treatments and enhancements. Custom-made herbal scrubs and poultices, facial and body masks and vibrational energy balancing such as Reiki are among the treats offered by trained therapists. Tranquility Bay Resort, 2600 Overseas Highway (MM 48.5), Marathon (305) 289-0888.
In the Lower Keys, KeysCaribbean Luxury Resorts & Marinas has the Coral Hammock Resort Villas and Kings Point Marina & Condominiums vacation rentals
Jody Gay, licensed massage therapist specializing in therapeutic massage. Located at #13 Ships Way, Big Pine Key. For appointments call (305) 872-4990.
Spa Terre provides Little Palm Island Resort a treatment menu that brings together beauty know-how from around the world: all on a secluded island just off the coast of Little Torch Key. Indian and Thai-inspired rituals such as massage, facials, body treatments and hair and nail services help to calm, restore, energize and beautify. Inquire about the exotic Balinese Massage in the tropical Rainforest Room. Inquire about the All Thai-ed Up Spa Package using Florida Keys native papaya and tamarind to purify, smooth and soften skin. Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, 28500 Overseas Highway, Little Torch Key (305) 515-3028.
Big Pine Fitness Center at Winn Dixie Plaza, open daily from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Phone number 305-304-7940.
Big Pine Yoga & Massage Therapy is operated by Mary Lee Eletz at 30370 Quail Roost, Big Pine Key. For scheduled classes, call (305) 304-0706.
Pirate Wellness Center is a custom designed studio to provide the perfect place for an array of aerobic and floor programs, group exercise classes including: Pilates; Zumba; spin; step aerobics; yoga; massage; cardiovascular and strength training; even a juice bar and wireless Internet. Day passes, week passes and “snowbird” memberships available. Individuals 17 years and over. Pirate Wellness Center, 21460 Overseas Highway, Cudjoe Key (305) 744-3348.
In Key West, two favorites are Shakti Yoga and Yoga on the Beach. Shakti Yoga provides vinyasa, hatha, anusara, restorative and kids yoga classes with multiple choices daily. Yoga on the Beach invites participants to connect to their inner peace in the beauty of nature’s rhythms, with classes held daily November through May at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park and yearlong classes at Southernmost on the Beach.
Jala Spa at the Hyatt Resort is named after the Sanskrit word for ‘water’ and visitors can relax to treatments inspired by the ocean waves. Jala Spa also contributes to Reef Relief, a coral preservation organization. 601 Front Street, Key West (305) 809-4080.
The Spa has introduced Amala certified organic skincare products along with a new treatment menu. Only a handful of spas throughout North America represent Amala skincare line. The high-potency organic ingredients, such as blue lotus, bamboo, tiger grass, organic jasmine, myrtle butter and juniper are now being used in an array of Jala Spa treatments, from a Green Flash Wrap that blends green clay with French spirulina, to a Recovery Facial that bathes the skin in a veritable garden of organic ingredients.
Spa al Mare and The Massage Studio at the Waldorf Astoria Collection Casa Marina Resort & Beach Club offers rejuvenating spa services for guests, from Swedish to deep tissue massage and aromatherapy to reflexology in an elegant setting. One of the most popular choices is massage beside the ocean, under a canopy of swaying palms, to soothe mind and body. If golf, fishing, snorkeling or other sun-soaking adventures results in more than an appealing bronze glow, try the Sun Soother Water Lily Mask using the unique hydrating properties of water lily. 1500 Reynolds Street, Key West (888) 303-5717.
Spa Terre provides Ocean Key Resort and Spa in Key West guests a treatment menu that brings together beauty know-how from around the world: Indian and Thai rituals to calm, restore, energize and beautify. Inquire about the Sensory Overload package for infusions of jasmine, frangipani and tropical island fruits. Ocean Key Resort & Spa, Zero Duval Street, Key West (800) 328-9815.
Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, 28500 Overseas Highway, Little Torch Key (305) 515-3028.
Glow Studio Day Spa and Stay Fit Studio, 804 White Street, Key West FL 33040 (305) 294-0693.
Caribbean Spa at Pier House Resort offers true indulgence and total pampering with a full-service spa experience that includes a wide variety of body and beauty treatments. Complete with a steam room and a cascading whirlpool, the nine treatment rooms provide an intimate setting for luxurious experiences that include Caribbean Coma massages, signature Milk and Honey body treatments, mud wraps and facials. A hair and nail salon also is on site. Pier House Resort, One Duval Street, Key West (305) 296-4600 ext. 1010.
These are some of my favorite experiences this week in the Florida Keys. If you’re coming down to visit and stay with us at the KeysCaribbean Luxury Resorts & Marinas in our vacation rentals, share your favorite experiences with us in the comments section of our blog…
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