We have been to Miami countless times; but our trip to the Canyon Ranch Miami Beach was different. We normally stay much closer to South Beach and spend our time dancing and lounging. In contrast, the Canyon Ranch was a healthy getaway. In full disclosure there was definitely drinking (and the grocery store across the street made that easy); but we also did yoga, went jogging, ate healthy and spent time in the gorgeous spa.
The Canyon Ranch sits on the beach a short cab ride north of South Beach on Collins Avenue. It’s a beautifully restored set of buildings formally the Carillon Hotel. The grounds are comprised of winding paths and hidden spots for resting and relaxing. We spent most of our down time at the beach; but the pools were lovely and all offered gracious service for refreshments.
The Canyon Ranch is an all-suite hotel, with generously sized rooms. Ours featured a large, separate living space, a well-stocked kitchen, a huge bathroom with separate soaking tub, shower and wash closet (perfect for a few friends), and a big bedroom. We spent three nights and never felt cramped.
My favorite experience at the resort was Aquavana, a series of hot and cold spa rooms that done as a series prepares you well for a spa treament or done on their own makes you feel fantastic. They recommend you follow in a specific order; but after I learned my favorites I repeated those. Basically you travel from hot to cold and back again which is good for your lymphatic system- for instance: steam, cool showers, sauna, foot bath, hot tub, igloo and herbal laconium. Finish your visit with a quick nap in a heated ceramic lounger. Bliss!
The yoga class we took was held in a rather small room tucked away in the fitness center. If there were classes held outside that morning, we missed out. Our instructor was capable and helpful, and did her best to lead a class full of different levels of yogis, something I run into more often than not at resorts.
The food was certainly healthy if not indulgent. The bulk of the clientele is there to slim down, not beef up, so the portions are small and the salt scarce. Breakfast was a treat with a beautiful display of granola, yogurt, cheese and small (healthy) pastries. Unlike its sister resort in Tucson that’s dry, the cozy bar here serves up organic cocktails. (And if you have a favorite liquor not on display, ask the bartender, because it may be stashed away.) Also, don’t miss out on the juice bar in the fitness center and order the green machine.
We would happily return for another visit, next time with more commitment to the classes and fitness activities. For more information visit www.canyonranch.com/miamibeach.