You're down to the wire and need that something extra special. That gift that says I really care about you and of course I didn't wait til the last minute. That gift that when received wipes away all doubt of your sincerity, commitment and time spent shopping. That gift my friend is a day at the Spa at Shore Club South Beach. Not only is this little nirvana the perfect getaway, it's just the therapeutic take-me-away-and-bring-me-back-anew loved ones need after a hectic holiday season.
Now if you're looking for the see and be scene, please take your entourage elsewhere. This is where the famous, infamous, and you and I go to get away from all of that. Odd that this oasis is in the middle of it all on South Beach but the staff here is so professional and laid back, when you are tempted to freak out because that A-list celebrity just walked passed you with kids in tow, that subtle wink and look from the concierge will discourage you from ruining the serenity here. Take the cue and breeze by, there are always celebs relaxing low key at Shore Club. Just act like you are too.
So let's start at the beginning. The ethereal all white lobby leads to the gardens resplendent with a koi fish pond and funky spaces for quiet reflection. We checked into the spa and changed into our warm robes for a little decompressing. We were greeted with tropical fruits, champagne and just enough time to soak it all in before meeting our therapists for the day. I was blessed with the magically delicious Christian, who not only gave a great deep tissue but shared lots of good ideas on how to stretch and what to eat following the service to feel the maximum benefit.
The deep tissue with the exfoliating scrub is a wonderful 90 minute service. My extremely skilled masseur is also a student of healing and wellness with over 18 years as a master masseuse, most spent at Shore Club. Impressive in any profession these days, incredible at a spa. The choreography of the service was of note as well. The deep tissue was a bit painful at first but I was a ball of knots, stressed out and exhausted. It was followed by the warm sugar scrub which I was able to shower off in the same suite, followed by a moisturizing oil rubdown. I rolled out of the suite with a brand new outlook on the day…
We were able to luxuriate after the service, sipping cocktails, a little nosh and no rush. No upsell. Just a relaxed vibe. “We're here if you need us, if not, enjoy and take your time” It felt like being at a friend’s house on a lazy Sunday afternoon - well a friend with an awesome experienced staff. We were too early for dinner at NOBU but if you're lucky enough to get a late service, dinner is a must.
Yes, a gift certificate for a day of services at the Spa at Shore Club is the gift that will keep on giving. And no one will be the wiser that you didn't spend all year plotting and planning this. With that subtle wink, the staff will keep that low key too…
Spa at Shore Club - 1901 Collins Avenue Miami Beach 33139 (305) 695-3292 website: www.shoreclub.com