There’s no denying travel takes a toll on our health and wellness. In Miami, this comes in the form of partying until dawn, over-indulging in the local cuisine (be it pastelitos at las ventanitas or too many tapas at Pubbelly restaurants) and recouping on a lounge chair at the pool with a frosty high calorie cocktail.
It’s hard to find motivation—let alone, a decent hotel gym—to temper this gluttony and sloth with a solid workout. That’s why we’ve scoured the city in search of Miami hotels with fitness programs so inspired, you’ll make a point of getting a sweat session in during your stay. And for those who live in the Magic City, many of these programs also cater to locals.
Exhale Spa at Loews Hotel Miami Beach and Epic Hotel
From a family friendly beach resort in the heart of South Beach to one of Brickell’s most luxurious hotel towers, Exhale Spa has made its mark in Miami. Known for its results-oriented, mind-body philosophy, Exhale offers proprietary Core Fusion classes and yoga daily at both Loews Hotel Miami Beach (1601 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-604-1601) and the Epic Hotel (270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami; 305-424-5226). Hotel guests and locals alike are welcome to drop-in ($25 per class) on a class, and memberships (starting at $180 per month) and class packs (starting at $120 for five classes) are also available, granting access to both locations. Make a day of it by following up your workout with a fusion massage, power facial or acupuncture therapy.
Flourish, A Yoga & Garden-To-Table Dinner Series at The Palms Hotel & Spa
Beloved local yoga teachers Sharon Aluma and Amy Dannheim have partnered with The Palms Hotel & Spa (3025 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-534-0505) and its organic restaurant Essensia to present a Wednesday night summer yoga series now through August 27. Enjoy an hourlong yoga class on the lawn followed by a fresh and healthy dinner by Chef Julie Frans outside by the restaurant’s herb garden. Aluma and Dannheim will alternate as teachers each Wednesday night with class starting at 6 p.m. (they’ll teach together for the final class August 27). Tickets are $35 in advance ($45 at the door) and can be purchased here. Discounted kids tickets and valet can also be purchased in advance.
Wellness Days at The James Royal Palm
In an effort to connect hotel guests with the local community, The James Royal Palm (1545 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-604-5700) has launched a bi-monthly Wellness Day program offering complimentary group fitness classes presented by a rotating cast of local gyms. The hotel invites locals who participate in the class to enjoy free access to its beach chairs for the day with umbrellas available for a $10 rental fee. During the summer months, classes take place at 9 a.m. on select Saturdays inside the hotel’s Great Room. Afterwards, attendees can enjoy mini spa treatments by Renew The Spa and light bights and fresh-pressed juice by The Florida Cookery. They’ll also go home with a $25 spa credit. Upcoming Wellness Days are as follows:
- July 19 – Zumba
- August 2 – Green Monkey Yoga with Noelle Bowman
- August 16 – TBD
Space is limited, so RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
YOGiiZA at Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach
Perhaps there’s no better time to indulge in a private yoga class or a personal training session than when on vacation at a Forbes Five-Star resort. Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach (17875 Collins Ave.; Sunny Isles Beach; 305-918-3000) and their Spa by Espa has partnered with local organic yoga apparel brand YOGiiZA to offer such personalized services. Select from personal training, health and wellness coaching, yoga and mat Pilates classes. Private sessions take place within the spa’s 20,000 square-foot facility or outside along the resort’s 400-feet of oceanfront property. Prices range from $115 to $199. After your training session, indulge in a sports massage or a skin radiance facial.
Personalized Wellness Retreats at Mandarin Oriental
Due to the overwhelming response of its bi-annual Wellness Retreats, the Forbes Five-Star The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Miami (500 Brickell Key Dr., Miami; 305-913-8288) has created Personalized Wellness Retreats available year round to both guests and locals. The retreats combine spa treatments with a variety of wellness, fitness and beauty programs that are completely customizable. You can also choose from one of six distinctive retreats focused on a particular wellness theme, including relax, strengthen, ground, uplift and beautify. For instance, Relax includes an Aroma Stone massage, Thai Herbal Compress Ritual, Blissful Facial, a nutrition session and a meditation session. Other retreats include personal training, private yoga, mat Pilates class and belly dancing. These retreats can be done in a day or over the course of a weekend and start at $1,955. For more information, call 305-913-8383.
V- Yoga.Fitness.Spa. at SLS South Beach
With its epic Hyde Beach weekend pool parties and beautiful people quotient, a stay at SLS South Beach (1701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-674-1701) is easy motivation to get in tip-top shape while on vacation. Good thing they’ve partnered with husband and wife duo and celebrity trainers Tracie and Christopher Vlaun to offer their guests V- Yoga.Fitness.Spa., seven exclusive fitness concepts that include Shred Beachcamp, Synerfit Circuit and Yoga Rocks. Daily morning classes are available at $25 per person, and private and semi-private sessions are also on offer starting at $60 per person, open to both hotel guests and locals. Indulge in a massage post-workout at V Spa.
Workout Like a Local at Surfcomber
Well-known for its wild summer pool parties and its heart of South Beach locale, the Surfcomber (1717 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-532-7715) also offers complimentary “only in South Beach” fitness options to hotel guests. Whether it’s a 3K run on the beach with hotel managers bright and early on a Thursday morning or beach yoga on Saturday mornings with Vlaun Lifestyle Management, guests can get their calorie burn the way locals do–on the beach. Combining exercise with history and sightseeing, the Surfcomber also offers weekly South Beach Bike tours and Art Deco Walking tours. Check with the front desk for the most up to date calendar. Known for its creative mixology, The Social Club at Surfcomber also offers a daily cold pressed juice menu for rejuvenation.
Personal Training at The Gym at Fontainebleau Miami Beach
Easily the most luxurious place to get a workout in Miami, The Gym at Fontainebleau Miami Beach (4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-538-2000) features nearly 6,000 square-feet of gym floor overlooking its lavish poolscape and the Atlantic Ocean. Personal training sessions and packages are available to both hotel guests and locals (from $79 to $125 for a single session), which includes access to Lapis Spa’s Water Journeys (mineral pool, rain tunnel, deluge shower, eucalyptus steam room and more) and the resort’s pool for the day. Trainers utilitze the TRAZER Interactive Training System to evaluate your body’s functional movement and cardiovascular health in order for personal trainers to create t
he most effective workout for you. The Gym also offers a variety of group classes in the morning available exclusively to hotel guests for $20.