By Nikki Novo
The lowdown: As if you needed another reason to visit the Mondrian in South Beach, Morgans Hotel Group throws in Agua Spa…because they can. The 4,000 square-foot space designed by celebrity (and MHG fave) designer Marcel Wanders—meaning lots of white walls and accents, plus larger-than-life furniture—features six treatment rooms, a princess area for mani/pedi’s and locker rooms with steam showers and sauna.
From facials and massages to pedicures and make-up application, the menu can be overwhelming but not necessarily overpriced. And, if you’re into exclusivity, Agua is the only spa in the U.S. that carries non-toxic nail polish line Butter London and Swedish skincare line själ.
The ‘hood: Located on SoBe’s West Avenue, Agua has a neighborhood day spa feel, yet with the amenities of a swanky hotel.
The vibe: Surprisingly simple and relaxed. Uncharacteristic of a SoBe spa, expect to find simplicity, kind service and decent prices. The highlights: The Milk and Honey body treatment (60 minutes, $140) may sound sticky, but this signature treatment is all sweetness complemented with a gentle massage. Suffering from northeast tourist syndrome? Try the Vitamin Infusion facial ($250, 60 minutes) that will blast you with enough sun protection and moisturizer plus six essential vitamins to keep your skin glowing. Make those toes beach-ready with the Ultimate Pedicure ($90, 75 minutes), which includes an antioxidant-infused soak, a color consultation and paraffin wax treatment. If after a night on the town you’re dreaming of an in-room massage, there’s the After Hours Aqua Massage ($240, 60 minutes) available until midnight. As an added bonus, there’s a spa menu from Asia de Cuba, and poolside services are available.
The sweet deal: Mention this story and obtain 20 percent off any spa service.
Agua at Mondrian, 1100 West Avenue, Miami Beach, 305.514.1950