Ponce de Leon looked for rejuvenation, so can you at Florida spas

Special Correspondent

Explorer Juan Ponce de Leon came to Florida 500 years ago looking for the fabled Fountain of Youth, but alas, he did not find it. Modern travelers, however, definitely have a better chance at rejuvenation at one of Florida’s many wonderful spas. Perhaps you are seeking a rest and relaxation getaway or simply want to look better in your summer swimsuit. Either way, here are half-dozen Florida spas you may wish to check out:
·              Key West: Caribbean Spa at Pier House Resort – This full-service spa on the Last Key offers indulgence and pampering with experiences that includes a 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. Info:
·              Lake Buena Vista: Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort’s Senses Spa – This recently opened spa at this elegant turn-of-the-century-inspired resort at Walt Disney World in Orlando, offers 15 treatment rooms featuring everything from water therapy, rejuvenating citrus facials and manicure/pedicure, to massage therapies and Jacuzzi rooms with handmade glass mosaic tiles. Visitors find variations in lighting color and music that harmonizes with the chosen treatments –ideal after an active day in the theme parks. And there are added healthy treats: spa goers can sample tasty miniature carrot zucchini cupcakes (or dark chocolate banana, depending on season) plus cucumber-basil infused water, and antioxidant gummies with flavors like mango curry. Since this is Disney, you can bring the kids: there’s a whimsical pedicure chair for children themed to the Mad Hatter. Info:
·              Miami Beach: Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa – This beachfront, all-suite property features a Canyon Ranch Health center, complimentary use of Aquavana thermal suite, complimentary indoor fitness and movement classes, plus beach & surf activities, and an expansive, state-of-the-art Wellness Spa with body, skin and beauty treatments, and staffed by Canyon Ranch professionals to advise and encourage. An indoor rock-climbing wall is also featured. Info:
·              Palm Beach: The Spa at The Breakers – Set on 140 acres of oceanfront luxury in Palm Beach, The Spa at the Breakers features stress relieving massages, rejuvenating body wraps and a variety of pampering services including the SpaRitual Natural Manicure & Pedicure that utilizes vegan, certified organic and fair trade products that are naturally colored and free of synthetic dyes to enable beauty with a conscience. A fitness schedule includes sunrise yoga and water conditioning. Info:
·              Palm Harbor: Indaba at Innisbrook Golf Resort & Spa – This 18,000-square-foot facility in Tampa with spa, salon and fitness center pampers the body and soothes the soul with a variety of treatments. Highlights of the Indaba experience include a meditation labyrinth, relaxation courtyard, treatment terraces, steam rooms and whirlpool baths. Info:
·              Vero Beach: Disney’s Vero Beach Resort & Spa – This Spa at the oceanfront Disney Vero Beach Resort brings relaxation in many refreshing forms: perhaps a Vichy shower with seven shower heads that rain warm water on the body, or a coconut hydrating facial and a massage using warm stones, shells and essential oils. Themed to the tropics and Vero Beach’s citrus heritage, spa treatments use tropical and citrus ingredients and all employ eco-friendly products –mango exfoliating wrap, anyone? For even more pampering, visitors can try a manicure or pedicure. After a treatment, the spa’s relaxation room with ocean view is a blissful oasis. Info:

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