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Fun, Fit, Fab: A Miami Getaway

At Turnberry much of the cuisine is prepared with seasonally fresh ingredients from the hotel chef’s garden.

Written by Nichole D’Auria, Art Director It wasn't more than a week after I began craving a spa getaway that I was invited to spend five indulgent days at two of Miami’s best resorts. My itinerary, courtesy of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitor Bureau, included golf and tennis lessons, rock climbing, paddle boarding, a DJ dance class, breakfast with a nutritionist, a massage and shopping. And spa treatments, of course. What more could I ask for? My journey began at the Turnberry Isle resort in Aventura, just north of Miami. Renowned for its world-class championship golf courses, which are good enough for Michael Jordan (yes, I actually spotted him there!), and tennis facilities, this luxe hotel boasts a three-story spa and fitness center. While you’re there, treat yourself to a magical reflexology foot massage. Request Pilar, who has over 15 years experience with the hotel. Believe me, after hours of pavement pounding (did I mention that South Florida’s leading shopping destination—Aventura Mall—with more than 300 stores is conveniently located across the street?), your feet will thank you.

Be sure to also sign up for the golf and tennis lessons. The ones I took were among the best I ever had, and I’ve taken a lot of golf lessons. Thanks to my instructor Gary Knapp, I’ve already knocked a few strokes off my game!

Stunning views of the beach at Canyon Ranch

Next, I headed south to Miami Beach for an unforgettable two-night stay at the elegant, newly-renovated Canyon Ranch Hotel and Spa, where there’s no shortage of fun, fit, rejuvenating things to do. Take a stroll along the beautiful white sandy beach at sunrise or join a yoga class and practice your salutations seaside. Test your strength with TRX training, get wet with a water workout, kick up your heels at a DJ dance party (coordination not required), or learn the fundamentals of a stretching, which is surprisingly useful after an hour of indoor rock climbing. Regardless of your agility or skill, you are guaranteed a good sweat and a great time.

That's me. Happy to be resting.

Then head for the spa. Spend an hour—or a day—enjoying the European-inspired thermo (hot) and cryo (cold) cabins, tubs and showers. The “igloo” and cooling rains are especially refreshing. And go for the “Muscle Melt for Road Warriors” massage, which involves applying herbal pouches firmly to your muscles, and promises to ease and melt aches and pains away. It does not disappoint. Trust me on this.

By the time I headed home, I felt relaxed, recharged and rejuvenated. Now that’s what I call the perfect vacation.