Little Layovers: 72 Hours in Miami South Beach for Wellness Seekers

If you’re headed to sunny Miami South Beach this winter season, be sure to check out a few of our well-curated places for a wellness-focused holiday.

From the top hotels to eateries and spas, we have a guide to keep you glowing, even while on vacation.

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Where to stay: Loews Miami Beach Hotel

Loews Miami Beach HotelPHOTO: @loewsmiami

Loews Miami Beach Hotel in South Beach boasts pristine beach access in the back and bustling Collins Avenue in the front.

For those looking to escape the ordinary, the EXHALE Spa offers a bevy of wellness options, including rooftop meditation classes and a healing menu with cupping, acupuncture-organ detox treatments, holistic facial rejuvenation techniques, and Reiki.

For moments in between dips and self-care, be sure to grab a coffee at the hotel’s own Miami Joe’s coffee shop for single-origin brews from Central America, as well as local roasters within the area.

Where to eat: Vitality Bowls, Planta, Byblos

Miami is a cultural hub brimming with delectable bites at every turn. Head to Little Havana for a taste of Cuba or South Beach for fresh seafood and light fare. To suit every traveler’s budget and dietary concerns, we’ve outlined three restaurants worth waiting in line for.

Vitality Bowls South Beach

Vitality BowlsPHOTO: @vitalitybowls

$ – budget

When in South Beach, indulge in an organic Açaí bowl at Vitality Bowls South Beach, brimming with fresh fruit and protein-rich toppings. These highly nutritional bowls will keep you powered as you beach hop around Miami.

Recommended dish: Their Superfood Bowl with kale, cacao, and honey is an excellent place to start.

Planta South Beach

Planta South BeachPHOTO: @plantasouthbeach

$$ – mid-range

With a location in Toronto, Planta is a fantastic option for travelers looking to indulge without the worry of food sensitivities under the watchful eye of Chef David Lee. Eat guilt-free at this plant-based and vegan establishment, that only sources from ethical suppliers.

Recommended dish: I’m a big fan of the food at planta – you just can’t go wrong. But if you’re feeling hungry, I’d recommend the Truffle Burger. Topped with cashew mozzarella, dill pickles, and almond nut Parmigiano fries, you’ll be in heaven upon the first bite.

Byblos Miami

Byblos MiamiPHOTO: @experiencebyblos

$$$ – splurge

Visionaries Charles Khabouth and Hanif Harji dreamed up Byblos, a delectable restaurant with another vibrant location in Toronto. This upscale Eastern Mediterranean establishment serves up fresh bites sourced from Miami and beyond including Morocco, Turkey, and Israel, flawlessly executed by Chef Stuart Cameron.

Recommended dish: If you’re looking to sink your teeth into salmon, be sure to order up the Ora King dish, complete with harissa, sumac, citrus labneh, and cauliflower.

What to Do: Anatomy gym, paddle boarding

You can never run out of things to do in Miami, but we’ve tailored a few experiences to complement your overall health and wellbeing. Pop into Anatomy, a creation of former Jets and Patriots player, Marc Megna.

Anatomy fitness clubPHOTO: @anatomy

This health and fitness center has a cold therapy room, infrared sauna and a chiropractor on site.

Those looking to take their exercise into the water can head to the Standard Spa where they can sign up for a Stand-Up Paddle Clinic. Stand-up paddling boarding is an excellent full-body workout that uses balance and coordination to activate and strengthen your muscles.

What to Buy

Wellness and lifestyle focused travelers should make time to visit Flow at The Sacred Space Miami in the Wynwood Walls District.

Flow at The Sacred Space MiamiPHOTO: @shopflowmiami

Every product on these shelves offers a healthy route to personal transformation. Their collection contains products for mind, body, and spirit that contribute to an elevated and sustainable lifestyle.

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Sarah Harris

Former British VOGUE intern turned Managing Digital Editor. This devoted dog mom hailing from Toronto loves all things travel related. Catch Sarah -if you can - boarding a flight and browsing antique markets in search of treasures around the world.

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