The word "spa" conjures images of soft meditation sounds, whooshing waterfalls, and, oddly enough, that old Mattress Giant commercial ("If you're looking for that ooh-ahh feel!"). At the Standard Spa, you'll get all of that plus your ooh-ahh feels and so much more. When you walk into the classic Belle Isle hotel, an immense sense of serenity hits you. The tranquil views of Biscayne Bay are so calming that you might forget why you're there. Oh, the spa, that's right! The whole setup is like stepping into a time warp — vibrant colors, marble backdrops, and all sorts of strange, vintage-inspired lighting. Weekdays, $80 gets you into the spa, where a steam room, warming hamam, and dry sauna await to wring the stress from your body. (That price goes up to $160 Friday through Sunday.) The Standard also offers individual services, including massages (get a bone-melting Hurts So Good 60-minute one for $175), manis (go for the Worshiped Hands for $45), pedis (Worshiped Feet runs $75), and facials (choose from more than 20 options, starting at $165). Expect to leave revived and totally refreshed. Ooh-ahh.
Readers' choice: The Standard Spa Miami Beach