Spas you’ll want to plan your hol­i­days around.

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ELLE (Canada) - - Insider - OLIVIA STREN

The magic fa­cial at the ex­hales pa ritz-carl­ton , Bal Har­bour, fla.

When I ar­rive at the Ritz-Carl­ton Bal Har­bour, Mi­ami, on a bright after­noon, the sea is sparkling as if it were cov­ered in Chopard di­a­monds. (There is, bien en­tendu, a Chopard Bou­tique at the six-hectare al­fresco mall, The Shops at Bal Har­bour, which is just a plat­inum card’s throw away.) In the pil­lared lobby, which is washed in var­i­ous shades of tanned brown, chil­dren in Young Ver­sace high-tops gam­bol about as a Ritz res­i­dent, bronzed enough to make a Vuit­ton valise look pal­lid, pushes her Ha­vanese in a Bu­ga­boo stroller. The dog, by the way, is wear­ing the hell out of a JLo-style top­knot. “She has hair, not fur,” the woman tells me. Feel­ing less soignée than the lo­cal ca­nines, I check my­self into the ho­tel’s 929-square-me­tre Ex­hale Spa for a Magic Fa­cial. My fa­cial­ist quickly ap­praises my skin and deems it de­hy­drated and tired. What fol­lows is a fra­grant hour-and-a-half pa­rade of pam­per­ing. Af­ter wash­ing my face with a warm­ing honey cleanser and ap­ply­ing a vi­ta­min-C serum, she uses a Bio-Ther­a­peu­tic ul­tra­sonic de­vice (with a high-speed os­cil­lat­ing blade) for deep ex­fo­li­a­tion and then in­frared Cool­beam tech­nol­ogy to stim­u­late col­la­gen and elastin pro­duc­tion. The mem­o­rable fi­nale is the “Z-peel,” pow­ered with Mu­cor Miehei Ja­panese-mushroom enzymes that plump, brighten and soften fine (and, alas, not-so-fine) lines. I float out of the spa feel­ing as pol­ished as a Chopard bauble and as cos­seted as a South Beach-dwelling Ha­vanese. I do be­lieve in magic.

The Ex­hale Spa, lo­cated in the Ritz-Carl­ton Bal Har­bour, Mi­ami, is a lux­ury water­front sanc­tu­ary.

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