城市养生:迈阿密风格 URBAN WELLNESS Heading to Miami for some soul, sunshine and me-time? Digital detox is one of the hottest wellness trends right now.

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When was the last time you didn’t check your email for 24 hours? Do you find yourself obsessively reading meaningless social media throughout the day? Suffering from neck issues, shorter attention span or poor sleep? You could be experiencing a modern meltdown caused by tech dependency – the perfect excuse to unplug and take a digital detox.

Miami is an unexpected destination for urban wellness. With its year-round sunny weather, great beaches, historical art deco architecture plus food, art and culture, highlights of the city also include healthy hotels, exceptional spas and fitness.

Mina Gough, Director of Spa at The Standard Miami says, "People in Miami love to spa, no matter how busy their lives are. They not only fit in feel good and spa time – they love and live their lives."

Miamians seem passionate about health on all levels. On any given day, you’ll spot Latinos, bohemians, cyclists, joggers and yogis taking advantage of Miami’s indoor and outdoor wellbeing offerings – glowing with positive vibrations.

And forget about 80-hour working weeks. Miamians have got their work-life-balance sorted and dedicate quality time to outdoor life and fitness. The Metropolitan by COMO is our pick for a luxury healthfocused hotel in town. Situated on South Beach, it features the Asian-inspired COMO Shambhala Urban Escape spa and Chef Amanda Gale’s signature COMO Shambhala Cuisine. Clear your mind with nourishing Indian Head Massages, guided meditations and complimentary yoga, and boost your immune system with wellness juices and smoothies. Rooms are 1920’s style designed with marble and chrome and hints of playful pastel pink and sea-foam greens. Spa-wise, expect the absolute best. COMO is renowned for their high-calibre intuitive healers.

Alternatively, splurge on a room at The Miami Beach EDITION where boutique hotelier, Ian Shraeger (co-creator of Studio 54) has created the ultimate in sexy beach chic and legendary nightlife. Positioned as the next generation urban resort, the lobby features a pool table in addition to ice-skating rink, chic nightclub and bowling alley on the lower floor. Rooms are sleek white glass boxes. In terms of wellness, there’s yoga, gourmet mini-bars, Le Labo bath amenities, high-tech fitness, Asian bodywork, Infrared Saunas, express Oxygen Facials and sleep experiences.

Looking for something more bohemian? The Surfcomber on South Beach offers a cool and playful vibe as does the Thompson), an art deco boutique hotel featuring communal outdoor settings and striped cabanas around the ocean-facing

pool. Wellness-wise, there’s 24/7 fun activities such as beach yoga, beach ball tournaments, bike tours and mixology classes in the cabanas. Grab your matt and head to Miami Beach to stretch your limbs in the morning sun. Third Street Beach Yoga host complimentary yoga twice-daily 365 days a year! Alternatively, the One Yoga Foundation offers free yoga in several parks across Miami as their mission is to make yoga available to everyone. Looking for something more upscale? Rooftop yoga is an integral part of the guest experience at The Metropolitan by COMO while beach yoga can be experienced at hotels including Surfcomber and The Setai. Big night out Miami-style? Breathe deeply and fully during a Hangover Yoga class at the Edition – a gentle way to recuperate after over indulging.

If yoga is not your thing, try the Core-fusion Barre class at the Exhale Spa situated at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel – these classes are addictive! Opening soon down the road is a New York style Soulcycle spinning studio.

Prefer water to land? Take a surf or stand-up paddleboard lesson at Sobe Surf School or rent a kayak, kiteboard or windsurf where there’s nothing but serene silence and sea breezes. Left & right page: Spacious bedrooms, balconies and hotel pool at The Edition, Miami

What other city in the world provides complimentary sunscreen for it’s sun-worshippers? Sponsored by Mount Sinai Medical Center, there are 50 dispensers placed throughout the city including various beaches, parks and pools. With Miami’s weather hot and humid year-round and temperatures soaring up to 27 degrees Celsius during the summer, little wonder there’s fresh coconut stalls galore along the boardwalk to keep hydrated. Alternatively, drop by The Metropolitan by COMO and replenish on therapeutic wellness juices or dairy-free muscle mylk. Feeling puckish? They offer the best healthy breakfast in town that’s all organic, raw and vegan. Another great option is celebrity chef’s Tom Colicchio’s Beachcraft restaurant that is all about seasonal sensibility and local pristine ingredients including antibiotic-free meats offered in a natural green surrounds. The Setai, Miami’s most Asian-inspired hotel and considered the most digitally ‘plugged in’ features electric car charging stations, in-room Nest controls and a hotel-wide service app that allows you to order from the restaurant while enjoying the beach. Escape to the spa and detach from devices with The Setai Ceremony, a sublime two-hour ritual comprising of a

well-executed massage infused with Thai stretches and a facial enhanced with a Vietnamese Ridoki beauty tool – designed to help you get back in tune. Spa Director Laura De La Rosa says, "We help guests physically unwind from the digital buzz of the outside world and enter into a serene place of Asian tradition and relaxation." Other wellness highlights include beachside morning yoga and vegan and vegetarian cuisine options – with a focus on local and sustainably sourced ingredients. Take advantage of the six-mile long Miami Beach Walk and run, powerwalk - or cycle. Indeed, Miami’s bike scene has accelerated in the past few years. There’s a great sharing solarpowered Citi Bike system that provides a joyful way to explore the city. So passionate are Miamians about fitness that, on some days, streets are closed-off so that bicyclists, pedestrians and rollerbladers can explore downtown in a fun, safe way. Groups like Emerge Miami have even begun Miami’s first weekly bicycle happy hour!

SPLURGE on Tata Harper Facials, a favourite amongst celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow and Julianne Moore. These farm-to-table facials are on the menu at several spas including the Thompson and The Standard. What makes this facial stand out is that Tata, a Cuban-born entrepreneur, makes all products on her 1,200-acre farm near Vermont.

If spas are your thing, why not go all out to make a day of it and immerse yourself at The Standard Miami – our pick for the best in wellness and holistic offerings. Positioned as a Spa Hotel (a spa with hotel rooms added on), the vibe here is playful and sexy. ‘It’s all in the Mind’ treatment is our choice for digital downtime. During this session, you are encouraged to free up space in your mind as therapists work on releasing any restriction in your neck, scalp and jaw area. This is complemented by a

holosync, a revolutionary audio track that induces brain wave patterns of deep meditation.

Guests are also encouraged to disconnect from their devices in the indoor-outdoor hydrotherapy playground that features a host of water therapies from an infinity salt water pool, Turkish hammam, steam rooms, roman waterfalls, outdoor fire pit and mud lounge overlooking the water. All this plus an eclectic menu of integrative experiences including Full Moon Group Acupuncture, Astrology sessions, yoga, DIY meditation, workshops and urban retreats. Fun treatments include ‘Life & Soul Chakra Classes’ and ‘How to be vibrant & sexy’. All this plus the upmarket motel-style rooms come with organic bath amenities and mini-bars stocked with healthy treats. There’s even an on-site juice bar, and the spa is open until midnight on weekends.

Forget Rooftop bars, it’s all about rooftop spas in Miami. The Metropolitan by COMO boasts the town’s only rooftop hydrotherapy bathing facility with panoramic views over the Atlantic Ocean. They offer complimentary yoga on the terrace. And at the Thompson, whose spa is situated on the 10th floor, you’ll spot healthy souls stretching themselves like cats in the morning sun. Time for a powernap so head to the lush spa at The Edition. Powernap is a cutting edge therapy incorporates a massage alongside Binaural micro-current technology that stimulates the

Left & right page: Relax at the Mandarin Oriental, Miami brain to induce deep sleep, mimicking the effects of a fourhour nap in just 20 minutes. After a night of living it up, this is definitely one to fast track recovery. The spa also offers a host of express treatments tailored to de-stressing and refreshing one in a short space of time. Get swept up in the vibrant atmosphere of the Art Basel festival held every December where more than 200 galleries showcase the best in contemporary and modern art. And as well, you can also view outdoor modern installations and sculptures by the beach and parks.

If running is your thing, be sure to check out the ING Miami Marathon, the biggest event of the year with more than 25,000 participants.

Swim Miami is a Nike-sponsored event held in April that offers the challenge to compete in four different swims between 10 and 800-metres long. Come July and it’s Miami Spa Month where, for two-months, you can indulge in amazing spa and healing treatments for as low as US$99. Workplace wellness is thriving in Miami; and each year, employees participate in the annual Mercedes-benz Corporate Race that is known as the largest office party in town, to boost fitness and raise funds for various charities.

Need to be downtown? Check into the Mandarin Oriental Miami for uber luxury. The spa is spread over three floors and offers Asian-influenced therapies, as well as pilates and yoga.

Jeremy Mccarthy, Group Director of Spa says, “Spas are

Amsterdam/ Coolness overload

Invoking the electrifying energy of the Big Apple where its brand was founded, W Amsterdam did a complete face-lift to the two historical buildings housing it with futuristic features including a rooftop lobby and a SPG Keyless entry system attached to guests’ smartphones. Designed by Office WINHOV and Baranowitz Kronenberg Architects, W Amsterdam also boasts the XBANK, a 700sqm exhibition gallery and immersive incubator concept space that connects local design, fashion and music talents.

Dhaka/ Emporium of traditions

For the culture seekers and creative minds, opt for the Le Méridien Dhaka, whose designs by award-winning FBEYE International marry its brand heritage with Bangladesh culture. Dhaka-inspired art installations – from indigenous terracotta contour tiles to lamps resembling the water pumps of rural Bangladesh – dot every corner of the property, whether in public areas or guest rooms: making sightseeing possible even as you dream!

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