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Ready to unwind in Fort Lauderdale? If the miles of sandy beaches aren't enough to soothe your stress away, book an appointment at one of these spas, our top picks for their array of treatments, top-notch service and special details that make every visit better than the last one.
The Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale is a retreat unto itself with 8,500 square feet of treatment rooms, workout facilities and comfortable lounging areas where you'll enjoy basking in the blissful afterglow of a wonderful massage. Start the day by burning off a few calories in a yoga class or by jogging on a treadmill in the spa's fitness center. Once you've finished, slip into one of the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star spa's terry cloth robes and help your body get into relaxation mode by enjoying a magazine and a glass of champagne by the pool. You're welcome to revisit the pool area after your treatment; in fact, we'd almost be surprised if you chose not to.
If you don't mind taking a short drive to Boca Raton, we also recommend Spa Palazzo. The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star spa has an elegant European vibe; take a good look, and you'll see similarities between the spa's architecture and Spain's Alhambra palace, which served as the design muse for this relaxing enclave. This spa, which can be found at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, makes great use of tropical fruits in its treatments: we can't stop daydreaming about how soft our skin feels after a honey-coconut-mango body scrub and how radiant our face looks after a Florida citrus facial.