First a bit of history: This was once the Carillon Hotel. Next door there was a Miami nightclub where all the stars of the 50s, including Sinatra, performed. Of course they stayed at the hotel. Completely rebuilt in 2008, except for listed sections such as the sign and some of the marble and period floors, it is now a beautiful modern building facing the beach.
Now let's talk about Canyon Ranch. In the US, it is the well-being brand par excellence. Or excellent well-being, depending on how you look at it. Originally based in Tucson (Arizona), the brand has gradually expanded. Miami Beach is its only seafront 'resort'. And it is also the only one where the 'house' treatment is not part and parcel of the stay.
The concept is interesting: a beautiful, very modern hotel, top quality guest rooms - or rather suites, lavish facilities, and a 7000m2 half-Spa half-sports centre. Sports activities, detox, an introduction to dieting, alternative medicine, and the search for positive energies are all included in the room price, among other things. Around forty free classes are run every day. From the basic gym class to the last discovery in the field of anti-stress. It's up to you if you want to take part of not.
Otherwise, everything here is organic, and there is no Coca Cola in sight. Unique south of Atlanta!
The Canyon Ranch is definitely worth a visit, especially as - and once again a first for Miami - there are none of the resort fees or hidden costs that have become the (disgraceful) trademark of
A word about the decor which gives pride of place to driftwood from the mangrove, carefully designed by the superb Rockwell firm to which we also owe the W Hotel in Paris and the Hotel Arts Barcelona, among others.
The facilities include:
In terms of sports: 4 swimming pools, one of which is reserved for adults. The advantage: as they are positioned in the 4 corners of the resort, there is always at least one (and often 4) in the sun.
A 7,000m2 gym and well-being centre! Here you'll find a gym with top-of-the-range equipment, free access, 5 studios for classes, an alternative medicine centre, a thermal circuit (free), a Spa, and a hair salon. The treatment prices are identical to those of other hotels, with added professionalism. Many top athletes come here to get prepare for events. The Spa menu is 66 pages long! You can also book a series of treatments, a smoking detox treatment, weight loss treatment and many more before your trip.