Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Canyon Ranch Spa in Miami Beach

Dear Imaginary Friends,

What city is spicier than Miami? Um... not many. But there are many different sides to Miami. I could write a book. Miami has a thriving  modelling business and is obsessed with beauty. There is also the pervasive Latino influence. And then there is fabulous shopping, of which we partook in Bal Harbour. 

My favorite Miami pastime of all is actually people watching, both in Bal Harbour and on Lincoln Road, even though I have seen some sights that have burned my eyes. This time, we saw a sixtyish man strutting his stuff very slowly and deliberately in a shocking pink Lycra Speedo. He was tanned and buff, and a total exhibitionist, walking past all of the sidewalk cafes on Lincoln Road. We were incredulous. And lost our appetites. Only in Miami. I enjoy seeing the beautiful people at the Raleigh Hotel. They come to lunch poolside and everyone looks pretty fabulous: slick Europeans, youngish couples, expensive clothing.

When my husband and I recently trekked to South Beach last week, we searched for some extra special places to dine. While perusing our choices via, I realized that there is a Canyon Ranch restaurant inside an oceanside hotel and spa built a few years ago.

We made a beeline last Saturday night. The restaurant is stunningly beautiful, creatively decorated and set on the beach with outdoor dining and views of the ocean. Musicians played music that we really enjoyed, setting a really relaxed mood.
The menu was large and contained vegan options as well as a zillion other healthy choices.

Canyon Ranch is headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, and has other spas in both Lenox, Massachusetts in the Berkshires, and Miami Beach. Most of the patrons are older, well-to-do, and casually dressed. Canyon Ranch is all about being healthy, at peace, and rested.

Every item on the menu in their elegant restaurant contains full nutritional information, and nothing is unhealthy. Corn syrup? No! Quinoa? Yes! There is actually a tiny healthy serving of cheesecake on the menu, which sits on a lollipop stick.

We ate reasonable quantities of low calorie elegant cuisine, and yet came away feeling satisfied, guilt free, healthy and very relaxed.
The Uber Trendy Base store on Lincoln Road in Miami's South Beach
I look forward to going back next time we head to Miami. Canyon Ranch, can you please open an outpost here in Washington, DC?

Your fan,


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