Greater Miami hotels add fitness, spa facilities to lineup

MIAMI -- To underscore the importance of having fitness, health and spa services in house, numerous hotels undergoing renovations made significant investments in such facilities.

Highlights follow:

• The 395-unit Turnberry Isle Resort & Club, Aventura, added a $10 million, 25,000-square-foot spa with 16 massage rooms and a 3,600-square-foot fitness center designed by Tag Galyean.

The three-level spa, overlooking gardens, has Mediterranean-inspired architecture and a 40-foot curved glass wall with a domed skylight.

Among the spa services are Omni Sales (Latin for total well-being). These treatments use products with thermal waters, including a facial, scalp and foot massage and body exfoliation.

Another treatment is the Lomi Lomi Massage, based on the Hawaiian concept of working with the body, mind and spirit.

For information, call (800) 327-7028 or view the Web site at www.turnberryisle.com.

• The 255-room Don Shula's Hotel & Golf Club, Miami, designed a wellness program and claims to have appointed "the world's first fitness concierge."

For information, call (800) 24-SHULA."

• The 267-room Comfort Inn & Suites at Miami Airport completed a $750,000 renovation that included a volleyball court and an outdoor fitness trail with 12 stations.

For information, call (305) 871-6000

• When the 352-room Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne, opened last summer, it included a 20,000-square-foot European-style health spa and fitness center.

For information, call (800) 241-3333.

• The recent refurbishment of the 585-room Roney Palace Resort & Spa, Miami Beach, included a 10,000-square-foot Larry North Fitness of South Beach operation.

For details, call (800) 432-4317.

• The 324-room Shore Club, Miami Beach, which is completing a major renovation, later this month expects to replace its temporary health club with a 5,000-square-foot health club.

For information, call (877)-640-9500.

• The Sonesta Beach Hotel, Key Biscayne, added a 10,000-square-foot spa and salon. The complex offers classic European treatments in eight treatment rooms, a fitness center, a sauna and a hair and nail salon.

For information, call (800) SONESTA.

The future 132-room W Miami-South Beach, a Starwood Hotels affiliate, will have a state-of-the-art spa and fitness center when it officially opens with the W brand during 2002.

At present, the property is doing business as the Ritz Plaza Hotel.

For information, call (305) 534-3500.

• The 225-room Dezerland Surfside Beach Resort, Surfside, added a 15,000-square-foot Nirvana Spa, including a steam room.

For information, call (800) 331-9346.

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