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Immerse yourself in island bliss at these top 10 Key West spas



Key West is a relaxation destination, but getting there can sometimes wear you down. Travel comes with its inherent stressors--delays at airports, long car rides, sleeping in unfamiliar beds--that can lead to tight necks and aching backs. Fortunately, Key West has plenty of spas that will soothe away your aches and pains and rejuvenate you from the inside out.

Spa al Mare at Casa Marina and The Spa at Sunset Key will quickly immerse you in the sounds and scents of the sea with a massage on the sandy beach. Spa Terre on Little Palm Island takes the waterside pampering one step further by moving the massage table out into the calm shallow waters. Exotic treatments from far-flung locales such as Thailand, Bali and India can be found at spots such as Prana Spa and Spa Terre at Ocean Key Resort.

In addition to massage, these spas offer a wide variety of blissful body treatments like the Milk and Honey Rehydration at the Pier House Spa--perfect for the sunburned skin. The invigorating Morning Mimosa Body Scrub at Ocean Wellness Spa can help you recover from a night on the town. Just need a quick pick-me-up? Try Nailtini on Duval Street where they hand you a martini when you walk in the door before whisking you to a pedicure chair.

Whether you're flying solo, on a romantic getaway or a girl’s weekend, these ten best spas in Key West will quickly put you on island time.


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Tranquility Spa

Located outside of Old Town on Roosevelt Avenue overlooking the Garrison Bight, Tranquility Spa is a full service salon and day spa. As opposed to high end resort spas, which have luxury amenities (and prices to match), Tranquility Spa focuses on quality services at reasonable prices minus all the bells and whistles. You'd be hard-pressed to find a better spot for a facial with everything from hydrating to resurfacing facial treatments. Feel like you're filling out your bathing suit a little too much? Try their steam sauna that detoxifies the body and burns over 600 calories in just 30 minutes or a compression wrap that extracts excess fluids from the tissues. Want something more adventurous? Check out their Monkey Bar Massage where the therapist suspends from monkey bars in the ceiling and uses their feet and body weight for an Ashiastu massage.

Recommended for Spas because: Tranquility Spa focuses on quality services at reasonable prices instead of the luxury amenities at high end resort spas.

Claudia's expert tip: Check out their top-grade sunblocks for ultimate protection from the intense Florida Keys' rays.

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Isle Style Spa and Boutique
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This little sanctuary is hidden away behind a historic house on Simonton Street with a wraparound porch. In their combo spa, salon and boutique you'll find both body and retail therapy. Enjoy skin, nail and body treatments done in their tropical zen garden, and don't miss their daily-made sugar scrub. The full-service salon menu includes haircuts for men and women, color, makeup applications and waxing. Prices are reasonable for visitors and locals alike. The boutique focuses on contemporary, boho chic in bright island colors. They feature designers like Free People, Lucky Brand, Ark & Co. and Elan Leggings. Check out their eco-friendly accessories like Verdier repurposed vintage jewelry and upcycled hair baubles made by a local artist. You'll also find a full range of products that will help you replicate your spa experience at home.

Recommended for Spas because: Isle Style has the perfect prescription for relaxation with both body and retail therapy in their combo spa, salon and boutique.

Claudia's expert tip: Their fair-trade FashionABLE scarves are not only gorgeous but help support women in Africa.

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Nailtini Nail Bar & Day Spa
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Located on Duval Street, Nailtini makes it easy to squeeze in some pampering without putting a crimp in your partying. Their TLC comes with a complimentary cocktail on the side. While you sip on an appletini, the friendly women will make you feel like you're a regular, and you'll quickly be caught up in the festive mood. Plop down in one of the massage chairs for their Signature Spa Pedicure. It's the perfect antidote after a day of walking on Duval Street or dancing the night away at the local watering holes. They also offer a full menu of regular spa services, so if you neglected to get that bikini wax before you left home, they can spruce you up.

Recommended for Spas because: Located on Duval Street, Nailtini makes it easy to squeeze in some pampering without putting a crimp in your partying.

Claudia's expert tip: Don't worry. If martinis aren't your thing, they also offer mimosas, wine and champagne.

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Ocean Wellness Spa
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Start your day with an rejuvenating Morning Mimosa Body Scrub followed by a restorative deep tissue massage at this luxury day spa. Located in the heart of Old Town, they offer a full-service salon, nail spa, acupuncture, massage therapy, body treatments, facials, nutrition and skincare--all at reasonable prices. Well-appointed in a comfortable Caribbean casual esthetic, the spa makes both men and women feel welcome. The friendly staff gets rave reviews for their professionalism and friendly demeanor. In their treatments, they focus on using natural, organic and nature-derived products whenever possible. For the ultimate immersion in bliss, book a spa day and chose from an array of healing treatments.

Recommended for Spas because: Located in the heart of Old Town, this luxury day spa goes out of its way to make both men and women feel welcome.

Claudia's expert tip: Planning a spa day? Include a delicious lunch catered by the organic restaurant in Key West, Help Yourself.

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The Spa at Pier House
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Just steps away from the revelry on Duval Street, The Spa at Pier House Resort offers ten lavish treatment rooms among 10,000 square feet of comfortable space. The Spa provides luxurious pampering with an expansive menu that includes body treatments, facials and massages. They're paired with nail and hair services, steam rooms, Vichy showers and a soothing whirlpool. For the full immersion experience, try their Pier House Signature Coma Massage. Tailored to your individual needs, this treatment combines massage, aromatherapy, reflexology and paraffin treatments for the hands and feet. For a quick pick-me-up after a long day of walking, enjoy an organic mango foot soak with seashells and fresh flowers on the veranda at the jacuzzi lounge. Finished with hydrating lotion, you'll be ready to dance the night away in no time.

Recommended for Spas because: Steps away from Duval Street, their ten lavish treatment rooms, whirlpool, steam room and Coma Massage will soothe your aches and pains.

Claudia's expert tip: Sunburned? Try the Milk and Honey re-hydrating treatment, which combines the healing powers of lactic acids to restore the skin.

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Spa Terre at Ocean Key Resort
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While Ocean Key Resort is located at the busy end of Duval Street, you'd never know it in their tranquil Spa Terre. They offer a full menu of treatments like facials, massages, body wraps and other beauty regimens. But it's their Global Rituals like the Javanese Royal Treatment that offer the utmost pampering. From the moment you enter the room, you'll feel like a queen following the path of flower petals at your feet to the massage table. The Balinese massage combines multiple techniques including acupressure, skin rolling, firm stroking and percussion. Essential herbs detox the skin in a post-massage body scrub, followed by a cool layer of yogurt to moisturize the skin. After an aromatic shower, you'll sink into a warm bath in a traditional wooden soaking tub on the curtained balcony. It's prepared with rose petals and infused with tropical fragrances. After two hours of pure relaxation, you won't want to leave.

Recommended for Spas because: Their Global Rituals like the Javanese Royal Treatment offer the utmost pampering and make you feel like a queen.

Claudia's expert tip: Do a little research on their exotic massage styles from Thailand and Bali to determine which one is right for you.

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Prana Spa Key West
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This cozy spa in Old Town offers exotic treatments inspired by the owners' travels to Thailand, India, and the South Pacific Islands. Most of their packages combine an exfoliating body polish with a massage, so the healthy skin cells are prepped for the organic aloe vera based lotions. One treatment you won't find anywhere else on the island--Shirodhara. During this meditative Ayurvedic beauty treatment, warm scented oil is poured onto your forehead and allowed to cascade down through your hair. Afterwards you receive a nice long head and scalp massage. For a more interactive experience, try the Thai Yoga Massage--often referred to as assisted yoga. The therapist uses their hands and feet to engage both their own and your body weight to gently guide you through a series of movements. Owner, Mark Goldstein, has trained with the best teachers in the world in this ancient art of healing.

Recommended for Spas because: This cozy spa in Old Town offers exotic treatments inspired by the owners' travels to Thailand, India, and the South Pacific Islands.

Claudia's expert tip: After a day of walking try the Foot Rejuvenation. Soak your tired tootsies in essential oils followed by an exfoliating scrub and foot massage.

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Spa Terre Little Palm Island
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Accessible only by boat or seaplane, the 5.5 acre Little Palm Island offers a luxury castaway experience. Their motto is "Get Lost," and their Spa Terre will handily make that happen. After checking in at the Little Torch Key welcome station, you'll take a short scenic ride to the island. The namesake Jamaican coconut palms sway in the breeze, and a "no cell phones" sign is posted at the entrance. They offer a complete range of services from head to toe. Their exotic global rituals offer signature indulgences like Balinese and Thai massage, hydrating coconut poultice and mango body polish. For the full "Get Lost" experience, try the Madrugada Water Massage. You'll wade through the clear Caribbean waters and enjoy a customized massage surrounded by the ocean. The therapist's feet are submerged in the water, and you'll be fully immersed in the sounds of the soft lapping waves and native birds.

Recommended for Spas because: Accessible only by boat or seaplane, Little Palm Island offers a luxury castaway experience epitomized by their Madrugada Water Massage.

Claudia's expert tip: You can enjoy Spa Terre even if you're not a guest at Little Palm Island, but appointments are required.

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Spa al Mare
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Spa al Mare offers a full menu of services, but their Ocean Breeze massage can't be beat. Head down the shaded sandy path along Casa Marina's beach and follow the signs decorated with purple orchids to the secluded thatched tiki. Massage tables await right at the water's edge surrounded by veil of lush greenery like sea grape leaves and palm fronds. Settle in for an hour of bliss, as their certified therapists customize a massage to meet your needs from Swedish to deep tissue. Waves crashing upon the shore and the scents of the therapeutic essential oils will calm your senses. Finish with an invigorating rinse in their outdoor bamboo enclosed shower.

Recommended for Spas because: Their Ocean Breeze Massage on the beach mixes the sea salt air, aromatherapy and a customized treatment for total relaxation.

Claudia's expert tip: After your massage, head straight for a hammock to extend your bliss.

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The Spa at Sunset Key
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The journey from bustling Key West to Sunset Key only takes seven minutes, but the boat ride to this 27-acre island paradise will transport you a million miles away. Their elegant spa features treatment suites adorned with tropical flowers and French doors that lead to private patios where guests can relax after treatments. While they offer a full range of services like energizing facials, wraps, massages and other body treatments, their couple's Sunset Romance Package is the epitome of indulgence. Lovebirds can unwind in their private thatched-covered cabana beachside, while two therapists work their worries away during eighty-minute massages. The sounds of the water lapping the shore and the cool breezes caressing the skin calm the senses. Afterwards, you'll don a blue fluffy robe and walk just a few steps to a linen-covered table. Your personal waiter will serve up champagne and tropical delights from their Latitudes Restaurant.

Recommended for Spas because: Couples can escape to the spa on this private island in under ten minutes for a romantic evening like no other.

Claudia's expert tip: You don't have to be a guest of Sunset Key to enjoy the spa.

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Meet Claudia Miller

Claudia Miller has been writing about South Florida for over 17 years--seven from Key Largo. A budding photographer, she can usually be found stalking a sunset. Despite being a tad...  More About Claudia

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