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Miami’s Sexiest New Chillout Spot


Yes, Philippe Starck may be one of the most overexposed hotel designers in the world. But just when you think, “If I’ve seen one room by Philippe Starck, I’ve seen them all,” you step into a space like the Spa at Icon Brickell.


Something about Starck’s designs just seems to make sense in Miami. And this glamorous new spa, the flagship for Viceroy Resorts, is particularly successful, with water as its central theme.

I spent a full hour chilling out before my treatment in the waiting area, which they call a “water lounge”: a 5,000-square-foot floating library of sorts, with three hot and cold plunge pools, a fireplace, and a yellow crystal chandelier. I lounged decadently on the all-white sofa, nibbled on fruit dipped in honey, and perused the eclectic selection of books (also covered in white, for that aesthetically pleasing effect). And yes, my treatment—the Raindrop Therapy, in which seven essential oils are massaged into your spine one by one—was fantastic.


Even the locker rooms were pretty slick. Kudos to spa manager Patrick Huey, who brings charm and personality to the mix; he’s introduced creative fitness classes like Bootylicious (which targets just what you think it does), poolside yoga overlooking Biscayne Bay, and movie nights and monthly themed film festivals in the private screening room adjoining the spa. Gourmet popcorn and cupcakes included in the price of admission.

Irene Edwards is the special projects editor at Travel + Leisure.

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