Initially I thought the name of the Hilton Bentley Hotel’s Spa 101 was simply a play on the address, quietly existing South of Fifth on 1st and Ocean. However during my recent visit as a part of the Miami Spa Month promotion, I found that this lovely little spa chose that name for the address yes, but more importantly, for it’s play on their back to basics theme. No laundry list of services or colorful titles to describe them. Spa 101 is a reintroduction to what a great spa experience should be. Stimulating, pampered and thoroughly relaxing.
It’s the first thing you’ll notice reviewing Spa 101’s brochure. The entire menu consists of just 14 services. However, within those services, are endless possibilities for your health and well being. The spa is small and intimate and the owners Iris and Patrick Van De Coevering are very hands on. When they ask, where does it hurt, you can tell they are personally invested in your wellness. It’s that level of customer service alone that makes Spa 101 a great day at the spa.
The couple, former spa owners in Bali, relocated to Miami when their children started school. “We wanted to be closer to civilzation,” says Patrick. And although they’ve left island life far behind, the prinicples of intimate service and the discipline of the practice of massage and body work is evident at Spa 101. Combining those “basics” with state of the art technology and treatments, Spa 101 has created quite a special blend of technique and talent.
When I arrived, neither owner was available as they are making plans for the opening of their second location set for August. So, while I waited for my massage, I decided to head downstairs for a light lunch. Those familiar with the area will recognize the property and surrounding area for its celebrity buzz. The hotel played host to the star’s of the E! Network’s reality show, Kourtney and Khloe take Miami, and nearly every celebrity landing in Miami makes one of their first stops at the Hilton Bentley’s uber famous, Prime One Twelve restaurant across the street.
I opted for Gaia restaurant in the hotel’s lobby, overlooking the sundeck and patio. Gaia is known for it’s super fresh Italian menu and wine list but I enjoyed a delightful cerviche which I could see making another trip for. A quick sauna and shower and when I returned to the spa I was pleased to not only meet both owners but to find out that Iris would be giving me her famous “face lift” massage. As you will see in the video below, there were a lot of power tools used in the execution of this facial, none at all unpleasant, mind you. My skin was so luminous, I posted it on Facebook – sans makeup – and called everyone I know to show and tell them how amazing my skin looked following this treatment. It clearly took a few years off my face and with no cutting or poisonous chemical injections. Don’t believe me? Check out the before and after shots in the slideshow below.
The best part? Hours later, my skin appeared to look even better. The treatment includes lymphatic drainage and a micro current treatment that literally brought the sun out in my skin. Spa 101 offers the service in a single session or in a package of six “long lasting” sessions. The immediate results are really impressive and days later it looks and feels like the facial that just keeps on giving.
While I am enamored with this treatment, Miami Spa Month offers the opportunity for you to enjoy this facial and their full slate of massages for only $99, every day except for Saturdays. Planning to make a day of it? Upgrade to the Bentley Beach Club package that includes your massage or facial, beach chair, umbrella and towels, lunch at Gaia, sauna, gym, Jacuzzi and valet parking for $159 per guest. In addition, Spa 101 has lots of great specials, like 20% off on their full service scrub, massage and facial package, and they are rolling out the red carpet for locals and frequent guests. For a membership fee of $75 a month, you’ll receive all services at Spa 101 for 50% off. For more information call 786 879-5433
Spa 101 4th floor lounge Hilton Bentley Hotel 101 Ocean Drive Miami Beach, FL 33139