Palm Beach Playground
About an hour’s drive north of Miami, Eau Spa promotes fun play as much as quiet Zen to relieve stress.

The Palm Beaches, which span 2,300 square miles from Boca Raton to Jupiter, are considered southeast Florida’s ultra-high-end wellness mecca. And one of its hidden jewels is the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa. Having recently underwent an extensive, multimillion-dollar reimagining of its social spaces, the resort now features a variety of new culinary outposts, a Riviera-inspired pool experience, an Instagram-worthy kids’ club, and an all-new Spa Terrace café.

Showcasing sunset views and waterfalls, Spa Terrace is an outdoor oasis of lush vegetation and ambient sounds that complements the whimsical playground of the 42,000-square-foot Eau Spa with its co-ed Self-Centered Garden featuring dipping pools, hanging chairs above a reflecting pond, cabanas, and a heated massage bench. In contrast to the decadent mini cupcakes offered in the spa’s relaxation lounge, the new spa cuisine menu offers health-conscious dishes that include locally sourced salads, wraps, and fresh-pressed juices.

But the real stress-free journey begins upon entering the spa’s reception area, where an Egyptian proverb engraved into the wall of a pond-size wishing well reads “For the benefit of the flowers, we water the thorns, too.” Guests are encouraged to light a floating candle and make a wish before heading over to the changing rooms or the Scrub and Polish Bar for custom-made cleansing ritual scrub kits to enjoy in the bath lounge’s steam room, sauna, cascading rain shower, and oversized Jacuzzi. The ingredients in the scrubs express the spa’s themes: Pause, lavender and mint to ease the mind and body; Play, citrus and eucalyptus to invigorate the muscles and spirit; Perfect, vanilla and ginger for a cleansing indulgence.

With 19 treatment rooms and private garden villas in which to enjoy a massage or facial, the menu of services is extensive. For those who spent too much time on the beach, the Eau So Cool facial ($365) is the perfect after-sun cooling and rejuvenating treatment for over-exposed skin. Using products from Swiss skincare brand Valmont, the regenerating serums eliminate redness and inflammation to leave skin fully hydrated. Afterward, staying indoors for a bit is just as much a haven for relaxation with the lounge’s Rubik’s Cubes and whimsical chandelier made of more than 300 vintage and contemporary glasses—a reminder that there’s still much fun to be had.

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