Top Spas and Wellness Experiences on Florida’s Scenic Highway 30A

Serenity by the sea Spa. Photo credit: Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa
By Abigail Abesamis

In addition to picturesque beaches and striking New Urbanist towns, 30A is also home to several standout spas offering relaxation, rejuvenation, and remedies for your aches and stresses in both the body and the mind. Schedule in some self care at these great local businesses highlighted below.

It’s important to note that in light of the global pandemic, spa offerings may be limited and hours are subject to change. For detailed information on current operating procedures and safeguards in place to protect customers and staff, please contact the businesses directly.

Vivo Spa Salon

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This full-service spa in Rosemary Beach is owned by husband-and-wife team Michael and Erin Jordan (both Aveda Purefessionals), who also run Polished 30A Nail Bar in partnership with Christa Champagne (a former Vivo employee). All spa treatments performed in their four private treatment rooms are customized and employ organic products plus Ayurvedic aromas and philosophies.

“Vivo Spa offers one of a kind services only found here, developed by a Global Advanced Spa Educator, and performed by highly trained and tested spa therapists,” Michael told 30A. “Our Vivo Power Massage was recently adopted by Theragun to launch with their fitness pros and wellness experts to be incorporated with their newest equipment. 2020 marks our 10-year anniversary as a premier spa on 30A.”

Highlights include a Hot Stone & CBD Massage (with optional enhancements including cupping and reflexology), Couples Massage, Splendid Dirt Nutrient Mud Mask (boosts radiance and improves the appearance of uneven skin tones) and Tibetan Sound Therapy and Massage (a revitalizing and grounding massage which uses harmonizing sacred singing bowls).

Vivo Spa Salon is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Book an appointment online or call (850) 231-6801.

30A Wellness Studio

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In Grayton Beach, this boutique acupuncture, massage, and alternative medicine clinic is owned by Dr. April Bradley, an Acupuncture Physician and Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner. 30A Wellness Studio has services for everything from addressing chronic issues to stress reduction and pain relief.

What sets us apart is our ability to offer clinical and therapeutic results in a beautiful spa-like setting,” April told 30A. “People leave our office feeling better and often comment on how they feel heard and cared for which is unfortunately hard to get from many medical practitioners these days.”

Highlights include acupuncture (treatments may also include cupping, gua sha, gemstones, essential oils or flower essences), massage (deep tissue, sports massage and more) and a flower essence consult (vibrational, energetic elixirs crafted from flowers and plants). 

30A Wellness Studio offers acupuncture, cupping, nutritional testing and hair tissue mineral analysis by appointment only from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Massages are offered Monday to Saturday by appointment only. Book an appointment online or call (850) 231-6000.

Serenity by the Sea Spa

Photo credit: Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa

At the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa in Miramar Beach, this 14,500-square-foot spa offers an immersive relaxation experience. They recommend guests come in early to experience their amenities which are complimentary with a spa booking, starting with microfiber robes with slippers plus a selection of fresh juices, teas, and healthy snacks. Luxury spa treatments include pampering facials, massages, moisturizing scrubs and hydrating wraps.

“Serenity by the sea Spa is inspired by the tranquil seaside setting of Miramar Beach,” Shanelle Lucas, spa director, told 30A. “Our talented therapists create an ultra-luxurious experience for every guest and our goal is to relax the mind, calm the body and revive the spirit. With 16 treatment rooms, a sauna, steam room and waterfall whirlpool we are able to create a serene space that leaves guests feeling truly refreshed.”

Highlights include a Voyager Massage (a sensory experience where warm steamed bags of orange, clove, ginger, and seaweed are gently massaged into the body), Warm Spiced Mud Wrap (a firming and toning wrap infused with aromatic ginger and orange) and Deluxe HydraFacial (featuring a specialty booster and customized mask for your skin-specific coconeeds plus LED light therapy).

Currently, Serenity by the sea Spa is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day by appointment only for spa and salon appointments. Spa lounges are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at a limited capacity. To book an appointment, call (850) 622-9595. 

WaterColor InnSpa

WaterColor Inn’s on-site spa in Santa Rosa Beach offers a variety of rejuvenating services, including massages, facials and body treatments. For those short on time, they have 25-minute express treatments, and for those looking to go all-out there are packages which include multiple treatments (with small discounts and complimentary enhancements). 

“The InnSpa offers a full treatment menu inspired by the beach and aimed at revitalizing the skin,” Gabrielle Testa, general manager of WaterColor Inn, told 30A. “Whether it’s with a targeted or full-body massage or a facial with natural ingredients, every treatment can be customized to meet the needs of our guests. We also offer waxing and have a curated selection of wonderful retail items, including the SkinCeuticals line––one of our favorites.”

Highlights include a Deep Tissue Massage (dual treatment room available for couples, friends and family members), Instant Refresher Facial (featuring five intense exfoliants and resulting in a radiant complexion) and Dry Brush Rejuvenation (rejuvenates the skin, stimulates the lymphatic system and increases circulation).

WaterColor InnSpa is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday and closed on Sunday. To book an appointment, call (850) 534-5010. The InnSpa is open with limited services and sanitation procedures in place, in adherence with current safety guidelines. For the latest updates on current operations, please visit https://www.watercolorresort.com/covid-19-update.html

Spa Pearl

Located inside The Pearl Hotel in Rosemary Beach, this intimate spa offers facials, massages, and body treatments in four poolside treatment rooms, plus manicures and pedicures in their spa parlor. 

“At Spa Pearl we’re all about utilizing the therapeutic elements of the water, as well as the healing powers of our namesake gemstone, to create an innovative yet personalized spa experience for our guests,” Dave Merryman, general manager of The Pearl Hotel, told 30A. “Our private poolside treatment rooms provide an intimate and relaxing setting for our signature body treatments, massages, and facials, but we can also offer in-room massages for those guests staying at The Pearl.”

Highlights include a Triple Illuminating Facial (which exfoliates, plumps fine lines and wrinkles, and leaves skin smooth and radiant), Pearl Stone Ritual (featuring a crushed rice foot scrub, lemongrass and coconut essential oil lotion, and warmed stones) and Mother of Pearl (a detoxifying full body scrub with a light scalp massage).

Currently, Spa Pearl is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday and closed on Monday and Sunday. Walk-ins and same-day appointments are not accepted and all treatments must be booked 24 hours in advance. To book an appointment, call (850) 460-9041. Spa Pearl is open with limited services and sanitation procedures in place, in adherence with current safety guidelines. For the latest updates on current operations, please visit https://www.thepearlrb.com/covid-19-update.html

For the Health of It 

In Blue Mountain Beach, this organic grocery, juice and smoothie bar, and massage therapy clinic has been serving customers in the 30A area and beyond since 1995. They have four treatment rooms and offer massage therapy packages with a 10% discount for purchasing five massages at once and a 15% discount for purchasing 10 massages.

“Our massage therapy clinic and staff take great pride in serving 30A and our community with professional therapeutic massage for over 25 years,” Ed Berry, owner, told 30A. “We strive to create a nurturing clinic at rates that locals and visitors can afford without jeopardizing quality.  We have three of the most requested and professional therapists anywhere around. June, Mark and Gwen have made our clinic their home for nearly 60 years combined––that’s a milestone that we are certainly proud of.”

Highlights include neuromuscular therapy (a deep tissue massage for pain management and easing tension), Aroma Therapy (featuring pure essential oils) and Pregnancy Massage (offering benefits for mom and baby).

Currently, For the Health of It’s massage clinic is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. To book an appointment, call (850) 267-0558. 

30A Medical Spa

Photo credit: 30A Medical Spa via Facebook

Located in Inlet Beach, 30A Medical Spa offers a range of non-invasive aesthetic and spa services. This includes injectables (like Botox), microblading (for filling in eyebrows), dermaplaning, microneedling and waxing plus traditional spa services like facials, massages and body scrubs.

Highlights include HydraFacial (a multi-step treatment that simultaneously cleanses, hydrates, nourishes and protects the skin, resulting in a brighter, more radiant complexion), a Gentleman’s Facial (tailored to address hair bumps, ingrown hairs, and uneven texture) and Medical Massage (focuses on alleviating acute or chronic pain in a specific muscle or muscle group).

30A Medical Spa is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and Saturday by appointment only. To book an appointment, call (850) 502-4252.

Beach Ready Spa

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Located in Seaside, this spa with a sauna offers services and packages for men, women, and kids. Party packages perfect for birthdays, bachelorette parties, and other special occasions include two services, and parties of four or more have the spa to themselves. Signature services include a Renewal Massage, Rejuvenation Deluxe Facial, Hydrating Massage Body Ritual, and Perfect Manicure and Pedicure.

“At Beach Ready Spa, we believe in taking time to listen to our clients’ needs not only physically but mentally as well,” Mel Corey, owner of Beach Ready Spa, told 30A. “Someone who plays tennis might have different massage needs than someone who isn’t active, and someone who is in a high-stress job or household carries their stress in a different way. Massage has numerous benefits for our emotional, spiritual, and physical wellbeing.”

Highlights include a Too Much Sun Facial (a calming and restorative treatment for sensitive skin), Hot Shell Massage (using heated tiger clam shells), and Chakra Balancing Massage (aimed at balancing the body’s energy centers to restore harmony and focus).

Beach Ready Spa is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. To book an appointment, call (850) 468-0925.

Abigail Abesamis is a writer, editor and former New Yorker based in sunny Panama City Beach, Florida. Her writing has been featured in HuffPost Food & Drink, Forbes.com, Insider, Business Insider, Apartment Therapy, and more. When she’s not writing she’s reading up on the latest wellness trends, teaching Zumba classes, or reading a book on the beach.

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