Green Eyes On: Eco-Spas Take Miami


Photo via Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

It's good enough for Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian, that is. Is it good enough for you?

With brand new eco-spas opening there, maybe Miami is.

Long thought of as the playground of the rich, famous, and scantily clad, Miami is ushering in a new era. Sure the beaches are still lined with 5-star resorts, pricey restaurants, and beaches full of thongs and speedos, but the city is also now host to a small bevy of eco spas and resorts.
Take Uhma Spa, the eco-chic urban sanctuary designed to bring people and nature together as uma (Portuguese for one). Uhma, on 6th Street in downtown Miami, sells and uses only 100% natural, organic and cruelty-free products.

Or Emena, another boutique eco-spa found in the bustling Design District of Miami. While waiting, guests are offered their choice of wheat grass, fruit-infused water, or organic tea. And, so their clients can fit into their speedos and thongs, Emena offers more than deep sea wraps and massages, they offer personal training and Power Plate Fitness.

And then there's the Mandarin Oriental Miami. Mandarin Oriental hotels are commonly recognized as home to benchmark spas and luxe surroundings, but the Miami branch is stepping that up a bit in the direction of giving back and protecting the earth around as they play host to new eco experiences that even include a trip into the wild west of the south — the Everglades.

For every Herbal Thai Compress Ritual that the spa performs, a tree (oak, bald cypress, slash pine, or gumbo limbo) is planted in the nearby Everglades National Park. In this way the guest is helping to support a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Founded by the United Nations Foundation and Expedia, the World Heritage Alliance for Sustainable Tourism was designed to engage the travel industry to promote environmentally and economically sustainable business practices around UNESCO World Heritage sites. The Mandarin Oriental Miami has chosen the Everglades as their partner UNESCO site. After undergoing a relaxing spa treatment, hotel guests can venture out into the Everglades and participate in the Mandarin Oriental voluntourism program; planting trees, weeding out exotic plants, and working on recycling projects.

Giving back with kicking back is pretty sweet!

Of course, like many hotels, the Mandarin Miami has also implemented a number of other "green" practices, including the use of post-consumer recycled content paper, lighting timers, recycling, and low-flow water fixtures.

The "Miami Everglades" package includes:
• Accommodations for two nights
• American breakfast daily
• Day Trip to Everglades National Park, which includes:
- 9:30am — noon: Volunteer mission
- Noon — 1pm: lunch (boxed lunch provided by Mandarin Oriental, Miami)
- 1pm — 3pm: Inspiring tour of the park
• Hybrid rental car for a day
Package prices (based on a two-night stay), range from $698 prior to September 30, 2009 and from $798 from October 1, 2009 through December 15, 2009. www.mandarinoriental.com.

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