Spa + Wellness

Zen Dens: Yoga Retreats

by Adam Skolnick

Where: Miami Beach, Florida

Guru says: A state of egolessness in South Beach? Sounds suspect, huh? Well, while retaining all the retro-cool design motifs of Andre Balazs's hip hotel brand, this property on a small bay island off the Venetian Causeway is geared around wellness. Its daily group yoga classes are open to hotel guests and the paying public, as are its pranayama and Tibetan meditation classes. The spa is off-the-charts slick, with an emphasis on water therapy—a Turkish hammam, a waterfall hot tub, a spa menu full of double entendres like "Tag Team" (four-hands massage) and "The Standard Spanking" (yes, it involves your buttocks). But it isn't style over substance here; this place does deliver the goods. There's a staff acupuncturist and naturopath, a diverse stable of instructors, and terrific yoga facilities. It's generating great buzz in the yoga world.

Classmates: Two parts international travelers, one part models (and wannabes), and a garnish of Miami locals.

Om factor: Undetermined. The Standard is working to deliver age-old techniques in cool packaging. Does that make it less authentic? You be the judge.

Prerequisites: There's a touch of Kundalini yoga here, which means holding poses longer and with a variety of breathing techniques. Endure some pain, and you'll leave feeling high.

Extracurricular: South Beach, and all its toned and tanned glories.

When to go: This one's wide open.

Doubles from $125; yoga and meditation classes $17

The Standard Miami
Tel: 305 673 1717

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