The scene:A haven from Miami Beach frenzy. Cellphones aren't allowed on in public areas. Scented candles and staffers who seem to genuinely care about guests' well-being await in the elegant, calming lobby, designed by New York's prestigious Rockwell Group, with Guatemalan mangrove sculpture. No makeup and yoga pants replace stilettos and teeny bikinis. VIPs opting for Canyon Ranch Living include CSI: Miami's David Caruso. Residents and guests get a full menu of spa services and complimentary classes (from Pilates to rock climbing), plus lectures by physicians. Outsiders can eat at the restaurant, where dishes such as $11 shrimp ceviche marinated in grapefruit, cilantro and chiles or $26 lavender-stuffed quail have calorie, carb and protein counts listed. Unlike other Canyon Ranches, this one serves alcohol.
Bedding down:Guest suites are drop-dead beautiful, with ocean and/or bay views, tranquil bedrooms in muted hues, lavish bathrooms, contemporary-chic living rooms with sofas, flat-screen TVs, plus kitchenettes with washer/dryers. To enter, simply wave your keycard in front of the lock.
Who'll like it:Spa junkies and luxe lovers bored with South Beach blare who'll pay to be pampered, even in tough times. Residents say Kate Hudson left the Fontainebleau to do the spa thing here.
Indulgences:Start with a staff that within a week of opening is functioning at world-class level; add top-notch facilities and massage. And the spa's heated chaise longues are dreamy.
The deal:Canyon Ranch is a steal through Dec. 3, with suites starting at $200. Rates rise to $900-plus January to April; $550 and up in summer.