South Florida’s wellness scene has exploded, and it seems a new therapy or treatment comes along every week. In addition to pool cycling and meditation and breathing studios, South Florida claims its first multi-tank float center. Float8 Wellness Lounge, which opens in Deerfield Beach on Tuesday, offers four private rooms, each housing an isolation tank to float sans sound, light and gravity. Heated to the same temperature as our skin’s surface, Epsom salt-saturated water is more buoyant than the Dead Sea and tricks the mind as to where the body and liquid solution meet. The blissful sensation reduces stress much like meditation, not to mention provides a holistic approach to treating a variety of physical and mental ailments. Professional athletes like Tom Brady and Michael Phelps are already fans.
ALTO TO OBRA
Venezuelan chefs are making their mark on Miami. Since 2013, Carlos Garcia’s Alto in Caracas has been listed on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants for Latin America. The El Bulli-trained chef is famous for his “ham” of tuna with goat’s cheese snow. Miami is about to get a taste of his culinary skills when he launches Obra Kitchen Table in Brickell in fall. But they won’t have to wait that long since he’s hosting a sneak peek at Mandarin Oriental Miami’s La Mar on August 25 and 26, with a portion of proceeds going toward Voices for Children. A few dishes are aji dulce crème brûlée with foie gras confetti, bucatini octopus carbonara and a witty dessert, “low hanging fruit.” Sounds like a fun night out. Reserve through La Mar.
Looking for one last hurrah before school starts? Treat the family to the new Playa Largo Resort & Spa’s bilevel bungalows and bayside beach house (pictured) in Key Largo. Villas feature garden views, a king bedroom and two sofa beds. The elegant residence offers a private pool and 3,150 square feet of interiors with three bedrooms. Four Seasons shows the love for state residents with promotions at its Florida properties. It’s a great excuse to take the kids to Disney while pampering yourself, or check out why its new Surfside hotel is getting so much buzz. Packages at both locations, as well as Palm Beach, are available through October 1. As for its art-filled Brickell beauty, you have until December 23 to take advantage of special rates.
While most of us are busy observing the solar eclipse on Monday, Zuma cofounder Rainer Becker will be putting the final touches on Etaru. The Japanese robatayaki opens that night in Hallandale Beach. Located a little south of the Diplomat Beach Resort, whose eateries are earning favorable mentions, the upscale newcomer is another sign how far this oceanfront strip has come. With more than 120 outdoor seats to enjoy the view, diners can sample a menu designed by ROKA London Group’s executive chef, Hamish Brown. The actual chef here comes from a long background at Nobu and Makoto. He’s making salmon teriyaki, black cod croquettes, tobanjan-glazed ribs and lamb cutlets with Korean spices. Of course, a second location is already in the works for Fort Lauderdale.