A Solo Momcation Wellness Retreat to Miami

When I first became a mom in 2001, I never thought that I would ever take a vacation without my son and husband, let alone by myself. It took me years before I was able to leave my family behind on a girl’s trip without having any guilt. In 2012, I went on a trip to China with my sister for ten days. Our four city, ten-day trip ended before I could even think about my kids. Due to the time difference and the jam-packed itinerary, it all worked out. What I thought would be a regular yearly girl’s trip, took me another six years before I would leave again. This year I ventured out on my own this time and I chose Miami.

I am almost 50, why has it taken this long to vacation alone? After sending my son off to college and having spent a very intensive year helping my daughter prepare to try out for a very competitive volleyball club, I was ready to go somewhere and be alone.

Solivagant (adj.). Origin: Latin
– Wandering alone.

For this trip, I chose Miami. I like beautiful hotels, a fantastic spa, top-notch restaurants, and a few adventures. I visit Miami every year with my kids, so this was going to be all about me, alone. No mom duties or guilt allowed.

The Hotel:
The Palms Hotel & Spa
Surrounded by swaying palms, expansive gardens, and set right on the shores of Miami Beach, The Palms Hotel & Spa is a lush, tropical oasis for those seeking a serene beachfront escape in the heart of the 305. Within moments of checking in, I grabbed my beach bag and headed to the private pool, met the two resident macaw parrots, and soaked in the picture-perfect views. Honestly, the hotel is a tropical oasis amid the hustle and bustle of South Beach. Don’t let the words oasis fool you. The Happy Hour at the Essensia in the hotel is top-notch. I enjoyed some fantastic craft cocktails and enjoyed watching the bartenders cater to all of my questions.

The Food:
The first night, I felt like dressing up and heading to the Sacred Space Miami in the Wynwood Arts District and visited Plant Miami, which features vibrant organic living plant-based cuisine and craft cocktails. It is vegan on a scale I have yet to experience here in the area. Refined, beautiful, and delicious dinner, and I did pick up some products at the gift shop that features products that support a healthy lifestyle.

The second night, I opted for the opposite. I enjoyed the different experiences at Ember, a wood-fired American bistro with a classic and modern take on traditional fare, wood-fired dishes, smoke-laden meats, plates of pasta, and shareable sides.

Every morning, I made my way to Lilikoi. I am obsessed with this restaurant. They offer organic, seasonal dishes with a Hawaiian touch, plus juices & smoothies. The salmon toast probably is my favorite thing on the menu.

I rented a CitiBike from the street. You swipe your credit card and take a bike, and keep it as long as you like. This is not only a great way to see the beach life but also a good workout. Can’t tell you how much I sweat. It is perfect for exploring South Beach via two wheels. From the beaches to South Pointe Park, I scoped out all the highlights.

Yoga at Sunset:
Offered at the hotel, I never thought I would enjoy beach yoga as much as I did. It is a little more challenging to balance, but believe me, when I tell you this, life is so much better when you are in savasana on the sand in Miami Beach. It just is.

Aveda Spa at The Palms Hotel & Spa:
I don’t need to tell you that a vacation isn’t complete without at least one treatment at the spa. For this, I chose the hotel spa which happens to be an amazing Aveda concept. The treatment of choice, deep tissue massage. They are not kidding when they say, deep tissue. All my aching muscles melted away and my one hour of heaven ended quickly and as sadness stepped in, I was quickly awakened with happiness at the sight of the chilled glass of Champagne and chocolate covered strawberries that were waiting for me in the lounge area.

For those of you who like the plant life in Miami, I strongly advise visiting the quant Botanical Garden. Take a little picnic and some Champagne with you, find a sweet shady spot, and enjoy watching the butterflies that live in the gardens.

Life is fantastic with the kids and family, but once in a while, I need some alone time to recenter, refocus and energize. Miami is always the perfect place to do it.