The threat of hurricanes aside, locals love this time of year in South Florida for two reasons: The snowbirds have yet to arrive and fill the roads and restaurants, and you can score major deals at the area’s best establishments.

Greater Fort Lauderdale Restaurant and Spa Month both run through the end of September, meaning that there’s no better time to plan a staycation—or even a day trip—to our neighbor in the south. Sweetening the deal, most hotels slash prices during the fall, and Brightline’s frequent trips eliminate the stressful drive down I-95.

Spend the day getting pampered at one of Fort Lauderdale’s premier spas, many which boast ocean views and pool access. Our pick? The Spa at Auberge Beach, located inside the Auberge Beach Residences, a new luxury condominium building from the Auberge Resorts Collection situated right on the beach. Its location informs the spa’s three guiding elements: sea, salt, and sound, infused everywhere from the treatments to the organic design and decor, washed in whites and beiges to maximize the soothing factor. For the best of all worlds, we recommend the Vitality Package, a combination of a 50-minute massage and a 50-minute custom organic facial for $185. Afterward, grab a glass of complimentary prosecco and enjoy the spa’s amenities, such as the sound meditation lounge, infrared sauna, salt cave, and of course, beach access.

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