In Gulf Shores, Alabama, The Beach Club Spa is intimate but replete with amenities. The waiting room has a coed whirlpool. Sign in and pick your scent from six bottles of samples to sniff. Each is noted with ingredients and affects. This is the hardest decision in the gulf. How do you choose between harmonious, relaxed, invigorated and euphoric? We had just 30-minute massages, yet they were more thorough than most that last twice as long or more. Miranda has refined the artful technique of hot rock incorporations with very smooth and soothing movements. The Beach Club is part of Spectrum Resorts. Three towers of suites overlook pristine pools, Jacuzzis and then the bay with creamy white sand and lulling waves. The Spa is co-located with the fitness center downstairs and the fabulous Coast restaurant upstairs, both peering out to sea. The Beach Club is an astounding destination with golf, fishing and all the sugary sand of the Caribbean– no passport required. thebeachclub.spectrumresorts.com.