By Michelle Monroy
THE AUBERGE SPA
at Chileno Bay Resort
THE TREATMENT: The AZTEC HEALING RITUAL. As indigenous music plays softly in the background, the ritual begins with a copal purification to clean the energy, followed by a scrub made from a special selection of herbs used by the Aztecs. After the scrub you are covered in an arcilla (local clay) body mask, preparing your body for the “casa de vapor” or herbal steam room. As you step into the private steam room adjacent to your cabin, the aroma of herbs such as rosemary, eucalyptus, mint, and other local herbs, penetrates and purifies your lungs. You are then handed a cold tea to complement and withstand the healing heat. After you spend a few minutes in the steam room you proceed to have a personalized massage with arnica oil to relieve the stress over the muscles and recover from aches. The materials used in this treatment, as well as others at the Auberge Spa, are designed to link the material with the spiritual, leaving you with a sensation of being grounded to mother earth, yet floating in the heavens. This treatment will transport you to a mystical Prehispanic Mexico. THERAPIST: Ruth
THE FEEL: A luxurious and deep-rooted Mexican Sanctuary. You’re advised to arrive one hour before your treatment in order to calmly enjoy and explore the outdoor purification garden, an area designed to cleanse the body, clear the mind and jumpstart the healing process. Among these healing elements in the garden is the first Himalayan salt room in Mexico and a reflexology pool. The heated salt room’s walls are made of Himalayan salt and the floors are covered with granulated salt, and steam from a salt and water mixture exits a heater which alleviates respiratory issues. If possible, book your treatment for the late afternoon so you have the opportunity to see this spa at night.
THE WOW: The Auberge Spa has given a few of their therapists the opportunity to design their own treatments, including the Aztec Healing Ritual, which clearly transmits in the feeling of the treatment.
www.chilenobay.aubergeresorts.com • (888) 965-5778 or +52 (624) 104-9760
THE SPA AT PEDREGAL
THE TREATMENT: SPA PEDICURE and FULL BODY MASSAGE. Pedicures are always nice (and necessary) and they are widely available throughout Los Cabos, but a relaxing pedicure in a spa is even better, especially at The Spa at Pedregal, where the specialist will take her time to pamper your tired feet. Top-quality nail polish brands are available, such as OPI and Essie, and luxurious balms and exfoliants will be used do soften your skin. Go for a pedicure and use the spa’s facilites, shop the beachy items they have available, and perhaps add-on one of their delightful massages for a complete spa day. THERAPIST: Anna
THE FEEL: Boutique and private. The air feels “light” as you float through this luminous spa that is perched in the heights of Pedregal. If privacy is what you’re searching for, The Spa at Pedregal offers this as you usually have the wet areas to yourself.
THE WOW: A spa with views! Glare out on the vast Pacific Ocean from many areas of the spa, including the gym, the jacuzzi, and showers.
www.thespaatpedregal.com • +52 (624) 143-4432
at Villa del Arco
THE TREATMENT: Desert Spa Total Body Ritual. As you walk into the treatment room your therapist gives you the choice of three all-natural exfoliants to be used during the treatment, one mild, one medium and one that’s more intense. The exfoliation is followed by a deep moisturizing aloe and mineral body mask, you are then wrapped to allow the mask do its magic and covered with a warm towel that gives you a feeling of being embraced in a gentile warm hug. During the wrap, your therapist focuses on giving you a splendid scalp massage that allows you to journey even deeper into relaxation, until you hear a whisper in your ear indicating that it is now time to rinse off in warm water and proceed to the final part of the treatment, a full body massage with an exquisite body lotion and with the pressure of your choice. For a full spa day you should precede your body ritual with a Desert Spa Signature Enzyme Facial. Turn back the clock with this result driven anti-aging facial that includes a stimulating cinnamon enzyme peel that brings oxygen and nutrients to the surface cells while dissolving rough skin and revealing a more vibrant complexion. This is immediately followed by a series of collagen inducing masks and a unique protein enzyme that activates cellular metabolism. The result is tighter, brighter and more youthful looking skin. THERAPISTS: Facial: Mariana, Body Ritual: Elvira.
THE FEEL: A soothing oasis in the desert. The well thought-out design of the Desert Spa includes a high ceiling dome centered over a round jacuzzi which’s edges merge with the ground. Harmonic curves and arches are prominent features in the architectural design of the impressive hydrotherapy areas, including a lotus flower on the floor made of smooth pebbles. Arrive early to enjoy the hydrotherapy circuit in order to relax before your spa day.
THE WOW: This is an award winning 31,000 square foot spa and the largest in the state of Baja California Sur, with 17 state-of-the-art treatment rooms, two exclusive VIP suites with private Jacuzzis and showers and full-service beauty salon.
www.villagroupresorts.com/spa-collection/desert-spa • (624) 145-7202
at PuebloBonito Sunset Beach
THE TREATMENT: LUXURY MASSAGE C+C VITAMIN AROMA BALM. This revitalizing treatment will recharge your skin with the benefits of Vitamin C and the powerful infusion of antioxidant properties embrace your skin, making it an ideal treatment before or after sun exposure. As you walk out of your treatment the friendly staff receives you with a glass of champagne and a chocolate truffle, the perfect complement to the romantic environment of this spa. THERAPIST: Rubi
THE FEEL: A relaxing chateau. The water reflecting on its mosaic covered walls and the soft light coming from the medieval-like lanterns will transport you to a relaxing chateau in some other time in history. The relaxation room has a mystic Moroccan feel with white draping covering the ceiling, carved ornate wood and a Chromotherapy feature to guide you into deep relaxation.
THE WOW: As you check-in, a warm lavender pillow is placed around your neck and shoulders, embracing you immediately. As you fill-in your information sheet, they offer you the option to mark the areas of your body that are your favorite, and your therapist really does spend more time focused on this area! www.pueblobonito.com.mx • +1 800 990-8250
MANOMA SPA AND WELLNESS CENTER
THE TREATMENT: HydraFacial™ is a multi-step treatment cleanse that exfoliates and extracts to get rid of impurities and dead skin cells while at the same time quenches the skin with vital nutrients like antioxidants, peptides and hyaluronic acid. The HydraFacial™ super serums are made with nourishing ingredients that create an instantly gratifying glow and the results are both instant and long-lasting. With this type of facial you can treat anything from fine lines, elasticity and firmness, even tone and vibrancy, to skin texture, brown spots, oily and congested skin and enlarged pores. Manoma Spa has one of the few HydraFacial™ machines in the State of Baja California Sur. THE THERAPIST: Erika.
THE FEEL: A one-stop-shop for all your beauty needs. Manoma Spa uses and sells all natural products, as well as a large variety of teas, and has cutting edge equipment for face and body treatments. From laser hair removal to pulsed light facials, Manoma also offers traditional spa treatments such as several styles of massages, facials, manicures and pedicures.
THE WOW: Manoma Spa offers the most affordable HydraFacial™ in Los Cabos, all within a professional, yet soothing, environment.
www.manoma.com • +52 (624) 105-2900
PAZ BODY & MIND SPA
at Cabo Azul Resort
THE TREATMENT: ZEST LAPIS. You will feel like royalty as you enter the treatment room with the ceiling draped in white fabric and an adorned Moroccan style lamp. The age-defying treatment begins with a conditioning natural rice scrub, followed by a warm mixture of yogurt, honey and oils drizzled all over your body, which is left on your skin as you are wrapped in a warm blanket. As you absorb the moisture of the yogurt mix, your therapist will give you a vitamin-infused mini facial and an indulging lengthy scalp massage. A after you shower, the pampering continues with a healing massage that will reveal a glowing, more youthful you. THERAPIST: Patricia
THE FEEL: A Mediterranean healing water cave. The textures in the pebble stone walls and floors, and the water features throughout this dim lit spa, allow you to feel in touch with the elements. As you wander you will notice soft white petals covering the ceiling in the halls that lead to the wet areas, where the “underground water cave” welcomes you to sit still and get lost in the patterns that the water’s reflection creates on the walls.
THE WOW: The contrast of the white and black colors of the walls, floors and furnishings, is a perfectly elegant way to design a very soothing and Zen-like environment.
www.caboazulresort.com • +52 (624) 163-5100
TEMAZCAL AT MILAGRO HOLISTIC SPA
at Hacienda Encantada
THE TREATMENT: Healing Temazcal [temasˈkal]. The use of temazcals in ancient Mesoamerica was part of a curative ceremony to purify the body after exertion such as after a battle or a ceremonial ball game. It was also used for improving health and for women to give birth. The temazcal at the Milagro Spa is a modern day representation of this ancient ritual that will take you on a healing journey. Before entering the domed round stone structure your energy is cleansed, and you are then guided to enter to the left and circle around the pit to find your seat. After every participant has entered, hot volcanic stones called abuelita – grandmother – stones are brought into the pit in the middle of the room, which are then bathed in chamomile water which produces the steam that contributes to the physical purification of the respiratory system. The door then closes and the ninety minute ceremony begins with drums and healing chants. After a while, the door is opened to allow fresh air to enter and new stones are welcomed and brought inside. This process repeats a few times until the ritual is over. THE GUIDES: Silvia and Jorge
THE FEEL: A physical and spiritual healing journey. The feeling of being in the temazcal is a deeply personal one. Even though every participant is experiencing the same room temperature, the same type of seat and the same amount of steam, each experience is very unique, as the healing of the temazcal brings out the individual physical and emotional toxins of each person, leaving you in the end with a sensation of being cleansed.
THE WOW: The power of this healing ceremony and the way you feel afterward.
www.haciendaencantada.com • (624) 163-5550 US toll free (866) 936-2268
for Hotel El Ganzo, by Mexsun
THE TREATMENT: Balinese Wedding Ritual, a romantic escape for couples. This is an authentic wedding ritual done for the king and queen of Bali in preparation for their wedding ceremony. The ritual is done every day for 40 days leading up to their wedding. This very special and exotic treatment has been done for over 400 years. The Balinese massage uses a combination of acupressure, reflexology, lymphatic drainage, hot stones, and aromatherapy are used to reduce stress and anxiety. To relax the tense muscle tissue, a combination of standard massage techniques are used like kneading, stroking, and skin rolling is used, along with Jasmine Frangipani oil, known as an aphrodisiac, for the women and Ginger Spice for the men. After the massage, an authentic Lulur body exfoliation is done using yogurt, turmeric, and curry on the women, and on the gentlemen a white pepper and ginger exfoliation is used. The couple then bathes in a luxurious exotic body wash and finishes with a final application of essential oils and lotion to go on and enjoy the private jacuzzi accompanied with mimosas, fruit, flowers, and candles. THERAPISTS: Aidee and Blanca.
THE FEEL: An artsy, laid-back, boutique palapa retreat. The simplicity of this Spa invites you to relax with no worries while you listen to the soothing sound of water in its outdoor wet areas under a tropical palapa.
THE WOW: The Balinese massage’s unique moves add a twist to your usual Swedish massage, which allows you to enter another level of exotic relaxation.
www.elganzo.com/spa • MEX: +52 (624) 104-9000 – USA: (866) 501-7291