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Many of us are craving stress relief with a wellness vacation on the tops of our must-do soon list. Mexico is home to many breathtaking resorts, from intimate boutique retreats to sprawling luxurious properties that are sure to fit the bill. Head south and enjoy stress-melting spa treatments often based on ancient Mayan therapies, classes like yoga, Pilates, and nutrition, along with a wealth of activities and opportunities for relaxation among spectacular scenery. Any one of these options is sure to leave you feeling refreshed and recharged.
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The Conrad Punta de Mita is a brand new exclusive beachfront resort nestled among serene natural landscapes and glorious turquoise waters along the Riviera Nayarit. It opened to rave reviews, with all rooms and suites boasting views of the Pacific. Guests can enjoy the total wellness getaway with relaxation, fun activities and The Conrad Spa which offers transformative therapies that utilize sacred practices reflecting the region’s rich heritage like a traditional Temazcal Experience. It aims to purify the body and heal the spirit through heat, herbal steam, chanting, and meditative movements in a domed structure said to represent Mother Earth.
Other highlights here include a private beach, three pools, a fitness center, tennis, and access to both land and water activities. Multiple dining options round off the perfect escape.
The Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa offers total healing along with jaw-dropping ocean views. It hosts the largest spa in Puerto Vallarta which was recently named among the top 100 Favorite Spas in the country. Ohtli Spa provides treatments like “Rebirth” Therapy, performed in a pool of warm water focused on meditation and relaxation for the total stress-melting experience. Activities are centered around water like standup paddleboarding, kayaking excursions and seasonal whale watching. There are multiple restaurants and pools, and a government-approved turtle sanctuary too.
Maya Tulum not only offers a top spot for accommodation in Tulum, but it’s ideal for a wellness retreat. The property hosts many yoga retreats throughout the year and experienced instructors provide daily classes in yoga halls with names like Ixchel, the Mayan goddess of healing and nurturing). Mayan healing rituals and massages are available too. The award-winning resort also boasts one of the largest stretches of beach in the area and brings the chance to enjoy quiet moments of reflection in the oceanfront Meditation Labyrinth.
Sanara offers an eco-retreat with its name translating to “you will heal” in Spanish. There’s a state-of-the-art yoga studio and a spectacular Wellness Center focused on traditional Mayan healing principles. Mayan therapies are provided by local experts whose families have been practicing the remedies for centuries. Just a few of the other options include Breathe Massages, Reiki, hot stone massage, and Clay and Mud detox therapy. Guests can also enjoy weekly sound healing sessions, a delicious gluten-free, vegan-friendly menu that includes mushroom coffee and lots of adaptogen drinks, and much more.
Located along the Riviera Nayarit, the One&Only Mandarina is a brand-new resort that provides privacy and seclusion among emerald covered cliffs, lush rainforest, and soft white sands edging the Pacific. Enjoy the fresh air, the sounds of the waves and the birds, mindfulness and yoga classes, and treatments at the lavish One&Only Spa, inspired by both progressive and ancient healing practices. There are miles of scenic hiking and biking trails, along with swimming pools where you can float while suspended on the cliffside or swim over volcanic rocks.
Another ideal full-service resort option with all the usual luxury perks, Zoetry Paraiso de La Bonita is located along the Riviera Maya and hosts a wellness center providing Thalassotherapy, native Mayan treatments, Temazcal ceremonies and so much more. Guests can take yoga, meditation, Pilates, Tai-Chi, and nutrition classes, along with acupuncture and Chinese medicine classes.
Amansala offers a budget-friendly wellness stay on a pristine white sandy beach in Tulum. Guests can join Beach n Bliss and Bikini Bootcamp which includes daily yoga, massages, healthy delicious meals and the “must-sees” of Tulum. Want to find gratitude for the “little things?” The Restore and Reawaken program may be ideal, focused on nature therapy, movement, mindfulness, community, and ceremony. It includes a farm-to-table restaurant with a waterfront terrace, spa, yoga studies, a beachfront pool and loaner bikes for exploring too.
Villa Santa Cruz sits on a secluded 20-acre beachfront property just north of Todos Santos where the often empty sands stretch for miles, perfect for peaceful strolls. A boutique hotel, the main Villa hosts four rooms, and there are four private stand-alone Beach View Bungalows. It’s the ideal destination for those who want to focus on wellness and relaxation, with the setting ideal for a blissful disconnect. Guests can enjoy everything from private yoga sessions on the beach to evening candlelit sessions on the Roof Terrace. There are a variety of massage options and many spots perfect for meditation.
If you’ve rented a car (highly recommended as downtown is about a 15-minute drive away) you can enhance your stay with a float therapy or sauna session at Baja Bliss Spa in nearby Pescadero too.
Surrounded by the Tepozteco Mountains in Amatlán, Hostal de la Luz Spa & Holistic Resort was named by the Dalai Lama as a “Place of world peace.” Relax, recharge and enhance wellness through a variety of healing activities like yoga, meditation, sound healing and tai-chi, all of which are included in your stay. Take part in purification baths, temazcal or relax with any one of a full range of spa treatments. It’s easy to find your own slice of peaceful paradise for quiet contemplation and meditation too. The suites all come with their own meditation spaces as well, many have private terraces for enjoying the lush views.
Offering a luxurious yoga retreat on 12 oceanfront acres, Haramara sits on a quiet private beach and has no electricity other than in the restaurant and yoga studio, providing the perfect place for a break from those high-tech gadgets. Accommodation is in private, stand-alone thatched huts immersed in the jungle with only gauze curtains and mosquito nets to keep out bugs and critters. Its aim is for detoxification and relaxation, with an open-air spa, yoga and meditation classes, and walking trails. But if you do want to get back to the “real world,” the small seaside town of Sayulita is just a short drive away.
Rancho La Puerto has long been considered one of the world’s top destination spas, located just across the U.S. border in the tiny town of Tecate. When it opened almost 80 years ago, guests paid $17.50 to pitch their tent and dine in the Tres Estrellas kitchen garden. Today, the kitchen garden serves as a cookery school where you can learn to make dishes like jalapeño frittata with courgette flowers and goat’s cheese. There are running trails, a wealth of activities like tennis and pickleball, along with yoga, barre, and reformer Pilates classes in studios that overlook the vineyards. the array of spa treatments include massages using herb-infused oils and reflexology.
Located in the mountains just outside San Miguel de Allende on a 22-acre sanctuary, Sagrada is a boutique resort specializing in restorative vacations, yoga and Pilates retreats. Guests stay in individual adobe cabañas, all of which are positioned for privacy and taking advantage of magnificent panoramic views. The winding cobbled paths connect the cabañas to the hotel’s facilities which are included in the rates, like daily yoga classes, three gourmet meals a day, and relaxing in the mesquite-fired sauna.
Providing a respite from the tourist crowds in Cabo, less than an hour north, Paradero Todos Santos will open in January 2021 with a focus on authentic encounters and wellness. It sits on a five-acre property that includes a gorgeous private beach and a 100,000-square-foot botanical garden where guests can take a hands-on farming tutorial. There are trails on-site for biking or jogging, with 80 percent of the grounds landscaped but undeveloped. The Oja de Agua Spa will offer treatments inspired by Mexican traditions like sound healing and Temazcal (sweat lodge) ceremonies, and guests can take yoga classes on the deck with a jaw-dropping view.
Only a 5-minute drive away you can enhance the wellness and relaxation factor by booking a float spa session at Baja Bliss Spa – it’s not only an amazingly blissful experience, but floating is known to reduce inflammation and relieve stress in the muscular and neurological systems while providing a wide range of benefits to mind and body.