For many of us, a luxury vacation holds the promise of blissful hours spent in a full-service spa. Whether we’re being pampered with a relaxing massage, rejuvenated with a hydrotherapy course, or are preparing for a night out with a skin-brightening skin wrap, there are so many options to choose from, we need to make sure we’re choosing the right one.
There are spas aplenty in the Mexican Riviera, with Tulum having some of the area’s most popular spa-themed resorts. But Cancun’s spas are up there with the best of them, so to help with your decision, here are details of some of 2021’s best luxury spa resorts in and around Cancun.
Live Aqua Beach Resort Cancun
At Live Aqua Beach Resort in Cancun, you’ll be spoiled for choice in all aspects of your vacation. The 371 rooms have clean, contemporary lines that create a calming atmosphere, and many offer terraces and ocean views. Dining options abound, with multiple Mexican restaurants, an Italian-style eatery, a seafood restaurant, international dining room, and a sushi cafe, as well as several bars.
The Feel Harmony Spa has everything you’d expect and more from a quality spa. With 12 indoor treatment rooms and four outdoor rooms, you can enjoy a range of spa services, including specially created massages using oils and techniques inspired by worldwide destinations. Try the Mayan stone massage, designed to relieve tension, or the Cocoa Wrap, which will release ‘feel-good’ endorphins, as well as getting rid of fatty tissue. There’s also a sauna, steam room, a jacuzzi, and a traditional Mayan ‘Temazcal’, which is a type of steam room with its roots in Mexico’s ancient Mayan past.
Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun
The Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach is used to finding itself in ‘best of’ lists, often for its gastronomy, and its spa is also award-winning. Gaining accolades from Forbes and Condé Nast among others, you know that a spa break here will deliver on all levels.
The resort’s 40,000 sq ft Gem Spa is one of the largest in Cancun. Its name comes from the unique healing powers of world gems, which are used in many of the spa’s treatments. The surroundings are opulent, with mosaic tiling, soothing wood, and luxury marble all around. Treatments are numerous and include anxiety-reducing massages, reflexology, a bamboo massage, and a ‘Seventh Wonder’ massage, which uses seven different techniques for the ultimate experience in relaxation. There’s also a ten-step hydrotherapy ritual, and a beauty salon to work on your hair and nails after you’ve finished rejuvenating.
Sensira Resort and Spa Puerto Morelos
The top-rated hotel in Puerto Morelos, and only around a 20-minute drive from Cancun Airport, the Sensira Resort and Spa Puerto Morelos perfectly combines a family-friendly atmosphere with elegance and class. The 359 rooms are calming and neutral, and many benefit from stunning ocean vistas. The 13 restaurants and bars range from a black-tie fine dining option to casual venues for snacking after a day of fun in the sun.
The 12-room spa has spaces for adults, couples, and even a dedicated kids’ room. The treatments available range from traditional massages to beauty salon treatments, as well as hydrotherapy. Jetted tubs, a sauna, and a mineral spring all up the ante, and there are relaxing classes to join, including meditation, wellness, and yoga.
Zoetry Paraiso De La Bonita, Punta Tanchacte
Another top spa resort helping to grow the spa category in Puerto Morelos is the Zoetry Paraiso De La Bonita in Punta Tanchacté. The 100 oceanfront suites all display international art inspired by Oriental, Hindu, and Balinese traditions. With three restaurants and a sushi bar where reservations are never required, the vibe is easy and informal.
The resort’s Thalasso Center and Spa is an award-winning hub of wellness. This is the home of North America’s first certified thalassotherapy center, which uses seawater as a form of therapy. There are plenty of massages to try out, including a hot stone treatment, and a reflexology ritual, and the resort also has Temazcal, the Mayan cleansing ceremony which uses steam to balance your mind and body.
JW Marriott Cancun Resort and Spa
Back in Cancun’s Hotel Zone, you’ll find the JW Marriott Cancun Resort and Spa. The wood, white and blue suites are pleasing to the eye and have an air of refinement guaranteed to relax you. And with ten specialty restaurants, you’ll never tire of the food on offer. Located at the midway point down the Hotel Zone, you’ll also have easy access to shopping and entertainment.
The resort’s retreat-style infinity pool area sets the mood for the spa, which is inspired by Mayan traditions and is quiet, tranquil, and relaxing. Treatments use ingredients that are unique to Mayan culture, including xtabentun (which can also be used in exotic drinks like the ones described here), achiote, and a spinach-like plant called chaya. On a separate floor, there are saunas, steam rooms, and relaxation spaces where you can enjoy a healthy smoothie or just some private time to sit and contemplate.
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