Not content with gorgeous, golden sand beaches and some of the world’s best big-game sport fishing, Los Cabos has upped its leisure time activities ante over the past two decades, adding a disproportionately high number of the world’s most pampering spas.
From the all-inclusive hotels of Cabo San Lucas to the luxury resorts of the Playa Hotelera in San José del Cabo, virtually every lodging of note in Los Cabos boasts an onsite spa, not to mention state-of-the-art fitness facilities and daily or weekly wellness programs.
The consequence of this proliferation of day spas – this surfeit of manicurists and beachfront massage beds – is an arms race of sorts, with local properties competing to offer the most indulgent and original treatments and therapies.
Spa Oasis at Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort promises pampering in paradise, with a wide array of spa treatments, massages and restorative therapies — Photo courtesy of Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort
Conceptual restoratives premised on the phases of the moon or the curative powers of the mineral-rich waters of the Sea of Cortez are a staple at many local wellness centers. But the region’s premier spas typically showcase a more varied assortment of massages and body treatments representative of healing traditions from around the world.
At Spa Oasis, one of the jewels of the luxurious 375-room Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort, Western massage and body therapies share space on the spa menu with Eastern-inspired rituals such as Shiatsu and Thai Reflexology. Ayurvedic treatments like Shirodhara (the gentle pouring of liquids over the forehead) and Abhyanga (an exhilarating 80-minute full-body massage that combines gentle touch and essential oils to improve overall well-being) are also included in the mix.
Hilton's luxurious 375-room Los Cabos resort enjoys a scenic beachfront setting on the Tourist Corridor that connects cape cities Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo — Photo courtesy of Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort
The Los Cabos tourist industry's conscious decision to promote the area as a romantic getaway destination has resulted in a cottage industry for hotels willing to provide a comprehensive array of services for weddings, honeymoons and renewal of vows ceremonies.
Thus, in addition to its extensive menu of treatments and therapies, Spa Oasis also features hair and makeup trials for brides-to-be, as well as beauty salon services and pampering party packages for bridesmaids.
Lest the guys feel left out, vitality packages ready grooms-to-be with relaxation therapies, facials, manicures and touch ups, while romantic treatments such as the Couple's Oasis Total Ritual and the Ultimate Couple's Getaway with shared massages, reflexology and herbal bath are sure to instill in both sexes the proper state of mind and body before the big day.
For those traveling with children, the resort offers customized treatments for the younger set, ranging from mother/daughter and father/son retreats to ice cream socials, mint manicures and teen Jacuzzi parties with virgin cocktails. Onsite kids’ club programs also include movies under the stars, cake and cookie decoration and introductory Spanish language classes.