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Relax, Refresh and Rejuvenate in one of Cancun's 10 Best Spas



A vacation is an escape from reality and that daily routine. It's a time to relax, reflect and treat yourself to things you might not normally be able to, like a visit to a spa. Cancun boasts countless spas that offer massages, wraps, facials and other services, many of which integrate ancient Mayan wisdom and practices. Many spas offer hydrotherapy, Jacuzzis and Temazcal (Mayan steam bath) as well.

Entering Le Blanc's spa is like descending into a dreamy underworld. Fiesta Americana's Coral Beach Gem Spa offers a unique hydrotherapy circuit that involves ice and extreme heat.

Grand Velas, Fairmont Mayakoba, The Ritz Carlton, The Westin, Azul Sensatori, Zoetry and Secrets The Vine all offer luxurious spas where your troubles will melt away.

For something more economical, Spa Xbalamque on Yaxchilan Avenue in downtown Cancun is a good way to pamper yourself at a reasonable price. 

Once you enter the serene opulence of Cancun's spas, you'll never want to leave!


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Spa Xbalamque is a Mayan-themed oasis located in downtown Cancun on Yaxchilan Avenue in Xbalamque Hotel. It offers various services at lower prices than the Hotel Zone. The therapists here combine ancestral knowledge and the elements of heat, cold, light and water to relax and heal under the watchful eye of "Xbalamque," the Mayan hero twin who upon his death became the sun. The spa offers ancient detoxifying Temazcal (steam bath) treatments, therapeutic massage treatments, rejuvenating beauty treatments like wraps, exfoliation and facials, and energy/chakra treatments like Reiki and crystal therapy.




The world-class 12,500-square-foot Secrets The Vine Spa by Pevonia offers dozens of treatments to pamper visitors. You'll slip into a luxurious robe and slippers upon your arrival, but don't forget your swimsuit so you can take advantage of all areas of the spa. Specialties include hydrotherapy and indigenous Mayan themed services. They offer an extensive list of salon services as well. So, turn off your cell phone, or better yet, leave it in your room and indulge in one of the many facial, body, massage and salon treatments or packages.




The 22,000-square-foot spa at Zoetry Paraiso de La Bonita Riviera Maya Spa is unique, as it offers Thalassotherapy, or seawater therapy, which cleanses and invigorates the body through the use of freshly heated seawater, seaweed and marine mud that infuse the skin with minerals and nutrients and help eliminate toxins. One example of how Thalassotherapy is incorporated into spa treatments: algae and marine mud are offered in tubes or with a massage under Vichy shower jets with marine water, which balances the skin functions including hydration, toning, mineralization and nurturing tissue. The spa also offers detox programs, body wraps, facial treatments and therapeutic massages.


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The 13,000-square-foot Vassa Spa Azul Sensatori Mexico is a world of zen which awaits vacationers who have made the long journey to Cancun to relax, unwind and escape the daily grind. The sounds of the water fountains, soothing scents and natural light filtering through the spa atrium dome are just the beginning. Vassa Spa features an extensive menu including alternative therapies, wellness rituals, massages, wraps, facials and treatments especially for couples, brides, pregnant women, men, teens and children. Massages are also available on the beach, in the tropical garden or in your suite.


Heavenly Spa by Westin
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They chose the perfect name for the Heavenly Spa by Westin because it's just that: heavenly. This may not be the fanciest spa in Cancun's Hotel Zone, but the spa's facilities and dreamy aroma (white tea) get the job done. In addition to six indoor treatment rooms, they also have three terrace cabanas and two beachside palapas available for massages. The spa menu includes body treatments, skin care, massages and specialized services like Shiatsu and Reiki. The signature Heavenly Massage is a must for ultimate relaxation. Spend some time before or after in the relaxation room, steam bath, sauna or hot tub.




It doesn't get much better than the Ritz Carlton, so it's no surprise that the Kayanta Spa Ritz Carlton Cancun doesn't disappoint. The name Kayanta is inspired by the Mayan phrase "ka a yaantah" which means "to be reborn." The nurturing staff will cater to your every request, while your troubles melt away in this serene sanctuary. Treatments and services include water rituals, massage therapies, body treatments and facials. Don't miss the Mexican Vanilla Wrap. Kayanta also boasts Vichy showers and steam rooms, relaxing garden patios which feature whirlpools and cold plunge pools, as well as secluded terraces for outdoor massages and infusion baths.


Willow Stream Spa Fairmont Mayakoba
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The breathtaking Willow Stream Spa Fairmont Mayakoba in the Riviera Maya incorporates ancient Mayan elements and wisdom in their spa treatments. The men's and ladies' locker areas feature tropical gardens and outdoor Swiss showers and whirlpools. On the rooftop deck, which overlooks the jungle canopy, you can soak in the signature vitality pool or sea-mineral soaking pool. Signature massage, body, face, beauty and bath treatments utilize local herbs, essential oils and extracts. The Cha Chac Rain Ritual and Cacao with The Food of the Gods Body Nourisher, two of the Willow Stream Spa's signature treatments, are favorites. They also offer special experiences just for men.




The Grand Velas Riviera Maya Spa is one of the best spas in Mexico and it very well may be one of the top spas in the world. This gorgeous 89,305-square-foot facility features aromatic essences, flowers, candles and 40 luxury treatment suites where guests find harmony and serenity. There are plenty of spa treatments from which to choose, so many so that you might have a hard time making a selection. The hydrotherapy circuit includes a clay room, ice room and sensation pool, and there are separate hydrotherapy areas for men and women.




Balance your mind, body and soul in the Coral Beach Gem Spa in Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach, located in Cancun's Hotel Zone. Natural textures of wood, black granite, sand, marble, onyx and Venetian mosaic give the spa a truly luxurious feel. The spa offers separate areas for men and women, and areas where you can share the experience with your partner or friends as well. This is the only spa in Latin America that features a complete 10-step hydrotherapy program starting in the sensations pool and progressing through aromatherapy steam, a vigorous shower, clay steam room, ice room, sauna, rain shower, Jacuzzi, polar pool and foot bath. Various other spa treatments and services are available as well.


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Le Blanc Spa is a beautiful oasis, a relaxing escape from the real world. Upon arrival, the spa concierge will rest a warm towel on your neck, and as you breathe in the aromatherapy and let the music envelope you, your worries will fade away. Before your chosen treatment, try some hydrotherapy, which will stimulate and further relax you, or take a sauna with the essence of your choice. Next, indulge in one of the spa's many massages. The 80 minute, four-hand, Kukulcan Mayan Massage is a highlight. When it's over, enjoy cucumber water and fruit or cookies in the serene spa lounge.


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Meet Kristin Busse

After vacationing in Mexico many times, Kristin decided to move to Cancun "for a year". That was in 2001.

Kristin grew-up in Michigan and studied Communications at Michigan State University....  More About Kristin

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