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.
Recommended for Spas because: Spa Xbalamque offers a large variety of treatments and services at economical prices.
Kristin's expert tip: If you're watching your wallet, the spa services at Xbalamque are much more economical than any spa in the Hotel Zone.
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.
Recommended for Spas because: Secrets The Vine Spa by Pevonia is a small but beautiful spa that offers great packages.
Kristin's expert tip: Be careful not to get a sunburn or forget to shave before your scheduled spa treatment.
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.
Recommended for Spas because: Zoetry Paraiso de La Bonita Riviera Maya Spa was the first certified Thalassotherapy Spa in North America.
Kristin's expert tip: Be sure to book a Thalasso treatment since Zoetry Paraiso de La Bonita Riviera Maya Spa is a certified Thalassotherapy Spa.
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.
Recommended for Spas because: Vassa Spa at Azul Sensatori Mexico is a beautiful facility and they offer treatments for teens and children.
Kristin's expert tip: You will receive a complimentary hydrotherapy ritual when you book a 50-minute spa treatment.
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.
Recommended for Spas because: Heavenly Spa by Westin offers excellent spa treatments at reasonable prices.
Kristin's expert tip: If you get a massage, ask for Raphaela. You won't be disappointed!
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.
Recommended for Spas because: Kayanta Spa in the Ritz Carlton has an outdoor area for their first-class massages and other treatments.
Kristin's expert tip: Please note that minors aged 14-17 may receive massages or facials only when a parent or legal guardian is present during the entire session and the service is provided by a same-gender therapist.
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.
Recommended for Spas because: Beautiful Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Mayakoba in the Riviera Maya has a rooftop deck and a huge spa menu.
Kristin's expert tip: You can purchase a gift card for 50 to 2000 USD for the Willow Stream Spa for a friend or loved one.
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.
Recommended for Spas because: Grand Velas Riviera Maya Spa is huge and one of the best spas in Mexico.
Kristin's expert tip: Take a spa vacation consisting of half and full day spa visits.
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.
Recommended for Spas because: Coral Beach Gem Spa is huge and could compete with any luxury spa in the world.
Kristin's expert tip: Grab lunch at the spa cafe. The menu features healthy, delicious options.
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.
Recommended for Spas because: Le Blanc spa is heavenly, the perfect place to escape the real world.
Kristin's expert tip: Get a Garra rufa or "doctor fish" pedicure in Le Blanc's salon, which is part of the spa.