Mexico’s Riviera Maya is a haven for spa enthusiasts.
Whether you are looking for an immersive, all-day retreat, a romantic escape, girls’ getaway, or a relaxing treatment in the comfort of your vacation rental, the Riviera Maya has something for everyone.
With so many options, how do you make the most of your spa day in the Riviera Maya so that at the end of your treatment you feel relaxed, rested, and refreshed? Let Loco Gringo be your guide.
Try to arrive 10 to 15 minutes before your appointment. Close your eyes. Inhale deeply for four counts. Hold for seven counts and slowly exhale for eight counts. Do two rounds of cyclical breathing to bring you to the present moment.
With your attention to the present, think about how you’d like to feel at the end of your treatment. Calm? Peaceful? Open to the natural beauty around you? Less stressed?
Once you have your answer, create an affirmative sentence that you’ll repeat to yourself during the day. Your intention can be as simple as “I am relaxed and happy” or “I release all worry.”
Use your intention to guide the course of your treatment. For example, if being more relaxed is your intention, make sure the masseuse applies the amount of pressure or uses the aromatherapies that are relaxing for you.
Ground your spa experience to the richness and natural beauty of the local environment and culture.
Many local spa services, including those at the many resorts in the area, blend deep Mayan massage with native plants and herbs to heal and cleanse the body. The Mayan massage is concentrated in the abdominal area and is credited with releasing tension, refreshing the blood flow to muscles and organs, and opening blocked energy paths.
Alternate, for example, a resort spa or in-home treatment with soaking in one of the region’s many cenotes. Cenotes are freshwater pools that have higher alkaline water than a bath or pool water. The natural filtration process results in crystal clear water and makes your skin and body feel great after a dip.
Combine your spa visit with supporting local businesses by booking a treatment with the Jungle Spa in Puerto Morelos. It is a cooperative of local Mayan women who have developed ancient massage techniques to promote healing and relaxation techniques that have been passed down through several generations. Visitors to the Jungle Spa can experience fantastic spa services in a relaxing environment at the fraction of the cost of a resort.
Carry enough pesos to cover the cost of your treatment and an estimated tip if you are not having a spa treatment at the hotel/resort where you are staying or if you are having a treatment in your vacation rental.
You can usually add the cost of your treatment to your overall bill if you are staying at a hotel or resort with a spa. In these cases, all you will need to provide is your room number.
However, if you are getting a treatment at an off-site spa or in-home services, make sure you have enough cash on hand. Most spa establishments have credit/debit card processors. However, most of these machines run on Wi-Fi and sometimes the Wi-Fi can go down, even at the most upscale places. In-home services often expect a cash-payment at the end of your treatment.
If you are getting multiple treatments such as a facial, massage or body wrap, ask about the spa’s tip policy. Some establishments will divide and distribute your tip among the aestheticians who served you during your treatments. Others, usually smaller establishments, will ask you to tip each person individually. Ask while you are booking your appointment, so you know what to expect.
Loco Gringo recommends an average tip of 15 percent.
It’s easy to become dehydrated in the Rivera Maya despite our warm, tropical environment and proximity to the Caribbean Sea. While on vacation, some of us may indulge in beer, margaritas and sugary soft drinks.
Also, a massage releases toxins. Drinking water will help your kidneys and other vital organs process substances released during your massage and flush them out of the body. Water, coconut water, and juices – all of which are plentiful here – will help keep you hydrated and glowing long after your spa treatment.
Whether you have one service or a full-on spa day, a spa treatment is a gift you give to yourself. It is a unique time when you commit to taking care of your needs, release the stresses and worries of your daily life, and connect with the natural beauty here in the Riviera Maya.
At the end of your treatment, in addition to thanking your aestheticians, thank yourself for making a beautiful commitment to nurturing your own, positive well-being and happiness.
Ready to schedule your spa treatment or book your spa vacation? Contact Paulina, our concierge, for more information about finding the right spa experience for you.