The beachside resorts along this tranquil stretch of Mexico’s Caribbean coast offer plenty of pampering, be it manicures and massages or Mayan-inspired chaya detoxification and chocolate body wraps. Whether in a spa pavilion, on a soft white beach, or in a palapa nestled in the jungle, you’ll experience the ultimate in relaxation of body, mind, and spirit at our favorite Mayan Riviera spas.
Zoëtry Paraiso De La Bonita, Punta Tanchacte
Why It’s Tops: It’s the only certified Thalassotherapy Spa and Anti-Aging Center in Riviera Maya, meaning many of its treatments incorporate seawater. The extensive menu at Zoëtry Paraiso De La Bonita features body wraps, holistic treatments, saltwater hydrotherapy, and temazcal rituals. Although most treatments involve getting wet, you’ll also find healing dry remedies like wraps, facials, massages, and acupuncture. To eliminate toxins, sea kelp and marine mud are infused into spa products. Within the 22,000 sq-ft spa are facilities for yoga, Tai-Chi, acupuncture, and Chinese medicine. Read Zoëtry Paraiso De La Bonita Hotel Review.
Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya Spa
Why It’s Tops: Both the design and philosophy of the Mandarin Oriental spa are inspired by the Mayan healing elements of water, air, fire, and earth. Signature treatments include Mandarin Oriental Harmony (four-hands massage), temazcal ceremony (guided by a Mayan shaman), and the Mayan Na Lu’Um massage (which opens blocked energy paths). For travelers who have spent too many days basking in the sun, the soothing Kinich Ahau program includes a sunburn remedy wrap, hair treatment, and hydrating facial.
Willow Stream, Fairmont Mayakoba
Why It’s Tops: It's easy to lose yourself (literally) within the enormous 37,000 sq-ft spa inside the Fairmont Mayakoba. Favorite treatments are the Mexican stone massage, the Cha Chac Rain Ritual (a massage that takes place on a seven-jet Vichy table), and Honey in the Heart (honey body mask and massage). Weary travelers will want to try the Jet Lag Recovery, an aromatherapy bath and massage that reverses the negative effects of flying and time zone changes. After a gym workout, ease your muscles in the rooftop vitality pool.
The Tides, Punta Bete
Why It’s Tops: Although not as grandiose as most spas in the area, the Tides in Punta Bete is unique in its use of indigenous materials and local ingredients, such as chocolate, seaweed, aloe vera, and heated lava shells. It also offers a series of unusual treatments, like the Hammock Massage that allows the therapist to knead you through a hammock. Another massage uses a manteada (blanket stretch) to adjust posture and elongate muscles. The Sweet Honey and Rain Massage combine herbal bouquets, wild honey, and drops of water. Read The Tides Hotel Review.
Banyan Tree Spa, Mayakoba
Why It’s Tops: Built over freshwater lagoons, the Banyan Tree Spa draws on centuries old Asian traditions. The therapists (80% of whom are from Thailand) begin with a heavenly footbath, followed by your choice of the healing treatments. Unique to Banyan Tree is its signature Rain Mist Steam Bath and the 12-step Rainforest Experience that combines hydrotherapy with infrared light to release tension and revitalize the body. Read Banyan Tree Spa Review.
Sense, Rosewood Mayakoba
Why It’s Tops: Rosewood’s 17,000-sq-ft spa is in a jungle on its very own island. Wooden walkways lead to a swimming pool and limestone cenote. Many treatments, such as the temazcal ritual and the Mayakoba ancient massage, incorporate the Mayan tradition of aligning the energies of the body in rhythmic harmony. Leave time to enjoy the spa facilities, including the gym, sauna, Jacuzzi, plunge pool and eucalyptus steam room. Read the Rosewood Mayakoba Hotel Review.
JW Marriott Cancún Spa
Why It’s Tops: Located in Cancún proper, this 35,000 sq-ft spa should be included as one of the area’s best. Choose from one of 13 invigorating facials including the pumpkin enzyme treatment or the cucumber green-tea facial. Women will enjoy Precious Stones and Flowers which begins with a detoxifying marine mask followed by flower petals and crystals placed over energy points to bring balance and harmony to the body. The JW Spa even offers specialized treatments for men, golfers, couples, and teens. For the ultimate Caribbean experience, take a dip in the ocean followed by a beachside massage. Read the JW Marriott Cancún Review.