Spa Specials in Mexico

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The Pre-Hispanic Healing treatment at Spa Palapa at the Viceroy Zihuatanejo.

Travelers in need of a spa getaway have a bevy of choices in Mexico like new “spa tapas” in Zihuatanejo and mommy-to-be treatments in Puerto Vallarta.

In Zihuatanejo, the Viceroy Zihuatanejo has launched beachside “spa tapas” in its new Spa Palapa.

“On our extensive beachfront, on gorgeous palm-fringed La Ropa beach, guests are pampered by ‘Beach Butlers’ and enjoy comfortable daybeds and loungers under personal palapas,” says Martin Kipping, general manager. “Now, we’ve added an exciting new spa dimension to our beach experience. What better place to enjoy a massage than our relaxing environment by the Pacific and the sounds of the waves?”

The new Spa Palapa features a complete treatment room, set under a thatched rood, with a range of treatments from Swedish massages to aromatherapy and the new Pre-Hispanic Healing massage, which uses ancient medicinal herbs. Guests can also enjoy mini treatments from the tapas menu with 10-15 minute back, head, foot or hand massages.

The 46-room hotel is set on Mexico’s Pacific Coast and features two restaurants, La Villa, which offers Pacific-Mexican cuisine, and La Marea, which serves Mediterranean and Mexican food. For more information, visit For more on Zihuatanejo, see Laid-back Luxury at La Casa Que Canta, Zihuatanejo from the October 2013 issue.

Grand Velas

Parents-to-be can take a relaxing getaway with spa treatments before the baby comes with the Babymoon package at Casa Velas in Puerto Vallarta.

With the package, travelers will receive one 50-minute cleansing facial and one leg and foot massage per suite, per stay at Spa Casa Velas. Guests will also receive a body cream perfect for the mom-to-be, as well as breakfast in bed, nightly desserts, healthy dining options and a baby name book. Couples can also take part in a professional photo shoot that includes a take-home album, and ladies can choose a designer purse to borrow for the night from the “handbag bar.”

Rates start at $295 pp dbl with a minimum 3-night stay. Rates include suite accommodations, a la carte gourmet dining, 24-hour in-suite service, in-suite snack minibar, taxes and gratuities, and VIP airport transportation. For more information, visit

Over in Riviera Maya, the Banyan Tree Mayakoba is incorporating secrets of the Mayans’ beauty rituals with the new Melipona Honey Bliss treatment a 90-minute experience with 30 more minutes of refreshments and relaxation.

The treatment ($199) includes a Melipona honey body scrub, from the native stingless melipona bees, a steam bath and an Island Dew massage with Melipona honey oil.

The Banyan Tree Spa Mayakoba features The Rainforest, a hydrothermal experience, which incorporates European spa and hydrothermal therapy elements, and offers treatments that inforporate Asian therapies. The resort also offers yoga sessions, a Greg Norman-designed golf course and dining options, such as the Mediterranean-inspired Tamarind and the Thai signature restaurant, Saffron.

Call for rates. For more information, visit

For more on Mexico, see Mexico 2013 from the December 2013 issue.