While some travellers head to Mexico to immerse themselves in the hustle and bustle of the chaotic capital or eat their way through Oaxaca, others simply want their holiday to give them some rest and relaxation time. That’s where these top Mexican spas come in. Whether you’re in Los Cabos or Cancún, there’s an incredible spa for you; here are ten of the very best.
Cuernavaca isn’t really thought of as a top destination by most non-Mexican travellers, but as the capital of Morelos state, located just south of Mexico City, it’s certainly one of the more convenient offbeat spas to head to if you are looking for a relaxing break. At The White Spa, which is part of Las Casas B + B, you can indulge in some top-quality skincare treatments courtesy of Serbian skincare guru Maki.
Regularly ranked as the number one Mexican spa by Condé Nast Traveller, The One&Only Palmilla Spa in Los Cabos certainly knows how to pamper their clients, and elite is definitely one way of describing this swanky spot. While at The One&Only Palmilla Spa, you can enjoy everything from yoga classes to personalised treatments which draw from indigenous teachings, and you may even get a celeb sighting or two.
No guide to Mexican spas is complete without reference to the excellent Spa Marquis in Mexico City. It’s easy to see why this city-centre spa crops up on just about every guide to spas in Mexico, as Spa Marquis prides itself on providing a wide range of luxury treatments, including facials and full-body massages.
Colonial San Miguel de Allende is a favourite with visitors, locals and expats alike, and while most people go for the gorgeous surrounds, you should also consider stopping by for a spa treatment or two. Spa Matilda has been listed as one of the top three North American spas by Travel + Leisure in the past and offers a mixture of relaxation packages and individual options.
A wine spa? Sign us up! Los Cabos is possibly one of the top spots in Mexico for a relaxing holiday, and given the proximity to Mexico’s wine country, it was only a matter of time before the region brought wine and relaxation together in perfect harmony. At SOMMA Wine Spa you can choose between local or Mediterranean wines for your vinoterapia, or go for a classic option such as a hot-stone massage.
The Riviera Maya’s Mayan influence extends as far as Playa del Carmen’s Willow Stream Spa treatments, which draw inspiration from ancient wisdom. Willow Stream Spa, set in idyllic tropical surrounds, really does let you escape from everyday life, as you soak in the outdoor vitality and sea-mineral soaking pools or enjoy any one of their signature massages, facials or beauty treatments.
Every day from 9am to 6pm, you can sink into the comforting bosom of this Punta Mita spa, which offers a range of services, including facials, massages and couples’ packages. You can even order spa treatment room service and get manicures, pedicures and even a new hairdo in the comfort of your suite. The Apuane Spa is located in one of Mexico’s most beautiful destinations, so don’t forget to take advantage of your surroundings too.
Considered by many to be one of the best spas in the capital, Remède Spa provides you with an antithetical experience to the street upon which it’s situated. Paseo de la Reforma is constantly thronged with people, whereas this 15th-floor slice of relaxation is resolutely calm and cosy. With a broad choice of both treatments and treatment rooms, you can rest assured that your facial or massage will be entirely unique and planned carefully to suit your individual needs.
Rancho La Puerta is popular with those in the US, thanks to being just an hour south of the border in Tecate. It was established way back in the 40s and is still going strong. This is the spa for you if you want some truly hardcore relaxation, as well as the option to go hiking, learn to cook and generally disconnect from life.
Finally, we’re rounding off this guide with Playa del Carmen’sBanyan Tree Spa Mayakoba, which is regularly considered one of the more luxury spa options in the country, with some truly immersive treatments. The Rainforest, for example, is a hydrothermal package that, according to their website, ‘offers maximum wellness’. There are also eight hydrotherapy options and a vitality pool in which you can take a dip at the end of your long day.