If the hustle and bustle of the vast metropolis that is Mexico City gets too much, take a step back and head to a spa to unwind. Many of the more upmarket neighbourhoods, particularly pricey Polanco, have a wide selection to choose from and more often than not they’re located in hotels. Here’s our guide to the eight best spas in Mexico City.
Located in the W Mexico City hotel is one of the capital’s best rated spas; Away Spa. Much as the name suggests, you can tuck yourself away from the corporate world of Polanco and enjoy any one of the many treatments offered there, such as a steam, a sauna or a facial. One of the few spas in Mexico City to boast temezcalfacilities (an ancient ritual meant to cleanse mind, body and spirit), Away Spa is the perfect combination of quirky and consistent.
Alternatively, you could stop by Habita, which is situated in the Polanco instalment of the notoriously cool and fabulously upmarket Habita Group hotel chain. The minimalist exterior, interior and architectural style of the hotel continues into the spa itself; long white walls, frosted glass and an overwhelming ambience of calm and tranquillity rule. Choose from facials, massages or exfoliating skin care treatments.
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There’s nothing more tiring than a long day of shopping, so the Liverpool chain of stores were really onto something when they decided to add Spa Liverpool into their Polanco branch. Tucked discreetly out of the way in this popular store, you can customise the experience completely. From hot stone massages to skincare facials, Spa Liverpool is definitely a novelty but with absolutely none of the low budget feel.
For a full day of pampering Moor Spa + Nails would be an excellent option, as they offer (as the name suggests) both spa services and nail treatments, from the increasingly popular Gelish nails, to more retro acrylic extensions. However, the standout options at Moor Spa are undeniably their massages – they’re totally personalised, relaxing and provide a much needed break from the daily rat race of Mexico City.
Small but perfectly formed is Aurora Spa, situated in Las Alcobas Hotel. Each of the quirky sounding treatments at Aurora are inspired by the ancient cultures which once dominated Mexico and they really do make it stand out from the spa crowd in Mexico City. Ingredients such as agave and rompope (eggnog) are blended with their carefully chosen aromatherapy oils to make sure the experience is both utterly Mexican and delightfully relaxing.
Repeatedly considered to be one of the best spas in the capital, Remède Spa provides you with the 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 is entirely unique and planned carefully around your needs and wants.
The final Polanco entry on our guide to Mexico City’s spas is Hela Spa, a destination renowned for its excellent deep tissue massages (amongst the many other massage options they offer) and their couples’ packages. Take advantage of the mixed sex hot tubs, single sex steam rooms and truly astounding panoramic views over Polanco, whilst the attentive staff attend to your every needs.
If Paseo de la Reforma’s Remède Spa didn’t take your fancy, perhaps Spa Marquis will instead. This spa has 10 separate rooms in which to enjoy Thai massages and skincare treatments. Alternatively, perhaps you’d prefer to take a dip in a hydrotherapy tub, bathe in the waters of the Swiss showers or enjoy a foaming Egyptian bath? Well, you’re in luck, as all of these can be found at Spa Marquis, a spa with some truly unique pampering options.