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The Best Spas & Wellness Retreats in Mexico

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Northern England Writer
Updated: 3 May 2017
If you’re looking to escape the stress of everyday life and indulge in some proper rest and relaxation during your next holiday, then a wellness retreat and some top-quality spa treatments might be just what you need. So, whether you like massages, traditional temazcal rituals or just some good old downward dog yoga posing, these are the best spas and wellness retreats in Mexico.

Haramara Retreat

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Haramara Retreat

Situated just a five-minute drive from the popular hippie beach town of Sayulita, Nayarit, Haramara Retreat focuses on yoga as a means by which to detox and relax and literally translates as ‘Mother Sea’. Here you can truly disconnect from the outside world as you wile away the hours in one of the hand-constructed, environmentally friendly palapa huts, or take a cooling dip in the infinity pool, before heading to a yoga class or popping to the open-air spa, especially as there’s no electricity outside of the yoga studio and restaurant.

Haramara Retreat, Playa Escondida, Sayulita, Nayarit, México, +52 329 291 3038

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Baja Cleanse

If you’d rather detox through diet, then Baja Cleanse in Baja California Sur is the best option. Located in a massive beachfront home, roughly midway between popular destinations Los Cabos and La Paz, Baja Cleanse’s seven-day programme includes raw-food, organic and fresh meals daily, but you won’t just cleanse your body at Baja Cleanse. You’ll also get the chance to cleanse your aura with the acupuncturists and trained therapists, or practice yoga and deep relaxation breathing techniques.

Baja Cleanse, 1 Calle Johnathon, Casa Baja Cleanse, Buenos Aires, Los Barriles, Baja California Sur, México, +52 624 132 6893

Cabo San Lucas, Baja California | © Nan Palmero/Flickr
Cabo San Lucas, Baja California | © Nan Palmero/Flickr

Cancún Temazcal

The traditional temazcal rituals were introduced to Mexico by the Mesoamericans and these pre-Hispanic steam lodges continue to enjoy popularity as both a physical and emotional cleansing activity to this day. At Cancún Temazcal, situated just ten minutes from downtown Cancún in the heart of the jungle, it’s this tradition which takes centre stage – you’ll take part in the precursory campfire ritual, before moving into the temazcal session itself and enjoying a post-ritual shower and mud facial. If you want a retreat that allows you to experience real Mexican culture, this is the one.

Cancún Temazcal, Colonia Doctores, Cancún, Quintana Roo, México, +52 998 882 0796

A traditional temazcal ceremony in Monterrey | © Steven Zwerink/Flickr
A traditional temazcal ceremony in Monterrey | © Steven Zwerink / Flickr
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Mar de Jade

At Mar de Jade, in the Chacala area of Nayarit, you can indulge in a couple of different wellness packages, although they typically have limited availability and only run a few times a year. Either sign up for the seven-day Wellness Retreat, which includes nutritious meal options, massage, meditation, yoga and a temazcal ceremony, as well as spa access, or keep your eyes peeled for the Silent Zen Meditation Retreat, led by Buddhist priest Zoketsu Norman Fisher. Only offered biannually, it’s run bilingually and the next session is scheduled for December 2017.

Mar de Jade, Mar de Jade No.1, Playa Chacala, Chacala, Nayarit, México, +52 327 219 4000

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Rancho La Puerta

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Rancho La Puerta

Baja California’s 80-something year old Rancho La Puerta isn’t one of Mexico’s most reputable wellness retreats for nothing. Situated in the pueblo mágico of Tecate (yes, like the beer), Rancho La Puerta runs annual fitness classes, workshops and holistic therapy sessions alongside some more niche options; take, for example, the biodynamic craniosacral therapy. This place was quite the pioneer of New Age wellness methods in Mexico and many people’s week-long visits eventually turn into annual events. Prepare to be hooked.

Rancho La Puerta, Carretera Tecate-Tijuana K.M 136.5, Rancho la Puerta, Tecate, Baja California, México, +1 800 443 7565 (US toll-free number)

Always looking onward + upward 🕊 • • Owner Victoria Popoff is guest instructing at @RanchoLaPuerta in Tecate, Mexico this week! • • She has been invited to teach Pilates & Water Aerobics and loves spreading her joy of wellness with people from all over the world. Being in the fitness industry nearly 20 years, Victoria has been able to meet & teach tens of thousands of people worldwide. 🐾 • • This destination is one of the countries best health spas that focuses on connection, health & realignment. The Resort offers over 40 fitness classes a day, hikes all over the nearby mountain, organic farm to table meals, multiple pools & spas, juice bar, plus the most amazing staff who care greatly about the clientele that comes here. • If you need a week, or just a few days to really RECHARGE and RECONNECT — this is the place. {Limited wifi & no phones in public places helps do that!} • • #tecate #mexico #rancholapuerta #savortheranch #organic #recharge #farmtotable #pilates #wateraerobics #reconnect #recharge #fitness #instructor #health #wellnessismypassion #nextchapter

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Misión Del Sol Resort & Spa

Misión del Sol is one of the best eco-friendly hotels in Mexico, and the attached spa is also one of the country’s top wellness escapes. Located conveniently close to Mexico City, in the state of Morelos, Misión Del Sol offers a range of thoughtfully designed features that will calm your soul and soothe your aching body – indulge in the vegetarian cooking, bathe in reflexology showers and make the most of the meditation rooms. Use of the fitness rooms and spa come included.

Misión Del Sol Resort & Spa, Av. Gral Diego Díaz González No. 31, José G. Parres, Jiutepec, Morelos, México, +52 777 321 0999

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Present Moment Retreat

If you’d like to get a bit off the grid, and head somewhere that isn’t constantly overrun with tourists, then consider Present Moment Retreat in Troncones, Guerrero (which is incidentally also a great surfing town). A private boutique, Present Moment Retreat is a year-round haven for anyone needing some time to themselves, where you can take part in yoga, chakra balancing, and meditation. They also have a monthly self-care for women course and you can do your yoga teacher training course there too.

Present Moment Retreat, Playa Troncones Mz. 21 Lt. 3, Troncones, Isidoro, Guerrero, México, +52 755 103 0011

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Sanará Tulum

Back over to backpacker heaven now, with socially-conscious Sanará Tulum on the Caribbean coastline of Mexico. Actually a hotel, it’s the wellness centre that really deserves the attention, given that it offers up a number of world class and comprehensive healing treatments like the flagship three-to-seven-day Cleanse & Heal. Whether you need an energy boost or a relaxing escape, there will be a programme at Sanará Tulum which caters to your every need, or you can just choose to treat yourself to spa treatments instead.

Sanará Tulum, Km 8.1, Tulum, Quintana Roo, México, +1 310 933 6408 (US number)

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El Santuario Resort & Spa

Is there a better place to situate a cleansing wellness resort than at the foot of a quartz mountain? If there is, we can’t think of it and that’s exactly where you’ll find yourself at the State of Mexico’s El Santuario Resort & Spa, which is actually located in the pueblo mágico of Valle de Bravo. Views of the iconic Valle de Bravo lake are the backdrop to your stay here, which can include any combination of Pilates, yoga, Tai Chi and meditation classes, among other choice therapies and activities.

El Santuario Resort & Spa, Carretera a Colorines Km. 4.5, San Gaspar del Lago, Valle de Bravo, Estado de México, México, +52 726 262 9100

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Yaan Wellness

Finally, if you just can’t be torn away from the coast, check out Yaan Wellness in Tulum, a resort which primarily focuses on Mayan rituals and pre-Hispanic temazcal sessions. In fact, they host monthly Open Moon Temazcal Ceremonies based on the moon cycles, which are all led by a Mayan healer. If the sound of a sweat lodge doesn’t take your fancy, then maybe the fascinating sounding treetop yoga classes or Aztec chakra massages will. Just don’t skip the purified crystalline water pools and copper bathtubs!

Yaan Wellness, Carretera Boca Paila KM 10, Tulum, Quintana Roo, México, +52 984 179 1530

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