The Top Mayan-Infused Spas in Cancun

What's better than relaxing on the white sand of a Cancun beach? That and a massage, of course
What's better than relaxing on the white sand of a Cancun beach? That and a massage, of course | Courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel at Kayantá Spa / Expedia
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12 May 2017
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There are more than 30 Cancun spa resorts, but not all of them have true pre-Columbian style. Following ancient Mayan traditions still practiced in local communities, with the help of natural elements such as relaxing aromatic oil and medicinal herbs, Mayan massages are an unbeatable way to relax during your visit to the city. Here’s our list of the best Mayan spas in Cancun.

Spa Xbalamqué

The exterior of the Hotel & Spa Xbalamque Cancún Centro with brightly coloured umbrellas covering outside seating
Courtesy of Xbalamque resort & Spa | Courtesy of Xbalamque resort & Spa
Its name refers to the protector god within the Mayan mythology, suggesting you will feel safe in the hands of therapists, using oils applied with a gentle massage and the application of hot stones to heal and restore vitality. Located in downtown Cancun, with more than 20 years of service and experience, it has a first-rate reputation among locals and visitors.

Temazcal Cancun

Spa Hotel, Hotel

This is a unique spa situated in the middle of the Mayan jungle. Its main attraction is a temazcal (ancient Aztec Náhuatl word meaning “house of steam”) made of sandstone and 52 volcanic stones. Through sounds and meditations, temazcal encourages a direct contact with nature: a symbolic expression of the link between body, soul and mother earth. Forget your smartphone, this is a wonderful experience not to be missed.

Kayantá Spa

Spa, Health Spa
Two massage beds on the beach looking out at the Caribbean sea at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel
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Stop by the Ritz-Carlton Hotel where they offer four different kind of massages. Try a form of Mayan energetic cleaning that uses medicinal herbs and copal, performed after sunset in the privacy of the spa’s beachfront terrace. Alternatively, the Zac-Xib bath elixir – “clean man” in Mayan – will exfoliate and detoxify your body, relieving stress and leaving your skin glowing.

Village Spa

Spa
Take a well-deserved break and let the professional therapists of this spa make tranquility the essence of your visit. Inspired by the energy guardians of the Mayans, its luxury treatment cabins are called Tikales, each of which represent one of the natural elements. A wide variety of facials, massage therapies, body treatments and Mayan rituals will ease all your tension away.

Coral Beach Gem Spa Cancun

Spa
An inside spa area with seating looking out onto a small pool at Coral Beach Gem Spa Cancun
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This spa resort is inside the Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Hotel. It offers a Mayan God’s Ritual with Tiger-eye Stone; a unique personalized massage with stretching techniques, used by the Mayan to heal sore muscles. This traditional massage includes exfoliation with copal resin, used by ancient Mayans and Aztecs in their spiritual ceremonies.

Spa del Mar

Spa, Health Spa
Mayan massages are designed to balance the mind, spirit and body, providing enormous benefits for the immune system and circulatory system. In a harmonious environment with nature that inspires tranquility, Spa del Mar offers a Mayan ancestral wisdom treatment: a therapy that uses burning incense made with healing and aromatic ingredients to provide a massage that promises to cleanse your aura. If you are looking for a revitalizing holiday, this is an excellent choice.

The Royal Sands Spa

An indoor jacuzzi with rose petals, calm lighting and a basket of towels at The Spa Royal Sands
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This spa combines the ancestral wisdom of pre-Columbian cultures and regenerative therapies. The Royal Sands Spa can surprise you with an adaptation of the Samunprai (Pindas oriental therapy) with hot stones and Mayan stretching techniques of the temazcal.

Nizuc Spa

An outdoor infinity pool with jacuzzi under a thatched shaded area at Resort and Spa
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This spa has a variety of Mayan-inspired therapies, beginning with an organic tea ceremony. Providing delicate personalized attention, this spa offers a treatment combining native herbs and plants with ancient healing rituals and a stress-reducing massage with warm gemstones revered by the Mayans. If you have two hours, you could also try the Mayan Cacao, the food of the gods, used by the Mayan civilization for its mood-enhancing properties.

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