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Mexico Spa Vacations: Uncommon Romance

Experience a sensual and affordable spa getaway south of the border.


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A relaxing and purifying body treatment at Mision del Sol spa in Mexico.

Courtesy of Mision del Sol.
Exotic yet close, Mexico has long been a favorite destination of couples. We flock to its beaches, archeological treasures, and luxury resorts. And now we're discovering Mexico is ideal for a spa vacation as well. An experience that can soothe the mind, pamper the body, and elevate the spirit, a romantic spa getaway provides an uncommon setting for lovers to reconnect.

From the West Coast, easy-to-reach Mexico spas dotting the Pacific coastline are a close hop from many California cities. Cancún and other Gulf of Mexico retreats are within short flying distance of the East Coast. Thanks to frequent air service to Mexico City, inland retreats are reachable from anywhere in the states within a few hours.

What’s more, even last-minute travel arrangements — whether you two can afford to escape for an extended weekend, a week, or longer — are easy to make and surprisingly affordable.

Mexico’s History of Health and Healing

For centuries Mexicans have known the salutary effects of their mineral-rich waters, volcanic mud, and native herbs. Montezuma’s gardens once held 2,000 species of trees, shrubs, and plants dedicated to healing. Curanderos and yerberos — healers and herbalists who address ailments of the body as well as the soul — are a colorful part of the nation’s folk heritage.

"The Mexican spa industry has incorporated many indigenous treatments and therapies to the spa experience," says Claudia Najera, director of the Mexican Spa Association. "One example is the Temazcal sweat lodge ceremony." Once the domain of Aztec warriors, teachers, and priests, Temazcal is today performed at many Mexican spas in the same manner it has been for thousands of years.

Those who experience Temazcal say it enables them to achieve both physical and inner harmony, releases toxins, subdues stress and anxiety, and allays illnesses associated with modern lifestyles.

"The use of fango (volcanic mud), a rich source of healing substances, is another example of Mexico’s indigenous treatments," adds Najera. Aztec and Mayan cultures used fango in a variety of purifying rituals, which have been adapted by modern spas.

Treatments featuring a variety of native herbs also add to the unique Mexican spa experience. These herbs — blended with oils, fangos, and algae — and applied in the form of wraps, help to detoxify and heal.

The Right Spa for You

The cultural and geographic diversity of Mexico’s spas enables visitors to choose one to match health goals as well as vacation preferences. Locations range from modern waterfront properties to historic colonial centers to sophisticated international cities, all of which boast a warm and sunny climate.

The sensual pleasures of a spa vacation — the bliss of a beachfront herbal massage for two...the spiritual energy of an ancient pyramid…the utter relaxation of bathing in warm turquoise waters…the purifying steam of a Temazcal ritual are among the extraordinary delights a romantic spa vacation in Mexico delivers.

What’s more, spa getaways let you immerse yourself in the spirit and culture of Mexico. The music, fiestas, cuisine, and warmth and hospitality of the Mexican people combine in an experience that imbues couples with a renewed feeling of well-being.

The Best Part of a Mexico Spa Vacation

Whether your goal is to achieve a healthier lifestyle, de-stress and kick back in a glorious climate, experience a new culture, challenge yourselves through a series of outdoor adventures, or simply pamper your bodies, there’s a Mexican spa for you. What’s more, you can expect to find a high level of professional service, safety, and security; hospitality and friendliness are part of the culture.

The best part is, spas in Mexico are generally less expensive than their U.S. counterparts, where the average cost of a spa package ranges from $3,000-6,000. In Mexico, spa-goers typically enjoy the same experiences for half that amount.

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