Posts Tagged ‘mexico’
While I don’t recall being particularly stressed as a kid, I’m sure I would have been considerably more relaxed had I the opportunity to experience the new Kids Spa at Buenaventura Grand Hotel & Spa (Puerta Vallarta, Mexico). Intended for young spa-goers, ages five to 13, this fun-filled spa focuses on a variety of kid-themed treatments that incorporate a delicious array of mouthwatering scents, such as chocolate, coconut, mango, pineapple, and vanilla. To top off the experience, each treatment concludes with a delicious milk shake.
Whenever I’m asked to suggest a great place to visit for a relaxing vacation that includes sun, sand, and spa (which happens quite often, given my profession), I immediately say Los Cabos, Mexico. Because it is my own personal paradise, I can’t help but boast about the wonderful culture, the hospitality of the locals, the abundance of amazing resorts, and, of course, the rapidly expanding spa scene. Unfortunately, 2009 hasn’t been a good year for tourism in Mexico, due mostly to the H1N1 outbreak and the dismal state of the economy. With that in mind, many resorts are offering unbeatable deals to entice visitors to see for themselves why Los Cabos is one of the best relaxation destinations. Here is just a sampling of some irresistible packages currently being offered:
• Cabo Spa at Esperanza Resort is offering the Aroma and Essence package. Starting at $3,796 based on double occupancy, this four-night deal includes a private transfer from the airport, an Oceanview Casita, daily breakfast for two, a 90-minute treatment of the client’s choosing, and two 60-minute massages per person.
• The Spa at Las Ventanas Al Paraíso’s pampering Soul & Spirit four-night package includes more than eight hours worth of spa treatments per person. Spa-goers can choose from an array of relaxing services to restore their minds and spirits, including the Sea & Star Massage, the Ultimate Facial, and the Herbal Healer Massage. Starting at $7,851 for two, guests also receive daily breakfast and dinner, as well as a healthy spa departure meal that can be eaten on the plane.
• The Spa at Marquis Los Cabos tempts spa-goers with the Sense of Pampering package. Starting at $460 per person per night with a minimum stay of five nights, guests will enjoy two massages per day, a manicure and pedicure, a private health consultation with a spa specialist, and a $50 credit per person per day for any additional spa treatments of their choice. Daily breakfast, three lunches, and a romantic dinner for two are also included.
Last week, I had the pleasure of visiting Banyan Tree Mayakoba in Mexico’s Riviera Maya, where I spent four days lounging at my private pool outside of my spa villa, eating at the resort’s gourmet restaurants, and taking in the peaceful surroundings. As is expected from the Banyan Tree brand, the property was stunning, the service was impeccable, and the attention to detail was unbeatable throughout the resort, including the Banyan Tree Mayakoba Spa, where I was fortunate enough to enjoy a few treatments. The absolute highlight of my stay was the spa’s Rainforest Experience (times and prices vary, depending on the experience). Designed especially for couples (although it was still thoroughly enjoyable sans partner), the treatment takes spa-goers on a hydrothermal journey from start to finish. The building, which is named The Rainforest, houses different chambers, each offering a unique experience. To determine the best combination of therapies, a Hydrothermal Host works with guests prior to entering The Rainforest to come up with a personal plan for their particular needs. For example, guests can choose to spend time in the Brine Cavern, which features a combination of steam and salt to heat the body up gradually and help improve the circulatory system. Or those looking to relax and detoxify their skin can visit the Herbal Sauna, which features high-humidity steam to stimulate blood circulation while herbal aromas help put guests at ease. There are also three Experience showers–Arctic Mist, Summer Storm, and Tropical Rainbow–each of which provides a unique rain shower experience with the water alternating between hot and cold temperatures. In addition, clients can choose the added option of a body scrub and Vichy shower to enhance their experience. After completing the circuit, guests are invited to relax and unwind in the spa’s Vitality Pool, which features water jets to help further reduce stress and relieve aching muscles. Although it was designed as a romantic couples’ experience, I definitely didn’t need a significant other to discover true love in The Rainforest.
Spa-goers visiting Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun (Mexico) are in for quite a treat, thanks to a promotion being held by the newly opened Secrets Spa Pevonia. Now through Dec. 23, guests who book a deluxe room at the adults-only resort will have the opportunity to experience select services at the new 13,835-square-foot spa free of charge. Spa-goers can receive up to four 25-minute treatments per day, including massage and hydrotherapy services. This promotion offers visitors the perfect no-pay way to spend the day.
A good night’s sleep can be hard to come by in this day and age. Even trading in the stresses of everyday life for a relaxing getaway may not be enough to keep insomnia away. That’s why One&Only Palmilla (Los Cabos, Mexico) recently introduced the One&Only Spa Treasured Moments CD as part of its Wellness Spa Program by ESPA. Encouraging a deep restorative sleep, the CD was created in collaboration with Prescriptive Music, which provided guidance in choosing the specific sleep-inducing sound frequencies. Guests receive the complimentary CD, featuring a host of talented artists, on the first night of their stay as part of the resort’s turndown service with an invitation to check out the One&Only Spa. It’s certainly one way to lull guests asleep.
I’m always impressed by creative marketing promotions, and I just got word about a really interesting approach to battling the swine flu’s terrible impact on tourism in Mexico. Zoëtry, Secrets, and Dreams Resorts & Spas are encouraging tourists to forget their fears and head south of the border for sun, spa and fun with a new “flu-free guarantee.” Valid between now and December, if a guest contracts Influenza A – H1N1 (aka, the swine flu) while staying at these resorts, their next three vacations will be on the house.
“The health and wellbeing of our resort employees and guests is a top priority for us. As a result, zero cases of influenza have been reported at any of our properties,” said Alex Zozaya, president and CEO of AMResorts, provider of sales, marketing, and brand management services for Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts, Secrets Resorts & Spas, and Dreams Resorts & Spas.” “During the last few weeks, we have continuously encouraged travel to Mexico based on the real facts about the H1N1 virus, and the sanitary protocols in place at all of our resorts.”
I think this is an incredibly inventive way for the resorts’ teams to stand behind their safety claims and reassure guests about travel to Mexico in the midst of a health scare. Is your spa feeling the impact of the recent flu news? If so, what are you doing anything interesting to entice wary clients? Send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll post your feedback here!