O. Valle Oriente S


With a long tradition in the regiomontano valley, the modern O.SPA.SALON Valle Oriente acts as a relaxation haven in the exclusive Metropolitan Center within the modern and trendy area of San Pedro Garza Sada. Although just opened last year, this branch has a 10+ years brand history in Monterrey’s spa industry that stands behind.


Spa & Wellness MexiCaribe awards the Best Spas of the region including Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America. Revealing the results of the best spas in the region, Spa & Wellness MexiCaribe increases knowledge and awareness of the thriving wellness industry among tourism, health and wellness experts, in addition to informing the general population of the wonderful the benefits of our region's spectacular spas.


Sponsored by Aeromexico


Spa & Wellness MexiCaribe premia a los mejores spas en México, El Caribe y América Latina. Con la develación de los mejores spa en esta región Spa & Wellness MexiCaribe fomenta el conocimiento y la difusión de la floreciente industria del bienestar entre los expertos en turismo, salud y bienestar, además de informar a la población general de los grandes beneficios de los espectaculares spas en nuestra región.    


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The Mahekal Beach Resort is located in the town of Playa del Carmen, just steps from the north end of its famous 5th avenue. With 800 feet of beachfront and 196 guest rooms, including individual Palapa style bungalows and premium suites just steps from the water’s edge, the Mayan inspired, Revive Spa at Mahekal Beach Resort is set among lush tropical gardens of the resort. The spa offers a variety of experiences such as body wraps, exfoliations, facials, massages, couples journeys and signature treatments in addition to beauty services and yoga classes. Treatments at Revive Spa incorporate native Mayan culture and indigenous homegrown ingredients like medicinal herbs, aloe and copal incense. Revive Spa is laid out in a round configuration imitating the philosophy of the Mayans.


Encompassing 2,500 square feet, guests are soothed with the sounds of water and wind chimes. Bohemian gypsy designs create a welcoming ambience infused with colorful Mexican accents, antique wood furniture, subtle lighting, louvered windows and a palapa style roof. Above the central elevated platform is a fiber optic lit ceiling, reminiscent of glowing stars, that guests can enjoy as they relax, pre or post treatment in the warm Jacuzzi.


The Collection Includes 4 Boutique Hotels in Tulum, Mexico and 1 on Little Corn Island, Nicaragua


(Tulum, MEXICO – February 2017)   Colibri Boutique Hotels announces their new association with Small Luxury Hotels of the World.  The collection’s five Caribbean properties include La Zebra, Mi Amor, El Pez and Mezzanine in Tulum, Mexico; and Yemaya Island Hideaway and Spa on Little Corn Island in Nicaragua. The five boutique beachfront properties include all-adult, family, and couples-targeted options, with a range of spas and top dining and drinking outlets, all with attentive, personalized service.


The Small Luxury Hotels of the World brand is a collection of more than 500 independently owned exclusive hotels in more than 80 countries. Small Luxury Hotels feature award-winning spas, country houses, golf resorts, island retreats, city sanctuaries, and game and wilderness lodges.


Each exclusive property commits to a single standard of excellence, guaranteeing travelers worldwide an unsurpassed level of service, quality and luxury. Appropriately fitting into this privileged collection, Colibri Boutique Hotels prides itself on offering distinctive experiences in distinctive settings.    


Brendon Leach, CEO of Colibri Boutique Hotels, says of the new alliance, “SLH is a growing brand worldwide. We are honored to be part of this consortium and we are confident that SLH will help us introduce our wonderful boutique hotels to new visitors. “


About Colibri Hotel Collection

Colibri Boutique Hotels currently consists of four properties in Tulum, Mexico and one on Little Corn Island, Nicaragua.  Designed for “Barefoot Chic” relaxation, the collection includes both all-adult properties and properties suitable for individuals, couples and families. The five hotels are air-conditioned, generate their own energy, offer concierge service, and include WiFi. Distinctive dining and bar options are featured as well.  www.colibriboutiquehotels.com  Instagram: www.instagram.com/colibriboutiquehotels/. From the US, dial 1-303-800-1948.  Email:


El Pez – set atop picturesque Turtle Cove, a nature sanctuary in Tulum, the 18-room oceanfront “Seaside Chic” hotel offers rooms, suites and cabanas, and is family-friendly, with a swimming pool and a secluded beach. Award-winning chef Paco Ruano oversees the hotel’s Mexican- and seafood-influenced menu.  www.tulumhotelpez.com   Facebook: www.facebook.com/elpezhoteltulum



La Zebra – set directly on Tulum’s beautiful beach, “Beach Chic” La Zebra is a fun and relaxed family-friendly hotel. La Zebra’s lively Sunday night salsa beach party is a popular event. A pop-up of New York City’s well-known, artisanal Mulberry Project bar runs through May, adding a new component to the indulgent 8-course, mixed pairing Chef’s Table experience curated by Chef Eleazar Bonilla. From April 12- May 28, 2017, acclaimed Noma chef, Rene Redzepi, together with sous-chef and taco specialist Rosio Sanchez, creates the Noma Mexico residency in the jungle at La Zebra. Additionally, 15 new accommodations have just opened, bringing the total to 29 suites, along with a new massage room. A pool and lounge area above the restaurant has opened for hotel guests only. www.lazebratulum.com   Facebook: www.facebook.com/lazebratulum




Mi Amor – a contemporary, romantic 17-room hotel perched on a rock cliff overlooking the famed Tulum coast, the adults-only “Love Chic” hotel offers a mix of oceanfront and garden/pool-facing rooms, a spa, swimming pool, and nearby beach. Guadalajara’s award-winning chef from Magno Brasserie, Paul Bentley, heads up the restaurant. www.tulumhotelmiamor.com/   Facebook:  www.facebook.com/miamorhoteltulum




Mezzanine – the 9-room, adults-only “Lounge Chic” Mezzanine focuses on style and DJ lounge music, offering a hip alternative to other Tulum hotels, a plunge pool and an adjacent beach.  Mezzanine’s restaurant specializes in authentic Thai cuisine as well as other “beach” favorites. www.mezzaninetulum.com   Facebook:  www.facebook.com/mezzaninetulum 





Yemaya Island Hideaway and Spa – set on Little Corn Island on the Caribbean side of Nicaragua, “Island Chic” Yemaya offers 16 oceanfront cabañas, a spa, daily yoga, and beachfront water sports, and a restaurant and beach bar offering changing menus based on organic ingredients from its own garden and fresh meats and seafood. The car-free island’s Creole culture is highlighted. The resort produces 50% of its own energy. A new deluxe room with plunge pool opened in January, with more planned for later 2017.  www.yemayalittlecorn.com   Facebook:  www.facebook.com/yemayalittlecorn




About Small Luxury Hotels of the World    Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH) matches independently minded guests with independently spirited hotels. The diverse collection of more than 500 hotels in more than 80 countries around the world includes everything from cutting edge design hotels and city center sanctuaries to historic country mansions and remote private islands. All SLH hotels are consistently different; however, they are all united by the fact that they offer the best locations; highest quality, personalized service; and a truly authentic way to discover a destination. SLH membership brings automatic credibility, allowing travel agents and consumers alike to book with confidence. Reservations for any SLH hotel can be made online at www.slh.com or via the iPhone app, by contacting a travel agent, or by calling a Small Luxury Hotels of the World reservations office; click here to view a listing by country.


Press Release

For Immediate Release



  • Spa & Wellness Mexico rebrands to Spa & Wellness MexiCaribe
  • Circulation of Spa & Wellness MexiCaribe magazine will increase to over 12000 around Mexico, Caribbean and Latin America. 


Playa del Carmen, Mexico, 17th February 2017. Spa & Wellness Mexico, the publication specializing in spa, wellness, wellness travel and industry events announced its expansion to cover the Caribbean and Central/Latin America.


"Through the collaboration with Asociación Americana de Spa (AAS), Spa & Wellness MexiCaribe magazine will now be sent to over 12000 subscribers and association members around Mexico, Caribbean and Latin America. It can now reach a wider audience very much in need of high quality international information," said Sara Jones, editor of Spa & Wellness MexiCaribe.


“The AAS and Spa & Wellness MexiCaribe have confirmed their alliance to work together promoting the spa and wellness community throughout the region,” said Eduardo Finci President of AAS, “The growth observed in the wellness market and the desire to meet the needs of professionalism within the sector are the fundamental motives driving this alliance.


Sara Jones of Spa & Wellness MexiCaribe assisted Caribbean WE (Wellness & Education) with the CHTA Marketplace and WE Bahamas events in Nassau, Bahamas Jan 30 - Feb 3, 2017, delivering marketing and social media solutions during the successful events. The magazine will now reach spa and wellness destinations across the Caribbean bringing exposure for product brands, events, current education and relevant industry information to the region.


Caribbean WE founder Stephanie Rest partnered with Liliana Grajales the Principal Owner of LG Wellness Advisor for this event. "Working with Spa & Wellness MexiCaribe was a great opportunity to increase the profile of the Caribbean WE event and reach an audience of millions via social media." Said Stephanie Rest of Caribbean WE. “The WE Bahamas and CHTA events delivered spa & wellness education and awareness specific to the environment in the Caribbean.” Says Liliana Grajales of LG Wellness Advisor. “I always make sure everything we do has a focus on substance, sustainability and style.”


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About Spa & Wellness MexiCaribe: Spa & Wellness MexiCaribe magazine specializes in industry and consumer information for Mexico, Caribbean and Latin America. With over 12,000 subscribers, it is an influential publication, informing readers throughout the region on the happenings of one of the fastest growing industries in recent years.




Sara Jones


Asociación Americana de Spa



Caribbean WE



Thursday, 29 September 2016 22:51

Announcing the Winners of Mexico's Best Spas 2016

Spa & Wellness Mexico awards the Best Spas of Mexico. Revealing the results of the best spas in the country, Spa & Wellness Mexico aims to increase knowledge and awareness of the industry among tourism, health and wellness experts, in addition to informing the general population of the wonderful the benefits of our spectacular spas.


The Best Spas of Mexico are:

• Apuane Spa, Four Seasons Resort, Punta Mita
• Armonia Spa, Emerad Bay Pueblo Bonito, Mazatlan
• Awe Spa, Playacar Palace, Playa del Carmen
• Banyan Tree Spa, Mayakoba, Riviera Maya
• Feel Spa, Live Aqua, Mexico City
• Gem Spa, Coral Beach, Fiesta Americana Grand, Cancun
• Kinan Spa, Hotel Belmond Maroma Resort, Riviera Maya
• Luna Y Mar Spa, The Resort at Pedegral, Cabo San Lucas
• Miilé Spa, Excellence Resorts, Riviera Maya
• Naay Spa, El Dorado Casitas Royale, Riviera Maya
• Naay Spa, El Dorado Seaside Suites, Riviera Maya
• Nizuc Spa by ESPA, Nizuc Resort, Cancun
• One & Only Palmilla Spa, Los Cabos
• Rancho La Puerta Resort & Spa, Tecate
• Remede Spa, St. Regis, DF
• Sense, A Rosewood Spa, Rosewood Mayakoba
• Sense, A Rosewood Spa, Rosewood San Miguel De Allende
• Spa, JW Marriott Cancun
• Spa de Autor, Grand Velas, Riviera Maya
• Spa Makawé, Grand Sirenis Matlali, Puerta Vallarta
• Spa Matilda, Hotel Matilda, San Miguel de Allende
• The Spa at Esperanza, Auberge Resorts Collection, Cabo San Lucas
• The Spa, Capella Ixtapa
• Willow Stream Spa, Fairmont Mayakoba, Riviera Maya
• Zoetry, Paraiso de la Bonita, Riviera Maya

Spa & Wellness Mexico also recognizes the best Boutique Spas and Day Spas around the country. Providing excellent service, quality spa treatments and meticulous attention to detail, these spas create noteworthy wellness experiences, maximizing often limited space and without extravagant facilities.


The Best Boutique Spas & Day Spas of Mexico are:

• Casa Azul Spa Urbano, Monterrey
• Dos Casas Spa, San Miguel de Allende
• Hela Spa Polanco & Hela Spa Santa Fe, DF
• Rosas y Xocolate, Merida
• Spa by Liverpool, Mexico City
• T’ai Spa & T’ai Spa Boutique, Merida

Thursday, 29 September 2016 22:29

Rancho La Puerta

Having heard for many years about the wonderful Rancho la Puerta, located in Tecate, Baja California, it has long been a dream of mine to visit and experience for myself one of the original wellness destinations. Founded in 1940 by Edmond and Deborah Szekely it has been through many renovations and reinventions, always staying true however, to its foundation of promoting a healthy, active lifestyle. A visit of anything less than a week at Rancho la Puerta, I realized, wouldn’t provide the complete experience and would definitely be over far too soon. The friendly atmosphere is incomparable to any other retreat experience I have encountered, This seems to be a feeling echoed by the numerous repeat guests who often joke that the ranch is like summer camp for adults. I can simply say that my week there was exceptional and filled with so many new experiences that I enjoyed immensely.



Rancho La Puerta’s sprawling 3,000 acres include 32 acres of gardens, the ranch grounds, organic gardens and hiking trails. The grounds around the main facility are certainly impressive and, although I rarely saw a gardener, all the lawns are well groomed and the plants well attended to. The mix of plants and flowers gives the impression of a naturally wild meadow, yet I imagine it takes a fair bit of work to achieve. Maps of the ranch can be found at regular intervals along the winding pathways., However they are not exactly to scale and things occasionally look closer or farther than they really are. By the end of the week I had just about learned my route to all the venues I needed to get to, but the first couple of days were filled with wrong turns!



The spacious and well-appointed suites are dispersed around the property in clusters. I was hosted in the beautiful ‘Villas Sol’ section of the ranch with a spectacular and unobstructed view of Mount Kuchumaa where we hiked each morning. The room was equipped not only with the essentials of an extremely comfortable bed, roomy bathroom and dressing area, desk and terrace, but it also had an open fireplace, a mini kitchenette area for tea and snacks, a reverse osmosis drinking water tap to reduce waste from plastic bottles and the wonderful cell-phone sleeping bag. Putting my phone away for periods of time is a practice I am trying to carry through into everyday life, however difficult that may seem! The Villas Sol and Villa Luna encircle the Villas Pool, a quiet, relaxing space to refresh in the cool water or soak in the Jacuzzi during the fresh evenings. After arriving from a long journey the pool was my first stop after lunch. Here, I met several other guests, who all visit the ranch regularly - one of whom was enjoying her 21st visit!



The hikes for me were one the highlights of the ranch experience.  With a variety of options each morning; you can choose the difficulty level you prefer - I started with a moderate mountain hike to Alex’s Oak Tree. Sitting atop a relatively small mountain, this oak tree was a favorite spot of the late Alex Szekely, former manager of the ranch and son of Deborah Szekely, Co-Founder of Rancho La Puerta, who passed away aged 44 in 2002. The subsequent hikes throughout the week ranged in difficulty, and I progressed to the 5.5 Mile Coyote Hike by the end of the week. While on the Professor’s Hike (a 3.5 Mile hike) I was treated to the spectacular view of ‘Skull Rock’ with a background of low cloud sitting in the canyon beyond. I wasn’t able to complete the Raven Hike or the 7-Mile River Hike during my stay, which just means there’s a good reason to return.


Exercise activities

I could fill an entire magazine solely dedicated to the variety of activities available at Rancho La Puerta. However, with limited space, I will attempt to highlight my favorites. 

Cardio Drumming: It occurred to me that this class was a great way to get males and females, young and old, to take part in a fairly standard, dare I say it… aerobics class! Add in the large barrel drums, and your grapevines and L-steps are a lot more interesting! 

Feldenkrais: Using small, subtle movements, the body is adjusted and realigned as each participant is encouraged to listen to their internal feedback and make natural self-corrections. Although it’s difficult to explain, everyone who participated seemed to agree that the class was ‘really strange but really good’! 

Pickleball: I was introduced to this fun and entertaining game on the first morning of my stay and, as someone who likes tennis (but spends most of the time running after the ball), this was a perfect alternative for me. A small court, a short paddle-like racket, a whiffle ball and a fairly straightforward set of rules made this game great exercise and very enjoyable.

Pilates: My stay fell on the same week that visiting instructor, Odile Zelenak, led the Pilates classes. Hailing from Northern California, Odile expertly guided all levels of participants through the Pilates classes with a range a difficulty levels suitable for all.

TRX Suspension Training: A favorite of mine, this functional, whole body workout is equivalent to fairly tough session in the gym and, as our expert instructor advised, ‘beginners class’ doesn’t mean ‘easy class’!



With such an abundance of activities available every hour at the ranch, it was really a struggle to fit any relaxation in. However, I managed to ‘schedule in’ some relaxation in the form of Crystal Bowl Sound Healing, Tai Chi and spa visits etc.

Crystal Bowl Sound Healing: This amazing experience is one that I repeated daily for the 3 afternoons it was offered. The sound of the singing bowls gently vibrates through your body and encourages such a deep relaxation that, I am certain, would not be possible just by laying down for 45 minutes - despite the early mornings and full days of activities. On the days where I took part in the Crystal Bowl Sound Healing sessions, I certainly found I had renewed energy for the evening activities.

Labyrinth: This beautiful meditative pathway provides a place for introspection and contemplation whether you are searching for an answer to a question or clearing your mind of thoughts.

Tai Chi:  Our expert instructor talked about the foundation of Tai Chi, its purpose, and led us through a simple sequence that was easy to master but left us feeling like experts.


La Cocina Que Canta (The kitchen that sings) 

Designed by Deborah’s daughter, Sarah-Livia Brightman, La Cocina Que Canta cooking school provides guests hands-on culinary educational experiences that enhance the stay at Rancho La Puerta. Set amidst the 6 acres of organic farmlands where the ranch cultivates its many ingredients, the kitchen celebrates the magic of cooking.

With visiting internationally-renowned expert chefs who have a passion for teaching, the ranch attracts many culinary enthusiasts who can also take home a variety of cookbooks - including the ranch’s own; Cooking With The Seasons At Rancho La Puerta.

I was lucky enough to visit at the same time as Chef Raghavan Iyer, author of numerous cookbooks and a teaching enthusiast. He guided us through the process of creating the most diverse and delicious vegan Indian cuisine I have ever tasted. 



Spread across four locations (Women’s Health Centre, Men’s Health Centre, Villas Health Centre & Beauty Salon) the spa offerings at Rancho La Puerta include wraps, scrubs, facials, water treatments, gemstone therapy, grooming services and, of course, an extensive range of massages. With four main themes of, Cleanse, Relax, Energize & Restore the spa assists guests in selecting the service best for them. With some, such as the Xocolatl (Chocolate) Skin Replenishment, you are invited to mix ingredients yourself before the journey begins. My favorite experience was the Japanese Restorative Facial, where a deeply relaxing facial massage sent me into a state of pure bliss and after which my skin felt firm, lifted and intensely hydrated.  


Bazaar del Sol

Tucked away in one corner of the ranch is Bazaar del Sol. A quaint little terrace-lounge-bar-boutique offers the perfect place to relax, socialize, read, work or enjoy the events such as live music or markets showcasing jewelry, arts & crafts. With a selection of wine and high speed Internet, this is often a hub of activity at the ranch!


Sara Jones


Friday, 12 August 2016 17:42

6 Ways To Beat The Heat

Summer is here again and almost every conversation, greeting or passing hello on La Quinta seems to involve some exclamation of the sweltering heat we are experiencing. Yes, even though we experience the same thing every year!

Other than hibernating in air conditioning, what else can you do to stay cool during the summer? Here are six ways to stay cool:


Choose cotton - for clothing and bedding
Lightweight and breathable; cotton is great for allowing ventilation and will help you stay cooler than many synthetic fabrics or sheets.


Limit time outside to early morning and evening
Before the heat rises and after it subsides is the time to run errands, meet up with friends or take a stroll. If you are out in town in the middle of the day, take advantage of some of the over air conditioned stores on La Quinta; browse and cool down at the same time.


Eat frequent small meals
Smaller portions of cold food will help you stay cool while in comparison, a heavy, cooked dinner will have a thermogenic effect, heating you up from the inside. Not ideal in this climate!


Chill your pulse points
A cold compress or cold pack kept in the fridge or freezer can work wonders when applied to the pulse points on the wrists and to the forehead, temples and back of the neck. This literally cools your blood as it flows close to the skin at these points, therefore cooling the body as it circulates. Some ice cubes or a bag of frozen peas can also do the trick.


Get high!
Rooftops are great places to meet up in the evenings as they are generally more exposed to the wonderful ocean breeze that can help you stay cool while you enjoy a night out.


Avoid dehydration
Drink plenty of iced water and limit caffeine and alcohol intake, which can dehydrate the body.


Sara Jones
Spa, Wellness & Lifestyle Expert and Founder of Spa & Wellness Mexico magazine