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As some of you may know, I moved to Mexico from the Middle East where I had worked in the spa and wellness industry in Dubai for close to five years, to join Rosewood Mayakoba as spa director at their exclusive Riviera Maya property. I was tasked with redeveloping the treatment menu, creating new experiences and bringing in new product lines – a really exciting challenge! I asked my team, “Where is the industry magazine, so we can see what’s available to us here?” and the response was, “What do you mean, industry magazine?” There was none!
Hammock Cove Antigua is a couples-only retreat nestled on the eastern coast of the island, a stone’s throw from the beautiful and historic Devils Bridge landmark offering majestic views of the coastline. The property can be described as small, cozy, and picturesque; it includes 41 rooms, all with either a waterfront or ocean view.
Five impressive pyramid structures make up the Paradisus Cancun resort, overlooking the captivating white sand beach and bright turquoise ocean this destination is famous for. Abounding with greenery, trailing plants spill over each ledge inside the pyramids, creating a jungle illusion perfect for those who appreciate biophilic design.
the First 1000 Days of Wellness® (F1000 Days)launch the first Specialized Practitioner Training for Conception, Pregnancy, and Family IntegrativeWellness, in partnership with known industry niche trainers, Chris Clinton and Joanne Berry. The trainingdesigned to provide much needed expertise in an area often neglected in our industry- but arriving at atime where global infertility rates are alarmingly on the rise.
As personalized sound healing and music compositions explode into the wellness space, I found the approach of LifeRythms uniquely interesting. Audio alchemist, Robert Alexander offers customized affirmation sessions, easily scheduled virtually. The session is akin to a guided meditation and the client is asked to prepare by ensuring they have a calm and quiet space to connect online and with the intention of getting in touch with their feelings to aid the flow of the session. Starting with the discovery phase, Robert will learn about your current life experience and intentions for the future before asking you to embark on an inward journey. Guided visualization helps uncover behavior patterns; potential blocks are identified before affirmations are finalized and recorded verbally.
Tucked away in the small ‘pueblo’ of Macario Gomez, on the road between the beach town of Tulum, Riviera Maya and the magical Mayan ruins of Coba, you will find a unique spa and wellness experience, truly like no other. The Mayan Clay Bathhouse Villa and grounds are a secluded sanctuary where guests are invited to enjoy a wellness journey spanning three hours. Guests are welcomed to the property with the warm smell of copal incense, a tree resin sacred to the Mayan people said to cleanse the aura in addition to negative energy.
Submerged in one of the last humid tropical forest areas of the Ecuadorian coast, we found a true paradise away from the noise and daily stress. Surrounded by mountains, with a spectacular view, located at 300 meters above sea level and great biodiversity of fauna and flora, it is easy to reconnect with oneself. The retreat cabins are built using organic materials, blending them with their surroundings. Samai offers a wide range of unique services, including shamanic healing, sacred retreat workshops and spiritual readings, chakra balancing, yoga and meditation, a range of massages and body treatments, and hand and foot reflexology. Plant medicine ceremonies like ayahuasca and a fermented tobacco plant infusion are conducted with a certified shaman bringing 40 years of experience.
Situated on the golden beaches of the Pacific Coast within walking distance of the famous El Malecon boardwalk, spanning over 13,000 square meters, the magnificent Secrets Spa by Pevonia offers a variety of treatments, including a range of facial treatments, massages, body wraps. The reception area creates a cozy atmosphere adjacent to the salon for the hair styling, beauty treatments and a hidden lounge perfect for brides to be.
On the Pacific Riviera of Panama, less than two hours’ drive from the capital Panama City, is the Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort: a paradise on earth. At the entrance of the resort, stands the majestic Corotú, a tree typical of the region. From its name comes the name of the hotel’s spa, the Corotú Spa. A spa focusing on first class service with a warm welcoming entrance. The Corotú Spa features a hydrotherapy area including a jacuzzi, sauna and steam room set to perfect temperatures, with corresponding guidelines for safe use.
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