Communicating in a foreign language as a non-native speaker is difficult enough – we couldn’t imagine what we would face at a Mexican spa resort with a French name! Of course, all turned out well at our No. 1 spa resort and we can now comfortably interchange “sí” and “oui oui.”

Le Blanc Spa Resort is situated on a secluded stretch of white sand beach a mere 15 minutes from downtown Cancun. Though we love the bustle of nighttime Cancun when the stars seem to fall from the sky and land atop night clubs, we were looking for a more tranquil setting and the Le Blanc Spa provides just that. Taking after its title, the spa cloaks itself in white marble, accented by rich wood furnishings. A healing element unto itself, water is a prominent feature throughout. When you first arrive, experience the Le Blanc Water Journey. This guided hydrotherapy routine involves rejuvenating showers, a detoxifying herbal steam, immersion in a cool or warm lagoon and a traditional shower. Then, relax and travel back to that first garden of paradise with the Eden Package. A honey body scrub, seaweed wrap and serenity massage combine to restore inner and outer peace.

Related activities

Le Blanc is ideally located close to another attraction: golf. Take on the challenge of the three surrounding courses, two designed by Jack Nicklaus and one by Robert von Hagge.

Fun facts

Explore more of Mexico on one of several tours to Chichen Itza, Isla Mujeres, Tulum and more.

Related Onsite Offerings

Continue pampering yourself with onsite amenities at Le Blanc Spa Resort such as haute cuisine, butler service, wireless Internet and more.

2 . Verana

Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco

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The sun has only just started to make its ascent into the sky and its gold light splashes on the lush green mountainside and makes the water glint like diamonds. You move into sun salutation and soak up your surroundings from your elevated position in the Yoga Palapa – a beautiful start to your day.

This is not a diary entry from the Swiss Family Robinson, though tree-house yoga might have been a productive family activity. It’s just the beginning of the revitalizing services provided by the Jungle Spa. Set in the unspoiled, beautiful jungle wilderness of Yelapa, Mexico, Verana Resort satiates the appetite for adventure and healing. Wall-less bungalows and palapas lend a taste of the exotic while stone houses provide more domestic security while remaining open to the outside. You can truly harmonize with your surroundings in a Healing Bath. Immerse yourself in a lemongrass detox bath in the open-air stone bath with no sign of the modern to distract you. Another unique water treatment offered by Jungle Spa is the Watsu Massage, or water therapy. Float through the water while you are supported by a massage therapist and feel relaxed as you are being gently stretched and massaged.

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After spending all that time in the sun, indulge in an Aloe Vera Soothing Facial with an ultra fine citrus scrub, chamomile grapefruit toner, agave nectar face massage, cucumber cooling mask and aloe vera face cream.

Getting there

Verana’s secluded location means you must take flight to Puerto Vallarta and drive to Boca de Tomatlan. It is the last beach you can reach by car. Then, a 30-minute boat ride will take you to the coast of Yelapa. Mules will be waiting to take you and your luggage to Verana.

Related Onsite Offerings

This jungle haven is a perfect Mexico getaway for two, as is the Romance Package through Jungle Spa. Begin with a late afternoon couples massage followed by dinner. After dinner, enjoy the peace and quiet of a candlelit coconut milk and honey aromatherapy bath beneath the stars.

3 . Grand Velas Riviera Maya

Riviera Nayarit, Missouri

CALL DIRECT: +1 (877) 418 - 2722

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Close your eyes, breath through your nose and float past cascading water, thrumming against your ears beneath the water’s surface. Allow only the beautiful into your mind – and that won’t be hard at our No. 3 Mexico spa.

The Vitality Experience Pool is just the beginning of the therapeutic and rejuvenating mission of Grand Velas Riviera Maya Spa. Grand Velas has seven spa journeys. Seven, the perfect number, is a symbol for the relationship between the human and the divine. Bring forth the divine in you on the Journey through the Inner Journey with 50 minutes of Floatarium Bliss or Guided Meditation. Relax your earthy roots through Native Mexico with its Sacred Obsidian Stone Massage or Avocado Wrap. The Water Journey, based on Roman and Greek water rituals, soothes you with its seven different elements: sauna, color therapy steam room, clay room, ice room, experience showers, whirlpool and Experience Pool with the sensory pebble foot walk way, cascade falls, water bubble beds, cervical neck jets and bubble volcano geyser. Enjoy one or all in your spa visit.

Related Onsite Offerings

Don’t settle for one massage when you can get two! The Mayan Spa Package gives you two spa massages, a Master Suite surrounded by the Mexican jungle, gourmet dinners and more.

Related activities

Enjoy Grand Velas Riviera Maya’s exercise programs for yoga, Pilates, capoeira, tai chi and meditation, live music at Sky Bar, 24-hour in-suite dining and more.

Highlights

Grand Velas Riviera Maya is in a great location to explore Mexico’s sites like Xcaret, Xe-Ha, Playa del Carmen’s Fifth Avenue, Cozumel and more.

4 . Mision del Sol Resort and Spa

Cuernavaca,

CALL DIRECT: 01 800 99 99 100

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Have you been waiting for someone to tell you that you look as fresh as a spring chick? We know what you need to finally achieve that status: a spa day at our No. 4 spot in the City of Eternal Spring, Cuernavaca.

Mision del Sol Spa looks back to ancient beliefs and customs to guide them in restorative therapies. Become part of the Nahuatl history of healing in the Temazcal. This chamber steam room detoxifies the body by sprinkling water and herbs, like rosemary, rue and basil on hot volcanic stones. Treat your completely relaxed body to a Gold Wrap. This treatment uses gold sparks to restore youthful beauty and smooth skin. Mision del Sol Resort and Spa is also an ideal Cuernavaca wedding destination with the spa’s thoughtful treatments for the bride. Even before the wedding night, slip into silk – the Bride’s Silk Bath, that is. The incredibly smooth skin will only be enhanced with a Honey and Amaranth soft tissue massage.

Related Onsite Offerings

Take the romance up a notch with a dinner for two in the lush garden setting of Restaurant El Sol.

Related activities

Enjoy the active life at Mision del Sol by playing a game of volleyball, tennis or paddle tennis.

Fun facts

Mision del Sol provides several wise phrases, one of which comes from Christopher Darlington Morley: “There is only one success: to be able to spend your life in your own way, and not to give others absurd maddening claims upon it.”

5 . Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Resort and Spa

Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur,

CALL DIRECT: +1 (624) 145 - 8000

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Pillars are one of the most ancient representations of strength and support. Our No. 5 spot can attest to the success of seven pillars at their spa. Starwood Spa Collection’s Seven Pillars of Well-Being are present for more than just structural soundness.

The Sheraton Hacienda del Mar’s Cactus Spa adheres to the pillars of Beauty, Life Balance, Harmony, Aqua, Vitality, Nature and Nutrition and has treatments that accompany each. Experience all seven pillars with services like a Parafin Pedicure, Anti-Stress Facial, Hydration and Comfort Body Treatment, Vichy Shower for Hydro-Massage, a state-of-the-art fitness center with cardio and aerobics, a massage on the beach and healthy snacks at the Sheraton’s Sirenas palapa bar and grill. When you’re not being nurtured and guided by the seven pillars, take time to enjoy other spa facilities like the sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and hot or cold plunges. Or, stand at the edge of the infinity pool and stare out at the endless aquamarine Sea of Cortes.

Highlights

Take advantage of your Los Cabos surroundings with activities like SCUBA diving, snorkeling, horseback riding on the beach, whale watching and more.

Related activities

Spend a day out on the sunny Baja peninsula beach, or visit one of the two beautiful Los Cabos golf courses near the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Resort and Spa.

Related Onsite Offerings

Each luxurious room at the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar comes with an in-room private Jacuzzi, the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed, a large balcony and more.

6 . Ceiba del Mar Beach and Spa Resort

Cancun,

CALL DIRECT: 52998728060

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In the midst of making photocopies, running from one side of the building to the other because you’re late to a meeting and spilling coffee on your white blouse, it can be difficult to find your Zen. We agree with our No. 6 pick’s suggestion to refresh all your senses and be pampered.

The Riviera Maya Cancun Luxury Spa does indeed work to refresh all your senses, but one in particular is given special attention. As a holistic and aromatherapy spa, this Cieba del Mar Resort facility is adorned with nose-pleasing elements like sweet-smelling varnished teak wood. Sip a cup of organic tea enveloped by the spa’s granite floors, tall red-bricked ceilings, Mexican artisan handcrafted jars, meditative Indian-influenced statues and the sound of birdsongs from the Gulf of Mexico jungle. Venture further in your journey of Zen-enlightenment and start where activity is the busiest: your head. The Scalp Muk-pol will lift worries and cares from your mind as you experience the scalp massage using traditional Mayan herbs like chaya, achiote, honey and vegetable oils. Finish with a stress-relieving face, neck and shoulders massage.

Related Onsite Offerings

Is next month a very important career time crunch? Get ready with the Balsamic Mayan Massage. Using ten different personalized oils, this massage boosts immunology and circulatory systems, helps correct an unbalanced spinal column, bad posture, stress and exhaustion and strengthens the nervous system. The effects last about one month after the treatment.

Related activities

While we loving swimming in beachside pools, we think a real aquatic adventure is swimming in a cenote – a sacred pool of calm, clear water.

Highlights

Upon arrival at Cieba del Mar, enjoy a welcome cocktail and personalized check-in. Enjoy the southern sunshine on one of the resort’s bikes or the onsite tennis court!

7 . Maya Tulum Resort

Conyers, Georgia

CALL DIRECT: +1 (888) 515 - 4580

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Just the mere sight of Maya Tulum Beach had us swept away – and not by any sort of tidal wave. Quite the opposite, it was below the water that our eyes grew wide with amazement inside our goggles. Beneath the surface is the world’s second longest reef that stretches from Quintana Roo to Honduras.

Suffice it to say, it took a while to drag us off the beautiful Yucatan Peninsula beach and into our No. 7 spot – but leaving those baby blue waves for Maya Tulum’s Wellness Spa was no regret. Don’t be frightened by the title – the Neurosedative Massage doesn’t put your brain cells to sleep as much as it provides a restful 80-minute wake. Designed to alleviate the overwhelming feelings of stress and fatigue, this slow and rhythmic full body massage decongests the lymphatic system and calms the nervous system. Feel renewed in energy and tranquility with the Maya Kaaten Kuxtal specialty. Translated as “Mayan Rebirthing,” this treatment uses agave plant extracts, lime, lemon, aloe vera, cacao and honey for a gentle exfoliation. After a purifying mud mask and warm shower, a lymphatic drainage massage with natural oils rounds out this anti-stress and revitalizing experience.

Related activities

Once you are done exploring the coral and marine life of the reef, see even more of the Maya Tulum environment on an eco tour. Snorkel, sail to the “eyes” of the Tulum Ruins or watch Caguama turtles make their way up the beach to lay their eggs.

Related Onsite Offerings

Synchronizing cuisine with surroundings, dine in the round cabana built with marble floors and limestone walls. Dine on fresh seafood dishes as you gaze through the windows at the Caribbean Sea.

Getting there

From Cancun International Airport, take 307 South and drive for about 81 miles. At a stoplight, you will see a sign for COBA and Chichen Itza on the right. Turn left at this light. If you enter the town of Tulum, you have gone too far. Go approximately 1.5 miles until you come to a T-intersection with a police hut on the left. Turn right and travel straight until the paved road ends. Maya Tulum Resort is the first place on the left after the police check point.

You won’t find anything stuffy about President Cozumel Resort and Spa, but you will find stately and luxurious rooms, restaurants and the intercontinentally-influenced Mandara Spa.

Seamlessly blending inspirations from Asian, American, European and, of course, Mayan cultures, the Mandara Spa offers an original spa experience. The spa familiars, like a Vichy shower, Jacuzzi, outdoor soaking tub and oceanside massage huts, are contrasted against the exotic, such as the Mayan Pathway. Rest in this clay herbal steam bath, Temazcal, guided by a Shaman before your cooling bathing ritual. The Mandara Balinese Massage uses stretching, pressure point and sweeping motions to unblock latent energy. The Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Facial takes Eastern lifting massage techniques and a Japanese Silk Mask with pro-collagen booster serum to decrease wrinkles and fine lines. Finally, your Mayan journey is completed with a spa manicure and pedicure. When you return to your Ocean Suite, relax with your sweetheart in your glass-walled Jacuzzi tub with a sweeping view of the Caribbean Sea. And when you finally decide to come downstairs for dinner, the classy Caribeno, Alfredo Di Roma, and Cana Bara restaurants are waiting to serve you.

Related activities

Presidente Cozumel Resort has an impressive list of onsite activities, including SCUBA DU – PADI Gold Palm 5-Star Dive Center, daily certified dive trips from its private dock, deep sea and flats fishing charters and more.

Getting there

From Cozumel, take Rafael Melgar Avenue South for approximately 6.5 kilometers toward Presidente Cozumel Resort and Spa. The directions are the same if you are coming from the Pier.

Related Onsite Offerings

Looking to rekindle that flame? Mandara Spa’s Mayan Love Ritual will surely set your hearts aflame with the Shaman-guided Tamazcal experience, Exotic Bathing Ritual with island flower bath oil and a side-by-side massage of your choice.

9 . Casa Dorado Los Cabos Resort and Spa

Cabo San Lucas,

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 448 - 0151

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We are all searching for those perfect moments, whether it is a kiss from your significant other at the end of the day, a hug around your knees from your giggling toddler or watching the sun rise above the Medano Beach coastline at our No. 9 pick.

As impossible as it may sound, perfect moment after perfect moment stacks up on your Cabo San Lucas vacation at Casa Dorado Los Cabos Resort and Spa. Though we adore the convenient location to the Luxury Avenue shopping district, it was really the last word of Casa Dorado’s title that put our perfect moment in perspective. The Saltwater Spa is a seaside sanctuary for those looking to take a breather from hectic everyday life. Teach your body to relax again with the Water Lily Soothing Treatment. The green tea and water lily wrap cools and refreshes your skin and your state of mind. Give the high-tension spots you use everyday a rest – that is, with a back, neck and foot massage. And yes, you are allowed to give your soles a day off after this massage.

Related Onsite Offerings

Men, the spa is not just an indulgence for the ladies! Take advantage of a package deal for Sports Massage and Skinfit for Men, a facial that cleanses and exfoliates to relieve painful razor burn.

Related activities

Take the plunge and SCUBA dive in the Sea of Cortes and Cabo San Lucas Bay to witness the beauty of tropical fish, sea lions and other marine life.

Highlights

Casa Dorado Los Cabos Resort caters to that perfect moment that happens when you don’t have to wake up to an alarm. Order a scrumptious breakfast and have it delivered to your room, or enjoy an evening entrée of risotto, pizza or a Mexican specialty at your leisure.

10 . Dreams Cancun Resort and Spa

Cancun Q Roo,

CALL DIRECT: 52.998.848.7000

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If you’ve lost hope in the old cliché that dreams really do come true, you need to experience Dreams Cancun Resort and Spa, our No. 10 choice. Set on seven acres of lush oceanfront, this is the only Cancun resort surrounded on three sides by the Caribbean Sea.

Sometimes there is that one treatment in a spa package you would rather do without. So instead, the Dreams Spa by Pevonia offers Spa a la Carte. Begin with a Swiss shower and Slim and Trim Body Wrap. Then top it off with a Caviar Foot Treatment and Leave Worries Behind Massage. Or, substitute the Slim and Trim for Vanquish My Pain. Maybe the Re-Energize Me Massage should replace Leave Worries Behind. Perhaps Let the Radiance Reign Facial is more essential than the Caviar Foot Treatment. With so many options, we’ll leave you to put together your own perfect spa package. Part of the Dreams Cancun Resort package worth keeping is the Delphinus Dolphin experience. Swim and play with dolphins in Dreams’ sea water lagoon for 45 minutes – which is longer than most other dolphin swimming experience.

Related Onsite Offerings

Tired of not understanding the local lingo? Take a Spanish class to improve your Español.

Related activities

The Dreaming of Freedom Turtle Program at Dreams Cancun Resort allows you to actually hold a baby turtle in the palm of your hand and interact with it before setting it free in the sea.

Highlights

Don’t worry about the kids – they won’t even notice you’re gone when they’re at The Explorer’s Club! They’ll be enraptured with the splash fountain, climbing wall, indoor game room, sand castle contests, treasure hunts and more.

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