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Visit Our Gem Spa For Holiday Stress Relief

December is a month of non-stop activity, which – as we know – often leads to stress. Fortunately, we have the perfect antidote for this ailment in our award-winning Gem Spa.

Throughout history people have flocked to spas for soothing whatever ailed them, for pampering or – simply for a “social happening.”

In fact Mexico’s ancient cultures were way ahead of the game. They employed the temazcál (from “temazcalli” meaning “steam house” in Nauatl) – a purifying steam bath – to heal the body and cleanse the mind and soul.

Fortunately, rejuvenation and pampering aren’t just a diversion in this area – it’s a way of life. The area’s magic combined with its natural beauty sets the stage for the vast array of therapeutic treatments you’ll find here. The clever use of indigenous herbs used in the revived rituals practiced by the ancient Maya promise modern-day road warriors spiritual as well as physical relief.

If you’d like to unleash your inner goddess (or god), then you should indulge in our Maya Gods Ritual, an invigorating and hydrating total body treatment using a copal exfoliation and body wrap. Copal (resin from a “sacred” aromatic tree) was used by the ancient Maya in spiritual ceremonies known for revitalizing the spirit.

The Diamond Dust Body Exfoliation and Massage takes treatments to a higher level with the addition of brilliant crystal dust to your spa experience. A luminous mud masque applied to the skin and removed by a soothing magnetic massage promises immediate tension release along with radiant skin – guaranteed to make you feel like a million carats!

Gem Spa is especially known for our “Hydrotherapy Ritual,” – a 10-step process, which includes an aromatherapy steam room, clay steam room, ice room, polar plunge and pebble walkway, ending in the comforting “pool of sensations.”

The healing properties of hydrotherapy are based on the “thermal effects” they have. Generally, heat quiets and soothes the body, slowing down the activity of internal organs. Cold, in contrast, stimulates and invigorates, increasing internal activity. The combination guarantees a feeling of well-being overall.

The healing Hydrotherapy Ritual begins with a “guided circuit,” starting with the aromatherapy steam room, where a sea of warm aromatic steam envelopes you. Following, step into a multi-jet cold water shower to awaken your senses and close your pores before you’re led into a clay steam room, where you’ll start feeling your exhaustion peel away. When you’re done, rinse off under the water jets of a tepid rain shower, before stepping into the warm embrace of a hot sauna.

A hot sauna and frosty ice room follow – to close your pores and accelerate your metabolism. The final steps take you to a bubbling hot Jacuzzi; a brief ice water plunge, ending in a pebble walk with soft warm water jets caressing your calves and toes.

The “grand finale,” lands you in the Pool of Sensations, where you get to soak in a large pool filled with bubbles, geysers, waterfalls and cervical water jets, designed to massage your body in four different stages.

The palatial setting and hands-on personalized service you’ll find in our Gem Spa are an added bonus. Fresh juices, fruit and soothing Maya music promise the perfect supplement to your “journey.”

It’s a trip you won’t forget!