Mexico: Well-being and Spa
A land of contrasts straddling temperate and tropical zones
We love massages, facials, wine wraps and other indulgent spa treatments. But unless you're a Hollywood celebrity, these are luxury items, not part of your regular work week. When you need pampering, don't waste your valuable time and money by going to an unprofessional or inexperienced therapist. We've tested the latest treatments, met with the practitioners and visited the newest retreats to find the best spas in Mexico.
Away Spa and Fitness at the W Hotel, Campos Elíseos 252, Polanco, 55.9138.1800
The Draw: If you like the W’s minimalist style and appreciate New Age spa décor, then Away Spa is for you.
The Scene: Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone, shiatsu, aromatherapy, and sport massages are all at your fingertips—or at least at the masseuse’s fingertips. Water-lovers will appreciate Wet, an area that includes a heated relaxation pool, Jacuzzi, steam room, sunroom, and sauna. Away Spa also offers a well-equipped fitness center and beauty salon.
Hot Tip: For silky-smooth skin, try the Monte Albán body wrap, an indigenous treatment that wraps you in a concoction of jasmine, rice, cinnamon, aromatic oil essences, and organic milk.
Qi Urban Spa
Amsterdam 317, Condesa, 55.5574.5095
The Draw: In the hip Condesa neighborhood, Qi offers a complete range of spa services designed to integrate body and soul.
The Scene: A trendy set from the surrounding area has fallen in love with this day spa, which offers a full menu of massage services and body treatments, as well as a relaxation pool and sundeck. Spinning, yoga, and meditation classes are also available.
Hot Tip: The fitness center also has a climbing wall, a rarity in Mexico City.
Spa at Four Seasons
Four Seasons Hotel, Paseo de la Reforma 500, Juarez, 55.5230.1818
The Draw: A quiet, elegant spa in the city’s most luxurious hotel.
The Scene: Four Seasons guests expect to be pampered, and these elite (often celeb) spa-goers are seldom disappointed. The sophisticated selection of skin and body treatments includes Thai massage, and clients also have access to the small fitness center, sauna, and swank outdoor pool and Jacuzzi.
Hot Tip: If you want to go native, try the Punta Mita massage, which incorporates tequila, indigenous sage oil, and traditional Mexican healing techniques.