Take a trip to Hotel Esencia, where luxury accommodations, tranquil beaches and an organic spa steeped in rich Mayan traditions is tucked away between Playa del Carmen and Tulum in the Riviera Maya.
On a recent visit to Spa at Grand Velas All Suites & Spa Resort, an all-inclusive resort on Mexico’s Riviera Maya, I was able to get in tune with ancient spa traditions of the Mayan culture.
Set amidst the sea, mountains, and expansive desert at the southernmost tip of the Baja Peninsula, is beautiful Los Cabos in Baja California. This stunning natural setting is also a hot spot for spas that feature spiritual and indigenous treatments, super-exclusive spas favored by Hollywood jetsetters, and eclectic, holistic, and luxurious spas, including one of the only thalassotherapy spas in North America.
Rancho La Puerta, a fitness resort and wellness spa in Tecate, Baja California, Mexico, is hosting a two-day birthday gala and symposium, “The Sun, the Butterfly, the Dove,” in San Diego, California, this September 24-25th to celebrate its 70th. Proceeds from the gala will benefit Fundación La Puerta, a non-profit dedicated to the Tecate region and building a better future on the border through educational and ecological action, so join the fun and feel good about it at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.
In Mexico, fresh corn is roasted or grilled until smoky-sweet and deliciously chewy. For this classic chowder, the corn is pan-roasted, then cooked to a golden velvet with leeks and aromatic vegetables.
Founder Deborah Szekely and Chef Jesus Gonzales like to give food a quick last touch as it is served. It might be as simple as a quick sauté of leeks, corn and peppers for this corn soup, a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil over tomatoes and basil or a dash of fennel powder on grilled fish. That last touch always lifts each fish a notch, adding freshness and flavor, a hint of texture or temperature contrast and eye appeal.
Last week my husband and I took a long-overdue little vacation. It was time to decompress, so we decided to go to the Banyan Tree Mayakoba in Riviera Maya, Mexico. I must confess that it’s hard not to go to a spa anytime, let alone when I’m on vacation, so I talked my husband into doing a couple’s treatment. We selected the Thai Classic massage. Our experience began in the tranquil spa reception area with a delicious drink of what I think was hibiscus (or some other flower) juice. Our therapists, Aida and Jaye, greeted us and then brought us to our spa villa. Since Banyan Tree is an Asian-owned company (this is its very first property in North America), all of the therapists come from Thailand