Azulik Resort and Maya Spa, Mexico

Edging the Riviera Maya, Azulik Resort & Maya Spa is on Mexico’s Caribbean coast, just outside Tulum and two miles from the Mayan archaeological site Monday, 6 March 2017

By National Geographic Traveller The Collection

Edging the Riviera Maya, Azulik Resort & Maya Spa is on Mexico’s Caribbean coast, just outside Tulum and two miles from the Mayan archaeological site. This off-the-grid eco-resort encourages guests to unplug — no electricity, no TVs, no phones — and instead soak up the beautiful surroundings.

Nature is incorporated into the hotel design: think thatched treehouses made from Mexican ebony, perched high above the jungle; floor-to-ceiling windows streaming natural light into pale wood interiors; handcrafted bathtubs filled with water from underground cenotes; and private decks topped with sea-view daybeds. Healthy foodies can pluck vegetables and herbs from the kitchen garden so the chef can rustle up bespoke meals.

Drawing on the therapeutic properties of seawater and ancient Mayan heritage, the seafront Maya Spa offers an array of healing therapies, massages and medicinal herbal baths, all using organic products. For a shot of authentic local culture, the Mayan Rebirth Ceremony combines the timeless sound of the conch shell, the mineral-rich benefits of plants, mud and essential oils, and years-old chants. Steeped in tradition, the ceremony brings a spiritual element to the body treatment to help guests connect with themselves, others and nature.

A must-visit is the temazcal, a traditional steam bath that draws on the four stages of human life, as well as the four elements, four seasons and four cardinal points. Mesoamerican cultures believed it helped them to reconnect with their emotions and ancestors, with a purifying and regenerating effect. More conventional treatments are also on offer, from facials to clay body wraps, as well as outdoor meditation sessions and hatha and vinyasa yoga classes. For those who wish to combine watersports with exploring, there’s the chance to take diving and snorkelling excursions on the tropical island of Cozumel.

Exploring this historic and culturally rich stretch of the Yucatan Peninsula is an experience not to be missed. Ancient ruins, from the majesty of Chichén Itzá and nearby Tulum, lie scattered across the region, while the network of cenotes offers a glimpse into the spiritual Mayan underworld.

Don’t miss

The three-day Senses Relaxation package — a mix of yoga, massage and meditation, plus a temazcal ceremony and bike riding

Need to know

Key Treatments

• Mayan rituals: Mayan Rebirth Ceremony; Mayan Sobada; Ancestral Intonation Massage; Clay Maya; Maya Bath
• Temazcal cermemonies: purifying; full moon; wedding ritual
• Massages: holistic; deep tissue; hot stone massage; fusion; neck and back

Key Facilities

• 39 treehouses
• Spa, with 4 seafront massage beds and 4 therapy cabins
• 5 bathtubs (3 seafront)
• 2 sauna and 2 steam domes
• 2 temazcals
• AzulikDome for yoga and meditation
• Vichy shower and footbath therapy
• Spa lounge & ancestral healing house

Contact Information

azulik.com/maya-spa
T: +52 1 984 204 3571
E: spa@azulik.com

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