There’s no better way to relax, rejuvenate body and spirit, and find that fountain of energy than to experience some of Mexico’s fine spas.
According to historian Logan Hawkes, Mexico has a long and glamorous history in Spa Travel. Since the time of Montezuma’s reign (who had his own personal spa resort to escape the rigors of government rule), the Mexican people have long known the benefits of their mineral-rich waters, volcanic mud, and native herbs, not to mention their beautiful scenic and varied landscapes.
Most spas in Mexico have incorporated many indigenous treatments and therapies to the traditional spa experience, making for a truly unique spa encounter, Hawkes says of spas in his web site, Mexico Less Traveled.
Among thse traditional therapies is the temazcal, a type of sweat lodge that originated in ancient Mesoamerica. The lodge was usually dome-shaped and contructed of volcanic rock. Its name comes from the Nahuatl word temazcalli, meaning “house of heat”), or possibly from the Aztec words “bath house”. It was used as part of a spiritual ceremony thought to purify or heal the mind, body and spirit.
While spa experiences in Mexico are as varied as the country itself, Lakeside Chapala offers several excellent day spas that are sure to fit your style and budget. Below are just three found locally.
Monte Coxala Spa de Altura
This Boutique Spa and Hotel is situated in San Juan Cosala, ten-minutes from Ajijic, with panoramic views of Lake Chapala and the surrounding mountains. It offers hot spring baths, spa treatments, a Temazcal (ritual steam bath) experience, and an equipped fitness centre. It also features two pools (one indoors and another outdoors), as well as a hot tub, safety deposit boxes, valet parking, and Wi-Fi access.
Monte Coxala’s rooms feature king-sized canopy beds, an en-suite fireplace and seating area. Some units also include a spa bath.
Chac-Lan, the on-site restaurant at Monte Coxala, is specialized in international-style cuisine, plus Caballerizas Restaurant can be found within 250 metres and serves steak-style dishes.
Spa Termal Tlalocan
The Hotel Balneario San Juan Cosalá is a located on the lakeshore and features a hotel, balneario water park and the Spa Termal Tlalocan. Established more than 50 years ago, it is among the area’s best known landmarks.
The complex offers a restaurant serving traditional Mexican dishes, a family-friendly hotel with pool access and satellite TV, jacuzzi’s and kitchenettes in some rooms.
The Spa Termal Tlalocan uses it thermal water (with its beneficial mineral emissions) to offer hydrothrapy, massages and various natural therapies and beauty treatments.
Total Body Care Spa
This day spa has operated in Ajijic since 1996. It is one of several local favorites who want to relax with a variety of professional spa treatments, and want someplace within walking distance. Total Tody Care fits that bill, offering facials, massages, manicures and pedicures, waxing and various body treatments, all at reasonable prices.
These are just a few of the many hundreds of unique and beautiful spa resorts throughout Mexico. Do yourself a favor and experience the renewal of spirit and body in the cradle of comfortable spas throughout this magnificent country. Remember you give to others all year long now it’s time to give to yourself….a new you.