Mexico

Mexico’s Capital Spas

written by | Posted on February 1st, 2010

Have your clients plunge into serenity in one of the world’s most populated cities.

Everyone wants a little down time to leave the city behind from time to time, even when in one of the greatest of metropolises. Even in fast-paced and exciting Mexico City, clients will want to close their eyes for a bit and take a temporary respite, whether to recharge or revitalize their muscles for another go at the Distrito Federal. Here are a few notable spas to tell them about.

las alcobas With just 35 rooms and barely a month old, this posh stay in the swanky Polanco district has tweaked the concept of a city hotel to a new level. Modern and sleek, Las Alcobas has been smartly decorated by famed design studio Yabu Pushelberg in textures and custom creations that give the place a homey feel throughout. Guestrooms (including three penthouse suites) feature goose-down bedding, hand-knotted rugs and all-marble spa bathrooms, not to mention excellent home theater systems.

Another plus to Las Alcobas: NEMI. This fish-and-seafood restaurant is the brainchild of Chef Michael Mina, already a well-known name for his restaurants in Las Vegas, Miami and San Francisco.

The Spa: Aurora Spa is small, with two treatment areas and a private wet treatment room—but it makes up for its size with amazing treatments that incorporate many plants used by ancient Mexican civilizations: agave, vanilla, cocoa, maize, citrus and others. One standout is the Tepezcohuite Body Drench, which uses the bark of the Mexican skin tree as the basis for a therapeutic salve. There’s also the Meringue de Ahuacatli, a hydrating body wrap rich in vitamin E that is ideal for dry stubborn skin. This treatment begins with a relaxing massage with organic avocado oil and a homemade balm.

Las Alcobas’ Bed & Breakfast package starts at $405 per room, per night (with a 2-night minimum) and includes continental breakfast.

hilton mexico city reforma This is another newcomer in Mexico City, yet as different from Las Alcobas as noche y día. Previously a Sheraton, the Hilton Mexico City Reforma—the 24th Hilton in Mexico—expertly caters to business and leisure travelers with all the trappings of the much-loved brand and a great location just a stone’s throw away from Reforma Avenue.

All the lovely perks of a Hilton stay are present in each of the 458 rooms and suites: luxury beds and linens, flat-screen TVs, mini-bar, and lots more. Many of the accommodations come with the added incentive of a great view of Paseo de la Reforma or Alameda Central Park; VIPs can make use of the hotel’s heliport to zoom in or out. As the year progresses, Hilton Mexico City Reforma will unveil a huge presidential suite (of more than 5,000 sq. ft.), as well as a new executive lounge with breakfast area and bar service, two boardrooms, a lounge area and lots more.

The Spa: The Alameda Spa & Gym is huge and delivers all the classics we clamor for while traveling, including a hot-stone therapy using basalt stones to soothe tired muscles and restore balance to the entire body. There’s also a Heavy Legs Treatment that helps to improve circulation, eliminate toxins and provide fast relief to legs tired from travel or exertion. There are both indoor and outdoor swimming pools, plus spinning classes on Wednesdays at the gym.

The Hilton Mexico City Reforma has an introductory starting rate of $99 through the end of this month, then starts at $179 per room.

sitio sagrado Quiet and unobtrusive as a sitio sagrado, or sacred place, should be, this spa hotel is located near the historic town of Tepoztlan, just south of Mexico City. Sitio Sagrado, a Mexico Boutique Hotels property, has just 23 suites that are warm and inviting, with organic bath amenities and a minimalist decor; most have private terraces and all give quick access to the hotel’s heated pool and gardens, where intimate daybeds wait for an hour or two of your time.

Guests can arrange for guided hikes and horseback rides, or take a tour of the town—but the spa here is a major draw, so clients will want to spend some time there.

The Spa: Where to begin? The hydro-spa is set on more than 6,500 sq. ft. and honors Earth and its elements. A good place to start off is at The Grotto of the Senses, where you can experience in-cenote therapies intensified by special effects and audio. Guests are guided through waters at different colors, densities and temperatures, after which they’ll be treated with aromatherapy, body exfoliation and cranial massage. The last cave in this journey greets guests with capillary treatments with specially chosen visual themes.