Celebrate your Mexico Holidays this New Year by Treating the New You! Luxury & Wellness in Puerto Vallarta & Riviera Nayarit
With 2016 coming to an end, the time is ripe for New Year’s resolution planning. But why settle for the same old, tired ideas? Instead, celebrate the New Year by treating the new you at Puerto Vallarta & Riviera Nayarit, two neighbouring destinations along Mexico’s Pacific Coast.
Here, pampered luxury meets winter sun wellness, and the region’s many spas and resorts are sure to leave you feeling refreshed, renewed and ready to take on 2017!
Read more to discover a few of the top spots in the area…
For those who refuse to settle for anything less than the best, Spa Imagine at Hotel Mousai remains on the leading edge of pampering in Puerto Vallarta.
Showcasing a sleek and spacious interior, plus 360 degree views of unspoiled ocean and lush rainforest, Spa Imagine invites guests to unwind in a lavish hydrotherapy circuit, whirlpool, pressure massage shower, cold plunge pool and six-cycle vitality pool or de-stress in a relaxation lounge and beauty salon. Specialty therapy suites are available for couples and small groups, and top-notch service is guaranteed as an expert spa team guides you through bespoke experiences, with over 40 distinct types of massages, wraps and treatments available to suit your specific needs.
Xinalani Retreat – Best Yoga Retreat!
Fancy something a little different? Then the one-of-a-kind, tropical eco-resort Xinalani Retreat, located on a pristine beach, is right up your alley. Guests can participate in unique, stress relieving activities such as meditation, eco-tours and boat rides in Banderas Bay or opt for an adventure experience like the Temazcal Prehispanic Ritual, during which a Shaman guide leads participants through antique protocol, invoking elements to purify the mind, body and soul.
On top of that, Xinalani Retreat combines warm hospitality, relaxing spa treatments and world-class yoga studios with chic accommodation and healthy, deliciously authentic Mexican food.
A visit to Puerto Vallarta wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Spa Casa Velas, offering relaxing regional treatments with internationally-inspired flair. Here, guests can choose from indoor cabins or outdoor areas to enjoy unique massage treatments under the care of professional therapists.
Spa Casa Velas’ signature treatment uses seeds harvested on-site to create a warm compress that soothes away the stresses built up over the year, and its hydrotherapy circuit is the perfect way to welcome the new year in a tropical paradise setting.
Take some time out for yourself at W Punta de Mita’s Away Spa, a 4,000 sq. foot luxury space designed to feel like a forest cave. In addition to a wealth of massage and beauty treatments provided by skilled therapists, the spa comes complete with a relaxation deck, which features intricate cut-outs in the wood to accommodate for the roots of surrounding guardian fig trees, and therapy pools beside a natural spring to transport you to a world of serenity and renewal.
Guests will also appreciate W Punta de Mita’s unique and refreshing style, which combines tropical aesthetics intermixed with homages to famous figures from Mexico’s colourful history, such as Frida Kahlo and Emiliano Zapata.
For a taste of luxury that’s tried and true, you can’t go wrong with Grand Velas All Suites & Spa Resort, recognised as the “Most Excellent Spa Hotel” by Condé Nast Magazine. On offer are 20 peaceful treatment rooms and 30 holistic treatments, ranging from massages, exfoliation and body wraps to hydrotherapy, facials and hand & foot care.
The spa treatments at Grand Velas use all natural products made from plant extracts and essential oils to symbolise nature, spirituality and the celebration of life. Meanwhile, exclusive spa rituals, such as a guided hydrotherapy ritual with an herbal steam and eucalyptus inhalation, are guaranteed to restore balance between body, mind and spirit.
A namesake rooted in Huichol culture and language, “Apuane” describes a stream of water used in the tribe’s healing and spiritual awakening rituals. In modern times, this coastal haven at Four Seasons Punta Mita is the closest you can get to serenity in scenic Mexico.
All Apuane Spa treatments feature products that are completely natural, with ingredients steeped in the nutrient rich plant and mineral ecology of Mexico. As an example, the “Hakali Signature Massage”, named after the Huichol word for cactus, uses extracts from the young stem segments of the Prickly pear and maguey plant to detoxify and rejuvenate the skin.
Also available to guests at Apuane Spa are a zen inspired Tamai garden, exclusive treatment rooms and a “Spa After Dark” service, which combines romantic gourmet dining with an outdoor, oceanfront massage.
The Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita is working on a multi-million dollar remodel that’s about to be launched. Among the standouts will be a renewed Apuane Spa, which will offer 13 large treatment cabins, including two new ones plus a private suite.
How to get there
Direct flights to Puerto Vallarta International Airport are available via Thomson Airlines (http://flights.thomson.co.uk) from London Gatwick and Manchester; AeroMexico via Mexico City from London Heathrow (www.aeromexico.uk.com/), and British Airways has direct flights to Dallas/Fort Worth, offering code share on its One World partner American Airlines (http://www.britishairways.com/).
Puerto Vallarta, located in the state of Jalisco, is well-known for the preservation of its authentic Mexican traditions. The Pacific Coast port features 40 miles of coastline and a diverse topography, including tropical jungles, river beds, steep mountain sides and arid flatlands. Puerto Vallarta encompasses all of Banderas Bay on the Pacific coast of Mexico and is comprised of the following regions: Marina Vallarta, Hotel Zone, Downtown (El Centro) and the South Shore, with each region offering a a distinctive charm that adds to the entire appeal of Puerto Vallarta. For more information, visit www.visitpuertovallarta.com
A destination in Mexico flourishing at the intersection of luxury and nature, Riviera Nayarit, stretches along 192 miles of pristine Pacific coastline, framed by the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains. Just ten minutes north of the Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR), this region within the State of Nayarit includes the resort town of Nuevo Vallarta, the historic village of San Blas, exclusive celebrity hideout Punta Mita, “boho-chic” surfing haven Sayulita, picturesque fishing villages, miles of serene beaches and the spectacular Banderas Bay.
Riviera Nayarit dazzles guests from all over the globe with activities such as: PGA golf courses, luxury spas, whale watching, turtle releases, zip lining, surfing, bird watching, international cuisine and artwork from the native Huichol tribe. The region attracts and satiates vacationers of all tastes and budgets with its wide range of accommodations including chic luxury resorts, eco-tourism boutique hotels and quaint B&B inns.
For more information, visit www.RivieraNayarit.com or follow Riviera Nayarit’s Social Media Facebook Fan Page, @riv_nayarit and instagram @riviera_nayarit.