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Follow Your Bliss

It's all about over-the-top indulgence at these 15 Latin American spas. Compiled by Jennifer Segelke

Yhi Spa / Paradisus Palma Real / Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

The top spa in the Dominican Republic is the gorgeous, Eastern-inspired Yhi Spa at the Paradisus Palma Real. This health- and energy–restoring sanctuary is noted for its full-on water ritual area and spacious woodland-like resting areas. Indulge in the tranquil outdoor showers, Zen garden and the mega list of world-class treatments performed by very capable hands. Try the 50-minute signature orchid reverie. — Doug Wallace

 

Spa Fasano By Renata De Abreu / Hotel Fasano Las Piedras / La Barra, Uruguay

Mingle with the celebs and glitterati at the sexy Hotel Fasano Las Piedras, before sneaking off to a sublime treatment at the hotel’s spa by renowned Brazilian therapist Renata de Abreu. While the architecture is sleek and minimal, the spa menu is pure indulgence. Opt for the rejuvenating olive therapy treatment, which lasts a decadent 150 minutes and incorporates extra-virgin olive oil produced at a local farm. — Jennifer Segelke

 

Spa Matilda / Hotel Matilda / San Miguel De Allende, Mexico

A luxe boutique hotel set in a colonial landscape, Hotel Matilda offers patrons two spa options: Spa Matilda (inside the hotel) and Spa en Vivo (living spa), located 10 minutes outside of the city. The bucolic setting boasts pools of thermal water and a contemporary temazcal (sweat lodge). The signature Spa en Vivo treatment includes 30 minutes of bodywork in thermal mineral springs and a 90-minute Thai massage. — JS

 

JW Marriott Cancun Resort And Spa / Cancun, Mexico

What’s not to love about Cancun? Mayan culture, powdery-white sand beaches, blue waters and the JW Marriott resort and Spa. The spa is Mayan-inspired, and most treatments are reflective of their surroundings. Opt for the Mexican Sand Buffer body treatment or a Mayan Purity Facial. Each will leave your skin glowing like the Mexican sunshine. — Lisa Loverro

 

Remède Spa / The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort / Rio Grande, Puerto Rico

Each treatment at the Remède Spa is influenced by Puerto Rico’s rich and colorful culture and incorporates organic native ingredients, such as coconut and sugar cane. While the entire spa menu pays homage to the Taino indian chief, Queen Loiza, the royal treatment is an experience like no other. This 90-minute spa service includes a golden sugar scrub, Vichy shower massage and a 24-karat gold shimmer oil massage. — JS

 

La Mirage Garden Hotel & Spa / CotaCaChi, Ecuador

A contemporary hotel built on the grounds of a 200-year-old hacienda on the Andean hillside, La Mirage Garden Hotel & Spa is a study in elegant luxury, and it’s the only Relais & Châteaux hotel in the country. With a full menu of indulgent treatments, the spa’s most unique feature is the on-staff female shaman, blessed with healing powers inherited from her shaman father. The purification treatment is ideal for those spa- goers looking to embrace the region’s indigenous healing practices for the body, soul and spirit. — JS

 

The Ritz-Carlton / Santiago, Chile

Enjoy the ultimate wine experience with a Carménère Wine Bath at the Ritz-Carlton. Step into a bath mixture of Carménère wine, mineral water and oats, designed to exfoliate and hydrate your skin while soothing you into complete serenity. The best part: You can have this treatment in your own guest room, courtesy of the hotel’s “bath butler.” — Melanie Nayer

 

Heavenly Spa / The Westin / Lima, Peru

The new Heavenly Spa at the Westin Lima is South America’s largest spa. The Peruvian Sigh Signature Treatment is a 180-minute indulgent trip through Peru’s three regions: the coast, highlands and jungle. The treatment starts with 30 minutes of thermal circuits and is followed by a deep exfoliation using quinoa and salt from the ancient Maras Salt Flats. Next comes the heated Cusco mud wrap, a tropical shower, a camu-camu and passion fruit massage, and a bath in coca leaves. — JS

 

Tcherassi Hotel + Spa / Cartagena De Indias, Colombia

Style abounds at the tcherassi hotel + Spa, and the decadent spa treatments here are as elegant as the hotel’s décor. The energizing Deluxe Colombian Coffee Wrap uses an exquisite blend of coffee to pacify the senses and firm the body, leaving your spirit relaxed and your body toned and smooth. — JS

 

Tambo Del Inka Resort & Spa / Valle Sagrado, Peru

The 24K Gold from the Gods Facial at Tambo del Inka is a 90-minute ritual that combines gold, essential rose hip, jojoba and green tea oils, vitamins, minerals, nutrients and extracts from native Peruvian plants. Not only the pinnacle of pampering, this treatment will also give you improved skin tone, fewer wrinkles, increased hydration and radiant skin. — JS

 

Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens / Costa Rica

An oasis of tranquility can be found on the outskirts of the Arenal Volcano at Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens. This peaceful setting—enhanced with the sounds of tropical birds and flowing water—is pure bliss when combined with a relaxing spa treatment. Embrace your proximity to an active volcano by indulging in the Earth Journey volcanic mud massage and mask. — JS

 

Ponta Dos Ganchos Exclusive Resort / Brazil

Set amid a lush private peninsula off Brazil’s Emerald Coast, Ponta Dos Ganchos Exclusive Resort is an idyllic setting perfect for relaxation and romance. The spa’s three secluded, open-air pavilions (treatment rooms) overlooking the peninsula’s serene landscape only add to the intimacy of the resort. Try the Exfoliation and Corporal Hydration treatment, which might sound more medicinal than indulgent, but the finishing milk bath is nothing short of luxurious. — JS

 

One&Only / Palmilla, Mexico

The Palmilla Chocolate Synergy Signature Ritual at the One&Only in Los Cabos is a deliciously decadent experience not to be missed. This treatment combines shiatsu, quenviquido, lymphatic drainage and sports massage techniques to help you reach optimum relaxation. The addition of a Mexican herbal compress and warm chocolate oil help release muscle tension and enhance mood—precisely what you need to truly indulge. — JS

 

Faena Hotel + Universe / Buenos Aires, Argentina

Outfitted with sultry red hues, black leather and rich, dark wood, the Faena Hotel + Universe is one super sexy hotel. And as you would expect, the Faena Spa is just as enticing. If vacationing with your sweetheart, indulge in the Lovers’ Bath. This decadent treatment starts with a sensual soak in the Jacuzzi amid candles and petals and is followed by a massage for two, manicures and pedicures. To fully relax and unwind, plan on spending some time in the spa’s gorgeous hammam. — JS Photos courtesy Faena Hotel + Universe

 

Gem Spa / Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach / Cancun, Mexico

What’s more luxurious than diamonds? How about spa treatments that incorporate these decadent gemstones? The Diamond Magnetic Ritual at Coral Beach Gem Spa combines shiatsu and bioenergetic lifting to first relax you. Diamond dust is then applied through massage using magnets, which helps to amplify energy and release tension. The massage is followed by the Diamond Perfection Facial. — JS

 

Photo courtesy of Hotel Fasano