Elaborate Mexican luxury in Los Cabos
20 Treatment Rooms
Introspection and renewal are the goals of the wide-ranging holistic therapies offered at SE by Grand Velas Los Cabos, an expansive new two-level wellness center. With more than 35,000 square feet, the facility is one of the largest in a region renowned for its world-class spas.
The vision for SE spa is consistent with therapeutic approaches at other Grand Velas Resorts, a family-owned Mexican hotel company. A dragonfly was chosen as the spa’s totemic symbol, and it’s not simply an evocative branding tool — it is meant to be representative of a connection and a commitment to age-old traditions and healing practices.
Arriving at SE spa is like entering a realm of the senses. Enticing aromas and mood-altering music vary from room to room, from a large lobby that could be the centerpiece of many a hotel to hydrotherapy areas and 16 uniquely designed treatment suites (some with their own exotic foliage).
The chic, modern design is a feast for the eyes, with sleek appointments, rich marble floors and curvaceous contours — there are virtually no straight lines in the spa’s wood-paneled corridors — as well as some stunning uses of natural light.
Spa staff (referred to as “body artisans”) often appear with revivifying teas, elixirs and palate-pleasing treats.
Touch, of course, is at the center of most treatments — not only the full range of massages, but rituals and ceremonies inspired by water, light, sand and sea.
Despite its wellness focus, the Los Cabos spa is not immune to luxurious pampering. The pool and bath area, for instance, is so decadently wide ranging that a resurrected Roman emperor might find it excessive.
Personalized hydrotherapy rituals provide an introductory journey through the many water-based treatments, from Jacuzzi, sauna and steam rooms to sensory showers that mimic falling rain and bracing polar pools that strengthen the immune system. Jets, geysers and bubble beds in the multi-sensorial pools, meanwhile, are designed purely to heighten one’s sense of utter relaxation.
At root, Se is a wellness center and was envisioned as something of an antidote to the excesses that pass for therapeutic treatments at many Mexican resorts. This focus is expressed most noticeably in some of Se’s innovative programs. The “Spa Atelier,” for example, is the first concept of its kind in Los Cabos.
The 50- to 80-minute workshops are custom-tailored to the needs of guests, and include topics like aromatherapy, tea ceremonies, nutrition, and Ayurvedic medicine.
Mexican- and pre-Columbian-themed treatments such as Tequila Cream and Ancestral Stone massages are specialties at Se; and the healing properties of Blue Agave, the base of Tequila, are explored in a variety of massages, facials, manicures and pedicures.
The Xocolatl is another evocative regional therapy, with a natural coffee exfoliation followed by an invigorating chocolate body mask.
Los Cabos has long been lauded as romantic getaway destination, and a preferred site for weddings, honeymoons and renewal of vows ceremonies. SE spa honors this heritage, both with romantic couples rituals — think shared massages, aromatherapy and heated pools — and creative wedding concepts. The large and scenically set bridal suite offers stunning Sea of Cortés views and a slate of wedding day preparations such as spa therapies and beauty salon services for the bride-to-be and her bridesmaids; while the Se Grand Velas and Soon to be Married Ceremonies bring together couples and families for event specific treatments before, during and after nuptials.
Men needn’t feel neglected during any of these proceedings. The Los Cabos spa has its own barbershop showcasing services such as straight razor shaves, hair styling and relaxing scalp and foot massages.
State-of-the-art fitness facilities are open around the clock, with workouts for men ideally followed by the Insanity Ceremony, a 50-minute sports massage accompanied by a classic shave and pedicure.
Children are also welcome at the resort, and in fact can choose from their own age-oriented array of spa treatments. The resort also boasts specific clubs and activities centers for each age group — while parents are indulging in romantic spa treatments, tots can make cookies or piñatas, and teens can play pool or take breakdancing classes.
Grand Velas Los Cabos is situated on Playa El Tule, a beachfront location approximately midway between cape cities Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo. The 304-suite luxury all-inclusive offers special spa-focused accommodations, with en suite wellness services and custom-crafted menus to meet specific dietary needs.
SE spa is the resort’s signature amenity, although gourmands and oenophiles will also want to visit Cocina de Autor, where noted chef Sidney Schutte prepares, among other delicacies, 17-course gourmet meals with individual wine pairings.