A sprawling spa on Mexico's Pacific Coast
20 Treatment Rooms
With all there is to do and enjoy at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, the sole all-inclusive resort on Mexico's Pacific coast, it’s no surprise the spacious SE by Grand Velas delivers a top-notch spa experience, too. The Puerto Vallarta resort’s spa features soft architectural and design elements that beckon you to relax; its holistic approach to wellness puts you in the mindset to find a peace and balance that lasts long after a return to the real world.
Once you set foot inside the soaring, airy space, get ready to relax. After checking in, you are treated to a cool, refreshing chia-seed drink before being escorted into the men's or women's locker rooms, which are awash in calming ivory and earth tones. There, wrap up in cozy robes and admire floating floral mandalas — they symbolize nature, spirituality and the celebration of life — that appear throughout the space.
Adjacent to the locker room lies a serene space complete with lounge chairs, warm whirlpools, cold plunge pools, saunas, ice stations and showers — all part of the spa's pre-treatment water ritual. An experience in and of itself, this comforting cocoon of light, air and water is but a preview of the pampering to come.
Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit's 16,000-square-foot spa offers more than 30 holistic treatments that incorporate cultural influences from around the globe, including massages, exfoliations, body wraps, hydrotherapy, facials, hand and foot care and multi-part spa rituals.
After completing the spa's water ritual, indulge in traditional therapies, such as a muscle-melting deep tissue massage or experience Mexican culture with the energizing Xocolatl, which includes a coffee bean exfoliation, chocolate body mask and a bitter chocolate facial mask designed to release endorphins.
For something a bit more bold, opt for the spa's new Fire & Ice Treatment, which utilizes a face mask derived from carnivorous plant enzymes, plus essential oils and hot and cold components, to detox the body, burn fat, improve circulation and firm and nourish the skin.
Traveling with teens? Treat them to some special R&R of their own with one of three just-for-teens treatments: the Be Yourself Facial (cleansing and hydrating), the Boot Camp Facial (combats oily skin) or the Awesome Skin treatment (a combination wrap, mask, and massage).
Bliss out as a family thanks to the resort's Kid's Spa. Young guests can try out relaxing and hydrating massages and beauty therapies, and get a taste of other treatments that incorporate soothing sounds and scents. In keeping with the spa's holistic approach, kids and teens treatments are designed to help them manage stress, to value themselves and to discover their inner beauty.
Whether you're looking to burn off those poolside snacks or simply stay centered with a workout, head to the spa's gym, which has cardio machines, free weights and resistance stations, plus a studio for Pilates, yoga, meditation and aerobics.
Finally, stop by the salon to get prepped for whatever lies ahead with a manicure, pedicure, blowout or makeup application, and swing by the boutique to pick up products by Natura Bissé, Germaine de Capuccini, Eminence, Kérastase and OPI for some post-vacation pampering at home.