An Asian-inspired luxury spa in Riviera Maya
16 Treatment rooms
While Banyan Tree Mayakoba, a luxurious resort tucked into the seaside jungle of Riviera Maya, is all about providing an exotic Mexican experience with subtle Asian touches, its posh spa has a full-on Asian-inspired feel. Originating from Thailand, the Banyan Tree Spa concept is Eastern in philosophy and atmosphere — therapists are chosen from Thai provinces and train countless hours to deliver high-quality services with a deep sense of serenity. The result? A spa that gives travelers a taste of Asian-style pampering amid the mangroves of Mexico.
The uniqueness of Banyan Tree Spa Mayakoba starts with its 16 treatment rooms, which are all individual villas poised over water. Rooms are minimalist in design, featuring natural earth tones with pops of turquoise and reds; wide windows provide natural light and a view over the resort’s mangrove forests and iconic serpentine canals. The signature wet areas of the spa have a more modern twist with slick stone walls and pebbled paths contrasted with soft purple and blue lighting. The dimly lit indoor vitality pool features several underwater lounge chairs ideal for relaxing pre- or post-treatment.
Guests of the spa will meet a therapist who will lead them to a private jungle- or lagoon-view therapy villa. Each treatment begins with an herbal tea and a footbath. From there, guests can opt for the signature Asian therapies, from Ayurvedic massage and Balinese-style massage, to Sukhothai and Thai classic massage. (Traditional therapies like Swedish massage and sports massage are also available.) Body therapies, facials and beauty treatments round out the very extensive menu. Even yoga classes are available upon request.
Banyan Tree Spas are known for a host of signature treatments, but The Rainforest Indulgence is the spa’s truly singular service. The 150-minute treatment aims to soothe and revitalize spa-goers by combining body treatments with multiple steam and shower experiences. Throughout the eight-step process, guests encounter rain showers, steam therapy, a detoxifying mud application, saunas and ice baths before taking a calming dip in the vitality pool, which is followed by a massage.
Resort guests can opt to have spa treatments in the privacy of their villas, which are built discreetly into the landscape along garden paths and accessed via buggy. Each villa has its own plunge pool, living area, a bathroom with a deep soaking tub, rain shower and a private garden. The lovely Spa Pool Villas are designed for couples and have romantic touches like outdoor showers and views of Mayakoba’s lagoons. But the real reason to book one of these rooms is to experience private, outdoor treatments.
In addition to the spa, guests of the resort can hit the main pool, the El Camaleon Mayakoba Golf Club, play tennis and seek out an abundance of natural wildlife.