The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Cancun

Cancun’s Mayan-inspired sanctuary
There are reasons why the staff at The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun makes such a concerted effort to familiarize hotel guests with the location of The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Cancun — the first is simply because the 363-room hotel is deceptively big, making it pretty easy to get lost around the property; the second, and the one that’s probably the most motivating factor, is because the spa is an absolute jewel.

With eight coma-inducing treatment rooms, one outdoor casita and gorgeous relaxation areas, the facility feels like something worthy of the gods — which makes sense, seeing as how the Mayans once walked these very lands almost 5,000 years ago.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • The spa occupied a sophisticated space — walls are done in a clean, neutral palette with glass shelving and tan-colored tile that accentuate the retail space.
  • The spa alleviates any doubt about its inspiration by peppering its menu with treatments that employ indigenous techniques (exfoliating with vanilla) and local ingredients (red clay and copal, a tree resin).
  • After all of the massages and reflexology have been done, your experience at the spa is not over because you still have not visited the relaxation garden patio. Unlike many spas’ barren post-treatment areas, this sanctuary takes on a life all its own.
  • Right before you’re able to melt into a deep slumber in the relaxation patio, an attendant brings you a cool towel and a glass of fruit-infused water — even deities needs to stay hydrated in the Cancun heat.
  • A well-equipped fitness center inspires you to work up a sweat with stunning views of the Caribbean Sea. Semi-private classes are offered regularly and personal training is available upon request.
Things to Know
  • If you want to take some of the products used on your body back to your own corner of the world, the retail shop sells items from respected brands like Skin Authority and Mama Mio.
  • Simple lounge chairs, a stone pathway and dangling greenery further enhance a mood of utter serenity in the post-treatment relaxation area.
  • A dedicated menu of massages and facials for men ensure that guys leave the spa feeling their best, too.
The Treatments
  • The Zac-Xib Bath Elixir (which translates to “clean man”) uses brown sugar, lemon and essential oils to create a body scrub and bath therapy that both sexes will find rejuvenating.
  • If you’re in the mood for something with a bit more international flavor, the Cancun spa opens up its global profile with options from as far as India (Shirodhara) and Southeast Asia (Balinese Lulur).
  • Be treated like royalty with the Mayan Sanctuary Ritual. This exotic massage experience is performed with seashells in the privacy of the spa’s beachfront terrace.
The Facilities
  • Rooms take a conservatively classic approach as well, going with soft hues on the wall and dark wood molding on the ceiling.
  • The locker area is an unfussy room of cream shades and all the amenities (shower, sauna, shaving equipment) you could ever need pre- or post-massage.
  • With sheets hanging from above like waves in the sea, a deeply calming vibe floods the relaxation garden patio.
  • Two plunge pools — one cool and the other warm — provide the exclamation points for a recovery area fit for a god.
Outdoor pool
Spa shop
Getting There
Retorno del Rey No.36, Zona Hotelera, Cancún, Q.ROO, México, CP 77500
TEL52-998-881-0808, ext. 63
The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Cancun
The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Cancun
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