Healing Haven Opens in Riviera Maya

Cenote Spa at Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen ResortAmong the most iconic natural wonders of the Riviera Maya region of Mexico are the area cenotes, which are freshwater sinkholes that were revered by the Mayan people and used as a source of nourishment and healing and a place for worship. Cenote Spa at the new Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort honors that tradition with an inspired design and a locally influenced menu. The 6,000-square-foot retreat features a design that brings a modern interpretation of these local landmarks through intricate stonework detail, lighting, and textures. It features eight treatment rooms and specialty facilities, including hydrotherapy stations, a eucalyptus steam room, and fiber-optic chromotherapy showers, as well as an assortment of indigenous signature treatments that incorporate local ingredients and traditions. Among the highlights are the Obsidian Hot Stone Massage ($159, 60 minutes; $184, 90 minutes) using volcanic obsidian stones considered to be a gift from the gods  by the Mayans; the Mayan Bliss Massage ($140, 60 minutes; $165, 90 minutes), which is performed using a healing blend of Mexican plant extracts; and the Agave Utstal Repair ($165, 60 minutes; $192, 90 minutes), which soothes sun-damaged skin with Mexican blue agave plant extracts. It’s the ultimate in Mayan magic.