A Spa Which Taps into Ancient Healing Tribal Traditions
The Puerto Vallarta Marriott’s Ohtli Spa is considered by many to be the best in the city, and upon entry I could see the immediate allure. A long, marble staircase gives way to a prairie-sized concierge complete with a rectangular pool flanked by candles and orchids. It is easily one of the largest spas I have ever seen, with a roomy quality to it, as though it could have been a bungalow or a hacienda in and of itself.
“You can also choose your own music,” my esthetician tells me, again a nod to the increasingly personalized way travel is becoming. Not your run of the mill spa with predictable Swedish and hot stone treatments, Ohtli gives you every modern comfort from Vichy showers, cool plunge pools and a special relaxation area with teas that are supposed to take years off your life, along with local twists. Highly unusual in the way that you assimilate local culture through treatments, Ohtli leaves no cultural detail unturned.
Established in 2006, Ohtli introduces ancient healing techniques and shamanistic treatments from the Huichol Indians who currently live in the Sierra Madre Mountains. A case in point: my esthetician asked me if it would be okay to sing a tribal song to start my treatment. “It’s completely optional,” she noted. I let her do her thing. After all, I was here to get a cultural immersion as much as a treatment.
The spa also believes in giving back to the tribal community from whom the practices are borrowed.