Since at least the days of Rome, the ocean has been associated with wellness. While there are different theories about why sea breezes and saltwater make us feel better, there’s no denying the first-hand evidence of a relaxed feeling and healthy glow. It makes the Riviera Maya, on the shores of the Caribbean, an ideal place to follow the road to wellness at one of the area’s spas. Many of the Riviera Maya’s spas have ocean views from soaking tubs or open-air massage pavilions. Treatment menus draw on the ancient culture and healing traditions of the Maya and other ancient civilizations for inspiration; many spas include Temazcal—a Mesoamerican version of a sauna or sweat lodge. Temazcal rituals are often led by a shaman who will guide you on a spiritual journey in the warm darkness of the Temazcal, typically constructed of volcanic rock, while fragrant copal, an incense made from resin, fills the air. It’s not only ancient local traditions that are celebrated at Riviera Maya’s spas, you’ll also find treatments incorporating aromatherapy, hydrotherapy, physiotherapy, and the latest advances in wellness.