We all know about the healing powers of a nice hot tub after a long day of travel, but a Mayan cenote might just have those steamy waters beat. The Yucatan Peninsula has around 6,000 of these natural sinkholes, results of collapsing limestone. The erosion creates wide caves with deep pools of clean, clear, earth-filtered water. The pools have held cultural and spiritual importance for local communities throughout the ages, thanks to their beauty, mystery, and potable water.
In January 2015, Rosewood Mayakoba resort will introduce Mayan Healing Hands, a culturally immersive full-day spa treatment in the Riviera Maya. Sense, Rosewood’s spa, incorporates Mayan holistic healing practices with traditional spa treatments (like a 90 minute massage) to leave you feeling spiritually, mentally, and physically rejuvenated. The highlight of their new offering? A private rebirthing ceremony at a Cenote imbued with a blend of natural minerals to detox and cleanse the body. The cultural experience is definitely the draw here. Guests will get a private consultation with a Shaman Priest to determine the focus of the visit, followed by a Mayan ritual ceremony involving traditional chants, incense, and music. Guests can choose to do the whole sequence of treatments and rituals ($1,200/person or 1$500 for 2) or pick and choose elements of it a la carte.