SEEKING A SPIRITUAL CONNECTION WITH A HOTYOGA VIBE.
VISIT The One&Only Palmilla, a verdant oasis nestled in the desert of Los Cabos, Mexico. This celeb go-to (Jennifer Aniston is a frequent visitor) feels like a high-end secret garden, especially the One&Only spa, an indoor/ outdoor labyrinth with private cabanas, plunge pools and more around every leafy corner.
WE TRIED The temazcal body treatment. “Temazcal” means “house of heat” in ancient Aztec, so that should give you a good idea of what goes down during the two-hour treatment, which is based on an indigenous spiritual-cleansing ritual. A shaman from the local Mayo tribe presides over the ceremony, which takes place inside a ceramic dome heated by hot volcanic stones. The space gets hotter and hotter as he or she sprinkles the stones with medicinal herbal water while guiding guests (a maximum of four) through healing affirmations and the burning of negative energy.
RESULTS We left feeling as pliant as a Gumby doll and surprisingly lighthearted—as if we’d had a breakthrough in therapy (if our sessions had taken place in a steam room, that is). Even if you’re not into the spiritual side of the experience, your skin will be dewy and your body less puffy.
POST- TREATMENT There’s a reason Jacques Cousteau called this cape the world’s aquarium. See it first-hand, champagne in hand, on one of the resort’s opulent sailboats, which will take you around Cabo San Lucas Bay.
From top: The ceramic dome where the temazcal treatment goes down; the hot and cold plunge pools; lounge chairs at the private relaxation pools; the spa’s inner courtyard