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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

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