Relax, Refresh, Repeat!
The Mayan Riviera has my vote for the most relaxing vacation destination I have ever enjoyed. The tropical sunshine, spectacular beaches, warm culture, and great food all combine for a totally refreshing experience!
When I step off the plane into the humid jungle air tinged with Caribbean Sea saltiness, I can sense the stress fading away. To knead out any tension from my desk job, I treat myself to a massage as soon as I can.
Massage tents with certified therapists are set up all along the downtown beach in Playa del Carmen. You can easily spot the tent’s white drapery billowing in the sea breeze. Therapists often offer passersby a 5-minute free sample of their services—this tactic hooks me nearly every time!
There is nothing like an ocean-side full-body massage. Gentle waves lap the shore and almost lull me to sleep. A sea swim later and I’m left with a tremendous sense of calm and well-being! (Salt water has many curative properties. Massage therapists recommend a soak to dissolve tension crystals that can build up in muscle tissue.)
A massage session in a quiet, air-conditioned clinic is so rejuvenating. I love the tranquil atmosphere at the Magic Hands massage studio on 5th Ave. (Near the 100% Natural Restaurant between 10th and 12th Street). Located on the second floor, the palapa-roof massage center is immaculately clean, professional and private. Soft instrumental music plays, and therapists offer a wide range of massage techniques with aromatherapy.
Spa Sensations, located downstairs in Plaza Marina, is really convenient for guests staying in Playacar. (Only a few minutes from XamanHa!) This clinic has 4 – 6 amazing therapists who specialize in Swedish massage and deep-tissue. For the past few years, this is the spot I bring my parents and friends when they visit Playa. I have never been disappointed with the services or prices!
For only $30 – $50 USD per hour, a luxurious massage is no longer an extravagance but practically a necessity! For an extra fee, licensed therapists can be requested to come to your vacation rental to provide treatment. (Ask RentalsYourWay for a recommended therapist near you!)