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The ‘Sólo Para Mí’ (Just For Me) wellness programmes encourage guests to slow down the pace and indulge in a little self-care, amidst the Mexican bolthole’s soothing, verdant surroundings

February 3rdMexico

February 2020 – Located on the eastern peak of the Yucatán Peninsula between Cancun and Tulum sits Hotel Esencia, on what is widely considered the most beautiful stretch of beach on Mexico’s Caribbean coast. This Spring, the hotel will launch new restorative, ‘self-indulging’ spa and wellness experiences, specifically tailored to discerning solo travellers. The hotel’s naturally calming surroundings amidst 50 private acres of lush Mayan jungle, while looking out onto the tranquil, ivory sands of the Riviera Maya, lend themselves perfectly to a cocooning spa escape.

The three and five-night Sólo Para Mí packages – which translates to ‘Just For Me’ – begin with a locally-inspired Copal Incense Cleansing Ritual and 30 minutes of meditation, as well as spa workshops in a traditional herbal ‘laboratory’, where travellers can learn to concoct their own natural lotions and potions using the purest ingredients harvested from the waters of the Caribbean and Mayan soil. The retreats also incorporate signature healing and regenerating rituals from the Esencia Spa; an hour-long consultation with one of the spa experts to tailor guests’ experience and their chosen spa treatments from arrival; daily private yoga classes at the hotel’s open air palapa; learning to cook like a local and experimenting with traditional Hispanic flavours and spices; and exploring the calm Caribbean waters with reef snorkelling sessions, led by the hotel’s expertly trained watersports team.

There are restoring spa treatments to sample from the Esencia Spa menu, comprising the likes of a Stress Relief Ritual; an ancient Mayan recipe that harnesses the healing powers of mint, pepper, cloves and rosemary applied using hot therapy on specific points of the body that accumulate stress. This massage helps to relieve pain and built-up muscle tension caused by stress. The Deep Relaxation treatment meanwhile uses a special massage technique involving herbal compresses, to take the mind into a state of deep relaxation and rest. There is also the Lime Ritual, inspired by the region; a purifying massage using lime, that has been considered a natural element for purification since Ancient Mayan healers used it to absorb illness and harmful inner body heat. In this ritual, the therapist alternates the use of limes with dynamic hand strokes. For the more adventurous and curiously minded solo traveller, there are also local exploration opportunities to picturesque, untouched grounds and natural wonders close by upon request.

The perfect place to relax, rebalance and leave feeling recharged, the Esencia Spa is a true sanctuary housed under a towering traditional thatched roof palapa, which has been designed for optimal energy flow, where guests will begin to de-stress from the moment they arrive. The spa integrates hallmarks of modern wellbeing with ancient customs of cultivating beauty, balance, and peace. Each programme also includes daily á la carte breakfast, lunch and dinner, with all soft drinks and freshly squeezed juices and smoothies.

Located just 50 minutes from Cancun and 30 from Tulum, Hotel Esencia is full of character, charm and heritage. Rates for the Sólo Para Mí packages are as follows:
Three nights from $3,232 (currently approx. £2,481)
Five nights from $5,371 (currently approx. £4,122)
Rates are based on single occupancy and are subject to tax and service. All packages are offered on a full board basis (daily á la carte breakfast, lunch and dinner, including soft drinks)

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