Travel LOS ANGELES TIMES ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT in Style Latin Discovering America Is the most beautiful spot on earth just two hours away? + Baja Spas Exceptionally indulgent retreats flourish on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula Rich Coast Luxury and adventure collide in Costa Rica’s Dominical LOS ANGELES TIMES ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT LOS ANGELES TIMES ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT LUSH LIFE performed by a practiced healer begins ONE & ONLY PALMILLA The best spas in Baja combine cutting-edge the treatment. Then, the spa-goer Three private coves at this Mexican techniques with more is led through a guided meditation, colonial-style resort have palapas with traditional therapies. as the therapist chants in Spanish “floating beds” and a designated butler, and balances energy centers with which together give the impression that a combination of crystals specially the One & Only Palmilla is all about lulling designated for each Chakra. guests into total relaxation. Following “Quartz crystal healing is like suit is the One & Only Spa with its Aztec an organic MRI,” said Spa Director Aromatic Ritual performed in private Putting the Damien Viera. “Crystals hone in, focus treatment villas replete with exotic rain energy and create frequential balance.” showers, Mexican daybeds and powerful A full-body massage follows using whirlpool baths. >> “AHHH” in Baja White Angelica essential oils. The ritual begins with exotic extracts True spa connoisseurs should book of jasmine, ylang ylang, osmanthus and one of Las Ventanas’ three state-of-the-art vanilla in a footbath that symbolically spa suites during their stay. Here they can cleanses away life’s stresses. Then, an partake of three intensive spa programs ancient recipe combining clove, ginger – the Luxury of Beauty, Ultimate Fitness and cinnamon is used in a warm and and Weightlessness – that include elements stimulating body wrap targeted to relieve such as juice fasts, ultrasonic peeling and headaches, arthritis and muscle pain. T bio-molecular acceleration to help guests “This combination of spices has A host of new spas in he Baja peninsula is an emergent bastion of natural peeling, aloe cucumber for sunburned or irritated achieve a wide array of health, beauty and been used in various Mexican villages the luxury lifestyle and home to some of the skin, avocado for dehydrated skin, banana for mature skin fitness goals. On hand are a dedicated spa footbath because new energy flows since the Spanish conquest,” said Baja charms the senses Photos courtesy of: (Left) One and Only Resorts; (Right) Las Ventanas al Paraiso; (Bottom) Esperanza Resort greatest spas on the planet. Here are a few and mango lime for congested skin,” said Garcia. “Many butler, organic minibar and infrared sauna. from the earth to heaven as in the Blanca Almeida, assistant spa director. and stirs the soul of our favorites. male clients request the Corona Beer Face Lift, which Las Ventanas al Paraiso: ancient world,” continued Zayas. “It Following the wrap is a 60- or 90- refines the pores while tightening and lifting the skin.” 888.767.3966; www.lasventanas.com. also represents strength and loyalty.” minute massage using rosemary and pine ESPERANZA Post treatment, guests are offered aguas frescas – a Next, mineral salts exfoliate the essential oils. “Rosemary and pine have “At the end of a continent lies a tranquil retreat,” selection of fruit juices. Then again, Mexican beer has been MARQUIS LOS CABOS body, bringing about a detoxification been widely used in traditional Mexican By Bekah Wright states Esperanza’s website. This Auberge Resort is a known to lift the spirits, too. Views of the Sea of Cortez take from environmental irritants such as culture for various medical purposes Special Advertising Sections Writer seaside oasis with terra-cotta structures and verdant Esperanza, an Auberge Resort: 866.311.2226; center stage at this contemporary tobacco, smog and air conditioning. from simple colds to serious lung and grounds. Cross a stone path over a koi pond to find www.esperanzaresort.com. spa. Though the Spa Marquis’ To soothe, oxygenate and increase respiratory problems, including asthma,” The Spa at Esperanza. Guests kick things off with stylings may be modern, it’s the use blood flow, a mixture of hydrating said Almeida. “Pine helps with circulatory The view from a visit to the spa’s gruta for the Pasaje de Agua, a LAS VENTANAS al PARAISO of ancient Mexican traditions and milk and cucumbers is applied problems and sore muscles.” Esperanza’s infinity pool hydrotherapy circuit that moves from a rock steam Stretching along the Sea of Cortez is Las Ventanas ingredients that pack a punch in liberally to the body. The entire process culminates in a post- is truly staggering. room to a waterfall, then a soaking pool. “The Aztecs al Paraiso, a Rosewood Resort. Sun-bleached treatments such as the Quetzalcoatl A great way to end the day is in treatment Tea Ceremony. “The ceremony used the same system inside their pyramids,” said Spa casitas blend seamlessly with a stark white beach, Oxygenating Experience. the Mexican Herbal Bath. Traditional makes guests aware of the importance Director José Ramon Garcia. “Exposing your body to and the azure infinity pool similarly blurs the Drawing upon the legend of deity medicinal herbs and aromatic oils of of taking inner care of their bodies,” said cold and hot temperatures helps to eliminate toxins line between the horizon and our terrestrial Quetzalcoatl is the Spa Marquis’ St. John, fire tree, eucalyptus, birch Almeida. “It also shows respect and honor, and improves blood circulation.” realm. Tucked away in a private garden is The treatment of the same name. and chamomile are added to a steam leaving guests with the feeling of being Photo courtesy of Esperanza Resort Wrought-iron gates open onto private treatment villas Spa. Lounging is called for around the solarium’s “Quetzalcoatl, the feather snake, bath to oxygenate, detoxify and pampered until the end.” settled in lush gardens with outdoor showers and soaking reflection pool, where a table of singing bowls represents purity, goodness and new promote blood flow. Best of all, guests One & Only Palmilla: 866.829.2977; pools as well as a latilla canopy for relaxing in the shade. sit ready to perform. Connect with Mexico’s energy,” said Spa Director Maria leave the spa ready for a delicious www.oneandonlypalmilla.com. n For spa-goers experiencing one of The Spa’s signature spiritual side through the Holistic Crystal Light Elena Zayas. “He was the connection night’s sleep. facials, a cornucopia of Mexican fruit and vegetables awaits. Healing Massage. A prayer and healing ritual between earth and heaven. Marquis Los Cabos: 877.238.9399; Bekah Wright is a freelance writer based in “The experience begins with a www.marquisloscabos.com. Los Angeles. “We use the enzymes of papaya since they promote Continued on Page 44 LOS ANGELES TIMES ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT BEING THERE >> A Shore Thing I Luxury and adventure t’s 9 a.m. Mesmerized by the hypnotic to the spa for a decadent post-flight massage. await in Dominical, vortex of the teak ceiling fan and the stac- Afterward, relax in your own covered palapa cato drumbeat of a passing morning storm, – situated atop your villa, of course – and enjoy Costa Rica’s blossoming you’re tempted to remain placidly prone, an early sunset, watching as the sky floods with draped in designer linens and contemplating the fairy tale shades of purple and coral. coastal treasure eternal thunder of the surf. But with paradise lit- The next morning you’re awake early for a visit erally at your doorstep, the promise of adventure to the resort’s impossibly knowledgeable concierge. is too great. You don a plush, personalized robe Among the particularly popular excursions are and head out into the living room, where a pri- Don Lulo’s Horseback Tours, which take riders vate chef has prepared a delectable early morn- on a jungle journey to a secluded waterfall ing feast teeming with local flavors. Through (www.cataratasnauyaca.com), and Southern gently billowing curtains, a thick golden glow Expeditions’ ocean kayaking tours, which guide By Josh Jenisch pours in. The sun has cast off a veil of thunder- paddlers through a series of extraordinary sea Special Advertising Sections Writer heads: It’s going to be another perfect day. caves (www.southernexpeditionscr.com). Or, You’re in Dominical, a tiny village nestled if off-road adventure is more your scene, U.S. between verdant rainforest and the Pacific on ex-pats Will and Andy Totman take visitors Costa Rica’s spectacular central coast. Minimally – along with dog Ginger – on an especially From secluded pools developed and staggeringly lush, Dominical is invigorating journey into the heart of darkness to gorgeously an unspoiled paradise, adopted home of surfers aboard Yamaha ATVs at Adventure Motorsports appointed accommoda- from all over the world, who come seeking epic (www.jungleatv.com). But you can’t visit tions to a legendary surf scene, Dominical is bliss. barrels and a stress-free way of life. The town is Dominical without learning how to surf, and uniquely Costa Rican, authentic without being the fun-loving but patient crew at Green Iguana quaint and exciting without being exhausting. Surf Camp will see you up on a longboard in just You’re staying, as any self-respecting a few short hours (www.greeniguanasurfcamp.com). recreational hedonist would, at Kiana Resorts: At the end of the day, it’s back to your quiet The Villas at Playa Dominical. A beachfront spa jungle sanctuary to relax on the terrace under and resort, Kiana is composed of 26 impressive a brilliant curtain of shimmering stars. Leave individual villas, each handsomely styled in an the TV off as Costa Rica’s nocturnal symphony Asian-Latin fusion motif. And though each is comes to energetic life – a vast array of forest dramatically infused with the rich indigenous creatures emerging for a nighttime frolic. color palette, the overall feeling is one of rustic Visit www.Kiana-Dominical.com for more charm and understated refinement. information. Reasonably priced flights are available As you arrive at your private Kiana villa, from Flight Centre at www.FlightCentre.com. n Photos courtesy of Kiana Resorts General Manager Martial Thevenaz and his staff greet you with all the enthusiasm accorded Travel in Style is designed and edited by the a visiting foreign dignitary. 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