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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
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                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;            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                                                                               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 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                      Los Angeles.
                                                “We use the enzymes of papaya since they promote                                                    Continued on Page 44


>> A Shore Thing
        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         (, 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 ( 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        ( 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 (
                                                      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 for more
                                                      charm and understated refinement.                     information. Reasonably priced flights are available
                                                          As you arrive at your private Kiana villa,        from Flight Centre at 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. Dip into either the      Special Sections staff of the Los Angeles Times.
                                                      awaiting tropical fruit basket or the perfectly        Write to with any
                                                      warm waters of the nearby pool before heading          questions.

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