Sense, a Rosewood Spa at Rosewood Mayakobá

  • John Newton

The centerpiece of Sense, a Rosewood Spa at Rosewood Mayakobá (+52.?984.875.8000, www.sensespa.com) is a cenote, one of the many deep limestone springs on Mexico’s Caribbean coast that the Maya viewed as gateways to the underworld. Wood-plank trails lead to the cenote and to the 12 treatment suites at the 17,000-square-foot spa, which opened in March 2008 on a small island within the 128-suite Rosewood Mayakobá resort. Indigenous woods, Mexican marble, and soaring ceilings define the spa’s suites, where guests enjoy locally influenced wellness therapies. Inside the Mayan steam bath, or temazcal, a therapist employs hot stones and herbal scents to provide a restorative experience. Other treatments that evoke the Mexican Caribbean incorporate lime, chaya, and chocolate. If the aroma of such ingredients whets the appetite, guests can dine on healthy fare at the spa’s Itzamná café, which is named after a Mayan deity.

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