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The Spa at Las Ventanas - Spa Review

Pampered in Paradise

The Spa at Las Ventanas in San Jose del Cabo

Odds are, you may just be in need of a bit of luxurious pampering. Rosewood's Las Ventanas al Paraíso could be your "window to paradise" this year. The gorgeous property in Los Cabos at the tip of Mexico's Baja Peninsula is a veritable pleasuredome for the senses with its fine white sand beaches, lavish suites and a world-class spa. A typical day could go like this: you rise late, have a light breakfast of fruit, then spend the day lounging poolside, where uniformed butlers spritz you with frosted Evian water and wrap your head in cold towels while you nibble on cool, complimentary sorbets.

Las Ventanas al Paraiso in Mexico

Later in the day you wander to the award-winning spa for a hot stone therapy massage or salt-glow therapy. The heated stones work basically like acupressure, releasing tension from muscles and working out trigger points. This procedure can be followed by frozen stones for "energy balancing." Treatments take place literally on the water's edge to "incorporate the therapeutic ambiance of the sea more intensely into the spa experience." At night, guests can enjoy massages by torchlight.

Las Ventanas al Paraíso's spa menu is vast and makes it difficult to choose between the many options inspired by holistic health systems from all over the globe. From India hails Ayurveda, the 5,000 year-old system of well-being, and at the spa guests can enjoy, for instance, Shirodhara Therapy, where a gentle stream of warm herbal oil is poured continuously over the forehead area of the "third eye," calming the nervous system. Hydro- and Thalasso Therapy come from Europe and so does the Austrian moor mud, which contains over 1,000 herbs. Shiatsu and Reiki massages were invented in Japan, while the island of Bali inspired the "Boreh" spice-based remedy for aching joints and sore muscles. Of course, a person can handle only so much pampering. Visit their website for spa packages at

The Spa at Las Ventanas
Las Ventanas al Paraíso
Km. 19.5 Carretera Transpeninsular
San Jose del Cabo
Baja California Sur 23400, Mexico

(Updated: 07/03/08 HC)

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