Forbes Travel Guide named SE Spa at the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas resorts in Riviera Nayarit and Riviera Maya among only 30 spas in six different countries as The World’s Most Luxurious Spas. The distinguished Verified Lists are compiled from data gathered by the company’s incognito inspectors who stay at the properties and evaluate them on up to 900 standards. The Most Luxurious winners are the top performers in the specific standards that reflect detailed attention to the level of luxurious choices and conveniences afforded to guests.
The 16,500 square-foot Se Spa is the crown jewel of Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit. The spa’s design includes a palapa-style entrance, furniture from Bali and a large marbled wall with cascading water. The spa experience begins for guests with the Hydrotherapy Ritual which includes a revitalizing shower, herbal steam and Sauna, a dip in the two-temperature lagoon, time in the Jacuzzi and a final multi-jet Swiss shower. Se Spa features 20 treatment rooms, more than 30 spa treatments, a high-performance gym and exercise room, spa boutique and a beauty salon. Treatments are grouped into seven ceremonies, including Huichol, Water, Wind, Earth, Fire, Diamond and Beauty. Many treatments feature organic elements, using coffee & chocolate, candle wax & sea shells, deep river stones & volcanic glass, tequila cream, aromatherapy oils and more.
The architecturally striking SE Spa at Grand Velas Riviera Maya was inspired by the jungle and natural water pools of the Yucatan Peninsula. Mexican Architects Ricardo Elias and Alexis Elias of EliasElias AR preserved the stone, plants and streams specific to the natural landscape and incorporated them into the curved, organic design of the two-level, 89,000+ square-foot spa. Separate 40,000 square-foot Water Lounges for men and women feature custom-designed amenities including a Clay Room, Ice Room, Experience Showers and a central infinity pool with powerful massaging faucets throughout and carved-stone chaises with jets set just underneath the surface of the water on which guests recline. A spa valet provides bottled water and towels but most importantly guidance. Signature treatments use products of the Earth, traditional in the Mayan culture, including coffee, cocoa, corncobs, vanilla, organic mud and local honey.