By Sandy Zimmerman
(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman)
I try to discover exciting cities which are close to Las Vegas, where we can get there quickly without too much traveling. Even if you do not have time for the long trips, most people can take Mexicana Airline’s 2 hour direct flight to Los Cabos, in Baja California Peninsula, Mexico.
The Pacifica Holistic Retreat & Spa is so beautiful and so tranquil, I can see why it is called a retreat. The unspoiled setting is perfect. We sat on the secluded tropical beach, let the Pacific Ocean’s waves touch our bare feet, and walked around their 25 acre resort. Meditative reflecting pools and soothing water walls fill the resort’s public spaces. Everywhere we walk, the elegance and unique designs give us the feeling that we are in a very special place.
The Pacifica’s Armonia Spa, is dedicated to total wellness- Harmony, Balance, and Tranquility. I tried the ancient Ayurveda Abhyanga massage from India. This detoxifies and rebalances the body’s energy channels, using highly concentrated essential oils based on the individual‘s doshas or constitution. The therapist pressed down with her fingers and the palm of her hand. My treatment room was lit by candles and the hallways were filled with candles sitting on the floor. Ayurveda was so relaxing, I wanted to take a nap after the massage. My partner had the Detoxifying Body Mud Wrap with ingredients that work specifically to firm the skin and accelerate the elimination of cellulite deposits, while inhibiting the formation of new deposits. The treatment is followed by a soothing massage with a calming body lotion that aids circulation and combats fatigue.
The spa’s authentic Mexican Temazcal steam bath (sweat lodge) are a different version of the Native American Sweat Lodge, an ancient tradition of native tribes from North and Central America. As part of a cleansing ceremony, the therapist places hot stones in water infused with herbs and medicinal plants to release steam.
In our travels, we have seen many sweat lodges. Most of them are similar to a circular-style tent, built of canvas or other materials. Massages: $100-170. Facials: $70-300. Body Treatments- Wraps: $100-160. Signature Treatments: $130-170. Ayurveda Abhyanga Massage: $100- 50 minutes. Mud Wrap: $160- 80 minutes. Temazcal: $130, 2 hour ceremony.
The Vice President of the resort is a doctor who is involved in the daily activities of the resort. Pueblo Bonito offers a peaceful atmosphere intended to calm your nerves. We are away from the city, the traffic, and there are no buildings in sight. Unwind your body and mind at the Pacifica Holistic Retreat & Spa, associated with the Pueblo Bonito Hotels of Mexico, Cabo San Lucas. www.pueblobonito.com