Largest destination spa in Latin America welcomes visitors with visions of water

Released on = July 4, 2006, 12:42 pm

Press Release Author = Mexican Pacific Marketing

Industry = Media

Press Release Summary = A new state-of-the-art destination spa, Vida Real, hidden
inside a dramatic Mayan pyramid in Playa del Carmen celebrates water, life's most
precious element


Therapies and treatments reflect fusion of ancient healing cultures

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mayan Riviera (July 4, 2006) - Tired of hotel spas masquerading as
genuine healing havens? Spa aficionados seeking the ultimate getaway need not look
further than Hacienda Vista Real, where a new state-of-the-art destination spa
hidden inside a dramatic Mayan pyramid celebrates life's most precious and
nourishing element: water.

Nestled in the lush Playacar 18-hole championship golf green, not far from La Quinta
Avenue's bustling pedestrian shopping lane and nightlife, the 75-room Hacienda Vista
Real hotel debuted in late 2004 and reopened a year later following extensive
renovations and the grand launch of the $7 million destination spa, Vida Real.

"What we did was pull together three ancient cultures that we feel most influenced
the spa world with healing through water," explains general manager Paul Celis of
the 7,000 square meter spa which boasts 28 treatment rooms and is considered the
largest destination spa in Latin America. "The first floor is completely spiritual
like the Mayan world with an emphasis on tranquil flowing water. And the second
floor is Roman, featuring murals from Pompeii and Jacuzzis modeled after the natural
springs Roman soldiers would bathe in after battles."

The third ancient culture, the Orient, is reflected in the hotel's Eurasian fusion
restaurant. Jazmin whets appetites with Thai-influenced cuisine-not to mention the
best sushi in Quintana Roo-from the spa pyramid rooftop, which affords panoramic
views of the golf course and twinkling lights of Cozumel Island beyond. Spa menus
are also available upon request for those who wish to tempt their tummies with an
explosion of guilt-free, low calorie flavors. Hacienda Vista Real's beach club and
restaurant allow guests to take full advantage of the secluded white sand beach of
Xpu-Ha, accessible by a convenient hotel shuttle just 15 minutes away.

These three spiritual cultures converge in an exotic and intoxicating sanctuary
inside the hotel's Mayan spa pyramid, which immediately envelops visitors in
delicious scents (tangerine essence is the official aroma) and the soothing effects
of running water.

The spa lobby opens to a soaring light-infused atrium with a 50-foot indoor
waterfall plunging into a natural cenote pool-ideal for soaking in following the
ancient temazcal sweat lodge ceremony. Active types can ascend the 50-foot high
climbing wall which hugs the rocky fissures beside the waterfall. A two-story wall
of cerulean blue mosaic tiles (some of the 1 million used throughout the spa)
shimmers with cascading water, and an outside Asian-influenced Zen Buddha garden and
wood sundeck provide tranquil space for yoga, meditation or Chi-Kung and Tai-Chi
classes just beyond the Robert Von Hagge-designed Playacar golf course.

Ancient hydrotherapies are the specialty at Hacienda Vista Real's spa. A
thalassotherapy pool massages the body with high powered jets while salt water
lightly exfoliates skin and encourages the absorption of oligoelements (trace
elements), which aid in correcting body imbalances. Post-rejuvenation, guests can
relax on modern mosaic-tile lounge chairs with warmers that envelope the entire body
in a relaxing balm of heat. On the second floor, separate men's and women's "Roman
Bath" sections offer multiple areas of relaxation with Jacuzzis of varying
temperatures, steam rooms and massage quarters. A Turkish Hammam bath, housed in a
beautiful tiled chamber, combines the effects of steam and sauna to refresh and
detoxify the body. A Danish-inspired cold steam bath sparkles in winter white and
offers an invigorating way to close pores and revive after treatments or a day in
the Mexican sun.

Couples seeking seclusion may also retreat to private VIP spa rooms, equipped for a
full day of pampering with lounges, seductive soaking tubs, massage tables, complete
bathing areas and beds draped in sumptuous linens. Order in from the restaurant and
indulge in the art of relaxation as time slips away. For more information or to book
a spa appointment, please visit Hacienda Vista Real at or Vida Real's
website at To contact a Hacienda Vista Real representative
email or call +52 (984) 873-4200.

Mexican Pacific Marketing
(949) 340-2602 (US)
+52 (314) 335-3207 (MX)

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Contact Details = Mexican Pacific Marketing
(949) 340-2602 (US)
+52 (314) 335-3207 (MX)

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