Trend Watch: Some Like it Hot

Sweat lodges and sauna-based treatment packages help draw out toxins and draw in revenue.
Photo courtesy of Rosewood Mayakoba

To provide guests a traditional experience of a Mexican sweat lodge, Sense, a Rosewood Spa at Rosewood Mayakoba in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, boasts an authentic, dome-shaped temazcal, meaning “house of heat” in the Aztec language of Nahuatl. “A conventional sauna is mostly powered by gas and steam, whereas a temazcal experience is dry, created using heated rocks, and the air is infused with herbs and plants,” explains spa director Emmanuel Arroyo. Mayan Healing Hands (6 hrs./$975), one of two temazcal offerings at the resort, is a half-day experience billed as a “once-in-a-lifetime journey.” An individual session with a shaman is followed by: an energy-healing ceremony; a private bathing ritual at the spa’s cenote, a secluded Mayan well; a 60-minute temazcal session; and a 90-minute massage. “Temazcals are an integral part of Mayan history,” notes Arroyo. “Clients appreciate the opportunity to learn about, and participate in, native practices while indulging in a luxurious spa experience.”

Continue reading how spas are capitalizing on heat-based treatments in our June digital edition!