Se Spa at Grand Velas Riviera Maya is now offering two new spa treatments influenced by the indigenous Mayan people: Nik Te Ha Aquatic Massage and Pixam Kan Massage.
The Nik Te Ha Aquatic Massage (80 min) is a water massage that helps relax muscles and increase flexibility. This massage, which gets its name from the Mayan words for “water flower,” can help with chronic fatigue, insomnia, irritability, stress, migraines, mood swings and depression, according to the hotel. Tea Forté’s antioxidant Green Mango Peach tea is served following the treatment.
The Pixam Kan Massage focuses on results from seaweed and the sacred Mayan jade. Jade is said to bless whatever it touches, so the native tribes of Mexico, Central and South America carved it into deity masks and ritual artifacts. In the Pixam Kan Massage, the jade quartz helps balance the chakras and lift suppressed emotional issues; it also helps reduce electromagnetic energies produced by digital devices. The seaweed is used to help eliminate toxins from the body. Available for both 50 and 80 min, this treatment includes an optional dry exfoliation with a Henequen loofah made from the indigenous agave.
Additional regional treatments at Se Spa at Grand Velas Riviera Maya include the Bacal Massage, using one of the Mayan’s most sacred plants – corn; Mayan Jade Facial; Coffee & Cocoa Experience, an exfoliation and massage with both native Mexican products; Aloe Vera Massage, using the Mayan’s “immortality plant,” named for its great regenerating life powers; and Úumbal Shawl Massage, a full-body treatment with creative choreography dating back to prehistoric times.
Each treatment at Se Spa (of 50 minutes or more) includes an hour-long Water Journey, a relaxation ritual built around the use of the seven, specially designed water-based facilities. These custom-designed amenities include a Clay Room, circular glass-tile-lined steam room with a fiber-optic “star light” ceiling, Ice Room with floor-to-ceiling window, and hot-and-cold Experience Showers. A central infinity pool has massaging faucets throughout and carved-stone chaises with jets set just underneath the surface of the water.
In other news, Vincent Wallez has been named executive chef of Grand Velas Los Cabos. In his new position, he oversees the resort’s dining offerings, catering, 24-hour room service, pool and beach-side dining and more.
Wallez has spent 14 years in the culinary field, most recently as the executive chef of NIZUC Resort and Spa in Cancun since its opening. Prior to that, he was the executive chef of Belmond La Samanna on St. Martin in the Caribbean. During his career, he has expanded his culinary knowledge through travel, learning about different cultures and their traditions. Wallez is originally from Bayonne in the southwest of France and spent time in the kitchens at the renowned Bristol and Plaza Athénée hotels in Paris, before moving to Mexico.