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Wellness and Mexico

Updated: May 23

Listen to this episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. People mean different things when they talk about traveling for wellness. Someone may want a yoga retreat. Someone else may be looking for weight loss and healthy eating. Or maybe someone wants adventure and exercise. Or some anti-aging spa treatments. If you are looking for a wellness retreat in Mexico, I’m highlighting 14 of them today, from luxury all-inclusive resorts, to more individualized private experiences.

Wellness in Puerto Vallarta

Oasis Surf Safaris:

Just outside of Puerto Vallarta, a female crew of instructors teaches women how to surf. They start the day with morning yoga, followed by surf sessions and an additional activity like margarita-making or Spanish lessons. They offer three balanced meals per day. Their instruction is suited for any age and experience level.

Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit:

This beautiful all-inclusive resort is wellness with a side of adventure, going above and beyond with a 5-star experience. The resort, awarded the “Excellent Spa Hotel” by Conde Nast, combines gorgeous ocean views, gourmet dining, and oceanfront suites with sailing trips, beach bonfires, scuba diving, and incredible spa treatments.

Haramara Retreat:

This is a luxurious 12-acre oceanfront yoga retreat just north of Puerto Vallarta, focusing on detoxification and relaxation. With a lush jungle and private beach, they have no electricity other than the restaurant and yoga studio, thatched huts with ocean views, and tropical vegetation. The property has yoga pavilions, an infinity pool, and open-air spa.

Casa Velas:

Casa Velas is an all-inclusive boutique resort, with access to Tau Beach Club, suite service, outdoor yoga, and a private golf course. If you’re traveling for wellness, you’ll want to book a two-level wellness suite. It comes with gorgeous jungle views, and private immersion pool in the garden, jazuzzi tub in the bathroom, a dining table, and an exercise bike.


Wellness in Los Cabos

Casa Tara:

This retreat center is located about 2 ½ hours from the Cabo airport, and is known for yoga and wellness retreats. Besides practicing yoga, guests can kitesurf, swim with whale sharks, lounge around the gorgeous infinity pool, and soak up the incredible scenery. Other activities on-site include paddleboarding, kayaking, hiking, and mountain biking.

Grand Velas Los Cabos:

Grand Velas Los Cabos is located on a beautiful Pacific Ocean beach. The resort has oceanview suites and grand spaces. You can enjoy the all-inclusive gourmet restaurants, exceptional spa treatments, and activities on-site. Additionally, you can book a nighttime stargazing experience or brunch on a luxury yacht by day.

Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas:

This beautiful resort (not all-inclusive) is a wonderful wellness property. They’re located on an expansive beach with turquoise water for swimming, snorkeling, and diving. The spa offers some amazing treatments such as the Mother Earth aromatic body wrap, in addition to some amazing facials and massages. Also available are classes in Chakra alignment, breathwork, guided meditation, yoga, and Reiki, along with a steam room, sauna, and hydrotherapy circuits.

Private home: Baja Cleanse:

Located between Los Cabos and La Paz, the Baja Cleanse retreat takes place in a beachfront home. This 7-day retreat is private, designed for one couple or a single guest. The cleanse participants meet with experienced therapists who provide massage, acupuncture, and holistic facials; receive nutritional counseling; and include classes in meditation and breathwork. Other inclusions are outdoor activities, organic meals and fresh juices.

Wellness in the Riviera Maya, south of Cancun

Palmaia, the House of Aia:

The Palmaia Resort is tucked away in the upscale Playacar area. They are all about awakening and transforming your wellness journey, whatever stage you’re in. You’re assigned a Nomadic Guide upon check-in, whose role is to take care of your every need. The resort has four plant-based restaurants and Michelin-restaurant trained chefs. They focus on connection of mind and body, and offer nature-based spa treatments, sound baths, yoga classes, Temazcal ceremonies, and finding spiritual and mental balance.

Banyan Tree Mayakoba:

If you’re seeing a wellness getaway, you’ll want to stay in a Wellbeing Sanctuary Pool Villa. The in-room amenities include a yoga mat, resistance band, and sound healing bowl. Packages here include yoga and meditation, daily healthy breakfast, afternoon nutrition platter, morning palo santo blessing, and a spa experience. At the spa experience, guests can mix herbs to blend their own evening tea.

Grand Velas Riviera Maya:

The all-inclusive Grand Velas Riviera Maya is located just north of Playa del Carmen on a beautiful white-sand beach. Here, you can enjoy the gorgeous clear Caribbean ocean, world-class spa, and a different amazing dining experience each night. The resort also offers culinary packages, girls’ getaway packages, and golfing experiences.

Chable Yucatan:

Unlike other wellness resorts in the area, Chable is set in the ancient Mayan jungle. They follow ancient Mayan practices, and offer many wellness activites onsite including yoga, active meditation, HIIT workouts, conscious indoor cycling, and many others. In addition to farm-to-table meals, there’s a golf course, private cenote, and spa on-site.

Wellness in Baja California

Rancho La Puerta in Tecate:

Tecate is located in the foothills of Baja California, about 75 minutes from San Diego.

Rancho La Puerta is one of the world’s top destination spas, and has been family owned and operated since 1940. Their garden and kitchen are a culinary school where guests can learn to make authentic Mexican dishes. The all-inclusive property includes walking/running trails, pickleball and tennis courts, classes in Pilates, yoga, and barre. Their spa has herb-infused treatments and reflexology. Classes include acupuncture, chanting and crystal bowls, water dance, and biodynamic craniosacral therapy, among many others.

Montevalle Health and Wellness Resort in Guadalupe Valley:

Montevalle is one of Mexico’s newest all-inclusive retreats. Physican Carlos Bautista, a natural and holistic practitioner, is the owner, and the property attracts guests wanting to detox and boost their health. The property has a short one-day plan, but most guests opt to stay for longer. One-day stays include a health consultation, two intravenous infusions, a massage, full access to services, and two meals. Longer stays include three meals per day and the ability to try more options, such as biomagnetic therapy, hyperbaric oxygen, laser therapy, and UVBI therapy, among others.


This lineup of 14 options is just the tip of the iceberg! There are many additional wellness retreats and resorts in Mexico. Let me know if you’re interested in putting a wellness trip together for you and your friends or family members, or if you’re looking for a solo trip. I can help you find one that’s perfect for you!


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