- Type: Spas
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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Catering to the yoga tourist, this spa in the Cabañas Copal hotel offers massages, body wraps, crystal therapy treatments and yoga classes. But you could do all those things at home -- the true highlight of Maya Spa are the nighttime temazcal sessions, or steam baths that indigenous Mexicans believed had healing and purifying powers. An MSNBC writer described her temazcal experience in the following way: "We chanted, we sweated in the dark, we shouted 'Puerta!' to open the door and have more hot stones placed in the center of the hut, we rubbed ourselves with aloe and honey, and we all emerged renewed and glowing. It bonded the 12 of us together, strangers now complicit in our shared journey, nodding at each other with broad smiles for the rest of our stays."
The Maya Spa Wellness Center is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day, and treatments are available for both hotel guests and those staying elsewhere. Temazcal sessions must have a minimum of four participants and are usually held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 6 p.m. Call ahead to make an appointment, and visit the spa's official website for a full listing of prices and treatments.