The Best Spa in the Riviera Maya Can be Found at Etéreo, Auberge Resorts Collection

In Cancún, Stay by Christina Silvestri

Floating over a protected forest of mangroves on one of the Yucatan Peninsula’s most beautiful white sand beaches is Etéreo, Auberge Resorts Collection, arguably one of the best new hotels in the Riviera Maya.

Meaning “ethereal” in Spanish, Etéreo offers an elevated guest experience defined by breathtaking beaches, awe-inspiring natural surroundings, extraordinary cuisine and a one-of-a-kind spa. This and more is all set on nine pristine oceanfront acres within the landmark luxury Kanai destination, located just 40 minutes by car south of Cancun International Airport.

Etéreo’s award-winning SANA, an Auberge Spa invites wellness seekers to enter a serene healing space inspired by ancient practices set forward by modern wellness trends. Offering a journey through Mayan traditions, guests progress through the spa accompanied by the rituals used to honor earth, sea and heavens. Detoxifying Mayan clay wraps, crystal healing, sound baths, a full-day exploration of the senses, full moon ceremonies, and custom scent blending are just a few of the experiences inviting guests to slow down and renew body and mind. Special treatments include SANA Tarot, guided by a local shaman, or immersive rituals that employ innovative Mayan healing practices, such as The Healer, a three-part subtle body, energetic purification ritual. 

The first spa worldwide to offer organic, wild-crafted Circe Brujeria de Origen skincare products and Kypris facials, Sana’s healing rituals are offered alongside an extensive menu of personalized bodywork treatments, curated retreats with visiting practitioners, and daily movement and mindfulness classes including aerial yoga, chromatic breathing, and reiki circles.

Etéreo’s 75 luxury accommodations—​​ranging from 875 square-foot-studios to 3,925 square-foot three-bedroom penthouse suites—are entirely oceanfront or oceanview, and feature luxurious bathrooms with dual vanities and soaking tubs, along with expansive private terraces with floor-to-ceiling glass doors.

Mayan-inspired signature restaurant Itzam offers innovative exploratory flavors and panoramic ocean views from its open-air seating, lounge terrace and private dining room, Pixán. Further exploring the destination’s culture and history, outdoor eatery, Che Che, reveres ‘nikkei’ tradition and tells the story of techniques of Japan as told through Latin American ingredients.

From outdoor adventures that offer an up-close look at nature to time spent with local artisans learning about their craft, the resort’s on- and off-site experiences program is designed to celebrate the vibrancy of the Yucatán and its storied culture.

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