By Cristina Alonso
January 20, 2015
Top Spas in Mexico City
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When it comes to fast-paced towns, Mexico City is right up there with the craziest of them. The city’s vibrant energy and nonstop activity—and, let’s face it, constant traffic, of both the car and pedestrian varieties—can make staying relaxed a challenge, even for the most Zen-minded travelers. That’s why taking a day, or at least a couple of hours, to find sanctuary at a spa can seem like not just a luxury but an occasional necessity here.

If heading to an out-of-town or beachside retreat for some R&R isn’t an option, some of Mexico City’s finest hotels (and one of its most popular department stores) also happen to have top-notch spa facilities, offering fantastic treatments, facials and massages that let you unplug, unwind, and emerge refreshed and energized. After indulging at any of the spas on this list, you’ll feel invigorated and ready to keep exploring the city.

Remède Spa

Sure, this spa is smack in the middle of one of DF’s main avenues, but Remède, in the 15th floor of the St. Regis Hotel, feels like a true oasis amid the action. Indulge in private yoga or Pilates session, or try a signature La Luna Healing Ritual, which includes a body wrap, a facial cleanse and a relaxing massage.

Heavenly Spa at the Westin Santa Fe

Catering to their many business travelers, the team at Heavenly offers the Work Well massage, a combo of deep-tissue, shiatsu and aromatherapy that will have you meeting-ready in no time. Steam rooms, a Jacuzzi, and an open-air countercurrent swimming pool round out the facilities; booking a spa treatment allows you access to all of them.

Spa Marquis at Marquis Reforma

Inside this Paseo de la Reforma boutique hotel lies one of the city’s best-kept secret retreats. The space boasts ten private massage cabins, as well as a tub with hydro-jets and a Swiss shower; among the luxurious treatments offered here are relaxing Egyptian foaming baths and tension-releasing Thai massages.

Spa by Liverpool

Take a break from your DF shopping spree with a hot stone massage, an anti-aging facial or a reflexology session at this peaceful spot—which is cleverly hidden inside one of the city’s most popular department stores. The suites here all have customized lighting, temperature and music to optimize the relaxing experience.

Away Spa at W Mexico City

Overlooking the tree-lined streets of Polanco, the top-of-the-line facilities at this spa include a fitness center, steam room and sauna; but you can also treat yourself to a centuries-old temezcal—an ancient Mexican bath ritual that aims to purify both body and spirit. Burdened by more modern-day pains? Ask for a hangover-busting facial.