Friday, December 6, 2019

Puerto Vallarta is a haven for wellness

Enjoying oneself on a holiday does not mean abandoning your wellness goals. In fact, with wellness travel trending lately, picking a destination that emphasizes wellness is a way to combine fitness with your vacation.

Puerto Vallarta is a top destination in Mexico for wellness-minded travelers to stay in touch with their health goals while enjoying one of Mexico’s most famous beach destinations. From fitness programs to spas to healthy dining and more, Puerto Vallarta has become a prime wellness and relaxation destination.
Spa at Westin Puerto Vallarta
For example: The Spa at The Westin Puerto Vallarta draws upon its serene beachfront setting to feature a wide array of soothing treatments and create an oasis to renew the mind, body and spirit. Step into one of its seven peaceful indoor treatment rooms or outdoor pergola.

Sheraton Bouganvillas Resort & Convention Center’s Spa MaiavĂ© is a holistic oasis that has been carefully designed to nurture a physical and mental experience for a balanced lifestyle.
Spa Maiave at Sheraton Bouganvillas Resort and Convention Center
It combines therapies and health techniques with the power of natural healing and surrounding elements, including agave extracts, essential oils, floral elixirs and mud to harmonize mind, body, and spirit.

Boutique in size, with just five treatment rooms, Abja Spa at Casa Velas, sets the tone with trickling fountains, aromatherapy fragrance, and candlelit corridors. It offers a robust array of services, including separate hydrotherapy areas for men and women, a spa boutique, and beauty salon. Specialized packages cater to golfers, honeymooners, executives, and more, with luxe treatments that beautify, tone, relax, and invigorate. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the well-equipped fitness center offer pleasant views of the surrounding gardens.
Beautify, tone, relax, and invigorate with a spa
treatment at Abja Sap at Casa Velas
The resort also has two 1,350-square-foot duplex Wellness Suites that offer many fitness amenities including newly opened spa labyrinths and meditation pods.

Then there is the Ohtli Spa at Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa. This palatial paradise spans 22,000 square feet and offers treatments inspired by ancient traditions of the Huichol culture. The signature treatment is the "Rebirth" Therapy session, which is performed in a pool of warm water.
Ohtli Spa at Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort and Spa offers
a variety of  treatments inspired by ancient traditions.
There is also a Hydrating Tequila Coconut body treatment that combines the nation's signature product with local fruit to restore the hydration of the skin. Guests visiting the spa have access to a variety of hot and cold plunge pools to help stimulate and invigorate the senses.

Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy hiking, biking, or yoga on the beach. The mountains that frame the city are veined with hiking trails that lead back into the jungle or spill out to secret beaches and waterfalls. Cyclists can hit the pavement or the sand on two wheels.

If it's yoga you're after, there are a variety of yoga studies and retreats within the area. One of the best yoga escapes is Xinalani, which offers an eight-day Ultimate Beach Yoga Retreat, packed with wellness-minded activities, healthy food, space to disconnect, and, of course, plenty of yoga.
Yoga is popular at many establishments in Puerto Vallarta.
 Finally, just because it is a vacation doesn't mean that the diet has to go out the window. Indulging may be part of the fun, but staying true to your clean eating goals is also important. Puerto Vallarta has fantastic dining, and health food is no exception. Salud Super Food, for example, is one of the city's best spots for fresh, clean eating. Located in the Zona Romantica, the natural food cafe serves salads, smoothies, healthy tacos, light breakfasts, wraps, and vegan specialties. Also, in the Zona Romantica is Barra Light, a vegan-friendly restaurant that serves breakfasts, organic salads, sandwiches, smoothies, and juices.

Information courtesy of Gustavo Rivas-Solis, Enroute com. Photos from hotel websites.

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