Spa El Capricho
Relax and Enjoy our Ixtapa Spa
Sculpted from a rocky cliffside just steps from the Pacific Ocean, Cala de Mar Resort & Spa Ixtapa’s enchanting seaside spa draws inspiration from ancient Aztec healing traditions as it pampers spa-goers with the latest wellness techniques. From the heady scents of toronjil that linger in the air, to the soft chimes that play on the ocean breeze, to the inspiring views of sand, sea and sky, the Spa at Cala de Mar is designed to awaken all the senses.
Spa at a Glance
At 6,000 square feet, the Spa at Cala de Mar is as intimate as it is luxurious, limited to five private treatment rooms, with shutters that open to the breathtaking ocean views and fresh coastal air, and an open-air massage area that takes full advantage of the idyllic climate. In keeping with the hideaway nature of Cala de Mar, which gives the 59-room Mexico resort special appeal to couples, the spa also features a private room designed exclusively for treatments à deux. Each treatment room is named after a local flower – such as the Citlaxochitl (poinsettia) – in the nahuatl dialect. Local artwork adds to the authentic ambience. Women’s and men’s spa lounges feature dry sauna, whirlpools and color-therapy steam rooms, as well as lockers and showers.
Each spa experience begins with a floral ritual footbath and a water ritual of steam, sauna, whirlpool and rain showers. Natural beverages and hot herbal teas are offered as spa-goers await their treatments. At the heart of this Ixtapa spa’s menu is its Regional Collection, whose treatments incorporate local herbs, flowers and fruits used for centuries by traditional healers, among cacao and coffee and aloe and cactus. A signature Lemongrass & Toronjil Wrap combines the therapeutic qualities of these two botanicals (toronjil is a lemon-scented red flower central to Aztec healing traditions) in a soothing wrap that improves skin condition and metabolic functions as it detoxifies.
Massage selections range from the total body Serenity Massage and Sacred Obsidian Massage to sport, aromatherapy, reflexology, and therapeutic massages. The Amuzgo Herbal Massage is based on ancient traditions and includes the application of an herbal and dried flower poultice activated by heat and moisture to heal sore muscles and eliminate toxins. In addition, couples can indulge in a Yoloxochitl Couple’s Massage, conducted in the spa’s exclusive cabana for two, which takes its inspiration from the yoloxochitl or heart flower.
For an even more indulgent experience, the Love Ritual combines a couple’s massage with his-and-her facials: the Citlaxochitl Aromatherapy Facial for her, which includes a cleansing and exfoliation followed by an aromatherapy warm stone facial massage and hydrating mask, and a Texochitl Facial for him, designed to soothe rough, sensitive skin damaged by razor blade irritations and dehydration.
Other Spa Rituals, which combine several treatments in one ultra-pampering experience, include the Indulgent Ritual – a hot stone massage followed by a renewing Deep Cleansing Facial; and an Aztec Ritual that pairs a Lemongrass & Toronjil Signature Wrap with a Therapeutic Massage. Grounding and deeply relaxing, the Harmony Ritual offers a traditional Amuzgo Herbal Massage and Experience de l’age anti-aging facial.
El Capricho Spa at Cala de Mar also offers a full range of manicures and pedicures and salon services.