DALLAS, July 30, 2012 - As more spas turn to an eco-friendly design both in the treatments and the holistic layout, they are learning it takes more than just green products to create the perfect combination.
At Las Ventanas (www.rosewoodhotels.com) in Los Cabos, Mexico guests are treated to not only eco-friendly brands, but standout treatments and experiences that take green to the next level.
Last month while visiting the Las Ventanas property I spent one of my days lounging around in the spa discovering the rich products and eco-friendly treatments that are standout no matter where you might choose to be pampered.
Final thoughts were that, indeed, this property makes the holistic experience an overall approach in everything they do. Or, as the folks at Las Ventanas call it a “total lifestyle” methodology.
The experience in the spa begins with a peaceful garden ambiance. It’s the kind of place you want to spend the day or the week and you are immediately asked to choose from both a music and aroma menu for your upcoming spa treatment.
For music the choices are as diverse as Sounds of Mother Earth, Gregorian Chants, Celtic or Ancestral music. That, combined with aromas to balance the mind body and spirit from air, earth, fire or water options and you have chosen a full-blown sensory experience even before entering the treatment room.
As an air sign, Gemini, I chose the air aroma representing movement and displacement and allowing for communication with the environment through the mental system. A combination of sage and lavender was used to increase an experience of better communication overall.
The spa also uses Tata Harper products, which are all 100% natural. Harper spent about five years creating a skincare line that she says is for “discriminating women looking for products that really work as wonderfully as they feel – skincare that comes from 100% natural and non-toxic ingredients.”
I experienced a facial using Harper’s products called the Ultimate Skincare Facial designed to address sun-damage, fine lines and wrinkles as well as any additional problematic skin issue. My therapist used a cleanser, hydrating floral essence, rejuvenating serum, moisturizer, eye cream, and a resurfacing mask. The final result was my face looked and felt firmer, brighter, younger and more radiant all over and I could see the results the moment I looked in the mirror.
I also enjoyed a signature massage, again an excellent way to unwind, but don’t stop there.
The Spa at Las Ventanas also offers a variety of unique treatments that are worth considering. The Holistic Twilight Ceremony takes about 30 minutes and is followed by a 90-minute massage of your choice. In the ceremony candles are illuminated in the spa solarium and crystal bowls resonate with harmonic tones clearing the energy within and without. This energy cleansing is actually known as “Limpia” by the Mayans and is performed with sage smoke and shaman prayers as well.
For anyone who has not heard the sound of the crystal bowls it’s a soul experience creating a pathway to meditation, perfect as you are led into your massage and overall, you really do find greater relaxation and mindfulness after the experience.
There is also a treatment called the Grounding Equilibrium Shirodhara, an ancient therapy to restore inner calm to the mind and balance a person’s emotions. The treatment begins with a herbal exfoliation and foot massage followed by a gentle stream of warm herbal oil being poured over the third eye continuously and then and massaged gently into the hair and scalp.
Spa cuisine choices are also part of the Las Ventanas plan for Mother Earth and spa professionals have worked hard to design a spa menu with the help of well-known Las Ventanas Executive Chef, Fabrice Guisset. The Nopal Detox Smoothie, which I had every day, is great for getting your daily dose of vitamin C and amino acids and helps with diminishing cellulite and fluid retention the earth-friendly way.
A herbal garden has also found a home at Las Ventanas thanks to Chef Guisset and cooking classes come high on the list of things to do. Held in an open-air kitchen once a week on Saturday morning, the cooking class is held in the kitchen located, of course, in the resort’s fragrant herb garden. You can even opt for a private cooking class if you’d rather go it alone.
Las Ventanas is just the right blend of class, earth friendly and laid back and it offers the kind of experience that is, while often catering to the rich and famous, still a resort that knows how to make all their guests the star of the show.
Rita Cook is a writer/editor with has over 1000 articles to her credit in the past 13-plus years. She is a frequent auto and travel contributor on a radio show in Los Angeles called Insider Mag Radio at KPRO 1570 am on from midnight to 12:30 a.m. Monday mornings.
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