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Spa of the Week: Four Seasons Punta Mita

By Olivia Cuccaro

four seasons punta mita apuene spaFrom the mystical Sierra Madre Occidental mountain range, the Mexican Huichol culture developed an approach to wellness focusing on the power of nature, sleep and laughter. These ancient healing techniques are embraced by the quaint fishing village of Punta Mita, where Apuane Spa at Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita México melds tradition with innovation to create a spa sanctuary.

Tucked at the southwest point of the Riviera Nayarit, Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita México sits on 400 acres of lush jungle and beachfront, encompassing the luxurious Apuane Spa. Newly reimagined by Kollin Altomare Architects and interior designer Andersen Miller, the natural beauty of Mexico and the country’s vibrant heritage are reflected in Apuane’s decor. The spa comprises 13 treatment rooms, including two couples rooms as well as the recently renovated Apuane Suite with secluded courtyard. Divided into separate spaces, the spa offers a women’s-only dual hot-and-cool pool retreat enclosed in palm leaves, and a men’s wet area with heated pool and cold bucket shower rinse, as well as full-service locker rooms with showers, eucalyptus steam rooms, saunas and changing areas. After treatment, guests can maintain their state of serenity in the spa’s shaded courtyard and rejuvenate feet in the sandy reflexology pool.

four seasons punta mita apuane spaAn expansive menu of Mexican-inspired spa treatments goes beyond the traditional and features products from Dr. Hauschka Skin Care and Hydropeptide incorporated into massage, skin care, body care, couples and salon services. While we’ve all heard of palm reading, the spa has its own ‘toe astrologer’ on site to perform a 30-minute reading based on the idea that the body records our life stories in the toes. This is followed by an 80-minute Punta Mita pedicure which includes a ‘margarita’ scrub of lime, salt and tequila to massage the feet for a one-of-a-kind treatment with an undeniable sense of place. Also unique to Apuane Spa is the myDNA Retreat: a program utilizing genetics to determine a personalized wellness regimen.

four seasons punta mita apuane spaIf days spent snorkeling in the ocean and golfing on the resort’s Jack Nicklaus-designed golf courses have you feeling restless, the signature Dreamtime Journey will ensure a deep sleep when your Punta Mita activities come to an end. The treatment draws on Huichol tradition and consists of an exfoliation and bathing ritual, massage, nourishing body cocoon and scalp massage to promote a good night’s sleep. Or, choose to recover from bronzing on the beachfront with a soothing After the Mexican Sun body treatment. Should you prefer to work up a sweat than wind down, an array of fitness classes are at your disposal, from aerial yoga to AquaForza (cardio and strength done on a floating board in the water).

Watch the sun set over the pacific from the spacious Five-Bedroom Private Oceanfront Residence Villa, providing the ultimate seclusion and panoramic ocean views. Each room has its own full marble bathroom, and outside, an infinity pool, whirlpool and dining area with grill await.

Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita México is located at Punta Mita, Bahía de Banderas, Nayarit, Mexico. For more information, please visit fourseasons.com.