DEC 2016

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spa hopping [ 40 ] • DAYSPA • december 2016 [ 40 ] • DAYSPA • december 201 6 CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: COURTESY RANCHO LA PUERTA; SEA SPA AT GRAND SOLMAR LAND'S END RESORT & SPA A Deborah Szekely's latest wellness project— unveiled at ISPA in September—is Policy Well, a scorecard tool that aims to hold Congress accountable for wellness in the U.S. DID YOU KNOW U W Rancho La Puerta, Tecate Tecate, Baja California, is home to Rancho La Puerta (, founded in 1940 by wellness pioneers Edmond and Deborah Szekely. At the time it was meant to be a no-frills "health camp" based on the couple's then-radical ideas regarding mindful, biogenic living. To this day it's a must for wellness-focused spa fans, who come to immerse themselves in an all-inclusive holistic experience (provided by a doting staff of 400) and even fi nd inspiration from Deborah herself, now 94 and a regular speaker at "the Ranch." In addition to partaking in the resort's 70-plus fi tness classes, holistic therapies such as Watsu and Feldenkrais, and a comprehensive mindfulness program highlighted by refl ective walks in a replica of the classic labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral, guests are encouraged to bookend their visits with add-on spa treatments. On the recommendation of spa director Tere Ochoa, I received the new Xocolatl Skin Replenishment body treatment (90 min./$160). Xocolatl is Aztec for "bitter water" and the origin for the word for chocolate. Sure enough, I was given a clay bowl to mix my own body butter scrub from organic Mexican cacao, oatmeal and sea salt, plus avocado, vanilla and jojoba essential oils. My therapist used the scrub for my full-body exfoliation, which was followed by a chocolate, honey and yogurt mask, a cocoa-infused oil massage and a bite of organic chocolate to impart an appropriately sweet ending. "Our motto at Rancho La Puerta is 'siempre mejor,' which in Spanish means 'always better,'" says Ochoa. "It has a double meaning because we're always striving to do better for our guests—and we're always inspiring our guests to better care for their personal well-being." Sea Spa at Grand Solmar Land's End Resort & Spa, Cabo San Lucas At the southern end of Baja California lies the resort-fi lled corridor of Los Cabos. This region features dozens of world-class luxury spas that hug the scenic coastline, including Sea Spa at Land's End, the new luxury facility at Grand Solmar Land's End Resort & Spa ( in Cabo San Lucas. Built on the peninsula's southernmost point, Sea Spa boasts four open-air cabanas with wraparound verandas, set high on stilts above the property's private beach. "The cabanas off er pure luxury yet connect guests to the land and sea," says spa coordinator Albino Bautista. "It's like being on your own island." e

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