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Located on the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, Los Cabos is a destination where you're as likely to spot Jennifer Aniston on a luxury spa retreat as you are to share a sundowner with a surfer who came in the 60's and never left.
The desert ends abruptly at the surf, and the view is cosmic. This beauty – mixed in with the region's celebrated mystic energy – has made Los Cabos the wellness capital of Mexico. It's home to some of the North American continent's most lauded day spas, suitable for every type of traveller.
Come, take a deep breath, and shift your energy from stressed-out to total zen. Here are five therapeutic reasons to visit Los Cabos.
Lose yourself in nature
Here at the end of the Baja California peninsula, the desert drops steeply into the Sea of Cortez along a rugged coastline of sand dunes and sheer coastal ranges.
You'll find some of Mexico's best beaches here – a playground for everyone from surfers to sunbakers – with options to snorkel, kayak, stand-up paddle-board or take a boat out for deep-sea fishing.
There are spectacular trails up and down the coast for hiking and mountain biking, too. Or save your energy, and let your horse do the work as you ride the beach while the sun sets.
Heal yourself with culture
San Jose Del Cabo - a lively hub of music art and culture Photo: Supplied.
Two towns make up Los Cabos: San Jose Del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas and in between, lays a tourist corridor lined with luxury hotels and resorts.
San Jose Del Cabo – once a colonial outpost, is now a lively hub of music, arts and culture – inspired by nature, and the region's ancient origins. Artistic types have been settling in the area since the late 50's (John Steinbeck and Ernest Hemingway were one-time residents).
These days, in San Jose Del Cabo you'll find art galleries and installation spaces. Whereas Cabo San Lucas is a music-club lover's dream, and hotels all over Los Cabos host nightly musical events to suit every genre; therapy for any soul.
There's an international film festival in November, and international art events featuring artists from 20 countries. While from November to June, galleries open their doors for a free art walk along San Jose Del Cabo's pretty, cobbled streets.
Earth's most innovative spa days
There are treatments in Los Cabos you won't find anywhere else on earth.
While the region first attracted wellness devotees for its oldest spa tradition – temazcal (ancient steam lodges which draw on the healing power of the earth) – there are now hundreds of treatments blending ancestral and modern techniques.
Zadun, a RitzCarlton Reserve, uses one of the only Savasana rooms in existence – where a vibrational floor combined with sound therapy inspires deep meditation. Its 3000 square-metre spa is nestled into sand dunes beside the ocean, and its products are hand mixed at the time of treatment from local ingredients, like prickly pear and agave.
Treatments in Los Cabos you won't find anywhere else on earth. Photo: Luna y Mar Spa at Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal.
Out of this world spa settings
Los Cabos' wellness retreats and spas take pride of place along the region's rugged desert coastline.
Visit Grand Velas Los Cabos and stay in a specially catered wellness suite whose sole purpose is to revitalise your body and mind as you look across the Sea Of Cortez, while receiving a massage on your suite terrace.
At Esperanza, an Auberge Resort, enter a day spa through rustic and inviting wooden gates into your own private desert oasis for yoga sessions by candlelight, or massage using heated desert stones.
Use the moon to heal you
Step into the spa at a hotel carved into the side of a mountain, metres from the sea.
The Luna y Mar spa at the Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal uses unique treatments based on the moon, and ancient Mexican folk healing techniques. Using luna y mar – treatments inspired by the moon and sea – it all revolves around what phase the moon is in. New moons inspire renewal and retrospection, while full moons are the perfect time for cleansing.
Mexican folk healing (curanderismo) is used throughout, utilising ancient rituals, herbs and healing techniques.
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