- El Santuario Resort & Spa (Valle de Bravo; www.elsantuario.com): The suites at this spa resort, built into the foot of a quartz mountain, overlook a vast lake. A 1,858-sq.-m (19,999-sq.-ft.) spa offers a wealth of therapies, plus yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, and meditation classes.
- Misión Del Sol Resort & Spa (Cuernavaca; www.misiondelsol.com): This is Mexico's finest spa resort, with every architectural and functional detail designed to soothe body and soul -- from meditation rooms and reflexology showers to magnets under your mattress. This sumptuous, full-service spa and fitness center, with delicious vegetarian cuisine, is a heavenly base for personal renewal.
- Hotel Ixtapan Spa & Golf Resort (Ixtapan; www.hotelixtapan.com): In operation since 1939, this classic, traditional spa resort has consistently upgraded amenities and services. It's also close to the region's renowned thermal baths.
- Paradise Village (Nuevo Vallarta; www.paradisevillage.com): Excellent fitness facilities combined with pampering-yet-affordable spa services make this one of the best all-around spas in Mexico. It actively promotes the beneficial properties of indigenous Mexican spa therapies and natural treatments.
- Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay (Mazatlán; www.pueblobonitoemeraldbay.com): The resort's luxury spa is Mazatlán's best (and most expensive), offering a tempting variety of international spa treatments and more traditional Mexican rituals, as well as massage therapies, body scrubs, and facials.
- Le Méridien Cancún Resort & Spa (Cancún; www.meridiencancun.com.mx): The Spa del Mar is a state-of-the-art, 1,400-sq.-m (15,069-sq.-ft.) facility bordering the brilliant Caribbean. It has the most complete spa in the area, with inhalation rooms, saunas, Jacuzzis, cold plunges, Swiss showers, a cascading waterfall whirlpool, and 14 treatment rooms.
- ME (Cancún; www.mecancun.travel): The ultrachic Yhi Spa of Cancún's ME hotel overlooks the ocean and offers body glows and exfoliations, aromatherapy massages, body masks, and wraps -- this is a place to indulge yourself until you're convinced that you've landed in heaven.
- The Tides Riviera Maya (north of Playa del Carmen; www.tidesrivieramaya.com): Small, secluded, and private, the Tides offers extraordinary personal service -- some villas come with a major-domo on call -- and spa treatments. Rooms are spread throughout the jungle, and there's a beautiful seaside pool and restaurant.
- Rancho La Puerta (Baja Norte; www.rancholapuerta.com): One of Mexico's best-known spas, Rancho La Puerta is a spa-vacation pioneer, having opened its doors (at the time, tent flaps) in 1940. A steady stream of guests returns for the constantly expanding facilities, spa services, and outdoor opportunities.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.