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The Water Journey at Grand Velas Spa


I just returned from a wonderful weekend in Riviera Maya, Mexico at Grand Velas Riviera Maya Resort & Spa.  It’s an extraordinary all inclusive property and I had an amazing time.  While there, I was able to experience their uber awesome spa.  I’m not really big on spas, finding absolutely nothing desirable about strangers touching me.  However, this spa experience just may have changed that for me.  You see, I had their signature treatment, called the Water Journey.  Here’s how it went!

I arrived at the Spa with my swimsuit on under my dress, as instructed.  The check in process was simple.  I filled in a short (about 10 questions) survey about my overall health and areas that I wanted my treatment to exclude.  I was led through a plant filled courtyard into a lavish waiting area, where, if I got on my tippy tippy toes, I could just barely get a glimpse of the 40,000 square foot water lounge, where the water is heated via solar panels.  I was offered a fluted green juice to start the journey and then shown to the changing area.


With just my swimsuit, robe and slippers on, the Spa Valet ushered me downstairs to the area where the Journey began.  After removing the robe, the first element was a simple rain shower.  When I exited the shower, I was directed to experience various rooms, usually alternating hot and cold.  There was an ice room, where I rubbed shaved ice over my body, a circular steam room, with lit “stars” on the ceiling, etc.  The last room was the “clay room,” where I slathered my body with softened clay, my face with aloe and my hair with conditioner.  They stay in each room was about 10 mins and every amenity was provided, including cold cucumber slices for my eyes while in the Sauna.  I felt a “cleansing” of sorts, very relaxing but also very in touch with my inner self.  There were drinks offered at various intervals.

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Afterwards, I had a hot/cold plunge shower, with alternating water temperatures.  Only then was a ready for the pool.  The first pool area was a walking lap in warm water, followed by a return lap in cold water.  Finally, I was allowed in the huge, infinity pool.  Wait, did I mention that this entire level of the spa is built into an existing natural cenote?  I loved the scenery.

Hotel Grand Velas Riviera Maya. Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo. Mexico

There were areas of the pool with powerful massaging faucets that massaged your neck and back and stone bubble beds that you could lie on.  I LOVED it. Unfortunately, I only had limited time with the Water Journey, but I did go back in the morning of my last day.  I would HIGHLY recommend this treatment at Grand Velas.


Disclosure:  I was a guest of Grand Velas Riviera Maya for this trip.  They provided my travel, lodging, meals, and activities, including this spa treatment.  However, I did have a second Water Journey at my own expense.  All opinions are my own.

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2 Responses to “The Water Journey at Grand Velas Spa”

  1. Michelle says:

    This looks incredible! I’m with you about not wanting strangers touching me. I also have a hard time justifying the cost of spas. This looks like FUN though and the property looks incredible.

  2. Adriene says:

    Wow, is all I can say. Glad you had a great experience.

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