Mayan-Influenced Treatments Complete a Luxurious Mexican Immersion

Cozumel, Mexico (May 21, 2007) - Presidente InterContinental Cozumel Resort & Spa has opened a new Mandara Spa which incorporates local traditions and ingredients, making it the first luxury spa in Cozumel.

Since the days of Mayan ancestors, Cozumel has been considered a sacred island, home of Ixchel, Goddess of Love and Romance. In keeping with local traditions, Mandara Spa's signature treatments incorporate indigenous fruits, plants, herbs and other natural elements.

The Cozumel Mandara Spa is housed in a sophisticated Mexican Palapa and the circular building design exudes positive energy. The most distinctive aspect of the spa is the Shaman's cave, or Temazcal, which incorporates traditional healing methods into the spa menu.

Guests can choose from a range of regional offerings including:

  • The Ixchel (Moon God) Tropical Tryst - inspired by the Ixchel day bath in the tropical water of the Cenotes (sacred pools that gather fresh water). This exquisite skin cleansing package begins with a Floral Foot Wash Ritual, followed by an Akna Ritual Wrap (a ceremony of pure sensuality). A secret recipe of coconut, mungbean, spices and lavender polishes the skin, whilst exotic body oil indulges the senses - $300.
  • Mayan Temazcal - is like an Aztec sauna that uses local healing methods to create a relaxing state of introspection and reflection. The Mayan Temazcal treatment releases the mind, body and soul by combining the work of aromatherapy, hot stones and steam, with the guidance of a Shaman - $90.
  • Kukulcan (God of Air) Awakening - as invigorating as Mexican Mayan culture itself. This package begins with the Floral Foot Wash Ritual, followed by a refreshing Lime and Ginger Body Scrub and massage - $300.

Set on Marine National Park, home to one of the world's largest and richest reef systems, Presidente InterContinental Cozumel Resort & Spa offers a secluded, private hideaway complete with a beautiful beach and world-class diving. Rooms start at $233 per night, with all rooms boasting widescreen plasma televisions, designer furnishings and top-level amenities. Following a $25 million investment, the resort offers upgraded facilities and an exclusive vacation experience for the discerning traveler.

The Mandara Spa uses Elemis beauty products which are also found in Presidente InterContinental Cozumel Resort & Spa rooms and suites. Traditional treatments are combined with spa favorites at the Mandara Spa, including massage, reflexology, facials, micro-therapy, wraps, manicures and pedicures or cellulite reduction treatments. In addition to the traditional local techniques, the Mandara Spa has treatments to soothe teen-stress like dating blues and exam anxiety. There is also a range of mother-daughter and father-son treatments which include massages and pampering.

The name Mandara is derived from an ancient Sanskrit legend about the gods' quest to find the elixir of immortality and eternal youth. Mandara Spas have embraced the legend with exclusive and exotic spa treatments that reflect the beauty, spirit and traditions of ancient times and the soul and ritual of Asian culture.

Mandara Spas are world renowned, offering a multitude of signature treatments globally, with the menu at each spa tailored to specific destinations. The company's philosophy is to have a three-part menu, incorporating one-third Balinese treatments in keeping with the foundations with which Mandara was found, one-third traditional and classic techniques stemming from Europe or Asia, and one-third indigenous or native to the land in which the spa is located. While the menus may differ from location to location, the spas all have an emphasis on beauty, rejuvenation and a uniquely indulgent and exotic experience with an East-West flavor.

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