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Thursday, 28 February 2008

Cabanas Copal & Maya Spa, Tulum, Mexico - Page 3

Written by Christina Kay Bolton
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Situated on one of the most brilliant beaches I’ve seen on the Yucatan peninsula, this eco-resort offers a relaxing retreat. If you are searching for a place to really unwind, practice yoga daily, receive some spa treatments, and lounge on the beach, this may be your place.

Maya Spa is located at Cabanas Copal and there is a huge range of treatments, from Mayan clay massage to mango facials to chocolate body wraps. I only heard good things about the spa treatments, but didn’t have a chance to try much as I was only here for two days. I did try the floatation tank, something like a waterbed filled with 365 pounds of salt and a little water. The experience was fine – though I was surprised that no one put clean sheets over the Mexican blankets, so it didn’t feel too clean. The room was decorated with a nice rug and lit with many candles, but was musty. I wished I’d tried a massage in one of the breezy beach palapas, surrounded by a gorgeous view and the sounds of the waves.Cabanas Copal & Maya Spa, Tulum, Mexico, yoga retreat mexico, yoga retreat tulum, spa mexico, travel mexico

Yoga is offered every morning at 7:30 in the yoga palapa down the path from Maya-Spa. The teacher was very good, but came very late. Fortunately, someone stepped in to lead the group in a number of warm-ups before she arrived. It was such a nice way to start the day – energizing, relaxing, and centering with a deep focus on the breath. However, there was a problem with a sewer type smell nearby (and also at the public restroom area at the center of the property), so that made it tough at times to practice that deep yogic breathing.

Something about the property kept reminding me of summer camp – even though most visitors were adults and I saw very few children (there are more families next door at their Zahra property). All the rustic cabins surrounded by trees and the huts with various activities like yoga (and Tai Chi on certain days) made me think of Cabanas Copal like a summer camp for adults. Even the questionable cleanliness contributed to that impression.

This is not a place for everyone, especially if you’re not comfortable with a little nudity and some rustic inconveniences. But all in all I loved my time here and left feeling deeply relaxed and wishing I’d stayed much longer.

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Contact: , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Toll Free US/Canada: 1-888-898-9922 International: +54 11 5918-6400

Rates: There is a huge range in rates from $30-350 depending on room and season, though most rooms are around $100. The Seaview king I mentioned is $115 in high season ($80 in low season and $150 during the holidays), partial seaview $105, and Jungle king $95. There is also an option of a house (casita) at the top end of the scale, or a sand-floor room with shared bath at the other end.

Here are a couple spa packages offered:

Tulum for Two Package
Two one hour massages ($132 usd. credit toward Maya Spa services)
Two tickets to the temazcal ceremony
Bottle of wine in the cabana
One day of snorkel gear for two (compliments of Copal)
One hour of kayak rental (compliments of Copal)
$192 usd

Single at the Sea Package
Enjoy all that Copal has to offer! Wake up early (or not!) for morning yoga classes. Spend one afternoon out on a kayak, snorkeling the coral reef. Explore the depths of your mind in the flotation tank and, one night, join in for the temazcal to relax even more...

One hour massage ($66 usd. credit toward Maya Spa services)
One ticket to the temazcal ceremony
One hour in the flotation tank
One day of snorkel gear (compliments of Copal)
One hour of kayak rental (compliments of Copal)
$108 usd


©Christina Kay Bolton


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