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Fairmont Mayakoba Reveals Mayan-Inspired Spa Renovation

The Fairmont Spa Features a Fresh Menu of Treatments and Traditional Mayan Experiences

Fairmont Mayakoba recently re-opened the spa after an extensive renovation, revealing an enchanting sanctuary that seamlessly merges ancient Mayan traditions with contemporary luxury. Formerly known as Willow Stream Spa, the newly rebranded Fairmont Spa invites guests to embark on a transformative journey that transcends conventional notions of relaxation.

Design Inspiration

Nestled within the lush landscapes of Mayakoba, the Fairmont Spa is a celebration of holistic wellbeing. Drawing inspiration from the rich tapestry of Mayan culture, the spa’s design reflects a harmonious blend of natural elements and modern aesthetics. Expansive windows bathe the space in soft natural light, illuminating tranquil indoor gardens and setting the stage for an immersive and rejuvenating experience.

Moon-Based Treatments

At the heart of the Fairmont Spa experience are the Signature Moon-Based Experiences, each uniquely tailored to harness the energy of the lunar cycle. Whether indulging in the New Moon’s foot and hand massage with earth-based ingredients or the Waxing Moon’s full-body massage incorporating Mayan shawls and the warmth of wax and candles, guests are transported to a realm of profound tranquility.


Complementing these lunar-inspired treatments are Classic and Specialty Facials that utilize natural extracts and earth- and sea-sourced ingredients. The spa’s commitment to sustainability is evident not just in its treatments but also in every aspect, from eco-friendly sourced ingredients to locally crafted staff uniforms.

Spa Experiences and Ceremonies

Beyond individualized treatments, the Fairmont Spa offers an array of experiences, including Couples Treatments, Holistic Experiences, and Quartz Sand Experiences that infuse the body with the earth’s energy. Physical Wellness Experiences, featuring classes like mobility flow and yoga, cater to those seeking a more active approach to meditation. 

Guests are not only invited to rejuvenate their bodies but also to connect mind and spirit through Mayan ceremonies and Spiritual Wellness Experiences. New to the spa is the ancient tradition of the temazcal. This prehispanic sweat lodge, crafted from stones, provides a unique spiritual and physical journey. Guided by a skilled temazcalero, each ceremony is a personalized 60-minute exploration within the intimate space heated by volcanic stones, over which a cold infusion of herbs is poured by candlelight. Chants create an atmosphere conducive to a trance-like state, as guests are enveloped in incense or mud. The temazcal’s shape, reminiscent of a mother’s womb, ensures a retreat from external discomforts, offering participants a profound experience of introspection and a symbolic rebirth.

Beyond the Treatment Rooms

The spa experience extends beyond treatment rooms. To complete the holistic journey, the Wellness Bar and Beauty Salon offer the perfect finishing touches. Enhance any spa treatment with a selection of 30-minute services at the Wellness Bar or indulge in a full range of beauty services at the salon. Guests are encouraged to visit the spa boutique and juice bar, where sustainably sourced products from brands such as Osea, Barker Wellness, Comfort Zone, and more are showcased.

“At Fairmont Mayakoba, we believe in curating authentic and immersive experiences. The reimagined Fairmont Spa is not just a place of relaxation; it’s an embodiment of our commitment to providing guests with a sanctuary where Mayan traditions and modern luxury converge,” says Jacco van Teeffelen, general manager of Fairmont Mayakoba. “As we unveil this exquisite space, we invite our guests to rediscover well-being, culture, and luxury in a way that is truly distinctive and unforgettable.”

About The Author

Julie is the co-founder of Well Defined and a longtime influencer and advocate in the wellness world. Along with her work at Well Defined, she is an executive recruiter and marketing specialist for Hutchinson Consulting. She is also a consultant and content strategist for numerous wellness brands. She is the former editor-in-chief and publisher of American Spa and was named a 2019 Folio Top Woman in Media in the Industry Trailblazers category and a 2018 winner of ISPA’s Innovate Award. She is also a seasoned journalist, specializing in spa, travel, health, fitness, wellness, sustainability, and beauty. She has been published in Departures,, E! Online,, Insider’s Guide to Spas, Luxury Travel Advisor, Marin Magazine, Ocean Home, Smart Meetings, Spa Asia, and Travel Agent.