spa - Mayan Luxury Spa, Barcelona
Written by Catherine Beattie
Mind, body, and soul come together in the new Mayan Luxury Spa at The Palace, Barcelona’s magnificent 90-year-old hotel.
Enjoy ancient Mayan therapies and prestigious Anne Sémonin spa treatments carried out in four luxurious treatment rooms. Massages include use of the Sensations shower and Temazcal sauna, which is based on ancient Mayan sweat lodges with volcanic stones heated inside the sauna and water with aromatic medicinal herbs poured over them to release steam and raise the temperature.
The Mayan Rebirthing Ritual is a spiritual healing ceremony for one or two participants, led by the Temazcal shaman and performed inside the Temazcal accompanied by native sounds and chanting. It is a mystical experience designed to purify mind, body, and soul by transporting participants back to the womb to reconnect with their roots.
The Temazcal represents Mother Earth as the place where the elements Earth, Air, Fire, and Water gather for this sacred Mayan ritual. Lasting 40 minutes, it ends with a refreshing Sensations shower and balancing tea in the relaxation area.
A European first
Following changes of name and ownership, the Palace (formerly the Ritz) recently reopened after a US$38 million refurbishment. Barcelona’s iconic hotel is grander than ever, with many original features carefully restored and all 125 guestrooms and suites redesigned with sumptuous new furnishings and state-of-the-art technology. The new Mayan Luxury Spa – the final part of the refurbishment – includes a detoxifying Temazcal Mexican Sweat Lodge, the first in a European luxury hotel.