Luxury Hotel Wellness Programs (Central & South America)

Goals

To establish a list of luxury hotels with wellness programs located near the ocean in either Central or South America. For each, it is desired to achieve a description of the wellness program, its offerings, pricing, and if possible the name of the Wellness Program Director.

Early Findings

For purposes of this research project, Central America will be defined by the following countries:
  • Belize
  • Costa Rica
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
For purposes of this research project, South America will be defined by the following countries:
  • Argentina
  • Bolivia (excluded in research based on geographic requirements)
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • French Guiana
  • Guyana
  • Paraguay (excluded in research based on geographic requirements)
  • Peru
  • Suriname
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela

BELIZE

Beach & Spa Resorts

According to Luxury Travel Magazine, three of the top five luxury beach resorts in Belize are: Blancaneaux Lodge, Cayo Espanto, and Chaa Creek.

Blancaneaux Lodge

At this resort located in San Ignacio, the "Waterfall Spa offers a variety of treatments, wraps, and massages, as well as access to our rejuvenating hot pool overlooking cascading waterfalls."

Treatments Available
"At the request of (owner) Francis Ford Coppola, our Belize spa specializes in the art of Thai massage, and features a professionally trained staff that has studied ancient techniques at the Sacred Wat Pho Temple in Bangkok. With a hot pool heated solely by hydroelectricity, spa treatments that use locally sourced organic ingredients, and an open building design utilizing natural light, the Waterfall Spa is eco-luxury at its best."
  • Body — Papaya Body Polish, Oriental Prelude Treatment, Oriental Body Glow, Oriental Salt Glow, Oriental Herbal Pack, and Stress Recovery Wrap, Scrub, and Massage
  • Massages — The Oriental Massage, Essential Oil Massage, Oriental Foot Massage, Back and Shoulder Massage, and Facial
  • Pricing is not available for these services.
  • No Wellness Director is named on the website, and non was located in either a direct search or LinkedIn search.

Cayo Espanto

Cayo Espanto is a private island luxury resort in Ambergris Caye. Their spa treatments offer "manicures, pedicures, facials, scrubs, ear candling, aromatherapy and more — all in the comfort and privacy of your own villa."

Treatments Include
  • Massage — Tranquility Massage ($150 for 90 minutes), Deep-Tissue Massage ($170 for 90 minutes), Aromatherapy Massage ($155 for 90 minutes), Hot Stone Massage ($165 for 70 minutes)
  • Ear Candling — $100
  • Reflexology — $100
  • Full Spa Packages ranging from $250 to $620 per person
  • No Wellness Director is named on the website, and non was located in either a direct search or LinkedIn search.

Chaa Creek

Chaa Creek is located on a "400-acre private nature reserve, is one of the most awarded Belize Eco Lodges" in San Ignacio. Their "Hilltop Spa is set above the winding Macal River with a panoramic view of the Maya Mountains and lush Caribbean Rainforest — an extraordinary, peaceful setting enhanced by the background music of tropical birds and gentle rustling of leaves.

Treatments Include
  • Eye Treatments — $40
  • Manicures & Pedicures — Ranging from $28-$55
  • Body Treatments — Ranging from $70-$105
  • Lucy & Mick Fleming are the owners of the resort. No Wellness Director is named on the website, and non was located in either a direct search or LinkedIn search.

Wellness Centers

According to TripAdvisor, Namaste Yoga is the #1 rated spa and wellness center Caye Caulker. Please note, this is a wellness center and not a resort. The center is currently closed (likely due to COVID).

SUMMARY

Given the relatively large geographic regions to search within, the initial hour of findings was spent reviewing Belize ONLY. It is suggested that research continue to provide a listing of at least 3-5 luxury wellness resorts with spa offerings by country. We will attempt to provide luxury wellness spas primarily, but as a proxy luxury resorts with spas will be provided. It is also likely that pricing information may be limited (given the nature of some luxury resorts' websites) and it is highly unlikely that names of Wellness Directors will be provided on the resort's website, as such these data points will be provided only as available on either the resort website or through a LinkedIn search.

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