Redesigning the Tropical Getaway

By Jennie Nunn / May 1, 2014

tropical getaway

Redesigning the Tropical Getaway

Designed by acclaimed Mexico City–based architect Alejandro Escudero of Urbana Design, the new Nizuc Resort & Spa, 20 minutes from Cancun International Airport, takes cues from the surrounding landscape and turquoise-and-navy-hued ocean. The decor is layered with soft grays and baby blues (suites with organic-inspired natural wood headboards, hand-knotted New Zealand wool rugs and banquettes upholstered in sandy tones).

The 29-acre, 274-suite oasis (with 29 private villas) is a modernist’s home away from home, with three infinity pools, private pier, six gourmet restaurants, secluded mangroves with chaise lounges, kids’ club, private butlers for dinner on the beach, a 30,000-square-foot ESPA spa, daily yoga, and kayak and stand-up paddle board rentals.

The spa features treatments like the Mayan Cacao, a massage with natural cacao oil followed by a scalp treatment, or the Nizuc Renewal—a sea salt and Mexican agave exfoliation and massage with heated stones and gems based upon Mayan healing rituals. Take in the thermal ritual with circuits ranging from a cold plunge pool and sauna to a heated chaise. Off-property, options include a road trip to the ancient Mayan ruins at Chichén Itzá, a World Heritage site and one of the New Seven Wonders of The World.

Nizuc is also the kind of place where you can sit and do nothing in the comfort of a shaded cabana. (Hint: don’t be surprised to spot local wildlife such as iguanas emerging from nearby rocks for some sun). Think of it as Mexico at its finest. nizuc.com

—Jennie Nunn

Jennie Nunn

Jennie Nunn

West Coast Contributing Editor at Organic Spa Magazine
Jennie Nunn, Organic Spa's West Coast Contributing Editor, is a former editor at magazines including Sunset, California Home+Design, and 7x7. Her work has appeared in publications such as C, The Hollywood Reporter, AFAR, Destination Weddings+Honeymoons, The San Francisco Chronicle, Luxe Interiors+Design, San Francisco Magazine, Gotham, Capitol File, 5280, Houston Brides, and 805 Living. 
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