The interesting building shown above is a new destination spa, Vida Real
, in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. This $7 million spa is located inside a Mayan pyramid. The spa uses a water theme, taking its inspiration from three ancient cultures. The first floor is designed to be like the Mayan world with an emphasis on flowing water, the second floor is Roman-themed with wall murals from Pompeii and Jacuzzis designed to resemble ancient springs. The third culture, the Orient, is represented by the hotel's Eurasian fusion restaurant. Jazmin which is located on the spa pyramid rooftop. Like many hotels
we have seen recently there is a signature scent. This time it's tangerine essence.
The spa is designed to be dramatic but also restful, the lobby opens to an atrium with a 50-foot indoor waterfall plunging into a natural cenote pool, there is a 50-foot high climbing wall beside the waterfall and a two-story wall of blue mosaic tiles. Outside there is a Zen Buddha garden and wood sundeck for yoga, meditation or Chi-Kung and Tai-Chi classes. Water-themed experiences include a a thalassotherapy pool, a Roman Bath sections with Jacuzzis of varying temperatures, a Turkish Hammam bath and a Danish-inspired cold steam bath.