When your favorite player steps up to make the game-winning penalty kick, you can feel the adrenaline rushing through you – you are one with your team and feel that you are on the pitch with them. Whether you experienced the games in the thundering stadium or from the comfort of your home, soccer has always evoked powerful sensations.
From the thrill of victory to the agony of defeat, there are beautiful spas in the Caribbean and Latin America to help you recover from the rollercoaster of emotions brought on by the world’s most popular soccer competition.
AWAY® SPA | W BOGOTA, COLOMBIA
While not every team can lift the coveted trophy, fans around the world can experience gold at the Away® Spa at W Bogota. Inspired by the Colombian legend of El Dorado, where a chieftain would cover himself with gold and dive from a raft at the center of Lake Guatavita, the spa’s modern décor welcomes guests with a gilded mix of abstract mosaics, emerald green hues, sculptured ceilings, and floral motifs. To complement the unique experience, each service is tailored to the guest. Based on selected preferences, spa therapists blend prescribed essential oils in a silver shaker, creating a customized detox cocktail for the skin.
The legend of El Dorado is further reimagined in W Bogota’s iconic gold colored jacuzzi, where recovering soccer fans can immerse themselves in hydrotherapy while sipping craft cocktails.
After discovering the treasures of the Away® Spa, stroll through Colombia’s buzzing capital. For a taste of the city’s traditional charm, explore the Usquen District. Located within walking distance of the hotel, it remixes historical architecture and cobblestone streets with assorted restaurants, bars, and a collection of boutiques and shops.
THE SPA AT TAMBO DEL INKA | VALLE SAGRADO, PERU
Surrounded by the Andes Mountains, a remote serenity permeates the air in Peru’s Valle Sagrado. The off-grid experience makes for the ultimate escape, heightened by The Spa at Tambo Del Inka, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Valle Sagrado nestled in lush vegetation in the city of Urubamba.
The Spa at Tambo del Inka calls upon the wisdom of the ages, offering several treatments inspired by ancient Peruvian traditions. Among these is the belief in the healing power of water, which the spa brings to life in the form of heated indoor and outdoor pools, whirlpools, Vichy and jet showers, sub-aquatic beds and hydrotherapy. For the ultimate recovery, the 120-minute Yucamani Stones Massage can help soccer fans achieve an extreme state of relaxation and incredible calmness. Other Incan elements blended into the experience, from which their healing power is harnessed, include cocoa, quinoa and coca.
THE RITZ-CARLTON, CANCUN SPA | CANCUN, MEXICO
Following a month of thrilling games and edge-of-your-seat moments, Cancun invites fans to float in turquoise waters and relax on pristine beaches. Along its shores, beach-goers will find The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun Spa – a crisp, refreshing space decorated with a calming neutral palette, sophisticated furnishings and Mayan elements. Drawing from ancient rituals and indigenous ingredients, treatments like the Warm Stone Massage and Mayan Sanctuary Ritual offer an otherworldly experience.
Performed after sunset, the Mayan Sanctuary Ritual is an exotic massage performed with seashells in the privacy of the spa’s beachfront lush terrace. The journey will start with a Mayan energetic cleaning using medicinal herbs and copal, like old Mayan travelers experienced in their journeys.
MANDARA SPA | PALM BEACH, ARUBA
Beautifully located against the Caribbean sands of Palm Beach, the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino is the perfect oceanfront retreat to paradise. As Mandara Spa’s first location in the Caribbean, this gem captures an island essence reminiscent to Bali – warm weather, crystal-clear waters, and a Balinese tradition passed from generation to generation.
Immerse yourself in a quiet interlude where the serene silence entrances you into a deeper state of relaxation. Aromas such as frangipani, Caribbean coffee, and botanicals are not only intoxicatingly indulgent, but also the cornerstone to several of Mandara Spa’s treatments derived from nature’s beauty such as the Elemis Exotic Frangipani Body Nourish Wrap, the Aloe and Milk Wrap, and the Coconut Poultice Massage.
GUANACASTE SPA | GUANACASTE, COSTA RICA
Exotic specials and daily treatments, ideal for the aching soccer player and emotionally drained fans alike, await at the Guanacaste Spa, housed in the JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa. On Mondays, indulge in Choco therapy, a 30-minute warm chocolate wrap followed by a 30-minute sumptuous foot massage. For a healthy and vibrant glow, experience Sunday’s honey and coconut milk ritual, where warm honey and coconut milk gently melt onto the body, revitalizing and nourishing skin cells.
The white-sand beaches of Guanacaste are often regarded as the most beautiful in Costa Rica, lending themselves to this relaxing beach getaway. To get the most out of this stunning destination, book a treatment by the sea, highlighting all the mineral elements of the ocean. The Ocean Wellness Combo starts with a yoga class, then features a sea-salt exfoliation, followed by a refreshing hydrotherapy session with aromatic salts, and ends with a custom massage.
Dreaming of 2022 already? Marriott has the right property for every soccer fan conveniently located throughout Qatar: Doha Marriott Hotel, Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel, Sharq Village & Spa, The Ritz-Carlton, Doha, Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel, The St. Regis Doha, The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa and W Doha.