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Outdoorsy living and deluxe pampering on Mexico’s sandy coast by Condé Nast Johansens


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the amazing spa. Some of the treatments are based on Huichol cosmogony and traditions.

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On the hills between the Pacific Ocean and Sierra Madre mountains, Matlali is a hotel that appeals to everyone. Families, honeymooners and adrenaline-junkies all flock here for the adventure, culture and natural beauty. In fact, Matlali is situated in its very own nature preserve just outside the cobblestoned-fishing village of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. And the gentle surfing spots of Sayulita and Punta Mita are a short drive away. Adventures are at every turn here and thanks to Matlali’s upscale, homely comfort, you’re recharging and relaxing for the next day’s escapades within no time. From the Junior Suites and super-sized Villas big enough to lose yourself in, to the ancient Hikuri and Haramara therapies in Makawé Spa, it’s all about kicking back then getting stuck in. Of course, days may be spent lolling about by/in your private pool followed by dinner on your terrace or the ocean-facing Raixes restaurant. But a shuttle ride to Eva Mandarina Beach Club is a must for seafood fans where the freshest ceviches and catch of the day are matched by potent margaritas courtesy of Beach Club Manager Israel Díaz Pelayo. Top adventure: hop on a boat and check out Marieta Island for some scuba diving or snorkelling then head along Playa Escondida to catch a glimpse of humpback whales, sea turtles and rare blue-footed boobies.

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Ritual Relaxation

Ritual Relaxation in Makawé Spa, Riviera Nayarit

Ritual Relaxation in Makawé Spa, Riviera Nayarit

Across the Sierra Madre Occidental, the mountain range in western Mexico, Huichol people begins a long pilgrimage. From Nayarit lands to the arid desert in San Luis Potosí, heading to a place which they call Wirikuta. It is a 248.55 miles crossing and it is also the way Huichol people have to recall the days when they used to be hunters and pickers.

   They are walking toward Cerro del Quemado to meet the Blue Deer. This is an action meant to honour their four principal deities: Corn, Eagle, Dear and Hikuri; all of them descendants of the Sun. One of the most important religious activities for Huichol People is Hikuri picking. It is at the same time the name of a diety and a sacred plant. In Nahuatl language it was called Peyotl, and it is known in Spanish as Peyote.

   In Huichol cosmogony, it is not the traveler who heads to Hikuri, but it is Hikuri itself the one that appears to the traveler and takes him to a two worlds frontier. When they find the Hikuri, Huichol pilgrims shoot their arrows to right and left to keep the spirits of evil away. Hikuri or Peyote is a small, round-shaped cactus without thorns and mainly formed by its big roots. It is a sacred plant worthy of the deepest respect.

   After a prayer, the ones who take part in ceremony are given four dried, bitter segments of root, which they chew and eat. This is the start of a trip to find the Blue Deer who, in the magnificence of desert will reveal itsefl to us and will show us the way back to our life. He will teach us and he will be our medicine.

   Known by its many healing powers, Hikuri is also the main ingredient of the Makawé Spa therapy that was named after this sacred plant. It is a massage that preserves the indigenous art and techniques. Makawé Spa’s Hikuri Therapy is meant to help you to get relaxed through the skilled hands of our therapists and its combination of Hikuri plant and diverse native flora.

   Just the way it happens with the enigmatic Huichol rituals, Makawé Spa tries to help the visitor to find him or herself once again through the expirience of Hikuri Therapy, also known as Huichol Flora.

   From the atmosphere of Makawé Spa to the touch of the balms used to revive the spirit, this ritual is a trip to get over our fears, clean up our souls and a return to innocence. It is the frontier between two worlds, it is the way to leave behind the ordinary, it is… a way to be renewed.

Makawé Spa, Matlali Hotel, Riviera Nayarit

Makawé Spa, Matlali Hotel, Riviera Nayarit