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Self-care: Where to pamper yourself in Mérida

From face to nails to the entire body, here are some top spots to indulge and refresh

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Maggie Cale
Maggie Cale
Maggie Cale was born in the United States and has lived most of her life in Pennsylvania. She has a social work degree from Penn State University and finished her career in Washington, D.C. working with families. She moved to Yucatán in 2017 and has worked part-time ghostwriting for bloggers. She lives in Itzimná with her two dogs.

What does the word “pamper” mean to you? If you are thinking of intensive self-care, things that feel good and healthy, and well-deserved breaks from everyday life, we are on the same page. 

Here are some of my favorite indulgences in Mérida:

Mani, Pedi, Facial

Tai Spa: provides an array of wellness services. Easily have your mani, pedi, and facial completed all in one place.A deep tissue pedicure is 340 pesos, mani and a pedi 550 pesos and a facial is 670 pesos. It is helpful to have approximate local prices. thetaispa.mx, 999-944-7063 Av. “Shutan” Medina C. 138, Residencial Montecristo

Coco is known for nail art in Mérida. Photo: Maggie Cale

Coco Nail Bar and Boutique offers mani and pedi treatments in a clean, bright environment. Their glory is nail art, which is offered for a special occasion or just because you want one. The staff is friendly and the facility is bright and welcoming. nailsbarcoco.com, 999-469-1405, Edificio Luxus, Calle 20, Altabrisa

Boho Spa showers you with attention from the time you enter. At times you may have two attendants pampering you. They offer multiple facial treatments from deep cleansing for 650 pesos to anti-aging with facial radiofrequency for 910 pesos. All this is located in a beautiful facility. www.bohospa.com.mx/galeria, 999-114-1403 Calle 57 514, Santa Lucia

Robert Abuda Salon offers a very professional service in a hygienic atmosphere. The staff makes you very comfortable while getting a mani and a pedi. The approximate cost for a mani-pedi is 449 pesos without polish and spa manicure shellac is 349 pesos. If you want to take it one more step, all hair-related services are also available. While visiting or online, check out all the self-care products that this salon carries. robertabudasalon.com, 999-926-3015 Paseo de Montejo 470

Everly Beauty is a new spa in the north of Mérida. Photo: Maggie Cale

Everly Beauty Nail Spa is a newcomer. They have been operating for about two months and have proven to be successful. The proprietor, Tania Ivette Duran Jimene states, “We believe in the products we utilize, from our exfoliating scrubs to our nail polish. While utilizing great products, customer satisfaction and comfort are our goals.” While sitting in a therapeutic massage chair you can receive a simple mani for 180 pesos to the jelly con pedi for 400 pesos. It is a small hygienic spa with friendly staff. They offer gift cards and a loyalty program. everlybeautynailspa11@gmail.com WhatsApp 999-324-5290 Calle 37 A 303, San Ramon Nte

Eyebrows to eyelashes

It’s easier than ever to find services in Mérida that attend to the fine details of your eyebrows and lashes. 

Robert Abuda Salon has a full line of services in their Paseo de Montejo location. Photo: Maggie Cale

Robert Abuda Salon is offering brow waxing for 229 pesos or coloring of brows for 275 pesos. An eyelash lift and color is 699 pesos. The salon is certified in Minsky’s eyelash extensions and products and also utilizes high-quality brands such as Living Proof, Balmain, Aveda and Olaplex. Staff are friendly and make you feel at home. robertabudasalon.com, 999-926-3015 Avenue Paseo de Montejo 470

Oliviers Lashes & Brows focuses on brows and lashes. Lash extensions for a simple, classic look are 750 pesos and with extras for volumizing run up to 1,200 pesos. The lash tinting is quite intriguing whether going for classic brown or black — but I found the purple tint to be really fun. According to current research, it is important to be cautious with the tinting so you don’t stop the growth of your eyelashes. So make sure you use a product they supply to keep your lashes moist and growing. Calle 57 D 894 Fracc. Las Americas 999-258-0739 

Adán Cetina at work. Photo: Luis Zavala

Massage and Chiropractic 

Yucatán Health Center provides an evaluation with a trained diagnostic team. A chiropractor, physical therapist, and massage therapist are on staff. A 30-minute massage is 300 pesos and a chiropractic adjustment is 400 pesos. Yucatanhealthcenter.com, 999-445-1407  

Adán Cetina provides a deep-tissue massage and makes house calls. Adan brings the table, the towels, warm oils, and music. “I believe it is necessary to find a balance in our body and mind,” Adán says. “If they are working well, we will achieve everything we set out to do.” Adán will zero in on any trouble spots for a blissful 90 minutes at 600 pesos. He offers a nice package deal of 4 sessions at 90 minutes for 1800 pesos in the Centro area. Extra charge if he is traveling up north or farther of 100 pesos. WhatsApp 999-292-0747

Boho Spa offers couples massages and has three packages. The packages start from 80 minutes for two at 1,560 pesos to a two-hour-20-minute massage with a facial for two at 2,860 pesos. A great way to pamper yourself, your significant other, or a good friend. When making an appointment specify what you are looking for during your massage.  bohospa.com.mx, 999-114-1403 Calle 57 514, Santa Lucia

Yoga, meditation, and pilates

Sukha is offering yoga classes starting at all levels for 120 pesos a class or 800 pesos for eight classes. A new exciting class is beginners’ meditation online and participation is only the price of a personal donation. The studio is hygienic and the instructors are supportive. Calle 5 311, Xcumpich, WhatsApp 993-102-8611

Virya Yoga offers both yoga and pilates. They are graciously keeping their Facebook site up to date with a monthly schedule of classes. Their program is endorsed by Virya Yoga and the Yoga Alliance. meridayoga.com/ or WhatsApp 999-127-9810 Montecristo Calle 5 100

Pilates Workcenter. Photo: Courtesy

Pilates Workcenter is comfortable and the staff is well trained and helpful. They are offering a wide range of pilates for beginners to experienced. “Exercise is a way to keep your core strong, Lilian Cruz states.  We offer classic pilates and have all the equipment to support that method. Such as the reformer, spine corrector, and ladder barrel to name a few.” Prices range from 2,400 pesos for eight coed bilingual classes to 2,900 for private bilingual classes. pilatesworkcenter.com, 999-305-3452 Calle 63 257 32 y 32A San Ramon Norte

Do it yourself

I occasionally like to apply my own facial mask and this is the one I utilize. It is easy to make, only is on for five minutes and it leaves your skin feeling fresh and clean. 

Yogurt facial mask

  • 1 teaspoon plain yogurt
  • juice from 1/4 slice of orange and pulp
  • 1 teaspoon aloe

Blend ingredients and leave the mixture on your face for at least five minutes before rinsing well with cold water. 

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