Temazcal: Ancient Mexican Healing Tradition

The healing, renewing properties of water have been acknowledged and practiced by humanity since ancient times. Archaeological records around the world keep memory of constructions of hot baths, saunas, and steam lodges that were part of the customs and cleansing rituals of different cultures. 

For Mesoamerican cultures, the use of temazcal —dating back 1,200 years— represented more than a cleansing ritual; it was intimately linked to their cosmogony and their relationship with the divine.

Historians debate about the Nahuatl origin of this word, but two theories stand out:

First: Temasteam, and calli” — house.
Second: Tetl” — stone, mazitli — hot, and calli” — house.

From either point of view, the accurate definition for temazcales is Steam bath houses.


SYMBOLOGY IN A TEMAZCAL

According to Ana Quintana, Spa Specialist at Solmar’s Spas, there is a symbolism behind the architectural structure of these sweat lodges, with the entrance oriented to the east, in order to receive the first rays of the sun.

“The building, with its vaulted ceiling and dirt floor, represents the Mother Earth’s womb. The steam that emerges from the center when spraying water over the hot stones, embodies the purification process.

At Solmar’s Temazcal, the Aztec tradition is followed together with the meaningful symbology used by this culture:

“The relentless Life-Death-Life cycle takes shape in this ceremony in which the four elements are combined to result in a process of transformation, health and well-being”, adds Ana.


ANCIENT RITUAL FOR MIND-BODY-SOUL BALANCE

An altar dedicated to deities of Nature, so present in ancient indigenous cosmogony, receives you to give start with the ceremony at the sound of seashell horn whistling. Copal is used to cleanse mind, body and spirit before entering the lodge, where a guided transformation process takes place.


ENDLESS LIST OF BENEFITS

The benefits of partaking in this spiritual, wellness ritual are many, among which you can find:

· Respiratory tract and digestive system undergoes a cleansing process
· Strengthens the nervous system
· Acts as an aid on bone, muscle and gynecological-obstetric conditions
· Helps to reach deep relaxation
· Prevents insomnia, depression and anxiety
· Tones the skin
· Relieves premenstrual syndrome
· Helps ease sinusitis conditions
· Moisturizes, heals and regenerates the skin
· Hydrates hair
· Promotes optimal blood circulation
· Helps in weight loss treatments
· Alleviate liver disorders
· Promotes awareness of deep emotions
· Helps to ease arthritis
· Oxygenates the skin
· Aid on infections treatment

Temazcal is an experience in itself without a doubt. If you would like to add this transforming ritual to your
Grand Solmar at Rancho San Lucas Spa retreat, please contact our specialists.



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About Ana Quintana.


Originally from Ensenada, Baja California in Mexico; cosmetologist, therapist and stylist Ana Quintana is a wellness specialist with 11 years on her tenure. Being passionate about Mexican healing traditions, she embarked on a three-year learning process guided by a Tlaxcaltecan Shaman and Herbalist Medicine woman to finally get the Temazcal Guide title


Los Cabos’ reopening campaign is far from ordinary

Fresh, creative and appealing, Los Cabos’ reopening campaign is far from ordinary.
Take a look and get inspired!

Added to this artful approach intended for all of us longing to visit —and enjoy— this idyllic destination, Tourism Board at Los Cabos has gathered a series of impeccable, exhaustive health and safety guidelines to be followed by resorts, restaurants, tour operators, and all the service providers that revolve around tourism.

Part of the efforts made to ensure you travel feeling safe and secure, comprises the Safe Travel distinction granted to Los Cabos by the World Travel Tourism Council (WTTC).

This stamp is aimed to set standardized safety and hygiene protocols all over the world, and inspire the desire to venture to travel with confidence once more. And Solmar Hotels and Resorts, along with many other establishments within the destination, are proud bearers of this seal.

Among the most remarkable protocols, you will find:


> At the Destination

Transportation

• Implementation of six-foot distance between passengers and driver
• Contactless transactions
• Restricted use of air recycling options in the vehicle
• Use of face masks
• Constant sanitization and cleaning routines

Restaurants

• Arrangement of tables to ensure social distancing
• Limited capacity
• Disposable or QR menus
• Increased sanitization and cleaning procedures of frequently touched surfaces

Service Providers

• Clear information to customers and visitors about health and safety protocols
• Rigorous social distancing
• Maximum capacities
• Use of protective screens at all check-in areas
• Face masks and gloves use —especially when managing food—
• Increased sanitization and cleaning procedures

Check all the downloadable material about health and safety protocols here.
You may also find useful information at Tourism Board’s FAQ.


> At the Airport

• Implementation of health screening
• Strict implementation of social distancing
• Increased sanitization and cleaning routines
• Dedicated personnel to act and respond to any question related to COVID-19
• Mandatory use of face masks


> At Solmar Hotels & Resorts

• Collection of new activities to be enjoyed without leaving the safe environment of the premises
• Face masks are required in all public spaces at our hotels
• Rearrangement of tables at restaurants, and sun beds by the pool and beaches
• Increased sanitization and cleaning routines in suites and common areas
• Special training to all staff members on prevention protocols
• Mandatory use of face masks, safety goggles and respect for social distancing for staff
• Punto Limpio Certification implemented by Mexico’s Federal Government

Please review the exhaustive measures followed at each area of Solmar’s properties to ensure you enjoy a healthy and safe stay.


Are you ready to rejoice at the sound of rolling waves and Pacific breezes of Los Cabos?
Please share in the comments section below what is it that you miss the most out of this fantastic destination!

 

FAQs Post COVID-19

Which resorts are currently open? When are other resorts expected to open?

Starting June 15th, Solmar Hotels & Resorts began a carefully planned phased reopening. As of today, Grand Solmar at Land’s End, Playa Grande Resort & Spa and Quinta del Sol are open for members and guests and receiving reservations. Solmar Resort and Grand Solmar at Rancho San Lucas are slated to reopen on September 30th.

Are all spa services available?

Yes, all the spas in our currently open resorts are operating and welcoming members. For our updated regulations and safety protocols at our spas, please visit https://blog.solmar.com/solmar-hotels-resorts-releases-new-enhanced-cleaning-policies/

Are all the restaurants within the resorts open for members? Is Suite Service available?

As of today, all dining venues inside our open properties are open for members to enjoy with some limitations and reduced guest capacity to ensure that social distancing measures are implemented. Guests are also welcome to order room service during their stay. In order to ensure the cleanliness and safety of the guests’ room, all in-villa dining orders will be served in to-go containers, waiters and waitresses will not be allowed to enter the guests’ suite and menus will be adapted to include pre-made options by the Chef so that guests can easily warm up in the suite, minimizing staff contact with the food.

Are all pools and jacuzzis open for guests?

All pools and jacuzzis in our operating properties, Grand Solmar at Land’s End, Playa Grande Resort & Spa and Quinta del Sol are open and fully functional. For our updated pool regulations and safety protocols, please visit https://blog.solmar.com/solmar-hotels-resorts-releases-new-enhanced-cleaning-policies/

Can I access the beach from the resorts?

As always, guests are invited to take a stroll on our breezy beaches as long as they keep a distance of 6 feet between groups to encourage social distancing. Due to the high currents of the Pacific Ocean, none of our beaches are swimmable and guests are prohibited from swimming in them.

Will theme nights still take place?

Absolutely! Playa Grande Resort & Spa continues to host Mexican Night and Beach Party on a regular basis. For detailed information on our entertainment program, please contact your resort’s Concierge Desk.

Do guests have to wear face masks at all times?

For the convenience of members, masks are not required in open common areas such as pools and hallways. However, members, residents and guests are required to wear masks in closed common areas such as spa lobbies, restaurants (before being seated and while walking through the restaurant), etc.

What’s the protocol if a guest has a fever?

Because the safety and health of our guests and staff is of utmost importance, we have established numerous protocols for all possible scenarios as our resorts continue to open. If a guest experiences a fever, the Manager on Duty at the property will be informed immediately and the guest will be isolated and examined by the doctor onsite. Each property has reserved isolated rooms where possible positive cases will be relocated; medical examinations will also take place here. Once examined, the on-call doctor will diagnose the guest and treat him/her accordingly.

What happens if a guest tests positive for COVID-19 while on the property?

If a positive case of COVID-19 is identified at one of our resorts, the on-call doctor will notify the Ministry of Health to take a sample which will be sent to the respective Health Sector or private laboratories and will inform the guest(s) and accompanying persons that they must remain in isolation until the laboratory rest result is obtained (24 – 48 hours). If the results are positive, the hotel staff will follow the local guidelines set by local medical authorities and the guest(s) will be kept in isolation to prevent the spread of the virus. For more details on guidelines set by local authorities, please visit https://coronavirus.bcs.gob.mx/english/

What is the latest on the operations of restaurants and tourist attractions in the destination?

We are pleased to share that Los Cabos is one of the first destinations to obtain the Safe Travels Seal from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), demonstrating a stamp of approval on hygiene and sanitary measures from the organization whose guidelines are based on other important international standards from leading institutions such as the World Tourism Organization and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. For up-to-date information on the destination’s policies and measures, visit https://www.visitloscabos.travel/covid-19/

Is the border open?

This is a popular topic and question since the pandemic began. While there have been border closures with the US/Mex and Can/US borters, these have only ever applied to land crossings and restricted to non-essential crossings. Air travel has been operating to and from the destination all year long and flights are arriving from the US and Canada with more routes being re-added as demand resumes. Following strict guidelines, the airports have created a screening process and arriving at SJD is simple and fast!

New level of cleanliness

Cleanliness certifications

Our focus is to bring our members the best experiences and this begins with enhanced cleanliness and sanitation protocols.

Punto Limpio

Our resorts and service team complies with the Sello de Calidad Punto Limpio certification, one of the most successful programs implemented by Mexico’s Federal Government, to provide you with a safe stay and prevent the spread of COVID-19. As part of this program, we have a hygiene quality management system that begins with our managers and supervisors and disseminates to every member of our staff across all service areas.

WTTC Safe Travel Stamp

Solmar Hotels & Resorts has received the “WTTC Safe Travels Stamp” by the World Travel & Tourism Council. This seal is given to destinations and private companies that comply with the health and hygiene protocols established by the goal organization and is an effort to align the industry across the globe.

COVID-19 Updates: Learn about our standards in safety and care

Introducing Our Standards in Safety and Care 

Our new safety & cleanliness protocols are extensive to ensure your wellbeing while staying with us. From arrival to departure, no area or detail has been left uncovered and we want you to rest assured that we’ve thought of everything. 

PROCEDURES AND PRACTICES 

 Solmar Hotels & Resorts has come up with a plan to keep you safe while enjoying the beautiful destination of Cabo San Lucas. 

In order to protect our staff, guests and members, we have implemented new policies, procedures and social distancing practices to ensure the highest levels of prevention controls that are aligned with Federal recommendations across our resorts. These include: 

EMPLOYEES
1. Special training to all staff members on techniques for infection prevention.
2. Role-specific measures to be implemented on a day-to-day basis.
3. Close supervision from area managers to ensure high-levels of personal hygiene.
4. Security access check points with digital thermometers in order to verify the health of each employee before entering our facilities.
5. Availability of sanitizing gel and/or soap on all workstations and back of house common facilities.
6. Daily sanitization of employees’ common areas such as locker rooms, canteen, offices, workshops, warehouse, pantries, etc.
7. Updated floor plans of employees’ canteens with reduced capacity, readjusted operation schedules and elimination of self-service stations.
8. Availability of face masks and safety goggles for all employees and mandatory usage of such for all departments.
9. Full empathy with all employees who present any symptoms to stay at home until fully recovered. Solmar: will work to help them with medical advice, 

MEMBERS AND GUESTS 
 

We want our members and guests to Stay With Confidence
Face coverings are required in all public spaces at our hotels 

SECURITY 

  1. All security gate agents will always be required to use a facemask and safety goggles. 

BELL DESK & VALET PARKING
1. Mandatory usage of face mask. safety goggles and respect for social distancing.
2. Sanitization of all members’ luggage pieces before entering our facilities.
3. Temperature measuring stations available for members and guests.
4. Mandatory use of sanitization solutions to spray inside all cars at valet parking. 

FRONT DESK & CONCIERGE
1. All front desk agents must use face masks and safety goggles.
2. Reception and Concierge desks representatives must use acrylic sneeze guards.
3. Complimentary sanitizing gel or solution at Reception counter and Concierge desks.
4. Sanitization of credit card terminals, pens and all items used between members. 

HOUSEKEEPING
1. Revised and adjusted cleaning procedures for housekeeping, ensuring reinforced sanitization of rooms at each check-out and check-in.
2. Mandatory use of face mask and safety goggles for staff members.
3. Check-in time will change from 4pm to 5pm in order to provide enough time to ensure above actions take place. 

PUBLIC AREAS
1. Mandatory use of face masks and safety goggles for all employees.
2. Constant sanitization of public areas such as elevators, bathrooms, railings, etc. 

RESTAURANTS, BARS & DELIS
1. Mandatory use of face mask and safety goggles for staff and respect for social distancing.
2. Complimentary sanitizing gel or solution at the entrance of all restaurants and bars.
3. Daily sanitization process of restaurants, bars and kitchens (front and back of the house).
4. Close supervision to ensure high levels of personal hygiene and food preparation.
5. New floor plans and readjusted operation schedules at restaurants and bars with reduced capacity.
6. New practices and controls implemented at buffet-style venues to avoid self-serving service.
7. Sanitization of tables, chairs, menus, trays, condiments jars, credit card terminals, check cover, pens and all items used between members. 

POOLS
1. Reorganization of sunbeds to allow for more space between members while respecting social distancing protocols.
2. Mandatory use of face masks and safety goggles for all pool waiters and waitresses with respect for social distancing.
3. Close supervision to ensure high levels of personal hygiene and food and beverage preparation.
4. Sanitization of menus, trays, condiments, check cover, pens, etc. 

SPA & BEAUTY SALON
1. Staff at welcome desk or counter must use acrylic sneeze guards.
2. Mandatory usage of face masks and safety googles for guests with respect for social distancing policy.
3. Readjusted operation schedules of services to ensure lower capacity seating with respect social distancing between members.
4. Complimentary sanitizing gel or solution at the spa counters.
5. Close supervision to ensure high levels of personal hygiene.
6. No edible amenities for public consumption.
7. Revised and adjusted cleaning procedure for cabins, locker rooms, showers, etc. to ensure full sanitization between members.
8. Sanitization of spa menus, credit card terminals, check cover, pens and all items used between members. 

ENTERTAINMENT & KIDS CLUB
1. Mandatory use of face masks and safety googles for all staff with respect for social distancing.
2. Complimentary sanitizing gel or solution at activities and kids club counters.
3. Mandatory temperature testing of all kids before entering the kid’s club facilities.
4. Readjusted operation schedule of services to ensure lower capacity seating with respect for social distancing between members.
5. Sanitization of used equipment between groups of kids. 

FITNESS CENTER
1. Welcome desk or counter staff must use acrylic sneeze guards.
2. All fitness center staff must use face mask, safety goggles and respect social distancing.
3. Complimentary sanitizing gel or solution at fitness center counters.
4. Readjusted operation schedules of services to ensure lower capacity and respect social for distancing between members.
5. Sanitization of used equipment between members. 

MEAL PLAN
1. Members and guests with meal plan program will be allowed to order takeaway in restaurants, delis and bars.
2. All staff is fully trained to follow safety protocol while handling food & beverages. 

ROOM SERVICE
1. Solmar will encourage the use of room service so that members and guests can enjoy food and beverages in the privacy and security of their suite.
2. In order to ensure the cleanliness and security of members’ suite, all room service orders will be served in to-go containers.
3. Room service waiters and waitresses will not be allowed to enter the members’ suites.
4. Room service menu has been adapted in order to offer the most popular and appetizing dishes.
5. The Chef has created pre-made options for members to easily heat up in-suite, minimizing staff contact with food. 

TAKE OUT
1. Solmar will encourage take away in order for members and guests to enjoy food and beverage in the privacy and security of their suite.
2. Restaurants, delis and bars will be prepared with several to-go containers for each order. 

 

 

When Your Second Home Becomes Your First Choice

Dear Members, Residents & Guests,

We are excited to share that after receiving authorization from the Baja California Sur state government, Solmar Hotels & Resorts is officially open and ready for your return. While it’s been quiet around here without you, we have been diligently preparing for your return by implementing new, enhanced safety and sanitation measures, adjusting processes and amenities to ensure your well-being, and training our staff so that your experience remains as amazing as it always has been. 

Safety & Sanitation

Our new safety & cleanliness procedures are extensive to ensure your well-being while staying with us. From arrival to departure, no area or detail has been left uncovered and we want you to rest assured that we’ve thought of everything. 

Solmar Team

Our team is well prepared after undergoing extensive training on the new safety and cleanliness protocols during this time apart, while ensuring that our commitment to service excellence will remain untouched. From personal protection gear to daily health checks, our employees are ready for the return of guests and members. 

Members, Residents and Guests

Your well-being is our top priority and so we appreciate your understanding of new procedures and amenities in place such as distancing measures and less capacity in certain areas, adjusted operation schedules, antibacterial stations, temperature checks, increased cleaning frequencies, to name a few.

Housekeeping

Enhanced cleaning procedures in housing keeping is essential, which is why we have updated our products to hospital-grade quality, incorporated new technologies to ensure all spaces are sanitized well, removed unnecessary decor items to reduce the possibility of transmission, and adjusted check-in times to provide enough time for thorough cleanings between stays.

Food & Beverage

While our gastronomy offering remains unmatched, you’ll notice some adjustments to the experience including staff wearing face masks and safety goggles, modified floor plans to respect social distancing and reduced capacity, new practices at buffet-style restaurants to avoid self-serving, increased cleaning frequencies and adjusted procedures to provide contactless room-service.

Common Areas

Among the adjustments you’ll notice in the common areas include increased spacing between lounge chairs for best distancing among guests in the pool area, antibacterial stations placed throughout, continuous cleaning and disinfecting of spaces, information signage to serve as reminders, employees using face masks and safety goggles at valet parking and luggage stations, temperature taking stations, acrylic sneeze guards at check-in and more. For members’ convenience, masks are not required in open common areas like pools and hallways. However, members, residents and guests are required to wear masks in closed common areas like spa lobbies, restaurants (before being seated and when walking around the restaurant), etc.

Los Cabos Destination Measures

When it comes to Mexico, Los Cabos has always been a leader especially in providing a safe and welcoming environment for its visitors. This has been no different throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, with the Tourism Board providing continuous updates on their website. Most recently, the destination was one of the first to obtain the Safe Travels Seal from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), demonstrating a stamp of approval in hygiene and sanitary measures from the organization whose guidelines are based on other important international standards from top institutions such as the World Tourism Organization and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.  

https://www.visitloscabos.travel/covid-19/

https://coronavirus.bcs.gob.mx/english/

Airport

At the San Jose del Cabo International Airport (SJD), enhanced safety measures and cleaning procedures are already being applied to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infections and ease customer concerns, while keeping air travel safe. These measures are in accordance with Mexico’s Health Department, the Federal Aviation Agency (AFAC) and the Airports Council International (ACI). Among the measures you will notice include infrared thermometers, thermographic cameras, informative signage, social distancing requirements, sanitizations stations, individual protection measures such as plexiglass shields, as well as increased disinfection of spaces especially in highly frequented areas and high-touch surfaces. For more information visit the Grupo Aeroportuario Del Pacifico’s website, the management company of 14 airports across the Pacific coast.  https://www.aeropuertosgap.com.mx/en/

Beaches 

On June 15, Los Cabos finally opened its beaches after implementing new protocols and distancing measures. Informational signage has been placed throughout as reminders of capacity regulation and proper distribution of gatherings. Local authorities, civil protection and additional lifeguard services in some areas are in place to assure a safe return and the safe enjoyment of the areas. 

Local Transportation

While guests and members always have the option of coordinating airport transfers directly with the resorts, the destination has applied additional measures with local transportation partners including: continuous cleaning after each shift and customer use, wearing face masks during transfers and requesting that passengers only use the backseat to increase distancing.

Tours & Attractions 

Tours & attractions may also feel a bit different for the time being, including hosting smaller groups to avoid crowds and permit safe distancing. Staff will have their health closely monitored, while also wearing personal protection gear and using sanitizing gel at all times.

Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa adds to Accolades Roster with Five Star Rating by Expedia

Adding to its already impressive roster of accolades, Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa has reached another milestone having recently received a Five Star rating by Expedia. Set on the southernmost point of the Baja Peninsula with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa has become renowned for the luxe experience it offers to guests, which is complemented by attentive personnel who assure expectations are always exceeded.

Among the requirements for a resort to achieve a Five Star rating by Expedia includes gourmet dining, health clubs with personal trainers, luxurious spas, cultural activities, and children’s day camps. Guestroom décor are often elegant noted by the high-quality fabrics used throughout, innovative electronic features, oversized bathrooms featuring marble and custom-built features, among other elements.

Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa certainly meets these requirements and more. It’s location alone sets the tone for an exclusive experience with ultimate privacy created by the natural desert landscape of massive surrounding boulders that create a cove-like setting with a stretch of private beach. Among the resorts’ favored areas is its signature restaurant, La Roca, considered one of the best restaurants in Mexico offering Baja-style cuisine and alfresco seating to better take in the breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. The Sea Spa features seaside cabanas for rejuvenating and healing treatments.  Also available to guests is an expansive fitness center with daily classes and personal trainers on hand. Children are also overjoyed when entering the impressive Kid’s Club that resembles a treehouse and offers a variety of interactive games, movies and workshops.

The resort’s expansive suites are also unmatched, presenting guests with luxurious spaces and deluxe amenities including full kitchen with marble counters and stainless-steel appliances, in-villa dining and spa services, Murphy beds, private terraces, separate sitting areas, and spacious bathrooms.

Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa was most recently named as one of the best hotels in Mexico by the TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Awards and the US News & World Report. Now is the ideal time to visit Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa to partake in whale watching, an experience that can even be had from the resort. Rates begin at USD $719. For more information about Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa and to make a reservation, visit www.grandsolmarresort.com.