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If you build it, they will come!

Michel Damit was meditating on a mountain when a voice told him to turn the spot into an oasis for the body and soul. Hence, El Santuario Resort was born. I drove 3 hours west from Mexico City to this spa  built into the side of that mountain, overlooking a lake. Natural, rustic luxury at its best, El Santuario leaves no stone unturned in creating a spiritual retreat, from the majestic archway to the free floating ‘piano staircase’ symbolizing the importance of achieving a sense of balance in life.

I knew I was in for something special before I even entered my room. The outer doors are hand carved with bodies emerging from the wood. Check out the photos and you'll see what I mean. Inside, all 63 suites have private plunge pools -the first time I’ve had a pool in my bedroom  and quite an experience. Slide back the glass walls of the room to make it completely open air.
The spa is huge, with a slew of exotic treatments. I interviewed spa manager Orlando Hidalgo on camera at the oxygen bar but we looked like we were on respirators and so decided that part should be voiced-over instead - just a little FYI. Frankly, I'd forgotten about the tubes as I was feeling so clearheaded. The interior of the spa is  beautiful but I opted for the four hand massage while floating on the lake. I mean seriously, wouldn’t you? Heavenly - the whole thing!

www.elsantuariospa.com

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Go tell it on the mountain.