La Antigua, Guatemala: A wellness paradise in the land of the Mayans
The colonial destination located 40 km south of the country's capital is an idyllic city full of history and culture
By Jorge JJ Martínez
La Antigua was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979, making it a national treasure of exceptional value in the eyes of the world.
As in Guatemala City, the meetings are held in La Antigua in various places that offer complementary programs with wellness and relaxation services, both indoors and outdoors, according to COVID-19 prevention standards.
La Antigua is the second most coveted destination for events, mainly for incentives, VIP meetings and exclusive dinners.
Going anywhere is more stressful during a pandemic, so enjoying downtime while traveling helps restore a sense of well-being when traveling, even on business. It should be noted that Guatemala has the “Safe Travel” seal granted by the WTTC.
The activities in La Antigua are designed to help attendees restore balance to their body, mind and soul with unique, stress-free and revitalizing experiences.
The destination is surrounded by nature with views of massive volcanoes, ideal for yoga and meditation. A walk through its cobbled streets scented with the smell of sweets and traditional food offered by small cafes will surely alleviate any mental fatigue.
Visitors are encouraged to seek products that are a legacy of the Mayan civilization, such as temazcales or treatments with oils and herbs endemic to that culture.
Facilities with a wellness focus in La Antigua
Built around the historic 17th century Santo Domingo Convent, the Hotel Museo Spa Casa Santo Domingo is considered the best resort in La Antigua. With a 5-star category, it has 132 rooms, of which 26 are operated as Spa Rooms, decorated with Guatemalan art and handicrafts.
Once you walk through the door, prepare to leave it all behind and live in the moment. It has six permanent museums where rescued relics of Mesoamerican history are preserved and two art galleries with exhibitions of Guatemalan art. It also has two art galleries with temporary exhibitions.
The hotel's various facilities offer services and treatments designed to connect you with the bigger picture. The top 5 massages in its spa include Jade, a distinctive treatment inspired by the ancient Mayan civilization, Holistic, Honey and Milk, Cacao and the Aroma Ceremony.
The history of this city is reflected in its buildings, as the 5-star, boutique-style hotels are located on reconstructed sites amid ruins.
Antigua is a favorite destination for travelers seeking romance and wellness.
Other on-site options include the luxurious Hotel Soleil La Antigua, with a spa that offers various therapies of international origin, among other beauty services.
Then there is Porta Hotel Antigua, one of the resorts that offers a sanctuary of calm and relaxation that presents interactions with natural elements in its facilities, enriching the experience.