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A warm welcome

The Viceroy embraces Mayan mythology and culture wholeheartedly. On arrival, resident shaman, Jose Coali blesses you with Copal, a type of incense made from the resin extracted from the Bursera Bipinnata tree, which he burns and what’s around you. Viceroy’s menu takes inspiration from Mayan cuisine with dishes such as Yellowfin Tuna Tostadita, Sea Scallops Tiradito and Antojeria street food. Its buildings are thatched and even have a Temazcal – a traditional sweat lodge.

Description: Yellowfin Tuna Tostadita

Yellowfin Tuna Tostadita

After being blessed, I was eager to get down to the pool and the spa. I checked into my thatched palapa roof villa with its own plunge pool, relaxation area and outside shower. Set among ferns, palms and guava tress, I loved the feeling of seclusion it offered. And I wasn’t surprised to learn that there’s a family of spider monkeys living there among the trees.

Massages and spider monkeys

Description: There was a large spider monkey swinging through the trees right in front of me.

There was a large spider monkey swinging through the trees right in front of me.

The spa offers a wide menu of treatments – some for fertility, others simply for wellbeing and relaxation. I opted for the latter and while drifting off during my Xocolate massage, I heard a rustle of leaves and, lo and behold, there was a large spider monkey swinging through the trees right in front of me.

Many of the couples who come on a ‘babymoon’ choose the Asparamor treatment, a ‘poetic massage specifically created for couples’. Using specially chosen scented oils and seaweed extracts, the treatment is said to increase the production of endorphins ‘that naturally encourage and invite you and your partner to indulge yourselves in an ecstasy of the senses’.

Spa manager Cynthia enlightened me a little more about the Mayan way. ‘The Mayans believe a lot in the fertility of the earth,’ she says. ‘They have special times during the year, and even during the day, to sow seeds and harvest vegetables. They also have a special fertility calendar. It’s not just about getting pregnant; it’s about fertility in all aspects of your life, including friendship, love and your career.’

Maybe baby

Description: Ancient Mayan stone ruins stand tall in the ancient city of Tulum, or "Walled City," in Quintana Roo, Mexico

Ancient Mayan stone ruins stand tall in the ancient city of Tulum, or "Walled City," in Quintana Roo, Mexico

‘For reproductive fertility, a therapist massages “love oil” along the spine to align all the chakras,’ Cynthia tells me. ‘As the oil heats up, it creates endorphins. At the same time, we ask Lxchel, the god of fertility, to grant this couples who have written to me thanking me because they believe we’ve helped them start a family.’

If spa treatments don’t turn you on, there’s running on the beach or yoga on the jetty. And for culture vultures, the ancient Mayan city of Tulum with magical beaches is just 45 minutes away and the ruins of Coba a mere half an hour more inland, where you can test your stamina by climbing up the 120 steps to the top of the Ancient Pyramid.

The viceroy Viriera Maya is barefoot luxury at its best, combining beach and jungle. And whether you’re babymooning or not, it’s the perfect place to go to enrich your mind, body and soul.

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