The Desert Spa at Villa del Arco – A unique spa experience
Situated on the tip of the Baja Peninsula, the Desert Spa basks under a bright blue sky surrounded by the Sea of Cortez and the mountains. This remarkable setting creates the ideal environment for a memorable spa experience.
Our 31, 000 square foot spa and fitness center offers a host of indulgences to refresh the mind, body and soul. Guests can enjoy massages, body wraps, facials, hydrotherapy, couples’ experiences and a full service beauty salon, as well as a la carte services and special spa packages.
With the Desert Spa’s exclusive line of desert-inspired body products, guests will be wrapped, bathed and pampered with extracts of agave, lime, nopal, melon and vanilla. Using fruit and herb extracts native to the Baja California area, the spa’s body products have been specifically developed for the restorative and nutritive powers they possess – and for the enjoyment they provide spa guests.
Designed in Mexican Hacienda style, the Desert Spa insets into Los Cabos’ timeless merger of desert and sea by complementing its natural setting with earth tones, ample natural light, and the scents and flavors of Baja. Among its spectrum of contemporary amenities are generous hydrotherapy centers for men and women including a spacious Jacuzzi, cold plunge pool, cold pressure showers, body temperature pool, steam room and sauna.
- Separate men’s and women’s hydrotherapy centers with spacious Jacuzzi, cold plunge pool, cold pressure showers, body temperature pool, steam room, sauna and showers
- Separate men’s and women’s relaxation rooms
- Seventeen indoor treatment rooms
- Two exclusive VIP treatment suites with private Jacuzzi and shower
- Spa boutique
- Full-service beauty salon
- Seven treadmills
- Four elliptical bikes
- Three stationary bikes
- One multi-purpose station
- Four free weight stations
- Yoga/Pilates studio with classes
- Personal training
- Lockers and showers
Guests can indulge in a true luxury experience and embark on a journey of relaxation and rejuvenation. Our extensive menu of exotic treatments and services sets the stage for the Desert Spa to serve as a haven for health, beauty and decompression.
This gentle-to-firm full body massage enhances circulation and soothes tired muscles. The treatment ultimately emits a calming effect by reducing stress, enhancing blood flow, promoting muscle relaxation and increasing flexibility. (50 and 80 minutes)
Reflexology works pressure points on hands and feet that correspond to specific organs to relieve stress and release blocked energy throughout the body. (Feet – 25 minutes; Hands & Feet – 50 minutes)
Deep Tissue Massage*
This firmer and deeper type of body treatment is geared for those familiar with massages and is best suited for the individual looking to release chronic muscle tension. (50 and 80 minutes)
The Desert Spa Aromatherapy Massage*
This wonderful treat combines the sense of smell with touch while utilizing essential oils from fruits, plants and flowers of the state of Baja California and of the beautiful country of Mexico. (50 and 80 minutes)
The Signature Desert Spa Massage
This full body massage is geared especially for those wanting to release deep muscle tension from chronic stress or injury. It combines different massage techniques such as Swedish, Deep Tissue and Reflexology. Hot stones are also used to enhance the benefits of this unique physical therapy. (50 and 80 minutes)
The Desert Spa Hot Stone Massage
This “stone therapy” utilizes the application of smooth, heated basalt stones placed on key tension areas of the body. The combination of deep penetrating heat with the pressure of the strokes allows the muscles to warm and let go. (50 and 80 minutes)
Enjoy your favorite spa indulgence with your loved one. Each of you will be pampered with your own personal therapist in the same private environment.
* These massages are available in-room for an additional charge.
Anti-Aging Desert Fruit and Spice Facial
A highly stimulating anti-aging treatment for all skin types, this exquisite facial includes stimulating chili as well as other natural spices to give skin clarity and increase circulation. This treatment will firm and tighten the face and neck muscles, and will leave you with a revitalized and rosy complexion. (80 minutes)
The Desert Spa Lemon-Lime facial
Revive tired skin with this exhilarating lemon-lime facial. All skin types will benefit from this deep cleaning treatment bursting with zesty, all natural pleasures. This treatment begins with a cleansing of lemon, then adds a twist with a stimulating masque to oxygenate and refresh your skin. As a finale, you’ll perk up even more with a refreshing splash of crushed apples and juicy pears that help rejuvenate your skin. You will leave with the invigorated, glowing skin you long for. (50 minutes)
Cucumber and Peppermint Oxygenating Facial
Nature recognizes the need for balance, growth and health, as does your skin. A refined blend of fruits and herbal extracts can restore this natural balance within your skin. Deficiencies of oxygen can result in a dull, devitalized and often hyper-pigmented complexion. With bits of cucumber and refreshing peppermint layered on your skin, this facial brightens, clarifies and evens the skin tone with an organic touch. You will leave glowing! (50 minutes)
The Baja Bliss facial
Deeply cleanse, exfoliate and polish the skin with a blend of Microderm crystals, citrus oils and glycolic. A replenishing hydrating mineral mask will hydrate and soothe the skin. A lime infused protein mist tones and refreshes before zinc oxide mineral sunscreen is applied for its anti- inflammatory and protective benefits. (50 minutes)
Instant glow facial
This is the perfect way to follow up a massage or body treatment. This is a shorter version of our Baja Bliss facial. It includes a cleansing of the skin, a gentle exfoliation followed by a mineral mask and ends with a moisturizer with sunscreen. It does not include extractions. (25minutes)
Our eye treatment is a great add-on to any spa service. It stimulates, nourishes and deeply moisturizes the area around the eyes. The appearance of fine lines and wrinkles is diminished after only one treatment. (25minutes)
Detoxifying Desert Fruit Body Wrap
A therapeutic and relaxing wrap will help the body pull fluids back from the tissues into the bloodstream, eliminating excessive fluid and toxin retention. This detoxifying therapy is most effective following a body exfoliation. (50 minutes)
After Sun Soothing Mint and Eucalyptus Treatment
This body treatment was designed for sunbathers. A delicious and refreshing treat, it provides instant relief from a long day in the sun. A nopal and aloe body lotion adds the finishing touch to help restore moisture to dry and dehydrated skin. (50 minutes)
The Desert Spa Pina Colada Body Facial
A very relaxing and indulgent way to spend an afternoon or morning in beautiful Baja California. We begin with an enticingly sweet full body scrub with fresh Papaya and Pineapple extracts. This is followed by a hydrating mineral mask with pineapple, mangosteen and Aloe Vera. This wonderful experience of the senses ends with a body massage with a “facial quality” coconut milk formula.
Exfoliation eliminates dead skin cells at the surface. It also serves to oxygenate the body, improve circulation and leave the skin clean, soft and revitalized. Ideally, exfoliation is used prior to a body wrap or bath to improve absorption of its nutrients and minerals. It is also a great treatment to have at the start of your vacation, as it will allow a longer lasting and more even tan (refrain from shaving or sunbathing two (2) hours prior to this treatment).
Exotic Fruit Body Polish
For more sensitive skin, this exotic fruit “cocktail” mixture will leave your skin soft and your body invigorated. (25 minutes)
Sea of Cortez Body Scrub
This is a stronger exfoliation treatment ideal for those with normal skin and for those who tend to have rough skin around the elbows and knees. (25 minutes)
The Desert Spa Package
For those seeking serious pampering, we offer the Desert Spa package. The perfect way to begin or end a vacation, this special offering includes a 50-minute Desert Spa massage, followed by our exclusive Baja Bliss facial and a Desert Spa manicure and pedicure. (175 minutes approximately)
His and Hers
The most memorable and relaxing experience for a couple on a vacation, this special Desert Spa moment is offered in one of our two spa suites. Couples begin their journey in the aromatic water of a Jacuzzi to receive a neck, shoulder and scalp massage by two therapists. This is followed by a 50-minute relaxing massage, with each person enjoying their own therapist. (65 minutes approximately)
Our romantic evening starts with the decoration of your room with flowers, candles and aromatherapy. A bottle of sparkling wine and fresh fruits will be left in your room to be enjoyed after the massages. Two therapists will come to your room and provide relaxing massages (your choice of 50 or 80 minutes). This is a most memorable experience to be shared with the special person in your life. This experience is also available in one of our spa suites including 25 minutes of private relaxation time in the suite after the massages.
* Based on availability
SOLO PARA CABALLEROS
At the Desert Spa we have not forgotten our male guests. We understand that men have different needs and expectations regarding their grooming and well being. For these reasons we have created select services designed to especially fit our male clients’ needs.
The Gentlemen’s Hand Therapy
For those who take their grooming seriously, the gentlemen’s hand therapy includes a natural buff, cuticle trimming and an application of our own Desert Spa lotion. It will leave you with impeccable hands and nails. (40 minutes)
The Tired Feet Therapy
Designed specifically for men, this custom treatment will polish off excess dead skin, remove cuticles, cut and buff your nails. It’s a healthy grooming necessity for men of all ages. (50 minutes)
The Gentlemen´s Facial
This is male grooming at its finest. Enjoy a face and neck massage during this treatment with non-perfumed, non-greasy, natural products. This facial is wonderfully relaxing and fantastic for keeping a man’s skin in optimal condition. (50 minutes)
The Sportsman Combo
This treatment provides for all of a man’s grooming necessities with a combination of a deep tissue massage, gentlemen’s facial and foot therapy. (135 minutes approximately)
Desert Spa Manicure (includes expert cleansing, shaping, cuticle removal, exfoliation, hand massage and your choice of nail polish)
Desert Spa Pedicure (includes cleansing, shaping, cuticle removal, exfoliation, massage and your choice of nail polish)
Shampoo and Blow Dry
Professional Makeup Application
Waxing (full leg, half leg, full arm, half arm, bikini, underarm and back)
Hours of Operation
- Spa – 8am to 9pm Monday through Saturday and 8am to 8pm on Sunday
- Fitness Center – 7am to 9pm Monday through Saturday and 7am to 8pm on Sunday
Memberships: Member ISPA
- Fitness center facilities are reserved for those 16 years of age and older only
- A 15% service charge will be automatically added to your bill. This amount is given to your service provider(s). Additional gratuities are appreciated but not expected.
- Room charge and all major credit cards are accepted as a form of payment at the Desert Spa. As a company policy, cash is not accepted as a form of payment.
- We request the courtesy of six (6) hours notice in the event you need to reschedule or cancel your appointment. Otherwise, 50% of the treatment charge will apply.
- The hotel will not be responsible for any lost or stolen objects during your visit to the Desert Spa. We strongly recommend that you do not bring valuables with you to the facility.
- Guests arriving late for scheduled appointments may not receive full treatment time.
- Gift certificates are available for all services.
- Members of the hotel will enjoy a 15% discount on all individual spa services and a 5% discount on spa packages.
- No other promotion may be added to member discounts.
What time should I arrive for my spa service?
We encourage you to arrive a minimum of 30 minutes prior to your treatment and enjoy our extensive hydrotherapy circuit to relax before your spa service. Arriving late will limit the time for your treatment, thus lessening its effectiveness and your pleasure. Whether you arrive on time or not, your treatment will end at the scheduled time so that the next scheduled guest is not delayed. Please note that if you arrive late, you will still be charged the full price of your treatment.
What should I wear for my massage/spa service?
We provide spa robes and slippers for your comfort while at the Desert Spa. It is customary to wear just your robe to your service, although undergarments may be worn if preferred. You will be given the opportunity to disrobe and cover yourself in privacy. During all treatments, the body is fully draped except for the area being addressed. The separate men’s and women’s spa areas are clothing-optional environments.
What to bring?
We recommend that you do not bring valuables with you, as the spa and hotel will not be responsible for any item lost or stolen during your visit to our spa. Since the Desert Spa accepts room charge as a form of payment, there is no need to carry cash or credit cards to the facility.
How should I spend my “relaxing time” after I check in for my service?
Enjoy the “healing water” ritual utilizing our whirlpools, cold plunge, pressure showers, sauna and steam room. Being in a relaxed state before your spa service will allow you to enjoy and benefit from your treatment much more. The spa attendant will escort you to the relaxation room at the time of your appointment. All guests are required to shower before using the wet areas and/or having a spa service.
When do I pay?
For your own convenience, we will ask you to sign your bill before you spa treatment so that you will not have to wait in line to pay once you are ready to leave the facility.
What is the customary gratuity?
A 15% service charge will be automatically added to your bill. This amount is given to your service provider(s). Additional gratuities are welcomed, but not expected. If you feel that your service provider(s) did not perform to your desired standard, let us know after your treatment and we will cancel the 15% gratuity.
What do I do when my massage/spa service is over?
We suggest that you drink water or our special tea to hydrate your body and enable your system to flush out toxins (this is especially important after a body wrap).You are welcome to sit in one of our lounge chairs and/or use our hydrotherapy pools for as long as you desire. Take your time. Enjoy the moment!
Please do not hesitate to ask any other questions you might have to our spa concierges or attendants.