I recently visited Spa Imagine, the luxury spa at Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. I wanted to share my experience at the spa as a pregnant woman. I am currently the mother of a two-year old daughter and I’m three months pregnant with my second child. I know how important it is to nurture your body and soothe your mind while pregnant. I hope that you will enjoy my guest review of Spa Imagine.
Pregnancy is one the most empowering and delightful experiences that one can have. You feel strong and courageous, bold and beautiful! Everything grows wider and rounder and you’re left wondering who the little person will become. But it’s also extremely exhausting and uncomfortable. You find yourself switching to frumpy maternity clothes much earlier than planned and sobbing at random TV adverts. It’s a strange and blurring time when your body feels unusual and foreign. And that is why it’s so important to prioritize your well-being. Your body is undergoing a major circumstance. Beautiful, but major. Take the time to pamper yourself.
I’m so glad that I did! My partner kindly whisked me away to Garza Blanca Preserve for a weekend birthday surprise and when we got to the resort he had another surprise waiting; he booked me in for a rejuvenating Vitamin C Facial at Spa Imagine. I was so excited! The nauseating and tiring first trimester left my skin feeling so dull and dry. It was in desperate need of some TLC!
The spa is actually located on the 15th floor in the building of its sister resort, Hotel Mousai, but the two resorts share the spa. Spa Imagine is the perfect haven to soothe your hormonal mind and soul and offers the most stunning views of Banderas Bay and the sparkling deep blue ocean. The elegant and stylish interior perfectly complements the serene surroundings and creates a space of peace.
I had an even better experience than expected! I was told to arrive at the spa an hour beforehand to use the Hydrotherapy Circuit. I have to admit, I felt a little self-conscious getting into my bathing suit. Being pregnant is beautiful, but you don’t always feel that way. It’s very normal to feel uncomfortable and a little conscious of your blooming body. But actually the staff were so kind and attentive, I didn´t feel uncomfortable at all. I felt totally at ease from the moment that I arrived. The staff were aware of my pregnancy and made me feel so special, asking how I was feeling and questions about the baby. It wasn’t awkward like I imagined. I was also given a bathrobe to get cozy in, which made me feel more at ease.
The Hydrotherapy Ritual
The Hydrotherapy Circuit has some of the most high-tech equipment in Puerto Vallarta such as a cold-water plunge pool and a six-cycle vitality pool. One of the staff members kindly took the time to show me around and explained how each function of the circuit worked. However, due to my pregnancy and for safety reasons, the staff member advised that I could only use the six-cycle vitality pool. He explained that I couldn´t use the jacuzzi because the pressure would be too high and hit pressure points on my body that aren´t safe for the baby. He also explained that it wasn´t safe to use the sauna or steam room as a pregnant woman because it raises your body temperature too much. He answered any questions that I had and I appreciated that he was so knowledgeable. Although I could only use one pool, I wasn’t left feeling alienated or bored. The staff ensured that I enjoyed the pool to the maximum and regularly came over to check on me. It was evident that my safety was their priority and I could sense their level of care and attentiveness. Prior to my facial, they brewed me a warming cup of jasmine and rose leaf tea and invited me to delight in the fresh fruit and cookies.
Rejuvenating Spa Facial
The highlight to mention in my review of Spa Imagine was definitely the rejuvenating facial treatment, which was simply divine. The spa therapist explained that the Vitamin C Facial is designed to combat premature signs of aging, while moisturizing the skin and restoring its natural radiance. I’ve had great facials in the past, but this was a whole new experience. It was just so much more than a facial. The spa therapist wrapped me up in a warm blanket, sweet soothing melodies played in the background, and her technique was world-class. She massaged my face, hands, arms and feet, being gentle with pressure points and respecting my pregnant body. She used soothing aromatic oils and luxurious creams on my face, which she applied with various brushes and techniques. The treatment lasted 50 minutes and the therapist made me so feel relaxed and comfortable that I fell asleep! Yes, I was that client who actually fell asleep and was woken up by the soft tune of a xylophone! It was all pregnancy friendly and just what I needed. I left the treatment room feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and beautiful, just as you should.
If you are pregnant and in need of some TLC, do not be afraid to embrace a trip to Spa Imagine. As a mother and being pregnant, I know that sometimes it’s hard to not feel self-conscious or worried. But I have to give credit where credit is due. The staff at Spa Imagine really do offer an outstanding service that makes you feel special and relaxed. I felt at ease the entire time I was there and I’m glad that I had the opportunity to have such a rejuvenating wellness experience. I hope that this review of Spa Imagine is useful for other pregnant women out there. And even for those who aren´t, I guarantee that it will be a worthwhile experience.