Los Cabos is a confounding place for water babies. Located at the nexus of the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, this sunny destination is surrounded by indigo waters, but that powerful merging can make for choppy seas, shore-pounding surf and powerful undertows.

Yet, what makes the towns of Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo the ultimate destination for a restorative H2O-based wellness getaway is its proximity to these glorious bodies of water. Scientific studies highlighting the benefits of simply being near water are relatively new, but you don’t need a research lab to appreciate water’s soothing effects.

Cabo San Lucas, photograph by ferrantraite/iStock.

Designed to celebrate the ocean, the Viceroy Los Cabos hotel in San José del Cabo is a sprawling landscape of tranquil pools, called “water mirrors,” along with buildings that appear to float within. Minutes after checking in, I can practically feel my heart rate slow. During shoulder season (May through mid-July and October through November), occupancy at the Viceroy hovers around 60 per cent, and the feeling of having this watery wonderland all to myself only adds to its restorative vibe.

At the hotel’s 11,000-square-foot spa, I lose track of time in the indoor grotto, a network of steam rooms, saunas, vitality and plunge pools and ice fountains, and then doze through my facial. Major investments in Los Cabos’ luxury hotels and spas have made the region top-notch for pampering. It’s an accessible splurge during shoulder season. The Viceroy’s “Start Your Week Off Right” pricing means 30 per cent off treatments Monday through Wednesday, and access to the spa pools and facilities costs less than half the usual fee.

If you’re looking for wellness in Los Cabos during shoulder season, just follow the water.

More Wellness-Focused Vacations in Mexico

Photograph by Kenny Viese.

Mérida, Mexico

Built around a cenote, natural pools that were sacred to the ancient Maya, the spa at Chablé Yucatán incorporates indigenous traditions within its ample wellness offerings. Be sure to venture off-resort, as the Yucatán capital is rich in historic sites and museums worth exploring.

Huatulco, Mexico

An ancient Mesoamerican sweat lodge ritual, temazcal experiences are becoming increasingly accessible to visitors. The spa at Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa has a traditional domed temazcal lodge right on its grounds. After your treatment, spend time relaxing on one of the many area beaches.

Tulum, Mexico

Tulum’s dozens of yoga studios and retreats have made it a yoga paradise on the azure shores of the Caribbean Sea. Vancouver’s Semperviva Yoga is among those that hold annual shoulder-season retreats. After class, be sure to visit the Maya ruins at Chichén Itzá.

[This story appears in the September 2019 edition of WestJet Magazine.]