Budget Travel: Latin America's Most Unusual Hotels
Le Blanc Spa Resort, Cancun, Mexico
From the outside, Le Blanc Spa Resort in Cancun looks like a typical upscale hotel, offering no hints about something unusual inside. Visit its spa, though, and you'll have the option of getting one of the stranger treatments the spa world has developed: the “doctor fish” exfoliation and micromassage. A fish pedicuret is also available.
The Garra Rufa, popularly known as the doctor fish, comes from Turkey originally, but Asian spas have been offering fish treatments for several years. Now, the treatment has arrived in Mexico. By nibbling and suctioning itself across your body, the fish removes dead skin cells and promotes the growth of new, healthy skin. Akilah McConnell, who has had the treatment, says the doctor fish is amazing; “It left my feet as soft as a baby's bottom,” she said.