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The Famous Pink Jeeps of Sedona

The Famous Pink Jeeps of Sedona

Have you had the opportunity to visit Sedona, Arizona and take a tour in one of the ubiquitous Pink Jeeps? If not, you are missing out! And I’m not just saying that because they are HOT PINK (the official color of the gays). Whether our family had two dads or not, I guarantee we would have been on one of those Pink Jeep Tour in Sedona.

They’re ubiquitous. We must have counted at least a dozen pink jeeps parked around town as tangible advertising for Pink Jeep Adventure Tours. And that didn’t even count the actual jeeps full of fun-loving visitors in the midst of a tour! Perhaps for locals this might be a little much, but we found it charming – especially since we had such a blast on our own Pink Jeep Tour experience.

line of Pink Jeep Tours vehicles in Sedona Arizona

Pretty Pink Jeeps all in a row, waiting for the next guests to hop on board.

Your Very Own Pink Jeep Tour in Sedona

Quite some time ago, some smart business owner decided to make their off-road tour stand out. After all, tours of gorgeous Sedona, Arizona rock formations are better in touring vehicles painted pink. Brilliant. So our family went along for the ride, and loved every minute of it.

What to Bring on Your Pink Jeep Tour in Sedona

In case you didn’t know, it’s hot and sunny in Sedona most of the year. We visited in the heat of summer when it was over 100 degrees. Bring a bottle of water for each person, a hat, sunscreen and good walking shoes because you get out of the jeep to walk on the rocks a bit. Also, the ride is bumpy (you are off-roading after all) so wear comfortable, loose clothes you don’t mind getting a little dusty. For those of you who are worrywarts, just stop it – you will be fine!

desert sign post in Sedona, Arizona

Our Pink Jeep took the Broken Arrow turn-off, but there are a lot of choices.

Broken Arrow Tour

Pink Jeep Tours’ signature is the Broken Arrow Tour, although they offer many other interesting choices. Our whole family loved this tour, because we felt like our little group were the only people in this canyon. OK, maybe there were some other Pink Jeep Tours around as well, but still.

(Fun factoid: It’s called Broken Arrow because this area used to be the film site of many old Hollywood westerns, including a Jimmy Stewart flick called Broken Arrow).

Beautiful landscapes of Sedona, AZ

Our Pink Jeep Tour in Sedona drove us to the top of this amazing rock formation.

Our guide David was terrific and knowledgeable, with a wry sense of humor that made his narration even more entertaining. He told us about the sedimentation that formed these rock formations. Pointing out the layers of color in the massive cliffs, David explained why this tectonic shift happened millions and millions of years ago. It was like a Cliff’s Notes version of an outdoor geology lesson, The adults loved it, and the kids tuned out – just like in school. Oh well, maybe some of those details did seep into those forming brains.

Sedona Rocks with Pink Jeep Tours

Most of Sedona’s famous vistas are enjoyed from a distance, so you can take in their huge scale. Formations like Bell Rock, Castle Rock and Cathedral Rock are wildly popular and recognizable. All are postcard-perfect examples of what has brought so many visitors to Sedona.

Bell Rock in Sedona, Arizona

The beauty of Bell Rock is just breathtaking, no matter what the vantage point.

Having said that, the Pink Jeep Tour in Sedona that we took allowed us to get up close and personal with these formations. We loved seeing them up close and studying their detail. In a couple of instances, David parked the jeep and took us on a short walk. On one stop, we walked to the top of a giant rock so we could touch and feel the stone. He even pointed out a fault line from eons ago, which put a straight-line crack through the giant rock we stood upon. It was geeky cool.

Hilarious Laughs on Bumpy Terrain

One of the coolest things about this tour was the incredibly steep terrain we traversed in our sturdy jeep, both up and down. The kids squealed with laughter as we climbed up tiny pathways that seemed so vertical we should fall backwards. Don’t worry, it felt safe the whole time – just VERY STEEP.

steep trail in Sedona desert

Hard to tell in this photo but this trail is super steep for Pink Jeep Tours and anything else!

Even more dramatic were the sections of path downwards that was sometimes at a 45-degree angle (or more). David expertly guided the jeep over gigantic boulders in our path as we descended to a more reasonable angle of pathway. It was so cool, and a tiny bit unnerving. But that’s the fun of it! We laughed the whole way, amazed to look back at the mountain we had just descended.

Beauty All Around You

People travel to Sedona from all over the world to see these famous red rocks. This Sedona Pink Jeep Tour  serves up all that and more, including flora and fauna. We saw many colorful birds and squirrels, and we hear local mule deer are regular morning visitors. No snakes though, thank goodness. The rattlesnake population does well in Sedona (or so we are told), but we never saw a single one.

girl hanging from rock in Sedona

With the right camera angle, Ava looks like she’s hanging off a cliff in Sedona

The plant life amazed us, and our guide pointed out various plants and their native uses. Some we could eat if stranded, use for shampoo if feeling a little soiled, and store for sources of water if our thirst grew too great. Not that we truly needed to access any of these emergency rations, but it’s always good to know. You know, for the next time you find yourself alone in the middle of the high rocky desert with a dead phone and no hope.

Aaaaanyway, back to the fun. There is a reason why these Pink Jeep Tours are ubiquitous – it’s because they are so darn cool. This is simply a must-do activity on your visit to Sedona. Don’t get all anti-commercial and crystally-vortexy on me. This experience is well worth your time, no matter how enlightened you are.

Where To Stay

While we were visiting Sedona, we stayed at the ultra-relaxing Enchantment Resort & Spa. It’s one of the best spa resorts in Arizona, and wow is it a spectacular experience. Our stay here was far too short, so we just need to make our way back there for a week or three.

HAVE FUN!

Pink Jeep Tour offices in Sedona Arizona

You can’t miss the Pink Jeep Tours office and meeting place right in the middle of Sedona town.

*This experience was sponsored by Pink Jeep Tours, and we thank them for hosting our family for this awesome adventure.


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The Spa at Grand Velas Resort Riviera Maya: An Obstacle Course of Water Therapies

The Spa at Grand Velas Resort Riviera Maya: An Obstacle Course of Water Therapies

By “obstacle course of water therapies”, I mean only good things. The Se Spa at the Grand Velas Resort Riviera Maya is without a doubt one of the best spas I have ever experienced. That’s saying a lot, considering I am a complete spa addict and have visited a great many in my years. The Se Spa has perfected its services, with an important feature being their variety of water rituals and therapies. It’s really that good. I consider the Spa at Grand Velas Resort Riviera Maya to be the Best Resort Spa in Mexico.

hydrotherapy pool at Se Spa Riviera Maya

The hydrotherapy pool at Se Spa is enormous.

Best Resort Spa in Mexico

There are a lot of amazing spas at resorts scattered at destinations throughout the country of Mexico. However, the Se Spa at Grand Velas Resort Riviera Maya is the best resort spa in Mexico for several important reasons.

Se Spa overview at Grand Velas Riviera Maya

Entering the men’s side of the Se Spa, guests look down into the cavernous pool area.

Obstacle Course of Water Therapies

Upon arrival, guests who have booked a treatment are shown to the locker rooms and invited to enjoy the vast hydrotherapy areas as a complimentary inclusion. With separate facilities for men and women, the sheer size of this spa is mind boggling particularly when you learn that these are mirror images of each other. All hotel guests can visit this portion of the spa for a fee, and stay all day if they want to by paying a $50 fee even without booking any treatment.

Here is the obstacle course that the spa calls the Riviera Maya Water Ceremony, combined with the therapies in the Experience Sensation Pool. This is truly a luxury all-inclusive resort experience.

hot sauna Se Spa Riviera Maya

The Hot Sauna at Se Spa combines heat with designer sweating.

I was invited to try them all, and happily followed along:

  1. Dry Sauna – cook out the impurities
  2. Ice Room – ice cold room with frozen tile chairs
  3. Sensation Shower – alternating sprays of hot and cold water
    hot sauna Se Spa Riviera Maya

    The Hot Sauna at Se Spa combines heat with color therapy.

  4. Color Therapy Steam Room – more sweating
  5. Clay Treatment – full body treatment
  6. Sensory Pebble Foot Therapy – walking troughs of hot and freezing cold water
    foot hydrotherapy at Se Spa Riviera Maya

    Warm water on the right and freezing on the left, these troughs are hydrotherapy treatments for the feet.

  7. Cervical Neck Jet – jets in the giant pool to massage your lower and upper back
    hydro therapy at Se Spa Riviera Maya

    The super forceful hydro jets at Se Spa are meant to massage and relax the neck and upper back.

  8. Bubble Volcano – rapid bubbles in the pool to aid leg circulation
  9. Full Body Bubble Bed – beds built into the pool with gentle bubbles all over
    bubble beds at Se Spa Riviera Maya

    The bubble beds at Se Spa are so relaxing, I pushed the button three times to repeat the process!

  10. Waterfall – douse your head and neck with gentle waters
  11. Hot Tub – very warm and bubbly
  12. Cold Plunge – really chilly and bubbly

And all that was before I even reported to the treatment rooms for my massage!

Mayan Rituals and Spiritual Connections

When it was time for my massage, I waited for my therapist while drinking a delicious Mayan concoction called Ponche, believed to open the senses and calm the body. (As if after all that water therapy I needed more calming!) It was delicious, and just the sustenance I needed after my hydrotherapy immersions.

Traditional Mexican Ponche Drink Se Spa at the Grand Velas Riviera Maya

The traditional Mexican Ponche drink is a hot “tea” made from tropical fruit and spices.

My therapist Liliana led my to my treatment room, which was both peaceful and luxuriously zen. Incense was burning, which I later learned is an ancient Mayan ritual ingredient made from tree resin called Copal. It smelled so good I wanted to bring some home.

traditional Mayan cleansing ceremony Se Spa Grand Velas Riviera Maya

Crushed herbs, Mayan incense and Shaman-blessed water all helped to set the tone.

Many elements in the room had Mayan significance, from a ceremonial rain stick to vanilla poured in the bathwater to the music playing in the background. The entire experience was culturally fascinating and educational at the same time.

Innovative Treatments with a Mayan Flavor

I received the Organic Kaab Honey Experience, with elements important in the Mayan culture. The local honey bee has been a source of food and trade since ancient times, and is revered throughout their history. The bee itself, I learned later, is stingerless and tiny – the size of a mosquito. Together the Melipona bees produce a large quantity of honey that provides a source of commerce to local villages. I brought some home, and it is uniquely delicious and not cloying with sweetness.

honey and vanilla ingredients at Se Spa Riviera Maya

Locally sourced honey and vanilla are important ingredients in

As I relaxed on the table, Liliana spread honey all over me like a massage oil. She then began the massage, with just the right amount of firmness and relaxation. I melted into the bed, teetering on the edge consciousness. I did not want to fall asleep and miss this amazing experience!

After massaging both sides, Liliana led me over to the hot bath nearby. Yes, there was a bathtub in the room with gentle jets and relaxing waters. While I soaked, she poured several concoctions into the water. My so-so Spanish only caught one of them – it was a large pitcher of vanilla, which honey-colored the water and smelled divine.

warm millet foot treatment at Se Spa Riviera Maya

Getting ready for my massage, I put my feet in warmed millet seeds to bring calm and serenity.

After the bath was drained and I dried off, I got back on to the massage table and waited for what came next. The final part of this experience was an invigorating application of smoothing lotion. Feeling exfoliated, hydrated and fully pampered, I was officially cooked – a limp noodle.

All in, I had been at the Se Spa enjoying treatments for nearly four hours. Every minute was perfectly executed and managed at the highest level of service and comfort. Definitely the best resort spa in Mexico.

See here for the menu of services available at Se Spa.

Stay at the Grand Velas Resort Riviera Maya

Let’s face it – this is a luxury 5-star resort, and it is not inexpensive to stay here. Having said that, the price is definitely worth the experience and I consider it money well spent. As a Riviera Maya all-inclusive resort, the nightly room rates at the Grand Velas Resort Riviera Maya start to make more sense when you consider that all meals, drinks and some activities are all included. The restaurants are world-class, with Michelin-starred chefs and 5 Diamond ratings. The grounds and facilities are gorgeous and impeccably maintained. Staff is extremely friendly and accommodating, and seem truly dedicated to every guests’ needs.

pool rooms at the Grand Velas Riviera Maya Resort

Rooms overlook the pool and ocean at the Grand Velas Riviera Maya Resort.

And yes, room rates are on the higher side. Rooms begin at around $800 USD per night for two persons with a jungle view, $1,200 per night with a pool view, and $1,400 per night with an ocean view. When you consider this price is all-inclusive with 5-star restaurants, alcohol and activities included, guests really get a lot with their stay.

To visit the Se Spa at the Grand Velas Resort Riviera Maya, hotel guests can enjoy the water therapies for $80. Spa treatments and massages range from $236 to $342 USD.

I’m already saving up for my next trip to the Grand Velas Resort Riviera Maya. It’s 100% worth every peso.