Mayan culture, which, as one of the most ancient cultures on the planet, is very revered for its powerful spiritual roots. The spiritual escape at Viceroy Riviera has taken this to the next level with the appointment of Julio Cesar Morales, who resides at the Mexican resort as its Máak Bacab to lead its spiritual and well-being offerings.
Throughout the region, different resorts often bring in a ‘Shaman’ for specific events, however, the Viceroy Riviera Maya will be the only resort with a Máak Bacab as a full-time team member and hotel resident to allow for more interaction with guests.
What is a Máak Bacab?
Legend has it that the Mayan gods created Máak Bacab, meaning ‘Guardian of the Universe’ to hold the world at each of the cardinal points. Through various rituals and ceremonies, the Máak Bacab invites people to get to know each other on a deeper level, helping them open their mind and soul to be reborn at the sacred precinct. The Máak Bacab celebrates union, strength, and the prosperity of relationships, spreading positive energy throughout the resort and infusing Mayan elements into the guests’ experience.
What can you expect?
As Máak Bacab, Julio Cesar Morales will host ceremonies at the resort to educate guests on respect for nature and further connect them with The Universe. Since he was a boy, Julio’s family guided him through this healing path. He then intensively studied the practice of Temazcal, massage techniques and cosmetology.
Upon arrival, guests will be given a traditional Mayan blessing which dispels the negative and introduces positive energy, helping to release you from your worries and bring you into a new and relaxed state at the resort.
Máak Bacab will host Temazcal at the resort, a typical Mayan ritual that uses hot stones alongside medicinal herbs to help purify one’s soul. He focuses his practices on the benefits of rosemary and rue, which both help to remove bad vibes. Rosemary also works as an anti-inflammatory and the rue as a pain killer. The energetic combination of both herbs enables Julio to perform the traditional “limpia” that will help to purify physical, mental, and spiritual health.
For couples visiting the resort, the Máak Bacab also performs a Mayan Kamnikte ceremony that renews love and teaches good wishes in abundance.
As Guardian of the Universe at the resort, Julio Cesar Morales said: “There is no better place to come and experience a traditional Mayan ceremony than the tranquil and serene surroundings at Viceroy Riviera Maya. I hope guests leave the resort feeling spiritually enlightened and rejuvenated.”
Viceroy Riviera Maya
The spiritual escape that is Viceroy Riviera Maya is located 35 minutes from Cancun International Airport, and three miles from the restaurants, boutiques, and nightlife of popular Playa del Carmen. The resort brings to life a one-of-a-kind, authentic experience in a serene all-villa hideaway where you can experience true relaxation, exquisite dining, personalised pampering, healing spa treatments and much more in a stunning ambiance combining lush jungle with a sugary-white-sand beach lapped by the warm turquoise waters of the Caribbean.
Among the delights at Viceroy Riviera Maya is the refined Mexican cuisine accented with international influences at La Marea, the Wayak Spa which offers traditional Mayan healing techniques, treatments, botanicals and indigenous products, a Soap Concierge providing artisanal soaps formulated with organic ingredients on the Yucatan Peninsula, and of course the new resident Máak Bacab Julio Cesar Morales.
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