Yhi Spa at Paradisus Playa del Carmen is wedged both physically andÂ philosophically in the middle of the Cancan to Tulum hi-lo continuum, a potent reminder that sometimes it’s not about the brand but the breeding. Yhi might not be well known in the wellnessÂ world but that shouldn’t be taken as a reflection of it’s pedigree – or its commitment to authenticity. The signature treatments in this particular spa are a reminder that maize wasn’t the only grainÂ prized by theÂ local Mayans – they hadÂ quite the taste for rice, too. Beyond pairing it with beans, natch. Whether used as an extract or oil, its natural antioxidants were valued for inhibiting free radicals. Used as a water, rice has moisturizingÂ andÂ softening actions,Â improvingÂ the flexibility of skin with a healthy dose of Vitamin E. After an afternoon spent soaking up too much sun, Rice Delight proved the perfect palliative for me: a double dose of exfoliation and massage using rice in all its permutations. Rich in both proteins andÂ aminoÂ acids, it left my skin as smooth as silk, proving that sometimes a happy medium is a happy place indeed.