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Winter in Ixtapan Spa


Here is what you can expect: a warm and usually sunny arrival into Mexico City, where our air conditioned vans await you. As you drive to our resort, you actually descent more than a 1,000 feet to our altitude: 5400. Weather in Ixtapan de la Sal is slightly different from that in Mexico City: more sunny, no pollution at all, with clear days and nights.

Average temperatures in winter are 75+, often higher with intense sun due to altitude. Sun block is recommended. Nights are cool, mornings are cool requiring a fleece or sweat shirt as you begin our 7AM walk. By 8AM, you will have removed that outer layer!

Clothing here is casual, work out clothes during the day. Bathing suits for pool classes (we supply robes and towels. Again most guests dress casually for dinner.  Lunch by the pool is a shorts/leggings/bathing suit with robe situation.

We recommend a hat for the sun. If you forget anything, there are plenty of shops near us to grab a tee shirt, hat or other simple garb. Shops usually take US$ to make it easy.

Tips from Ixtapan Spa for your Winter Visit.

Are you too old for Ixtapan Spa?

Is a fitness vacation suitable for a senior? The answer is two fold: yes if you mind your body, and no if you are unrealistic about yourself. Five ways seniors enjoy Ixtapan Spa:

1- The atmosphere is casual and fitness classes are adaptable to any level of physical ability. In the same Pilates class you will see super fit and the newbies benefiting in different ways.

2-Pool classes are a great way to begin getting fit. Water allows you to balance better, but also works as a weight. We supply noodles to float on, again some women are careful movers and others are beating the water for extra sculpting.

3-Food: our spa cuisine is not a drastic diet. We use fresh ingredients, wash everything in bottled water, and serve generous low fat dishes. There is enough variety so everyone can find what suits their needs.

4- Walks are divided into fast and slow paces. If you begin a walk and wish to go even slower, there is a staff member behind us who will loop you around so you don’t separate from the others.

5- Any issue not anticipated? We have a doctor with office hours daily in the afternoon on the Fifth Floor near the Spa Desk.

The one factor to keep in mind when visiting us, is altitude. Take it slowly the first day or so until you acclimate.  Welcome to Ixtapan Spa at any age!


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Our Neighborhood: Ixtapan de la Sal

A walk into Ixtapan de la Sal, our town is 7-10 minutes from Ixtapan Spa, along a market then a short street. First you will see some cowboys and their horses in the road, offering to rent out their steeds. Then you enter our friendly town with a street market on the right side (weekends and Fridays), and continue down the main street. “Main” sounds busy but this is a quiet and easily crossed street. Walking downhill you pass craft,food, spa product, clothing and jewelry stores. Merchants are friendly and take USdollars.

Further on, there is a charming taco “factory”, and to the left on 17 September Street is the colonial church and its surrounding plaza. En route to the church, you again pass stores with cosmetics, bakeries, drugstores with North American inventory, and much more. If you wish to continue exploring: walk down the steps to the main plaza and gazebo area for a look at local life. On Sunday early mornings, there is a very large farmer’s market down this hill.

Tired at some point? Hail a taxi and return to Ixtapan Spa: $3.  Enjoy our neigborhood while you enjoy our resort.


Salads, Unpeeled Fruits: Safely Eaten at Ixtapan Spa

Water is often an issue when traveling out of the country. At Ixtapan Spa, we are well aware that US and Canadian travelers prefer to drink bottled water overseas.

For those of you who do not know it: fruits, veggies and salads are washed in distilled bottled water at our resort. And free bottles of the same are in your room daily. If you are a big exerciser and love your water, do not worry. We replace your water with as much as you need for tooth brushing, drinking or face splashing!

Join us this winter for a warm healthy getaway that will make winter fly.


Information on Mexico City Airport

If you are considering a visit and have never been to Mexico City Airport (MEX), here are some nice surprises while you wait for our vans to pick you.Terminal 1 is the newer terminal, with shops, restaurants, wifi in many places like Starbucks and of course the usual lounges, plus a direct connection to the Marriott Courtyard Hotel if you need to stay overnight.

Terminal 2 is a bit older but still modern with the same amenities and a large exhibition hall with wonderful photos of different parts of Mexico. The exhibit is worth some time if you have it. Again there is wifi at many restaurants and Starbucks has seating with desk like areas and electrical plugs. (Electricity is the same as in the US, no adaptor needed).

You will find both easy to navigate, with many English speaking staff and goodies to buy.  Restaurants accept credit cards.


Here is a secret, if you are a frequent visitor, some restaurants do NOT change their passwords.

Group Leader Training Class No 2 at their Farewell Party

Winter is here; see our Climate below

Exactly what is winter like in Ixtapan de la Sal? The resort is 5400 ft. above sea level, but South of Mexico City (65 miles). Altitude gives us cool clear mountain air and being at the southern most part of North America gives us warm days and glorious flowers. Yes Mexico is North America! Daytime temperatures in winter range from 70-80 with full sun. Night time range from 55-60 max. Rain falls mostly in the Summer and Fall but an occasional day also in winter, giving guests time to enjoy their spa treatments and day trips.

Clothing in winter is layered for the early AM walk, summery for daytime, and again light sweater or fleece for night time. The resort supplies both heavy blankets for the thin blooded and fans for those who like to super cold. The pools are heated.



Five Reasons to Join Jan 18-25 Group Leader Trip

This photo is from our last Group Leader Training Seminar. Now does this really look like hard work?????

Many women who come to the resort are curious about how to become a group leader. Here are 5 top reasons to join this informative and fun seminar week:

Begin a new career as a group leader for Ixtapan Spa. If you like to organize and be with lots of people, then try being a group leader here. You will earn free places and help you buddies to get group pricing.

Coming with 3 friends: get everyone to bring one more and voila: 6 guests are a group at Ixtapan Spa!

Want a fiesta as part of your farewell sign off? We organize fiestas for all groups.

Shared transfers for groups can be economic.

You just like the idea that The More The Merrier.

Ask us about Group Leader Training Jan 18-25, and learn marketing as well the easy nitty gritty of the job.




Why Ixtapan and Why Now?

There are many resorts you can visit and many spas you can enjoy; but why Ixtapan Spa? Some reasons are obvious, others less visible.  The obvious: the very low cost of a full week with inclusions of all meals, all treatments, all classes and walks. That all the bottled water is included, as well as robes for the spa and fruit/juice and coffee for early risers.

The less obvious: friendliness of staff who make you feel you are coming home. The flexibility of meals so that you can order samples of more than one dish and never be charged again or ask for or an omelette anytime. Or a birthday cake for a friend? Or for a non spa Huevos Rancheros?

The least visible to newcomers: A bulletin board so you can share tennis or excursions to Taxco or Cuernavaca or the airport, common tables so no one eats alone unless they chose to, and a living lobby and bar where guests meet easily.

Where else can you call a hotel your own without the overlay of a boring and impersonal global brand? Join us for a winter weekend, and see for yourself both the obvious and hidden joys of Ixtapan Spa.  Book today by call our office in Texas: 1 800 IXTAPAN or emailing us at ixtapan@spamexico.com.




Ixtapan Spa Fam Trip October 5-12 2014

About four times a year, Ixtapan Spa organizes a familiarization trip for travel agents and group leader candidates. We hold several seminars to teach and encourage everyone. Each participant gets to experience a Spa Classic package and enjoy a Mexican fiesta. We treat groups to the fiesta as their farewell dinner. Join our next fam trip, if you have not been before, and start a sideline as a group leader to Ixtapan Spa, its easy,its fun and share the resort you love with your friends. Everyone adores our charming town: Ixtapan de la Sal.


Our Facebook Page will let you know the dates of our next Fam. If you are on our mailing list. you should get an email notice. Make sure you are on by contacting our office and asking to be: ixtapan@spamexico.com



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It does not get fresher or more delicious than this fruit plate, with Oaxaca cheese.

This is the Year for You at Ixtapan Spa

We all have obligations, family concerns, and work. But how about making this ‘school’ year, the one for you. Instead of always doing for others, carve out a week for a totally passive and indulgent Spa Classic at Ixtapan Spa. Here are five ways to make your stay even better:

1-Book a few Holistic services in the Spa Holistico: how about something different like Four Hand Massage?

2-Take your own room for a change, and enjoy the privacy of doing what you want when you want it! Our single prices are a steal.

3-Bring a few good movies on your Ipad, preferably those that make you chuckle or swoon. Any George Clooney film will do it.

4-Take the day trip to Taxco and amble through the silver shops and main plaza with its craft market.

5-Enjoy the benefits of staying on our Spa menu, but finish your stay with a margarita made from fine Tequila.

This is the year for you, don’t waste it.