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Surprises and Extras at Ixtapan Spa

Gorgeous to See, Delicious to Drink: Hibiscus
Gorgeous to See, Delicious to Drink: Hibiscus

After you read all the information on our site, and list all the amazing inclusions in our Ixtapan Spa Classic packages, there are still more surprises to come in this budget spa trip.

Fresh flowers for your room, on arrival you will be given a bouquet of fresh locally grown flowers to enjoy.

Many choices at each spa meal: breakfast is a large buffet, lunch and dinner include menu choices plus anytime: omelette, or fruit and cheese plates. Many meals also offer fruit sorbet off the menu for dessert.

Free bottled water everywhere, you will never have to pay for water as you do on a cruise ship or in most hotels.

Consomme mid morning in the 5th Floor Spa.

Bulletin board to find guests to share a tennis or card game?

Bingo with real prizes.

Current movies every night.

Come and enjoy all the surprises each day at Ixtapan Spa offers.

Mondays at Ixtapan Spa

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Most guests come to Ixtapan Spa on Sunday night after a flight and transfer here. Monday morning brings the beginning of a week of fitness, fun and much needed March sun. Veteran guests share with you these suggestions for your first day.

Wake up,at 7AM do, at least, the easy walk which is a stroll while the sun is rising but a nice long stroll. Your body will uncurl from all that airplane sitting. Remember: fresh coffee,oj plus bananas is in the lobby from 6:30AM.

Post walk, enjoy our breakfast buffet, with unusually wonderful fruit and dairy products to sample. If you are solo, just sit down at a large table and introduce yourself to new friends.

Now choose what classes you will attend today. Put the aqua classes at the top of your list. The pool is heated so if our mountain air seems cool, the water will not. A staff member sits by the pool with fresh towels and many women wear their hotel robes to the water classes.

If you need to change any of your treatments, the spa desk is open and less busy mid day. Besides scheduling treatments and classes, check our guest bulletin board to see if someone wants company for sightseeing, tennis or other.

Now enjoy the beginning of a week at Ixtapan Spa that will change how you feel. Book today by calling our office: 1 800 IXTAPAN.

 

Special Perks for Groups at Ixtapan Spa

DSC_0876Here are some photos of recent Mexican Group Fiestas at Ixtapan Spa.

Yes,Ixtapan Spa welcomes groups with  bouquets of flowers at check in. Yes we say goodby with fabulous Mexican parties outside under the stars. Our Mexican buffet caps a wonderful week of fitness, organic treatments, excursions, and fine spa cuisine. The buffet is usually 4-5 well seasoned Mexican dishes, plus guacamole, Oaxaca cheese tidbits, and 1-2 desserts: flan and yes Mexican chocolate cake. Coffee is served local style in a ceramic vessel,with just a touch of cinnamon.

Bring your groups to Ixtapan Spa for a budget fitness week with all the trimmings. Our office at ixtapan@spamexico.com can help you get organized.DSC_0866 DSC_0868 DSC_0869 DSC_0870 DSC_0872  fiesta 3

Winter in Ixtapan Spa

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.