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Spring + Health at Ixtapan Spa

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Humans do change as seasons change. Though Ixtapan Spa is located in a warm, but high climate, we still see changes in foliage and minor changes in temperature.

More sunlight and  light earlier in the day means you are exposed to sun even during our 7AM walk. Ixtapan Spa‘s altitude is high, making our sun purer and more intense. Fortunately our foliage and magnficent trees will protect you in many areas of our pool so aqua aerobics do not necessarily mean sunburn.

Human moods also change and improve with more light.  At Ixtapan you might find after a day of exercise/massages/healthy food a deeper sleep than expected. Many women who participate in the early walk, leave their curtains open so as to walk up with the dawn, which is particularly gorgeous in our mountains.

Our bodies secrete less melatonin in the spring and summer, but there is no evidence that we sleep less well as seasons warm up.

Spring in our part of Mexico is still cool early and late. Humidity is still very low. If you did not come this winter, now it the time to book and invest a week here in all the activities you want to do this Summer.

Getting Ready for Spring at Ixtapan Spa

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Here are a few of the early AM walkers passing part of the water park next door.

Getting ready for Spring means for most of us, pulling tight clothes out of the closet, feeling a change in skin due to weather, and a revisit of our health and diet. What better way to get back into your clothes, shirk off winter blahs and begin to take better care of yourself, than a week at Ixtapan Spa.

Most guests think of Ixtapan as a fitness/spa resort for weight and strength. They realize once here, how wonderful Ixtapan treatments are for their face, hands and feet. The best way to look at us is a makeover from head to toe:

Clear your brain with walks and yoga

Hair treatments

Facials

Shoulder massages

Hand and nail treatments

Full body massage

Salt scrub and oil mud wraps

Pedicures

A pretty good head-toe deal for about the best price in North America.

Get ready for Spring and those tight clothes hiding in your closet.

Ixtapan Spa during Easter/Passover

 

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We at Ixtapan Spa are a resort popular with every ethnic group, from both Mexico, US and Canada. Easter first: Easter in Mexico is a very important holiday with Holy Week preceding (this week). There are no Easter bunnies or Easter egg hunts on Sunday, the holiday is taken more seriously with processions, sometimes fireworks, music and dancing and church going.

Passover which this year is close to  Easter, is celebrated in Mexico similarly with some food differences: for instance tropical fruit might replace apples, and Mexican spices might be added to lamb. Tortillas are not eaten even though they are unleavened, because they are not under kosher supervision.  Sephardic Mexicans sometimes accept tortillas as Passover food- a difference from Ashkenazis.

Join us at Ixtapan Spa for a holiday trip this year. Book early as we are quite full during some peak holiday seasons.

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.