By Kimberly Scholz
IXTAPA, Mexico -- A 1946 fire destroyed the 50-room Hotel Spa
Ixtapan. Two years later, the property was up and running, on its
way to becoming a 220-room and villa resort covering more than 35
acres in the heart of this Mexican city. "The hotel is reminiscent
of an era gone by," said Roberto San Roman, executive vice
president. "Some of the areas have been left untouched to provide
guests with a feel of when the resort was originally built."
Just 60 miles southwest of Mexico's capital, the resort is home
to golf, tennis, riding, swimming, and miles of lush trails for
walking, jogging or biking. "My grandfather founded Hotel Spa
Ixtapan in 1939," San Roman said. "He later retired and left it to
my father, who still owns and runs it." The resort offers a
nine-hole golf course with a resident pro, a tennis center with
teaching staff and courts, mountain bike trails that accommodate
varying degrees of cycling expertise and horse stables where a
half-hour ride is free.
"Our fam trip program offers agents a 40% to 50% discount on all
spa packages," San Roman said. "The program is offered at various
times throughout the year so that travel agents can experience the
resort and all of its surroundings for themselves." Interested
travel agents should call Rosie Davila at (800) 638-7950.
Hotel Spa Ixtapan also boasts freshwater and thermal mineral
swimming pools and an outdoor whirlpool, as well as a host of spa
facilities offering various body treatments. "With a 50-year-old
hotel, you are always doing some kind of renovations," San Roman
said. The women's spa was recently redecorated and expanded to
offer 29 treatment areas, and a juice bar was included in the
facility. In addition, all guest rooms were repainted and
redecorated, a business center with private meetings facilities was
added and a whirlpool pavilion, a multimillion dollar pool, bar and
grill area was inaugurated.
"I don't like the word affordable, but you do get a lot for your
money at Hotel Spa Ixtapan," San Roman said. "We don't have the
same frills as top line spas do, but we offer value for your
money," he added.
Off-site, a nearby market displays native crafts, including
handmade jewelry of silver and semi-precious stones, as well as
straw items and colorful blankets. Visits to the caves of La
Estrella, the ruins of Teotenango or the nearby town of Taxco
supply guests with a look at the area's Spanish colonial and Mayan
Hotel Spa Ixtapan has a theater offering first-run movies and
classical concerts, as well as folkloric ballet and live music
performances. In the sports casino, guests can enjoy bowling,
billiards, Ping-Pong, hockey, Fusbol, a video arcade and a host of
other games. Also on the resort's property is the Teocali disco,
offering dancing on Saturdays and holidays until 2 a.m.
A variety of vacation programs are available that include hotel
accommodations, three meals daily, use of the resort's facilities
and optional participation in spa programs and treatments.
For information and reservations, call Hotel Spa Ixtapan at