Hotel Spa Ixtapan Recalls 'an Era Gone By'

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 past.

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 (800) 638-7950.

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