In 1939, Arturo San Roman was scouting the mountainous Ixtapan de la Sal area for his business. He visited Ixtapan de la Sal, then a small town with mineral springs, a bathhouse and an adobe hostel. San Roman was familiar with the European concept of healthful mineral springs and he knew there were few in North America. He bought the small facility, expanded it in 1942 into a European style spa hotel. 8 years later, he added a Health and Beauty Institute. As the trend for mineral springs waned, Mr. San Roman built a full service spa and fitness resort, now called Ixtapan Spa Hotel and Golf Resort.
The Second Generation
A second generation were professional hoteliers who continued to adapt the resort to the growing North American fitness and spa market. Today the resort is managed by the Third Generation of US-educated health, spa and fitness experts. Ixtapan Spa Hotel and Golf Resort has become famous for affordable spa, fitness classes, hiking and sports. The resort offers a nutritious calorie controlled diet using fresh local ingredients.
21st Century Spa and Fitness Resort
In 2001 the resort added the 72 par championship golf course, clubhouse and driving range. Development around the golf course to affluent residents has resulted in a landscape of lovely homes on rolling hills.
Reflecting new health and fitness trends, the resort built a Holistic Spa in 2007. The traditional hotel spa continues to service clients who come on 4/7/28 day packages; the Holistic Spa has additional high-end offerings. Although the resort is not a medical spa, many guests use it for an annual health and fitness trip. The hotel has a 90% repeat rate.
The town of Ixtapan de la Sal is a typical Mexican town, with charming lanes and plazas and nearby cultural and natural sites. The hotel offers excursions to colonial towns like Taxco and Cuernavaca.
Spa Golf Resort
Ixtapan Spa Hotel and Golf Resort is the only full service destination and day spa resort hotel in Mexico. It has 5 restaurants including off site gourmet Cupula, championship golf, lighted tennis and complete fitness facilities. The resort is still independently owned and operated and its personal touch is apparent. Ixtapan Spa Hotel and Golf Resort continues to host North Americans looking for an affordable vacations that combine the fun of traveling abroad with an emphasis on health and fitness.
The North American website is www.spamexico.com.