Ixtapan de la Sal (Shangri-La Spa), Mexico

The most luxury spa facility using the mineral water in Ixtapan de la Sal is, Shangri-La Spa.

With a little modification, the Roman baths provides free-flowing water.

Hotel Spa

When travelers think of lodging at Ixtapan de la Sal, the safest choice will be Marriott (Ixtapan de la Sal Marriott Hotel).

Signboard

The second option may be Hotel Ixtapan Spas & Resort.

Corridor1

Different from Marriott, the hotel has a spa using the characteristic mineral water.

Exteroir1

The spa is located in the opposite side of the hotel, across another spa facility, Parque Acuático.

The building looks massive like a movie theater.

Exteroir2

Walk-ins are welcome in addition to various beauty salon treatments and bodyworks.

Entrance

The rate for private baths, named Roman Baths (Tinas Romanas) is 550 pesos per 50-minute use of a room.

Considering the price level in Mexico, it seems extremely high.

Waiting area

20 private bathrooms are located in the both side of the corridor.

Corridor2

Roman baths

Opening one of the doors, there is luxurious space.

Roman Bath1

In front of the bathing area, there are two massage tables.

Massage Bed1

The antiquity proves the history that started in 1955.

Clock

Looking back from the bathroom to massage tables.

Massage Bed2

The shallow tub is fed by yellowish water that is around 102 degrees F.

It has slight metallic smell, without being chlorinated.

Bubbling

I switched off the Jacuzzi by manipulating the lever on the wall, and realized that there was no water input.

Valve1

In other words, filled water was just circulated in the tub.

There was a rest room over a left-side door in the room.

Door1

I opened the similar door in the right side, and knew it was a shed.

Door2

I took a look under the grubby hose, and finally found the valve for mineral spring water.

Valve2

Opening the faucet, the water level began to come up.

It was truly free-flowing.

Roman Bath2

I began to feel the spa-like healing music noisy.

Switching it off, there was silence expect for sound of water overflowing.

Switch

I do not like the closed space without even a window, but appreciate free-flowing water with a little modification.

Roman Bath3

If I did not open the shed, my impression on Shangri-La Spa would be far more ordinary.

Shangri-La Spa, Ixtapan de la Sal, México, Mexico
My Favorite[3/5]
Walk-inYes
LodgingNo
Official WebsiteYes

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