Shangri-La Spa is the most luxury spa facility using the geothermal water of Ixtapan de la Sal.
With a little modification, the Roman baths provides free-flowing water.
When travelers think of lodging at Ixtapan de la Sal, the safest choice will be Marriott (Ixtapan de la Sal Marriott Hotel).
The second option may be Hotel Ixtapan Spas & Resort.
Different from Marriott, the hotel has a spa using the characteristic mineral water.
The spa is located in the opposite side of the hotel, across another spa facility, Parque Acuático.
Walk-ins are welcome in addition to various beauty salon treatments and bodyworks.
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.
20 private bathrooms are located in the both side of the corridor.
Opening one of the doors, there is luxurious space.
In front of the bathing area, there are two massage tables.
The antiquity proves the history that started in 1955.
Looking back from the bathroom to massage tables.
The shallow tub is fed by yellowish water that is around 102 degrees F.
It has slight metallic smell, without being chlorinated.
I switched off the Jacuzzi by manipulating the lever on the wall, and realized that there was no water input.
In other words, filled water was just circulated in the tub.
There was a rest room over a left-side door in the room.
I opened the similar door in the right side, and knew it was a shed.
I took a look under the grubby hose, and finally found the valve for mineral spring water.
Opening the faucet, the water level began to come up.
It was truly free-flowing.
I began to feel the spa-like healing music noisy.
Switching it off, there was silence expect for sound of water overflowing.
I do not like the closed space without even a window, but appreciate free-flowing water with a little modification.
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
- Walk-in: Yes
- Lodging: No