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Mexico - Spa Fever

A new wave of health-conscious travelers is boosting demand for spa vacations in central Mexico

Spa vacations are fast becoming a trend among a health-conscious generation. In Mexico, spa tradition dates back to the time of the Aztecs.

Spas have been part of Mexican culture since pre-Hispanic days. The Aztecs, Maya and other ancient cultures regularly took steam baths scented with herbs. In fact, Emperor Montezuma II frequented mineral-rich hot springs around what is now Mexico City, and would soak for hours in water naturally heated by volcanic action deep within the earth.

Modern Mexican Spas pamper guests with a variety of services that include specials, Swedish and therapeutic massages, acupressure, aromatherapy, lymphatic drainage, Scottish hose and Vichi showers to improve circulation, mud baths, body wraps with herbs and mineral salts, yoga, tai-chi, reflexology, hair styling, nail care and daily personalized exercise sessions.

Mexico offers high-quality spa experiences, as well as good hotel services and reasonable prices. Plus the weather is great and the flight time from the U.S. is relatively short.

Following is a listing of some spas in Central Mexico.

Ixtapan de La Sal

This 250-room hotel, about 69 miles southeast of Mexico City, features one of the springs visited by Montezuma. The property is set amid gardens, woods, mountains, fountains, sparkling pools and neo-classic statues. The facilities include one of the nations's larges balnearios (water amusement park). There is also a golf course, disco and meeting space. The seven-night "Classic" package includes 13 treatments, a morning walk, aerobics, aquatic exercises, two yoga sessions, and three golf or tennis lessons.

Hosteria Las Quintas

This walled porperty, one hour from Mexico City, features 60 rooms with terraces in a lovely colonial-style structure surrounded by five acres of lush gardens. Units have tiled floors, cable TV, ceiling fanss and a minibar. Some units have a fireplace or hot tub. There are two heated pools, a restaurant and five meeting rooms. A full-service European health club and spa features exquisite murals and the rooftop Sensory Deprivation Flotation Capsule, which eliminates sight, sound and touch to re-energize the brain and relax the body. The all-inclusive, seven night package includes airport transfers, seven nights lodging in a terrace room, all meals and a total of 550 "Passage points" redeemable in spa services or eco-fitness tours. Fitness, yoga, Spanish and craft classes are included.

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