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A Public Spa

The Ixtapan Parque Acuático (tel. 55/5254-0500; www.parqueixtapan.com), next to the Hotel Spa Ixtapan, is the town's original public spa and bathhouse. It's not a modern, pampering spa, but a spa in the traditional manner -- think Turkish bath. The balneario has melded its traditional thermal waters with some features that make it more of an aquatic park. In addition to the large pools of varying temperatures, it offers modern water slides, a slow-moving river, and other attractions. Entrance is 170 pesos for adults, 90 pesos for children between .9m and 1.2m (3-4 ft.) tall; children under .9m (3 ft.) tall enter free. The balneario has restaurants, so you can spend the day. The entrance fee gives you access to all of the pools and rides. Lockers are free. The balneario is open daily from 8am to 7pm (for the thermal baths); the water park is open daily from 9am to 6pm (for the rides). The traditional spa amenities and services are next door, where you can choose among private thermal water baths, massages, facials, hair treatments, and more. Prices range from 200 to 725 pesos. The spa is open daily from 8am to 8pm during holiday periods; at other times, Monday through Friday from 8am to 8pm, Saturday and Sunday from 7am to 8pm.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.