FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

Ixtapa, Mexico, Capella-Ixtapa Resort & Spa

Feb 1, 2011
2011 / February 2011

If you’re looking for a broad, white-sand beach and a myriad of kid-friendly activities, then Ixtapa’s newest luxury property is not for you. Capella-Ixtapa, in Mexico’s state of Guerrero, doesn’t have a miniature golf course, a water park, special kids’ programs or a cartoon character-themed snack bar. What it does have is an atmosphere of quiet elegance, a dramatic setting and superb service. This is a place for grown-ups to chill out and be pampered in tranquil surroundings with breathtaking views.

While megaresorts in the area boast hundreds of rooms, Capella has only 59 suites, each with an ocean view. The suites cascade down a rocky cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and are reached by a spiraling series of steps or a funicular elevator.

Though the resort can arrange for any activity from hiking to sailing, many guests are content to lounge under an umbrella beside the infinity pool, dine in one of the three restaurants, take advantage of the 24-hour room service and indulge in restorative spa treatments.

Like the rest of the resort, the spa is on different levels, with every treatment room facing the sea. Walking into the reception area, I was immediately aware of the sound of the waves crash ing against the rocky cliff below, accompanied by softly playing New Age-type music. The faint smell of Melissa, the citric flower of Guerrero, permeated the air.

The spa manager, Valentina, greeted me and explained that the 6,000-square-foot spa features six indoor treatment rooms, a wellness and fitness facility and an outdoor massage area overlooking the sea. In keeping with the spa’s philosophy of celebrating the area’s history and natural riches, the treatments and the décor make use of flowers, herbs and other organic materials common to the region.

Indigenous flowers are used to symbolize Aztec culture, and they are the foundation for regional treatments. Each of the spa’s indoor treatment rooms is named for one of six flowers: Citlaxochitl (star flower), Cempaxochitl (sky flower), Texochitl (fire flower), Xochitlanezi (dawn flower), Cuetlaxochitl (river flower) and Yoloxochitl (heart flower). Local materials used to decorate the spa include onyx, comal iron (used to make traditional Mexican tortilla pans), wood and black clay.

Valentina’s assistant, Gaby, ushered me into one of the locker rooms and handed me a heavy, soft, white terrycloth robe. She told me to take my time showering and luxuriating in the hot tub and pointed out the deep-pillowed lounge chairs facing big windows where I could relax while drinking in the unparalleled bird’s-eye view of the ocean.

After a shower, I climbed into the hot tub, finding a glass of lightly fruit-flavored water waiting on the rim of the tub. Sinking down into the warm water was treat enough, but coupled with a bay window with a full-on ocean view — what luxury.

Because I wanted to experience the uniqueness of the Capella spa to the fullest, I asked which treatments most focus on regional flora. The Regional Flower Wrap applies a soothing wrap made of local flowers chosen for their aroma and color, followed by a massage with hydrating cream. The Sacred Obsidian Massage is based on a thousand-year-old therapy that uses obsidian minerals at different temperatures on specific parts of the body to stimulate the flow of energy and relieve tension. While both sounded appealing, I opted for the Amuzgo Herbal Massage. Inspired by ancient traditions of Guerrero’s Amuzgo Indians, the treatment uses natural herbs and flowers known for their healing properties.

I was just starting to doze off in one of the plush lounge chairs when a gentle voice asked if I was ready to start my treatment. A sweet-faced woman with sparkling black-brown eyes introduced herself as Letti and said she would be my therapist. She led me down a set of outdoor steps with more breathtaking ocean views and through a corridor to the Yoloxochitl treatment room.

Even the treatment room had a drop-dead gorgeous view, but the afternoon sun was strong, so Letti drew the blinds and softened the lights as I crawled under a cool, white sheet and prepared to be lulled into tranquility.

The Amuzgo Herbal Massage starts with moist, heated poultices of herbs and dehydrated flowers applied to the body’s trigger points to heal sore muscles, eliminate toxins and reduce tension. The ultimate and more esoteric benefit is a balancing of body, mind and spirit.

As Letti slid the poultices up and down my dry, sun-baked body, stopping to press on pivotal pressure points, the warmth, aroma and rhythm of the treatment had me wanting it to last indefinitely. When I was in a thoroughly relaxed state, Letti ended the treatment with a gentle massage using a wonderful-smelling floral and herbal cream.

In a mere 80 minutes, I’d been transported into a sweet-smelling, serene version of myself. Though I knew this euphoric feeling was only temporary, I happily agreed to postpone my trip back to reality and followed Letti back to the relaxation hall.

Once again, I slipped into a cushy lounge chair with a view of the Pacific. A warm lavender pillow behind my neck, a cup of peach tea in my hand, the setting sun before me — it was heavenly. I closed my eyes and listened to the rhythm of the waves. My body felt light as a feather, my mind was at peace: It was truly a moment of Zen.

Capella-Ixtapa
Paseo Playa Linda, Zona Hotelera II
Ixtapa, Guerrero
40880 Mexico
tel 52 755 555 11 00

Introducing

FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

#globility

Insta Feed
Daily
Sep 17, 2021

Hotel del Coronado Reveals New Lobby, Front Porch

Legendary Hotel del Coronado reached another milestone in its $400 million Master Plan reimagination, with the completion of an extensive, historic restoration of the hotel’s front porch and lobby; a redesigned main entry and drive experience; new guestrooms in The Views area; and refreshed retail concepts.

Greece: Destination Luxury

Since its prestige for attracting the world elite grew in the 1960s, Greece remains the go-to destination for glittering holidays. Each step of the journey is enrobed in luxury, from culinary traditions with the highest standard of execution and name-brand, high-end shopping to first-rate wellness locales and elite accommodations, like 5-star hotels, private villas and yachts.

September 2021
Sep 16, 2021

Philadelphia’s Fairmount Boasts Impressive Collections and a Friendly Vibe

As a native of the Philadelphia region, I’m quite familiar with the drive in and out of the City of Brotherly Love. Even as the city’s skyline continually transforms, my favorite views of Philadelphia have always been along Boathouse Row, with the Philadelphia Museum of Art rising in the background, before looping around the museum to the flag-lined Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Home to many of Philadelphia’s incredible and world-renowned museums, the Fairmount neighborhood is fittingly aesthetically pleasing and practically synonymous with fine art.

Daily
Sep 16, 2021

Rosewood San Francisco to Open in 2026

Set to open in 2026, Rosewood San Francisco will be the last skyscraper developed in the downtown region for the foreseeable future. The projected 800-foot-tall property will host a hotel, residences, office and rental spaces. The brand’s third property in California will join Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park, and Rosewood Miramar Beach in Montecito.

Register Today for the Most Important Gathering of Business Travel Professionals

The Global Business Travel Association’s (GBTA) Convention 2021 will be unlike any other convention before it, as we come together in person for the first time since the business travel industry drastically changed and look forward to rebuilding and reshaping the future. GBTA Convention 2021 will bring all of us together to learn from experts and each other, in-person at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 17–19. The safety of our attendees is our top priority. View health and safety protocols.

September 2021
Sep 15, 2021

Slow Down and Unwind in Easy-Going Phuket

It’s not even 9a.m. in the sleepy fishing village of Rawai on Thailand’s famous Phuket Island, but already the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea swarm with local fishermen casting their lines and releasing their nets from the bows of rustic long-tail boats. The scents of lemongrass, incense and sweet pandan leaves season the air as the villagers slowly rise from their beachside bungalows to start their day. In just a few more hours, the fishermen will return with their catches, filling the stalls of the iconic Rawai Seafood Market with buckets of shellfish and displays of fresh filets. Visitors line up each afternoon for the catch of the day, selecting their fish with care before hauling their purchases across the well-worn road to the restaurants opposite the market to have the fish cooked for 100 Thai baht per kilo.

eFlyer Deals
Sep 15, 2021

A Master Class in Tuscan Wine at Grand Universe Lucca, Autograph Collection

Tuscany’s Lucca is home to Grand Universe Lucca, which brings the region’s best wines front and center to its guests. The hotel features three immersive Tuscan Wine tasting experiences: Montalcino, Montecarlo, and Super Tuscan and Chianti Classico.

The Future of Hamad International Airport

Without a doubt, the pandemic changed the role of airports in the travel industry. Hamad International Airport’s role evolved in many ways since the pandemic hit. Now, more than ever, airports are responsible for creating a secure passenger experience. As the gateway to Qatar and the world, the safety and wellbeing of staff and passengers has always been at the core of Hamad International Airport’s strategy.

eFlyer Lead
Sep 15, 2021

Puerto Rico Reiterates Its Commitment to LGBTQ+ Community with New Initiatives

Discover Puerto Rico reiterated its commitment to the LGBTQ+ community with strong participation at the 2021 International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association Annual Global Convention, where it provided insight into a variety of new efforts to foster inclusion on a local and global scale.