(Thalasso, from the Greek word thalassa, refers to the ancient therapeutic use of seawater. Spa is the acronym for Sanus per Aquam in Latin, meaning "health through water")
The centerpiece of Loma del Mar, in the foreground, is thalasso seawater swimming pool. The cobalt-blue mosaic tile thalasso pool, 68 feet long with 1,580 square feet of surface area, is extraordinary because it is outdoors, taking advantage Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo's perpetually sunny tropical climate. The meticulously filtered crystal-clear pool features multiple therapeutic (and recreational) state-of-the-art thalasso equipment: four hydro beds for floating upon bubbles; four hydro massage seats, two tile-enclosed "volcano" chambers with underwater massaging air jets rising from the pool bottom, and a vigorous jacuzzi "island" within the pool. Distributed along the pool edge spouting water from above: four double-spout hydro jets. Two gooseneck water jets, and two duckbill-spout waterfalls, all for various degrees of head, neck and shoulder massage. Finally, five stationary neck rests offer support for in-pool repose.
Additional thalasso-spa facilities are also distributed in a lush outdoor setting amid of gardens, trees and landscaping with waterfalls and fountains.
A separate, smaller thalasso pool, round with a 40-ft diameter, contains a higher degree of salt concentration in the seawater for deep-relaxation flotation therapy amid bubble jets.
Nearby, set between Andalusian-white walls of the hotel building, the 30-ft long "reflexology water path" is for walking ankle deep in fresh water over smooth white stones. The path is lined on both sides with continuous jets of water focused on the lower legs. At the end is a stone platform for hydromassage while standing under three separate "waterfall" spouts pouring from high above with gravitational force.
Steps away, two showers of multiple horizontal rings encircle the body spray spraying thousands of stimulating needle-thin water jets. Most of this leading-edge spa and thalasso equipment was imported from Spain exclusively for Loma del Mar. A staff physician provides personalized consultation and programs specifically designed according to individual needs.