I recently had the pleasure of experiencing the Rosewood Hotel in charming San Miguel de Allende. This property has been on my list for years. San Miguel is known for its cobblestone streets and vibrantly-colored buildings, as well as a lively culinary, arts, and music scene. This trip was too quick, and I look forward to going back soon!
It was quite the culture shock when I landed at Leon airport, as very few people spoke English. I have been to the Rosewood Mayakoba in Playa del Carmen several times, and compared to San Miguel, that seems more like being in the U.S. than Mexico. If you're looking for a cultural Mexico experience, where you really feel like you're in Mexico, come to San Miguel.
From Houston, Leon is a quick two-hour flight. Rosewood arranged a private driver who greeted me at the airport, and then it was about an hour and a half ride to San Miguel. Easy trip and worlds away from Houston.
Established by Franciscan monks in 1542, this cosmopolitan and picturesque colonial city is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site.
According to my driver, if you buy a home in San Miguel, you can do anything you want to the inside, but altering the outside is forbidden, which is why the streets are lined with old wooden doors. Additionally, when they build new roads, they still make them cobblestone. It just oozes charm.
The art collection at the hotel is fantastic. Many pieces are for sale, and new artists are regularly featured.
I made it to the hotel just in time for Sunday brunch. Each meal, the food was fresh and flavorful. The vegetables are picked from the garden down the street, the cheese from local farmers. And you can taste it.
The fitness and spa facilities at Rosewood SENSE are definitely something to experience. I had the signature massage and facial and fell asleep in both! After being on an airplane, there's nothing that makes me feel normal again like a steam, massage, and facial. The following morning, I practiced yoga with two other guests in the beautiful studio overlooking the town.
Forget margaritas, in San Miguel, it's all about sipping good tequila and artisan mezcal cocktails!
If you're in San Miguel, you have to catch the sunset from the Rosewood rooftop. There's no better view in town and the tapas bar is filled with locals and visitors every night. I've never seen so many people taking selfies in one place!
The Rosewood property is so magical, I really didn't want to leave. In the evenings, the warm air smells of lavender from the gardens. The service is friendly, as almost all of the Rosewood employees are proud to be from San Miguel and share it with you, and the food bursts with unique flavors (the menus also denote gluten-free options for easy ordering). And just steps away is the colorful colonial city waiting to be explored.
Special thanks to Rosewood San Miguel for having me!
Photography: Christie McMillan
Sponsored by: Rosewood San Miguel de Allende