This hotel has been in my radar for quite a long time and while I knew it was going to be great, I discovered in reality that it makes up that very special shortlist of hotels that I consider to be unforgettable experiences.
Rosewood Hotels pride themselves on creating “A Sense of Place” and to me this is nowhere more true across their brand than in the iconic San Miguel de Allende property in Mexico.
This historic and scenic town of one hundred thousand people sits around a two and a half hour ride from Mexico City. If you’re familiar with colonial old towns it has all the typical charms: cobble stoned streets, vibrantly colored homes and shops, a very familiar layout that authentically transports the visitor back to the century in which it was founded.
The boutique feeling of the town outside the hotel of course led me to believe I’d be in a pristine, yet boutique environment where space would be a premium and this was my greatest epiphany, that once inside the thick walls surrounding the compound, the world of the hotel unfurled in all its splendor. My imagination of everything in confined space was challenged as fountains, gardens, statues, art opened up in broad spaces where the outside only suggested intimate corridors and rooms.
This was such a recurring theme that when they brought me to the room, I mistook it for a suite, since it was so huge and simultaneously as comfortable as home. The aspects of the Rosewood that make it so special, hardwood floors, gardens, fireplace, vast monastic style spaces, but the best luxury of all happens to be the rejuvenating wellness facilities: refreshing swimming pools and jacuzzis and the lingering silences.
I hadn’t planned on getting a spa treatment but once in the space it felt impossible not to, the environment was so inviting and the place well, just enchanting. I was lucky enough to actually land one after a rare cancellation. Not only was my therapist Carmen a delightful and skilled masseuse, but I can honestly say I had the best treatment of my life so far, in a moment of relaxation that transcends words.
Food is delightful, breakfast is cooked to order and for those who think they know Mexican cuisine, prepare to be shown what you don’t know. The freshest ingredients come out in every plate, cocktail and snack. The rooftop bar is certainly the most coveted hotspot on the property and despite being perpetually crowded gives a sense of intimacy and perspective as you look out over what is considered the original of the ‘magical towns’ designation of Mexico. For some it may seem like a fairy tale, a historic novel or even a movie set, whatever realm you see yourself inhabiting in San Miguel, Rosewood captures the spirit of the place impeccably and it has since stuck to my memory like one of those rare epiphanies in life that are impossible to forget and so easy to yearn for.