If you are staying in one of our homes, you'll find that the home itself is a quiet haven for relaxing. Here are some ideas for relaxing venues outside the house:
Nothing says vacation like a day at the spa! The spas at The Rosewood Hotel and Hotel Matilda are both world-class, and very close to both Casa GGG and Casa X. There are several other spas in town that aren't as swank as the spas at The Rosewood and Hotel Matilda, but still provide nice treatments including The Laja Spa owned by The Orient Express, and The Spa at Recreo 38. We recommend Estetica Matice for in-home spa services, and if you are staying in one of our homes, we will be happy to assist with reservations.
El Charco del Ingenio Botanical Garden is a nature preserve that spans over 170 acres in northeast San Miguel de Allende. It is a beautiful natural monument, with a spring-fed reservoir nestled in an impressive canyon filled with cactus and other indigenous plants. It is a unique place for strolling, jogging, hiking, meditating or simply enjoying a peaceful time in nature. The preserve consists of an extensive network of paths that lead to various points of ecological, scenic or historical interest. In 2004, El Charco del Ingenio was proclaimed a Peace Zone by the Dalai Lama during his visit to Mexico. If you're visiting San Miguel during a full moon, you can see their full moon ceremony, held at sunset. They have an outdoor concert every March 21, and the Fiesta de la Santa Cruz del Charco del Ingenio is celebrated during the first fifteen days of July. The fiesta, coordinated by San Miguel natives, includes a candlelight vigil, raising of the standing offering súchil (an offering in the form of a tall construction made from local plants), a procession of the Holy Cross, dances of the rayados (striped dancers), concheros (shell dancers) and locos (the crazies, disguised as women and political caricatures), as well as a public dance and huapango arribeño (traditional music from the neighboring Sierra Gorda).
the temazcal experience
A temazcal is an ancient cleansing ritual of Mexico's indigenous people (similar to a sweat lodge). Participants relax in an enclosed, steam-filled dome made of rock or clay, and emerge purified and rejuvenated. Laja Spa has a temazcal where you can book a private sitting. OR, if you will be in San Miguel on the weekend immediately prior to a full moon, you can participate in an authentic temazcal ritual at El Charco. The ritual there is led by a healer using techniques ranging from hydrotherapy and aromatherapy to chanting, visualization and meditation.
There are several natural thermal hot springs in the San Miguel area. The tradition of soaking in these mineral-rich, healing waters can be traced as far back as the Aztecs. The Mayan Baths are private hot springs with 101 degree natural thermal mineral waters, underground quartz and crystal grottos and outside pools where from high on a hill you gaze at the vast Laja River Valley and the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains. A labyrinth of interconnecting subterranean tunnels and passageways lead to an underground pyramid chamber where you can relax while listening to soothing music before descending into the steamy hot waters. You can also order a rejuvenating massage in your own underground private room. In the evening, candles light the way through the tunnels to outside pools under the stars. The Mayan Baths are open by reservation only. Email Gary@TheMayanBaths.com. Our favorite public hot springs area is La Gruta, about 15 minutes outside San Miguel. La Gruta is on 12 acres with trees, shrubs, bougainvillea, and a small running creek. They have three separate outdoor thermal pools and a dome-topped "grotto" pool with a cascading waterfall. They have a small, very casual outdoor restaurant and they also offer massages and other spa treatments.
The Pool at the Rosewood Hotel
If you are staying in a home with no pool, you might enjoy spending a day lounging around the pool at The Rosewood Hotel. It's a lovely place to relax. There is a poolside restaurant with a full bar that offers in-your-chaise-lounge service. You can purchase a day pass for the pool at the hotel's front desk.
Stroll around parque juarez
Parque Juarez is a peaceful, leafy park located near both Casa GGG and Casa X. A morning stroll or jog around the park's pathways is a pleasant way to start the day. The park has two basketball courts that are usually always busy, with three vendor booths nearby selling bottled water and snacks. One small area of the park has been designated as an informal art fair, where local artists display their paintings for sale. The park has several connecting pathways, with benches, fountains, a handful of bronze and carved wood sculptures donated by local artists and galleries, a small gazebo, and a children's play area.