Mexico

New Choices in Luxury Tweak Mexico’s Landscape

written by | Posted on February 1st, 2011

Never short on innovative options for grand stays, Mexico has welcomed a new crop of swanky resort options of late. These new properties are sprouting about in different shapes and forms, yet speaking to the trend in unobtrusive and culturally conscious development.

Opening this month is Rosewood San Miguel de Allende, which expertly pulls in its surroundings with gorgeous details such as wood-beamed ceilings and ample living areas in each of its 67 rooms and suites, private outdoor terraces and balconies, fireplaces and romantic gardens.

In the words of Alan Love, the resort’s director of sales and marketing: “Guests can look forward to spacious rooms, double-twisted Egyptian cotton sheets, four fixture bathrooms, hand-crafted and handmade furniture and furnishings from Guadalajara and San Miguel. Another luxury will be the quality of the culinary experience. Our chef and team are working with local farmers to provide guests with a ‘farm to table’ experience featuring the freshest local produce.”

The resort’s signature restaurant, 1826, offers both traditional and inventive Mexican fare, yet given the beauty of the San Miguel rooftops, we expect the resort’s Luna Rooftop Tapas Bar to become a popular spot for guests and locals alike.

The resort is just a few blocks away from San Miguel de Allende’s historic center and pink-stone parish, following Rosewood’s “A Sense of Place” philosophy by both absorbing and reflecting the culture, architecture and history around it. Another brand favorite moving into San Miguel is Sense, A Rosewood Spa, where clients can indulge in signature spa treatments featuring local lavender products and natural herbs.

As divine as the stay promises to be, one of the biggest draws here will no doubt be its location—San Miguel is one of Mexico’s most beautiful towns. “San Miguel has beautiful weather year-round, with average daytime temperatures in the 70s, and has numerous outdoor activities to experience like shopping, guided walking tours and ATV tours. It is also known as a wonderful place to create art and learn about art, with many galleries throughout town to be discovered and many art classes offered by local artists.” The famed Instituto Allende is right next door to the hotel, offering Spanish classes and a wealth of art workshops; even if clients don’t sign up for lessons, it is certainly worth a visit.

The resort has a special opening offer starting at $295 plus tax and service, which includes breakfast for two, a 25 percent discount on all spa treatments and complimentary valet parking, valid through April 20.

luxury comes to la paz The Baja Peninsula knows luxury well thanks to top-tier resorts in Los Cabos, but outside of this small enclave posh offerings have been few and far between. Expand clients’ horizons, as now Baja California Sur’s charming capital, La Paz, has its first five-star property: CostaBaja Resort and Spa, the first property in Mexico from Grand Heritage Hotels.

The resort is 10 minutes away from the city and forms part of the 550-acre Costa Baja development, set right by the Sea of Cortez. It is adjacent to the marina of more than 250 slips from which clients can set off on excursions (offered daily) to the famous island of Espiritu Santo, one of the most biologically diverse in the continent—there’s even a species of cactus found only in this island. Around the marina is a path that winds around galleries, restaurants, shops and outfitters ready for a day of fishing, snorkeling and other outdoor pursuits—it’s a tiny village of sorts, with all conveniences just steps away from the hotel.

CostaBaja’s 115 rooms, housed in low buildings of just four stories, are made up in dark mahogany, large balconies and glass-enclosed showers in an open-bathroom concept. Many clients will also be happy to know that the development is also home to the brand new, 18-hole Gary Player Signature Golf Course, offering 14 holes that overlook the Bay of La Paz, as well as a spiffy spa offering more than 60 treatments and therapies.

Again, location is key here: La Paz is quiet and friendly, with a great boardwalk lined with bronze sculptures following a sparkling blue beachfront, lots of delectable informal eateries and a casual feel that’s unusual for a capital city. Best of all, it’s a destination that’s yet to be overrun by visitors or hotels and still offers a fresh take on that classic Baja magic.