Winning numerous “best” and “must-visit” awards in the past couple years –including the 2013 Condé Nast Traveler Top City in the World award– San Miguel Allende is a beloved tourist destination sitting in the middle of Colonial Mexico. It blends the most attractive aspects of small-town rural living with the cosmopolitan indulgences of a big city. While most travelers come to San Miguel to walk its cobblestone paths and immerse themselves in its cultural and artistic riches, there is another big draw to the city waiting to be revealed and enjoyed — its wellness and spa offerings.
San Miguel Allende is a destination that allows for a complete rest and rejuvenation escape. Its geography provides the perfect paradise where relaxation and wellness are in a natural state: pleasant spring climate year round, average altitude with little rain, and nearby hot springs. Some locals even believe that the town was built on a bed of quartz crystals, amplifying its rejuvenating nature. It also boasts some of the most luxurious boutique hotel and spas. If you want a different kind of vacation in Mexico or just want a few days to pamper yourself before heading home, consider a spa vacation in San Miguel Allende.
rejuvenating spa treatments
Casa Sierra Nevada
Our favorite boutique hotel in San Miguel de Allende, is a cluster of beautifully restored colonial mansions providing an old-world setting of lush gardens, stone arches, pretty courtyards and beautiful fountains. The property is distinctive in their offerings which include a traditional Mexican cooking school, an award-winning restaurant for gastronomic dining, and of course its unpretentious pampering at the Laja Spa. Paying tribute to the magnificent Laja River that flows through the mountains and into San Miguel, the spa is a haven of tranquility and rejuvenation combining traditional and modern practices. They have an array of spa treatments and packages and offer a detoxifying temazcal steam bath to engage guests spirits and immerse them in one of Mexico’s most honored (and relaxing!) rituals.
kick-start your fitness plan
Sagrada Boutique Hotel
Located in picturesque mountains on a 18-acre sanctuary just outside San Miguel de Allende, Sagrada (meaning sacred in English) is a boutique all-inclusive eco-resort specializing in yoga and pilates retreats. Guests stay in adobe cabañas with panoramic views and can rejuvenate with daily hikes, nourishing gourmet meals and spa services. Most recommended is to experience the power of Sauna la Lena, where natural mesquite wood and essential oils are used to detoxify and enliven the spirit. Sagrada Boutique Hotel allows guests to fully customize their restorative vacation to meet their own personal needs.
relax and recharge your batteries
Rosewood San Miguel Allende
Our favorite luxury hotel in town, was built in the style of an 18th century hacienda but provides all modern comforts a discerning traveler would expect, including a world-class spa. Sense, a Rosewood Spa was inspired by San Miguel’s positive energy and provides signature treatments that integrate Mexican healing traditions with indigenous ingredients. They have created several ‘journeys’ ranging from a unique multi-sensory experience to a traditional massage/facial/manicure package. Their treatments and therapies are some of the most extensive in San Miguel Allende, along with its facilities.
herbal healing and beauty remedies
An avant-garde boutique hotel, Hotel Matilda celebrates innovation and individualism throughout their property and especially at their award-winning holistic spa that stands out for its Apothecary Concierge. Herbal medicine and its beneficial properties are an ancient tradition in Mexico, and the Apothecary Concierge at Spa Matilda personally work with each guest to hand-create with them their very own beauty care concoction using artisanal ingredients. While being led down a sense-stimulating journey of distinctive aromas and textures and learning the healing properties of the natural elements, guests walk out of the experience with a personalized product to fit their needs.
Reconnecting with nature
Natural Thermal Waters
Mexico is home to hundreds of mineral spring sites and just outside San Miguel Allende you can find thermal, alkaline, sulfer, and fresh water springs. As far back as the Aztecs, the waters are believed to have special healing properties and even age-reversing effects. There are several mineral springs open to the public (called balenarios) between San Miguel Allende and Dolores Hildago that bathers come to visit to relax and soak up the theraputic natural minerals, ease tensions, and soothe tired muscles. The most popular are Escondido Place, La Gruta and Xoté. Escondido is a paradise of five thermal pools (indoor and outdoor) and three covered springs based on a concept of maximum harmony with nature, tranquility, rest, and sustainability of natural resources.
READY TO DISCOVER WELLNESS IN SAN MIGUEL ALLENDE?
For those interested in traveling to San Miguel Allende , browse our sample itineraries below or contact Journey Mexico today.
Town & Sea: Exploring San Miguel Allende and Zihuatanejo – Discover Mexico’s charms, both land and sea, by exploring the colonial town of San Miguel Allende and the beach destination of Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo. Visit Escondido Mineral Hot Springs where you can ease your tensions and soothe tired muscles by slipping into pools of steaming, mineral-rich waters in nearby natural springs.
Guanajuato and San Miguel Allende Custome Shark Swim – Take a cultural and artistic journey that is not to be forgotten by visiting the UNESCO World Hertiage Cities of Guanajuato and San Miguel Allende and the Magical Towns, Mineral de Pozos. Marvel at the colonial architecture, meet local chefs and taste the finest of the area’s cuisine, visit the omes and shops of local artisans, and traverse underground passageways and mines.