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“Mexico Lives On In Luxury” Part 2 of 3 – The Rosewood in San Miguel de Allende

June 3rd, 2011 3 Comments

My three part series on Mexico continues.  I wrote a huge feature for The Houston Chronicle on three gorgeous resorts, but I want to offer you more here than what you’d see in the paper.  Last week I showed you The Capella Pedregal in Cabo.  Now I take you to central Mexico that looks and feels more like Italy.  The Rosewood just opened its doors to sprawling resort and residences that assimilates perfectly into the historic town.  Their property has boosted the economy on so many levels as well.

The most notable feature of the town is the Parroquia, the church in the center of town you see above.  It’s truly breathtaking so you’ll see it featured a lot.

Read on for my review, a tour of my suite with the most amazing view, and photos from the town.

“On my first morning at the Rosewood San Miguel de Allende, the chirping birds beckoned me out onto my expansive terrace, where my eyes opened to feast on the early-colonial-era terra-cotta skyline teeming with jewel-toned flowers and bright lilac jacaranda trees against the backdrop of a clear blue sky. It was one of the most picturesque vistas I had ever seen.

Reminiscent of Italy but distinctly Mexican, San Miguel de Allende embraces its history and manages to unlock your subconscious desire to enjoy the simple details in life. The town is located in central Mexico, hours from the beach, but its beauty is an even trade for the ocean. And I believe the dozens of Houstonians who live there would agree.

Despite its corporate origins, the Rosewood fits in perfectly with the local sensibilities. With 67 suites, three restaurants, a delightful spa, a modern lap pool, an amphitheater, a tequila bar and a private street of residences, the resort is sizable but feels quaint.

My suite boasted a bed I didn’t want to get out of, a terrace that was larger than one of my New York apartments, two fireplaces, a delicious tub and a walk-through closet with enough space to accommodate Mariah Carey’s wardrobe. Rates start at $529.  (See my video below)

Overall, the property is quiet but seductive. A signature Mole massage at Sensa spa is a must. If you’re looking for action, head to the rooftop for a variety of fresh margaritas, distinct tapas and a hip crowd at La Luna.

During your stay, I also recommend an ATV tour of the town (starting at $50 per person for two hours; sanmiguelrentalcar.com) and meals at a few local restaurants such as The Restaurant, Hotel Matilda and La Azotea.”


I wish more hotels offered candid videos tours of their suites.  It’s always nice to know the accommodations before you spend a substantial amount of money on a room.  So when I go anywhere, I always shoot a video so you can see if it fits your taste and needs.  I saw many rooms while I was at The Rosewood.  All of them were wonderful in their own way.  Check out where I had the pleasure of resting for 4 days:

The rooms here start at $529 as I mentioned.  If you’re looking for something more affordable so you can stay for a long period of time, Bob’s friend Katherine who lives in SM now (pictured with me above),  rents private houses to visitors.

Here are more pictures and comments on this beautiful destination.  I can’t wait to go back!

Garden terraces are hidden treasures behind the small doors that line the streets. Seek out restaurants in these lovely little gardens.

She’s chopping up my breakfast – fresh pineapple – for $2.  Yes, it’s safe.

It’s just not right…. That’s the Virgin Mary on the corner….

Trying Cactus liquor for the first time.  It’s actually really good.

The original church of San Miguel is located on the outskirts of town.  The history of the city is impressive.  When you visit, make sure to have a native tell you the story.  The ATV tour will take you here if you request it.

Tequila tasting at the Rosewood bar.  The Mexicans are loving Mescal right now, but I find it to be really harsh.  I fell in love with Clase Azul Reposado – what he’s pouring.  Check out the bottle!  It’s only $50.


I had to put this picture in again.  Mole is the specialty of the chef at the Rosewood.  Wish I could take a picture of the rooftop bar at the Rosewood.  The view is awesome and the scene is a good mix of  young tourists and trendy locals.

The Rosewood open-air interior at night.

Oh. Hell. Yes.

From my bed I can see the Parroquia in the distance.  Tour of my room coming soon!

(Full disclosure: The Rosewood provided a generous media rate and treated me to dinner.  Many thanks for your hospitality!)

Photo credit for the first four pics in the post: the beautiful and talented Nejla Sosa.

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May 1st, 2011 No Comments

Walking through San Miguel is like living in a painting!  Every door front, cafe, flower blush, is so picturesque.  I can’t wait to show you all my pics when I finish the article.

Bob’s friend Katherine (who lives her now – lucky girl)  took me on an ATV tour to show me all the sites.  Such a great way to see the city!

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Oh. My. Goodness.

April 29th, 2011 7 Comments

The view from my room at The Rosewood!

I have to say I was a little disappointed San Miguel isn’t on the beach, but sitting on my terrace (which is bigger than one of my NYC apartments), is pretty amazing.  It looks like Italy!!

No clue what those purple trees are called, but I’m going to find out.  Wow….

(Full disclosure: Rosewood provided generous media rate in exchange for an honest review.)

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