San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico. June. 26, 2019. –Travelers have likely heard of San Miguel de Allende for its thriving art scene, historical center, and vibrant heritage. In fact, the city was named two years in a row as the Best City in the World by Travel + Leisure. But San Miguel de Allende is also one of the best kept secrets in Mexico for wellness travel, thanks to nearby natural hot springs.
San Miguel de Allende was founded on the edge of an extinct volcano, which last erupted 12,000 years ago. But this subterranean volcanic activity has resulted in dozens of nearby healing thermal waters and hot springs, especially between San Miguel de Allende and nearby Dolores Hidalgo, only a 20-minute drive away.For a relaxing hot spring experience, consider Spa La Gruta. The waters of these thermal baths are known for their medicinal properties. But visitors can make a full day of the experience with a traditional healing ceremony in the ancient temazcal. The historic temazcal tradition roots from ancient Mexican cultures and is a spiritual journey within an igloo-shaped structure where visitors can heal via aromatherapy, detoxification, relaxation, and cleansing of the skin. La Gruta also offers spa services such as massages and facials, as well as a fantastic onsite restaurant, so visitors can make an entire day of the experience.
Just 10 minutes from San Miguel de Allende, in the Sanctuary of Atotonilco is Escondido Place. Part thermal hot springs, part spa, part hotel, this luxurious, healing paradise is full of nature, relaxation, and a touch of magic. It also doubles as a hotel, Lila Hotel Boutique, for those who want to fully immerse themselves in the thermal experience and have private access to the pools at night when they are closed to the public.
Travelers can also immerse themselves in the tranquility and natural beauty of Hotel Nirvana. Just 15 minutes outside of San Miguel de Allende is this stunning retreat, complete with a hotel, spa, and restaurant. Indulge in a selection of services for singles or couples and, of course, begin or end your treatment within the thermal pools. Guests may enjoy a tasty organic meal with Nirvana’s farm to table concept.
Families can also enjoy the hot springs together at Parque Acuatico Xote. This water park is a full day of family fun for kids and adults, with swimming pools, lush jungle, water games, a temazcal, and the hot springs.