Activities & Attractions Backgrounder

Resort Activities & Services

TEQUILA TASTINGS: Guests learn about the history of tequila, the distillation process, the different types and the appropriate way to drink in this tequila-tasting class. The legendary liquor is enjoying a renaissance among trendsetters and connoisseurs worldwide. The resort's Tequileros will conduct lessons for several guests up to a maximum of 10. Graduates receive an official diploma. Salud!

LA OLLA COOKING CLASS: A unique cooking class experience for those foodies who want to learn the secrets of the Mexican kitchen. "La Olla" (the pot) is the center of traditional Mexican cuisine. Each class starts in early morning with a chef-guided visit to an organic farm where vegetables are grown. Guests assist the chef in selecting the needed ingredients, learn how to cook them, and enjoy a well-earned lunch with a tequila or mezcal!

MEN IN WHITE: A special program for guests who wish to hone their skills and impress their loved ones with professional culinary creations. Hotel chefs assist as you chop, slice, sauté and decorate a meal to remember.

ROSE BUDS™: Children of all ages are welcomed at Rosewood San Miguel. From a family pool to special kid’s menus and children's activities, there are plenty of things to do, enjoy and learn at the resort. The kid's club, located next to the family pool, welcomes children (must be potty trained) to enjoy a learning experience. From painting classes and pottery, to gardening and dance, to Mexican history and language courses, there is an array of activities for kids of all ages.

SENSE, A ROSEWOOD SPA®: Join us in pursuit of your desired wellness and unique lifestyle goals. The spa offers an array of treatments and programs made especially with your well-being in mind. Spa wellness programs include a full menu of advanced treatments and personalized services that feature the world’s most distinguished product lines. The spa also incorporates local offerings including thermal waters and locally grown lavender in the treatments.

The Fitness Center offers state-of-the-art equipment along with a series of group and personal classes. Core training is performed through yoga, Pilates and kinesis; cardio focus is brought through varied equipment as well as aerobics, Zumba and step classes. A personal trainer is be available for strength training.

Local/Regional Activities & Attractions

Within the town of San Miguel there are numerous activities and attractions within a short distance from the resort. In the surrounding towns, villages and countryside, there are abundant activities and attractions for all age groups and for all interests.

ART CLASSES: San Miguel is a living world of art with numerous institutes, studios and workshops offering a variety of classes in different art forms including painting, sketching, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, photography and many others. Join a class at one of the institutes to learn or improve your skills or sign up for a workshop with one of the many local artists to enhance your technique or learn a new style. And it’s not just the visual arts; the town also boasts a fine selection of performing art schools including the famed Arthur Murray dance school. Visitors can also take Spanish language courses or partake in one of several cooking schools dedicated to traditional Mexican cooking as well as more international fare.

FESTIVALS: Throughout the year there are numerous festivals both in San Miguel and in the surrounding towns and villages. Especially interesting are the Easter parades, Dia de los Locos festival, Independence Day festivities in mid-September and New Year’s celebrations. There are also jazz and classical music festivals and a variety of art and cultural festivals throughout the year.

CITY TOURS: There are a variety of cultural and entertaining tours of the city that can be done on foot, by bicycle or by trolley bus. Explore the cobblestone streets and discover the colonial architecture that makes the town so charming. Visit the house of Ignacio Allende, San Miguel's most famous citizen and the liberator of Mexico from Spanish rule some 200 years ago.

HIKING, BIKING, HORSEBACK RIDING & ATV TOURS: Around San Miguel there are many interesting paths and trails that showcase the picturesque countryside. For birdwatchers, the Mexican Audubon Society is headquartered in San Miguel and offers regular guided excursions.

GOLF: There are two golf courses in town, Club de Golf Malanquin and the new Club de Golf Las Ventanas, a Nick Faldo-designed, 18-hole course with great views of the city skyline.

HOT THERMAL SPRINGS: Located on the outskirts of San Miguel are several thermal spas where visitors can relax in both warm and hot, mineral water pools fed by the underground springs. Combine this with one of our signature spa treatments for an unforgettable experience to leave your body feeling completely relaxed and recharged.

EXCURSIONS & TOURS: Close to San Miguel are several interesting towns and cultural sites including the recently excavated, Toltec ruins at La Cañada de la Virgin about 25 kms outside of the city. The nearby town of Dolores Hidalgo is famed as the center of Talavera pottery and it was also the base where the Mexican troops gathered at the start of the War of Independence. The city of Guanajuato is well worth a visit to see the underground roads and colonial architecture that are particular to this area as well as the Mummies of Guanajuato exhibit. The city was also the home of Diego Riviera, the famed painter and muralist, and there is a museum with a large collection of his work.

ART, ANTIQUE & HANDICRAFT SHOPPING: San Miguel is renowned for its amazing shopping which can become an adventure in itself as you explore the shops and galleries tucked away in the narrow streets and patios of the city. The city is home to a large artistic colony and the studios and galleries offer a plethora of original artworks in different styles and materials. Artisans from around central Mexico display their wares in the artisan market close to the center of town and in numerous shops and arcades around the city. The city also boasts its own glass factory, Guajuye, where hand-blown Mexican glass can be purchased.