It’s March and that means we’re on the hunt for a spring fever inspired, yet not-impossibly-hard-to-get-to, getaway. For those of us in SoCal that means heading south of the border and a visit to a few of our favorite ‘Kindleized’ Mexico properties.
Hotel Matilda, San Miguel de Allende
Does it get anymore romantic and authentically charming than San Miguel de Allende? This colonial, cobble-stoned lined UNESCO World Heritage Site city has stayed surprisingly unchanged since the Spanish arrived. It established the baroque and neo-classical style that continues to mesmerize expats and visitors alike. When I think of San Miguel, I imagine terra-cotta walls, textured wood, a soft, natural color palate highlighted with vibrant pops of turquoise and pink. Hotel Matilda fits the artistic vibe flawlessly. In fact, the hotel highlights a rotating calendar of art exhibitions and tours, music events, and bliss inducing supper-club events orchestrated by internationally renowned chef, Enrique Olvera. After a full day of local sights, come back to the hotel to take a dip, chill out at the spa’s indoor/outdoor relaxation lounge, and enjoy a sampling of tequilas while raising a glass to the setting sun and another flawless day.
Grand Velas, Los Cabos
Who hasn’t been called by the dazzling turquoise waters where the Sea of Cortez meets the mighty Pacific? Or longed to bury their feet in pristine pink sand while stealing a glimpse of the iconic El Arco at Land’s End? At Grand Velas, your every need is met. This inspired, all-inclusive resort is helping redefine the way we think about all-inclusive. It’s super chic, uninhibited luxury managing to satisfy both the romantic needs of couples while catering to the (please make it happen) requests of families. There are Water Journey treatments at the holistic spa for adults, and multiple infinity pools for the young and young at heart. Hungry? You’ll find 8 restaurants along with a two Michelin star chef. Mixologists serve up unlimited premium cocktails at all restaurants and bars. Of course, there are tons of on site activities but it’s definitely worth taking a peek at the extensive menu of (add-on) experiences – especially if you’re up for a camel safari, Baja outback off-roading or ultralight hang gliding. Just saying.
Westin Santa Fe, Mexico City
The heavenly bed alone is worth the trip, but this Westin location offers a lot more than a comfortable nights sleep. Santa Fe is one of Mexico City’s newer neighborhoods, teeming with high-tech and international companies. Here, modern high-rises contrast the traditional Mexican architecture found elsewhere in the city. Located only 5 miles west of downtown, the possibilities are intriguing. If you still have energy after hoofing around the trendier neighborhoods of Condesa, Roma and Juarez, you’ll have Centro Santa Fe at your fingertips -300 stores and the second largest shopping mall in Latin America. And not to be outdone when the sun sets, Santa Fe steps it up with a lively restaurant and nightlife scene.