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A Retreat Experience: Live Aqua San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

The vibrant urban resort Live Aqua San Miguel de Allende sits just on the edge of the city center, a short walk from the iconic pink Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel. Home to diverse art installations around the property, excellent gourmet restaurants, and beautiful terraces and courtyards adorned with intricate tile work, reflecting the rich heritage of San Miguel de Allende.

Each guest suite at Live Aqua is thoughtfully designed, featuring a large smart TV cleverly hidden behind a sliding mirror, a beautiful bathtub, and a record player with a selection of vinyl records, allowing guests to enjoy a nostalgic musical journey. Some suites also offer the luxury of a private outdoor Jacuzzi, perfect for relaxing under the stars.

Live Aqua creates a wellness retreat that blends luxury, culture, and rejuvenation in an environment where modern comforts meet historic charm. Guests can explore the city’s vibrant history on a walking city tour, uncovering the rich tapestry of San Miguel de Allende’s heritage. This leisurely exploration is a great way to absorb the sights, sounds, and stories of this enchanting city.

A gastronomic experience at Viñedo San Lucas, a nearby vineyard, allows guests to indulge in a delicious lunch, enjoying fresh, farm-to-table cuisine paired with local wines. The picturesque setting makes for an unforgettable dining experience.

Back at the hotel, guests can immerse themselves in local culture with the Mojigangas workshop, engaging in the traditional art of crafting giant puppets, a symbol of Mexican festivity. This hands-on activity fosters creativity and connection. A mocktail-making class, guided by an expert mixologist, teaches guests to craft exquisite, non-alcoholic beverages using fresh, locally sourced ingredients including fresh lavender extract to add a touch of relaxation and sophistication to the delightful concoctions.

Early morning yoga classes can be held on the poolside lawn or at the Jardín Zen (Zen Garden), cross over the picturesque bridge across the river, arroyo las cachinches, and practice surrounded by nature, enjoying the colorful blooms of bougainvillea flowers.

To close the retreat experience, the resort hosts a traditional ‘callejoneada’, a traveling fiesta led by a lively Mariachi band. This joyous event winds through the charming courtyards and corridors of the resort, reminiscent of the streets of San Miguel de Allende, offering guests a delightful taste of local festivity.

Feel Urban Spa at Live Aqua combines modern facilities with elements of traditional Mexican culture. Each changing room is equipped with a sauna and steam room, providing the perfect start to any wellness journey. The ludic pool, where all guests can enjoy the hydrotherapy elements together, has a variety of jets to alleviate muscle tension and promote circulation. The space is complemented by experience showers, thermal loungers, and an oxygen bar. Unwind on the perfectly heated loungers to warm the muscles while inhaling an oxygen infusion of lavender or eucalyptus to invigorate with a refreshing burst of energy.

The spa’s menu includes a wide range of treatments, from revitalizing facials and deep-tissue massages to holistic therapies. One such experience is the Temazcal Ceremony, an ancient Mesoamerican ritual of rebirth that purifies the body and spirit through herb-infused steam in a traditional stone structure. This transformative ceremony is guided by a knowledgeable shaman who leads this profound cleansing journey of renewal. Complete the Temazcal ritual with a revitalizing dip in the cold plunge pool.

A fully equipped fitness center allows guests to keep up with their workout routine via cardio machines equipped with personal entertainment screens, free weights, resistance machines, and functional training equipment, such as kettlebells and medicine balls. Two high-tech stationary bikes and two mirror-based fitness devices offer live and on-demand interactive workout classes.


By Sara Jones

Author: Fabiola

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