After earning award after award, including the No. 1 city to visit in Mexico (Condé Nast Traveler) and as one of the best cities to visit in the world (Travel+Leisure) year after year, it should come as no surprise that San Miguel de Allende is attracting a well-heeled crowd in search of authentic and luxurious living.
A UNESCO World Heritage City, San Miguel de Allende is known for its baroque Spanish architecture, charming cobblestone streets, thriving arts scene and many cultural festivals. The colorful colonial-era city is located in the far eastern part of the Mexican state of Guanajuato, conveniently close to two international airports—Querétaro Intercontinental Airport (QRO) and Guanajuato International Airport (BJX)—that each have daily flights to and from the U.S.
Whether visiting or looking to stay for longer, more and more investors, families, digital nomads and entrepreneurs are enlivening San Miguel de Allende’s luxury resort and real estate markets. Let’s take a closer look.
5-Star Hotels in San Miguel de Allende
Live Aqua San Miguel de Allende Urban Resort
The elegant and serene Live Aqua San Miguel de Allende Urban Resort sits just half a mile away from some of the destination’s most beloved attractions, such as the Parish of San Miguel Arcangel, charismatic artisanal markets and the renowned Cultural Center of Art and Design, La Aurora. Beautifully capturing its destination’s historical and cultural richness, the 151-room and dog-friendly property is home to four standard categories of guest rooms and seven suites. The resort’s lodging selection includes luscious amenities with marvelous views in every category, from Deluxe rooms with interior garden views to the Serenity suites with terrace. Guests will delight in signature room details, including high-thread-count sheets, feather mattresses, glass-walled bathrooms and large soaking tubs.
Guests may also indulge in a first-class dining and beverage selection, including five carefully curated bar and dining options, including the Thai Mexican fusion concept of Zibu Allende and the Casa Dragones Cigar Bar with its handcrafted tequila cocktails and the Spice Market, where Southeast Asian cuisine melts into delectable dishes that will leave visitors craving more. Guests will also enjoy a luxury experience for the senses at the Feel Urban Spa by Natura Bissé, the resort’s award-winning wellness facility with seven massage rooms, a sauna, steam bath, showers, relaxation areas and an extraordinary ludic pool.
Rosewood San Miguel de Allende
Cradled within the historical heart of downtown, Rosewood San Miguel de Allende features a hacienda-inspired aesthetic crafted by local artisans that brings guests a glimpse of historic Mexican architecture and design. 67 beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites that all offer spacious living areas, wood-beamed ceilings, thoughtful appointments and furnishings of the finest Mexican craftsmanship. San Miguel’s recognized positive energy envelops at Sense, A Rosewood Spa. The world-class sanctuary offers a full range of therapies, treatments, massage and facials, in addition to a luxuriously appointed fitness center with the option for personal trainers, yoga and Pilates instruction. The resort’s signature 1826 Restaurant headlines traditional and innovative Mexican cuisine, while Luna Rooftop Tapas Bar overlooks the city’s iconic La Parroquia.
Most recently, Condé Nast Traveler honored Rosewood San Miguel de Allende in its 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards as one of the top three hotels in Mexico and Travel+Leisure named the resort the #1 best city hotel in Mexico in its 2022 World’s Best Awards.
Luxury Real Estate in San Miguel de Allende
This beautiful modern contemporary house listed by Sotheby’s International Realty is perched at the one of the highest points of the exclusive Residencial Hoyo Trece development, within the Malanquín Golf Club, and was built to be a home that strikes the perfect balance between country club living while at the same time enjoying the “Best Small City in the World” just minutes away.
Located within one of the safest gated communities in the region, the home features an open concept design. The main house has 3 bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, while the separate bungalow hosts 2 bedrooms with en suite bathrooms.
Welcome to Casa Proserpina, located just 35 steps from the Parroquia Cathedral and main square of San Miguel de Allende and on a pedestrian only street. It is said that Casa Proserpina could date back to the 1600’s.
Now, beautifully renovated and full of treasures and charm, this 5 bedroom, 5.5 bath estate listed by Sotheby’s International Realty is rich in history with its hidden tunnel to the Parroquia, treasures that were found in the walls, and the 400-year-old arches that stand in the rear terrace of the garden.
Step behind ivy covered walls through antique wooden doors into this magical Spanish Colonial estate, also listed by Sotheby’s International Realty. Immerse yourself in this oasis of tranquility on one of the largest privately owned parcels of land in Centro Historico.
The main residence features a dramatic entry with spiral staircase, a dining room (seating up to 14 guests), a living room and an adjoining library, den/study with a half bath, plentiful fireplaces and a kitchen with commercial stove and stainless steel counters.