ARRIVAL/CHECK-IN: After hitting the highway early in the morning and driving for three calm hours from Mexico City, we arrived in the beautiful town of San Miguel de Allende. Through the stretch of small streets we found our way to the hotel; and let me tell you, even though it’s beautiful from the outside, we were not ready for what awaited on the inside.
As we entered the hotel, we noticed big, beautiful open places, gardens, art, architecture and lots of perfect spots for pictures. In the lobby we didn’t even wait a minute before a kind woman approached us and took care of us while we enjoyed a refresher; this proved one of the fastest and most comfortable check-ins I’ve witnessed, granting access to our room earlier than expected. She gave us important information about the services, amenities and sanitary regulations so we could enjoy a safe but fun stay, because protecting ourselves and others remains important.
GUEST QUARTERS: Our room could accommodate two to three guests, but for comfort I recommend keeping it to two. The hotel left us a welcome gift of a bottle of red wine and a plate of strawberries with chocolate, all perfectly fresh. The staff truly thought about every detail.
The well-organized bathroom featured two sinks; a bathtub for a relaxing soak; a separate, private shower; and a door leading to the toilet. Our room included a TV, a record player and a selection of vinyl to play, an espresso machine with capsules of coffee and tea, and a mini fridge stocked with basics you might want in the middle of the night.
When you book a room, consider requesting one with a view of the countryside.
SERVICES/AMENITIES: I was impressed by the number of services and amenities I could access, starting with the wellness center — more than properly equipped, extra clean and with a touch of street art on the walls.
The pool area with a bar offered a comfortable space perfect for a drink before any outside plans; the views and climatized pool were delightful. You must pamper yourself at Feel Urban Harmony Spa, which takes guests to another level of relaxation with a private sauna.
My brother needed the laundry service for a shirt, and the fast turnaround impressed us; we thought it would take longer.
The hotel is 100 percent dog-friendly, a wonderful characteristic. I will bring my dog with me next time.
Just an eight-minute walk from the hotel you’ll find the beautiful San Miguel Patio Decor gallery, which includes mini cafés and restaurants for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The art, the food and the coffee will delight you.
I found the pillow menu perfect for me; since I have neck problems, I consulted the menu and chose the right pillow for a good sleep. I didn’t know how important this detail was until I stayed at Live Aqua.
IHG® Hotels & Resorts certainly has a lot to celebrate, starting with an incredible growth story. Over the past five years, IHG has acquired or launched six new brands: Six Senses® Hotels Resorts Spas, Regent® Hotels & Resorts, Vignette™ Collection, voco™ hotels, avid® hotels and Atwell Suites™. Most recently, IHG reached an important milestone with its 6,000th open hotel. The company looks to further expand its portfolio by 30 percent with 1,800 hotels in the development pipeline, with significant focus on growth in the luxury segment where IHG is positioned as one of the top two hotel chains.
This past May, the location of Dunfermline in Fife, Scotland, was granted status as a city of its own during Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Not too shabby for a town that’s actually been around for a while, boasting structures dating to the 11th century.
Marriott Bonvoy and American Express recently debuted changes to the Marriott Bonvoy Business American Express Card. The card, aimed at helping small business owners turn business expenses into travel rewards, now provides new and existing card members with a 7 percent Room Rate Discount on eligible bookings at participating Marriott Bonvoy hotels; four times Marriott Bonvoy points at restaurants worldwide; and complimentary Gold Elite status. These changes are in addition to the card’s other existing benefits.
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National Rum Day is right around the corner on Aug.16, meaning it’s time to start planning your celebration. Sandals Resorts, the all-inclusive Caribbean resort company, shares recipes from mixologists, allowing rum fans to celebrate as if they are staying on property.
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Until Aug. 21, catch the museum premier of Bonnie Lautenberg: Art Meets Hollywood at Boca Raton Museum of Art. After learning one of the large-scale red paintings created by artist Lucio Fontana was the result of his viewing of the 1964 film Red Desert (directed by Michelangelo Antonioni), Lautenberg set out to discover other instances where filmmakers and artists knowingly — or perhaps unknowingly — had an effect on one another’s work.