The newest hotel property in San Miguel de Allende opened this past December, elevating the wellness offering in this city, which continuously tops global lists of favorite places to visit. The AMATTE Wellnest Community was built under the guidance of Japanese architect Shinji Miyazaki using sustainable materials mostly based on chukum, a limestone-based stucco mixed with resin from chukum trees, semi-hardwood thorny trees native to the Yucatán.
The design incorporates the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi, or accepting imperfections. Each of the spaces in this “nest” was created thinking about how guests will experience it, from the timeless beauty of its architecture, bold furniture pieces, sensual rain showers and the pleasing circuit guests make on the terrace, one of the most admired in San Miguel and an ideal spot for contemplating the region’s exquisite sunsets.
“The concept of AMATTE Wellnest Community is to provide a space where its guests and visitors can enter a ‘nest’ of well-being, enjoyment and good living,” said Carlos Moreno, General Manager.
The 34-guest room building is divided by units comprising eight different categories: Studio, Studio Deluxe, Junior Suite, Junior Suite Colonial, Junior Suite Deluxe, Double Master Suite, Colonial Residence and a complete, two-story Villa. Room features include biodegradable bathroom amenities, spectacular rain showers and air conditioning.
The sweeping view from the main hotel entrance up to reception inspires guests to climb the 71 steps that lead them to a space of ultimate luxury and comfort. (Guests can also use an elevator.)
AMATTE Wellnest Community offers a terrace with orchard; a dipping pool; fitness center with Life fitness equipment; a spa; a wine cellar, or cava; mixology bars and two restaurants — Piso 71, serving breakfast and lunch, and the flagship HACMANS restaurant. The latter has been carefully designed by renowned Chef Drew Deckman, who has been awarded a Michelin star. HACMANS’ sustainable and farm-to-table menu is cooked in firewood.
The hotel concierge can arrange activities both on and off the property, such as vineyard tours, horseback riding, balloon flights and visits to hot springs and the UNESCO Heritage site of Santuario de Atotonilco. The closest airport is Querétaro Intercontinental (QRO), about a 45-minute drive away, but property also provides transfers to and from Guanajuato International Airport (BJX) near León and Mexico City International (MEX).
San Miguel de Allende, located in the Bajío region of Mexico’s Guanajuato state, is home to a melting-pot population comprised of friendly locals and hundreds of expat residents of some 63 nationalities. Renowned for its picturesque cobblestone streets, colonial architecture and perfect natural lighting, the city is a popular playground for artists of all stripes. Its colonial-era traditions, both religious and secular, provide the perfect setting to experience authentic and vibrant Mexican culture.