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Hot Springs around San Miguel de Allende

Looking to relax while in San Miguel de Allende? The region is famous for its natural hot springs and there are several places you can enjoy a day, relaxing your body and mind in the hot mineral water and surrounding natural landscape.

ESCONDIDO PLACE

This is my personal favorite.

Perfectly manicured grounds with large swaths of grass in both sun and shade to read or pic-nic, ponds full of blooming pink, yellow and white water lilies, and 3 enclosed pools, each hotter than the next, where steam can collect, and several cooler outdoor pools, this is Escondido. Beautiful walking paths line the grounds as well.

The restaurant provides tables and a bar with fantastic pina coladas (highly recommended!) However, you can bring in your own water and snacks if you choose. Not many chairs, so be sure to bring towels or blankets to stretch out on the ground and get your positive ion dose. There are showers, changing rooms and bathrooms. Entry cost 120 mxn (about 10 usd) and is valid all day. Lockers are available, though generally unnecessary. Massage service offered.

Getting there and getting away:

Address: Carretera San Miguel – Dolores km 10, 37894 San Miguel de Allende, GTO
Phone: 01 415 185 2022
Hours: 8:00 am – 5:30 pm

LA GRUTA

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A slightly more upscale version of Escondido Place, La Gruta offers the same beauty, gardens and steam caves, but with poolside bar and restaurant service and cushy lounge chairs. Another unique feature is the tunnel leading to the steam cave (of which they have 1). It’s a narrow, increasingly hotter, cobblestone structure with small sky lights. It’s quite beautiful. The outdoor pool is warm, unlike Escondido place, whose outdoor pools are cool. And they also have several cool outdoor pools and grassy areas for lounging.

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The policies for entry are stricter; no food or beverages are allowed, and they check your bags upon entry. The restaurant provides food, cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages. Lockers are available and recommended, as are showers, changing rooms and bathrooms. Massage service offered.

Getting there and getting away:

Address: Carretera San Miguel – Dolores km 10, 37894 San Miguel de Allende, GTO
Phone: 01 (415) 185 2162
Hours: 8:00 am – 5:30 pm

HOTEL HACIENDA TABOADA

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These hot springs are linked to the hotel and only available for use if you either stay in one of the rooms, eat at the restaurant, or have a membership to the “water resort”.  For this reason, the hotsprings are particularly quiet and relaxing. All pools are outdoor, hot and cold, and the hot one is particularly hot, which is lovely. They have a large lap pool that’s nearly always empty, providing plenty of space for personal exercise routines or just taking it easy.

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The rooms are nothing special, but the grounds are lush, shady gardens, inviting and calming. The restaurant serves a wide variety of traditional Mexican as well as international cuisine. There are tennis courts and a large playground for children and families.

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Getting there and getting away:

Address: Carretera San Miguel – Dolores km 8, 37894 San Miguel de Allende, GTO
Phone: (52)(415)152-9250

MAYAN BATHS

The Mayan Baths are by far the most visually spectacular of the hot springs structures, with an underground network of caves, heated rooms and bar. It is for private groups of 8 or more, so it’s not available for drop-in visits, only party rental. While visually spectacular, the only problem with this location is the temperature of the water. Unfortunately hot isn’t a word that comes to mind. Warm perhaps, if you’re lucky. Otherwise it’s tepid.

Getting there and getting away:

Address: Camino Hacia Xote, only 10 minutes from Centro …, 37880 San Miguel de Allende, GTO
Phone:01 415 120 0078