San Miguel hot springs

Hot Springs around San Miguel de Allende

*updated December 2020, the COVID 19 protocols currently have the sites closed*

Of all the delightful things san Miguel de allende has to offer, the hot springs are one of my personal favorites. While the area itself is semi-arid, surounded my mountains and dotted with mesquite and cacti, the escape into water and greenery is a lovely respite from the dusty days.

The dry season can feel long and every ounce of your body will be crying out for water. Even as a visitor, most people notice the dryness instantly, along with the altitude which makes you need more water intake to adapt. Besides whether you’re worn out form the altitude or running around exploring, taking a day to fully relax, soak in hot water, sweat, gaze at the clear blue sky or the blooming water lilies, is always a good idea.

Looking to relax while in San Miguel de Allende? The wine route is also famous for its naturally-occuring mineral hot springs, and there are several places you can enjoy a day, relaxing your body and mind in the hot spring and lush surrounding landscape.

San Miguel hot springs
hot springs
San Miguel hot springs

ESCONDIDO PLACE

As a long time resident of San Miguel de Allende, Escondido is my favorite. Though argueably not as aesthetic as La Gruta, I adore its extensive grounds with large swaths of grass, plants and flowers in both sun and shade, spaces 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 placed strategically on the grounds. Beautiful walking paths line the gardens as well. The management is very relaxed and there’s a feeling of freedom there. No one bothers you, speaks to you, or much cares what you’re doing (which I like very much).

The restaurant has outdoor seating and a bar with fantastic pina coladas (highly recommended!) However, you can bring in your own drink and snacks if you choose. You can even bring food to barbecue! They have chairs, large canopy beds, and offer massages on site, much like you might get on the beach. Be sure to bring towels and/or picnic blankets to lay on the beds (they have stiff plastic covers) or to stretch out on the ground and get your positive ion dose. There are showers, changing rooms and bathrooms. Entry cost 150 mxn (about 12 usd) and is valid all day. Lockers are available, though generally unnecessary.

Getting there and getting away:

Address: Carretera San Miguel – Dolores km 10, 37894 San Miguel de Allende, GTO
Phone: +52 415 185 2022
Hours: 8:00 am – 5:30 pm

San Miguel hot springs

LA GRUTA

La Gruta is my recommendation for a first time visitor to the area. A bit more compact and managed version of Escondido Place, La Gruta offers a similar beauty, gardens and steam caves, but with a poolside bar and restaurant service, and cushy lounge chairs. The steam caves themselves are more aesthetic, with cobble-stoned tunnels and sky lightes leading you from the tepid outdoor pool to the hot steam cave with the back massage waterfall. As you walk through the narrow stone tunnel it gets increasingly hotter. the tunnel and cave structure are 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, but mainly guests are encouraged to stay in the areas with the lounge chairs.

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 as well. as the management is stricter, there is more attention paid to the details and often visitors appreciate this way of handling things.

Getting there and getting away:

Address: Carretera San Miguel – Dolores km 10, 37894 San Miguel de Allende, GTO
Phone: +52 (415) 185 2162
Hours: 8:00 am – 5:30 pm

San Miguel hot springs

HOTEL HACIENDA TABOADA

Taboada’s hot springs are conected to Hotel Taboada 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 generally empty. All pools are outdoor, both hot and cold, and the hot one is particularly hot, which wins major points with me. They have a large lap pool that’s nearly always empty, providing plenty of space for personal exercise routines or just taking it easy. By eating at the restaurant, you can spend the day on their grounds.

The rooms are simple, but the grounds are lush, and offer shady gardens, inviting and calming. The restaurant serves a wide variety of traditional Mexican as well as international cuisine. There are tennis courts as well, and a large playground for children and families. If you have kids, this would be my recommendation for you.

Getting there and getting away:

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

San Miguel hot springs

MAYAN BATHS

The Mayan Baths are by far the most visually spectacular of the hot springs structures, with an underground network of caves, equipped with heated rooms and a bar. It is availble 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. I’d still say it’s worth it to visit, however. An infinity pool with an incredible view and the surreal cave network is pretty spectacular. They offer some services, depending on what the party requests. They have massage services.

San Miguel hot springs
San Miguel hot springs
San Miguel hot springs

Getting there and getting away:

Address: Camino Hacia Xote, only 10 minutes from Centro …, 37880 San Miguel de Allende, GTO
Phone: +52 415 120 0078

San Miguel hot springs

Looking for more things to do in San Miguel de Allende? Check out my article A Smashing Weekend in San Miguel de Allende for all the best things to do in town. Outside of San Miguel there are several great options as well. Want to get out and explore? Read my article Day Trips from San Miguel de Allende.

1 Comment
  • Richard
    Posted at 10:46h, 30 March Reply

    Hi grate looking site, seems like you are sharing good info. unfortunately I can’t even read my notes to you besause it’s so damn light it disappears. thanks anyway.

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