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Romantic San Miguel

Spa Treatments for Two
Romantic San Miguel
Cobblestoned streets, colonial architecture, and garlands of bougainvillea spilling over balconies make San Miguel de Allende a romantic backdrop for a couples' vacation.
Photo courtesy of Los Senderos
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    Spa Treatments for Two
    Spa Treatments for Two
    Visiting San Miguel isn't physically taxing, but there's no need to justify a trip to the spa when you're on vacation. Many luxury hotels in the city offer all sorts of pampering for couples. Rosewood's Sense Spa is indulgent; in addition to its couples-only Duet Suite Massage treatment, most of its spa menu can be customized for two. Laja Spa at Casa de Sierra Nevada features a temazcal, a steam lodge ritual dating to pre-Hispanic times.
    Photo courtesy of Los Senderos
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    Rooftop Bars
    Rooftop Bars
    San Miguel de Allende is beautiful at any angle, but viewing the city from an elevated vantage point offers a novel perspective. Head up to Luna, Rosewood's rooftop tapas bar, for exceptional views of the city, not to mention some excellent drinks. Put yourself in the bartender's capable hands and try a domestic spirit, like tequila or mezcal, as you watch the sun illuminate the spires of La Parroquia, the city's most recognized landmark. Another tapas and cocktail bar on a roof is the aptly named La Azotea (the Rooftop Terrace). If you want all-hours access to a roof, the romantic four-room luxury inn L'Ôtel has a rooftop pool (guests only).
    Photo courtesy of Rooftop Bar
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    Table for Two
    Table for Two
    If you and your partner consider yourselves foodies, San Miguel de Allende isn't likely to disappoint. There are plenty of upscale restaurants around the city where you can indulge in contemporary Mexican and international cuisine, including Moxi—the San Miguel restaurant of Mexico City star chef Enrique Olvera—and Andanza, the ultraromantic restaurant at Casa de Sierra Nevada. The latter has plenty of cozy tables for two; when making a reservation, ask for a spot by the log fire or, if the weather's warmer, a table on the terrace. Among its many offerings, Andanza's menu has an appetizer and an entrée specifically designed for two people to share.
    Photo by Jordana BTP
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    Customized Romantic Itineraries
    Customized Romantic Itineraries
    Many of San Miguel de Allende's hotels, inns, and B&Bs seem infused with a natural charm that sets the stage for a romantic getaway, but some excel at rounding out your stay with a full slate of bonding activities. Hotel Hacienda El Santuario offers several package deals in which luxurious rooms and attentive service are combined with customized itineraries; two of the packages are specifically for couples. The basic romance package includes couple's massages, in-room wine, chocolate-dipped strawberries, and a musical serenade, while the romantic air package includes a romantic dinner at an upscale restaurant and a hot-air balloon ride over San Miguel de Allende.
    Photo courtesy of Vega Manchón Winery
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    Explore Beyond City Limits
    Explore Beyond City Limits
    San Miguel proper has plenty to keep you busy during a vacation, but if you want to see what's beyond the city limits, take a day trip to the countryside of Guanajuato. A popular activity is horseback riding along the outskirts of the city with the outfitter Leisurely Country Horseback Riding. Depending on the season, you may ford rivers and cross fields awash in wildflowers. Good for both beginners and advanced riders, the journey can be customized to include lunch and a stop to soak in a local hot spring. Options include half- and full-day excursions as well as overnight camping trips.
    Photo by Jordi Mariscal
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    Explore Colonial Courtyards
    Explore Colonial Courtyards
    The Spanish patio, or courtyard, is a central architectural feature of most colonial-era buildings, but for visitors, access can be elusive. Not so in San Miguel de Allende, where a number of the romantic courtyards are open to the public, either daily or by special arrangement. Two of the most visited are those at the Biblioteca Pública and the Escuela de Bellas Artes, but one of the most interesting ways to get a peek at the inner yards of colonial homes is with the Biblioteca's weekly House and Garden Tour. Held each Sunday, the tours feature visits to several among 300 homes; the experience also includes breakfast in the Biblioteca's own courtyard.
    Photo by Jordana BTP