This year, join Mexico in a celebration of the bicentennial of its Independence movement and the centennial of its Revolution. Partake in the vibrancy of the culture with uniquely Mexican offerings from Casa de Sierra Nevada and Maroma Resort and Spa.
Casa de Sierra Nevada
San Miguel de Allende
See the charming, authentic architecture that won the city recognition as a National Monument. There are countless examples of the elements that make Mexican colonial architecture so enchanting and seductive. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10:00am, a 2-hour guided walking tour departs from in front of the Parroquia. An $8* fee benefits Patronato Pro Ninos, a children’s charity.
Hear the music and cheering of a unique tradition called the "Callejoneadas." The walking parties on the streets of the historic center follow a band of musicians who are cheering and singing along participants, always accompanied by a donkey carrying the "mescal" or tequila, which participants drink during the walk. It is also common to be accompanied by the famous "Mojigangas," giant puppets dressed as men and women with cheerful, exotic colors. The hotel staff will arrange for guest participation upon request. Cost per person varies (Total group cost is $615*, for groups of 2 to 20 participants).
Touch rejuvenates at Casa de Sierra Nevada’s Laja Spa. The Laja Exclusive Spa Massage entails a technique developed especially for guests, helping to release accumulated stress, working the entire muscular system from head to toe, helping to balance the nervous system, providing relaxation and soothing the mind and spirit. $65* for 50 minutes, $85* for 80 minutes.
Taste the freshest local ingredients and produce at the colorful San Miguel Market, with Chef Paco Cardenas as guide. Hear about the wonderful ingredients that make Mexican Cuisine so special and learn to select the best of the crop. Afterwards, bring selected items back to the Sazón cooking school, where they become the ingredients for making delicious salsas and salads, served with handmade tortillas. Market Tours & Cooking Class offered every Tuesday for $46* per person.
Smell the fresh, clean air with a bird’s eye view, from a hot air balloon. A one-hour soar over the heart of San Miguel provides a new perspective on the city’s splendor. Jay Kimball, who formerly conducted balloon rides over Napa Valley, has been doing thie same here in San Miguel for years. $185 per person. (If soaring heights don’t appeal, opt instead for a bike tour to get fresh air. The premier bike shop in San Miguel arranges rides of various lengths to key attractions outside the city, such as Atotonilco and hot spring resorts.)
Suite Deal: Overnight rates from $186* per room, per night with the 30 Day Advance Purchase package. Two night minimum. Subject to availability.
Maroma Resort and Spa
See 360 degree views of the intense turquoise blue of the Caribbean and the imposing jungle surrounding Maroma by booking a “Special Dinner” at the Mirador, located in the highest peak of the hotel. This cozy and private location is decorated with candles and lit by moonlight as a dedicated server delivers exquisite dishes. $200 for meal set-up, plus menus at $85 per person.
Hear Spanish language only, by choosing to participate in Maroma’s Spanish Immersion Program. Donning a special pulsera (bracelet) will alert resort staff to operate in Spanish-only mode, enabling participating guests to enhance their knowledge of the language. To help along the way, participants also receive a Spanish-English dictionary along with a “cheat-sheet” of helpful phrases. $45 per person.
Touch fruit and enriched mineral mud, slathering the body for nourishment, as aromatic and healing steam swirls overheard. During the traditional Temazcal ritual offered at Kinan Spa, heated volcanic rocks are doused with herb infused water by the Temazcalera, Nancy Aguilar. The Maya Temazcal is similar to a North American Indian sweat lodge. Offered at dusk, this ritualistic treatment weaves together ancient traditions, chants and meditation. After the sun sets, guests are taken to the sea for a cool cleansing plunge. This experience leaves an overall feeling of cleanliness, calm and inner peace. $120 per person for 90-minute treatment.
Taste three kinds of tequila (Blanco, Reposado and Añejo), as the bartender explains the history, origins and process whereby tequila is made. Offered Wednesdays at 5:00pm at Freddy’s bar, the 40-minute presentation about the origins of tequila is designed to offer guests the opportunity to know a little more about traditional Mexican tequila. $45 per person.
Smell crisp ocean air and delicious Mexican dishes together. Maroma will offer a traditional Mexican celebration for the Bicentennial of Mexican Independence at 6:00pm on September 15th. The beachside party will include a Pozole station, tacos de la costa, atole and tamales, a quesadilla station, traditional sweets such as churros and more. $60 per person.
Suite Deal: Overnight rates from $465 per room, per night plus taxes with the Ocean Suite Escape package. Book by December 15, 2010 for travel through December 21, 2010. Three night minimum. Subject to availability.
All rates are listed here in US Dollars and subject to tax and service charges.
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