Design Destination: A Rosewood By Any Other Name


, Mexico’s preeminent luxury boutique hotel, located in the charming and historic artists’ village of San Miguel de Allende, is encouraging guests to access their inner artist through a new program they’re calling “Inspirational Arts Amenity.”

Visitors who stay in select suites or in a private residence will be welcomed with an easel in their room, complete with paints, and all the tools for creating a unique piece of artwork to take home. Adults and kid-sized easels ensure that the entire family can join in to create a one-of-a-kind piece of art and a lasting memory of their stay. At the conclusion of their visit, guests have the option to purchase the kit to continue their artistic exploration at home. All guests will have their painting packaged along with their apron to take home.

The unusual offering was inspired by the rich history of San Miguel de Allende. The hotel, crafted by local artisans to capture the historical essence and ambience of the city, pays homage to area’s storied past while staying true to Rosewood’s philosophy of providing guests with a memorable experience of unparalleled luxury and understated elegance. San Miguel de Allende, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its colonial authenticity and cultural integrity, is considered a remarkable example of 16th-century Spanish Colonial Baroque architecture and also played a vital role during the Mexican War of Independence. To honor its famous son and national hero, Ignacio Allende, the town renamed itself San Miguel de Allende in 1826. In recent decades, the natural beauty of the surrounding countryside, the quality of the light, and the area’s unique ambience have drawn artists to study, work, and settle here.

The hotel itself offers an extensive and spirited collection of contemporary Mexican art on exhibit throughout public areas of the hotel, consisting of works by prominent artists active in various regions of Mexico and includes a number of expatriate artists who have made San Miguel their second home.

Designed by Seattle-based , the private residences offer vacationers a luxurious home away from home. The four or five bedroom retreats were designed to encourage communal gatherings and at-home events reminiscent of those held at traditional homes in the area. The interiors, coalesced by an earthy color palette, blend Spanish Colonial influences with state of the art amenities. Dramatic entryways, interior gardens with soothing fountains, spacious kitchens, fireplaces, private underground parking, elevators, and jacuzzis all mingle together in this spectacular design dream.

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