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Sunday December 17 2017
San Miguel: Art Golf Love

Charles Kinder

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The mention of San Miguel de Allende brings wonderful thoughts and visions of tranquility, Spanish plazas, narrow cobblestone streets and warm memories. This popular, enchanting little town is one of the string of cities linked together as part of the colonial route with historic reference to battles and events that shaped the independence of Mexico from its Spanish and French rule.

I have spent rewarding times with friends and family staying in a variety of hotels big and small; there is not a bad place in town.

Located in the center of Mexico, San Miguel de Allende was founded in 1542 by a Franciscan monk its roots deep in Spanish architecture and historic significance transformed San Miguel Allende into an attractive tourist destination for wealthy Mexican residents and American and Canadian expatriate, second home investors and well healed retirees. Its year round moderate climate and the high security of its streets turn San Miguel into the perfect spot for the most demanding travelers and investors. San Miguel de Allende with all of its charms; luscious green courtyards and roof top gardens is a magical town to live in.

I have fondness for many select boutique accommodations in San Miguel; one in particular, is the Casa of Sierra Nevada in the heart of town surrounded by succulent gardens, stone arches and traditional wooden doors, outside fireplaces, and a recently remodeled pool. World travelers seek out the warmth of the Mexican hospitality offered in this small boutique hotel consisting of 37 rooms in a complex of joining mansions from the old world architecture with a unique collection of eclectic rooms full of art and antiques. Food is so good that they created a world famous cooking school offering some of the best Mexican cuisine.

Many other small picturesque hotels dot the landscape of this charming city unequalled in Mexico. Casa Misha often rates top reviews from guests enchanted by the staff’s unrivaled attention and their finely detailed rooms. The Oasis ranks high with business travelers looking for a home away from home. San Miguel has dozens of top bed and breakfast stylish hotels that add to the uniqueness of this Colonial City.

For much of its history San Miguel was lacking world class golf, now all is well, in that department with the completion of the new Las Ventanas de San Miguel Golf Course and residential development, designed by Nick Faldo via the back room drafting of the Schmidt-Curly architectural group with their third golf course in Mexico. A Par 70 layout, with over 6800 yards of commanding views of the historic hillsides of San Miguel del Allende, some views look unreal, like in pinch me I need a reality check, is this view that beautiful? From Las Ventanas del San Miguel the answer will always be YES.

This golf course opened in June of 2010 and its first annual Tournament – named Bicentennial Tournament - is scheduled for the end of September, which will bring the first true golf course experience to all of San Miguel de Allende. Over 740 lots will be part of a long term build out with contemporary Mexican and colonial style designed homes for upscale Mexican families along with a host of international, US and Canadians golfers and investors, who appreciate the one of a kind in the world view setting presented along each fairway from tee to green. Las Ventanas de San Miguel must be on your top five list of living choices for your second home or retirement.

Las Ventanas de San Miguel, collaboration with Schmidt-Curley design team and the vision of Nick Faldo to create an 18-hole championship golf course within an exclusive resort community. At Las Ventanas de San Miguel one can experience the tranquility of countryside living and the challenge of playing a world class championship golf course within minutes from the heart of the historic town of San Miguel de Allende.

Nick Faldo is one of the most successful golf players in history. He has six majors, 11 Ryder championships and more than 40 tournament victories around the world. Ventanas de San Miguel is his first project as designer in Mexico, hand to hand with the acclaimed international architectural firm Smith and Curley. Faldo´s team is creating an international championship 18-hole golf course which shall be deemed amongst the best options for Mexican and global players.

Another option for golfers is the ever so popular Artesana Rosewood Residences. Developed by a team of experts and accomplished professionals it is a work of art to live in and enjoy. With its sophisticated comforts in this perfect settings it is a living masterpiece for a lifetime of enjoyment, indeed.
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts will open a full ownership resort village in San Miguel de Allende, under the watchful eye of DMB realty and slated to complete the project in early 2011.

The authentic ambiance of the city is full of culture, art, beauty and now with great golf. Its gently cosmopolitan touch is given by the foreigners that have adopted it as their own, representing approximately 20% of the population.

San Miguel de Allende's year round moderate climate and the high security of its streets have turned this enchanted town into the perfect spot. With its delightful artistic flair, ancient presence; luscious green gardens, unique architecture and cobble stones that echoes history offering its visitors and long term residents a stress-free, comfortable, lasting memory and secure life-style.

Come visit San Miguel de Allende for its ART, GOLF and LOVE it forever.


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