Villa Montana to Open Full-Service Spa

Mexico’s newest spa will feature Kinich method and product line

By: Dawna Robertson

In a tranquil hilltop setting at the south side of Morelia, Villa Montana is set to open Mexico’s newest full-service spa. Villa Montana Spa, a separate resort facility with the rejuvenating European-style thalassotherapy, will also offer the pre-Hispanic Kinich method and product line. It will provide such services as massage, relaxation treatments and manicure.

Villa Montana is located 10 minutes from Morelia’s downtown historic center and 35 minutes from the city’s international airport. Spread over four secluded acres in the Santa Maria Hills, the property opens to a panoramic view of Morelia and its baroque cathedral below.

Cottage-style rooms and suites intermingle amid gardens and multilevel pathways to form an exclusive “mini-village.” Every façade, terrace, patio and garden has an intricate blend of artistic sculptures, pottery, masonry and ceramics.

A major remodeling has enhanced the dining and meeting areas. The reception area and lobby are spacious with a concierge desk and chairs for personalized check-in. Fine pieces of art and antiques from Mexico and Europe have been added to the already vast collection that decorates every corner of the property.

Villa Montana features 36 units, including 12 standard rooms, 14 junior suites, nine master suites (one- and two-bedroom) and the regal presidential suite. Each is a distinct showplace of interior design, blending Mexican colonial antiques and colorful handicrafts for which Michoacan is known. Each unit has at least one fireplace, a work of art in itself and no two are alike.

Rooms have direct-dial telephone, satellite television, AM-FM clock radio and safety deposit box. Spacious painted-tile bathrooms feature shower-tub combination, hair-dryer and extension telephone. Amenities include nightly turndown service, fine toiletries, terry robes and slippers.

In addition to its new spa, Villa Montana’s facilities and services include dining, gift shop, business center, gymnasium with cardio equipment, heated swimming pool and tennis court.

Beyond the property, guests have the opportunity to explore the historic area. Morelia, capital of Michoacan State, is a four-century-old jewel known as the Aristocrat of Colonial Cities and designated a UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Site. Located in the highlands of central Mexico, Morelia is midway between Mexico City (224 miles) and Guadalajara (198 miles) via superhighway.

The state of Michoacan is rich in agriculture and wondrous nature, ranging from mountain forests to tropical Pacific seacoast.

It’s a multi-faceted region of ancient legacies and living folk art of the Purepecha (also known as Tarascan) culture, replete with pre-Hispanic archeological sites that contrast with regal colonial architecture.

Private guided tours can be arranged by the Villa Montana concierge, including regional folk-art tours to meet master craftsmen for personal demonstrations and privileged shopping opportunities. Any purchase ceramics, woven fabrics, copper work, ceremonial masks and furniture can be shipped home.

Villa Montana is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World and Tesoros de Michoacan.