Kiwi Insider Karen Mumby was recently invited along with 10 other travel agents by Mexicana Airlines, Mexican Tourism Board and Total Vacations to go on a “Familiarization Trip” to experience a combination of Colonial Mexico with a couple of days of relaxing at the beach.
We had the pleasure at staying at Villa Montana Hotel and Spa during our stay in Morelia, Mexico. From its secluded hilltop setting, Villa Montaña Hotel overlooks the city.
Each of this Mexico hotel’s 36 luxurious villa-style suites has its own special character, distinct in design and superb artistic furnishings are enhanced with modern luxuries. All of the suites come with their own cozy fireplaces. Some even have two!
Statuary and stonework motifs decorate the paths that meander through luxuriant gardens of this exclusive mini-village. In the delightful restaurant, innovative cuisine, with the finest ingredients, is prepared with talent and served with flair.
International and regional cuisine is incomparable, made with the finest and freshest ingredients and served with flair and elegance. A fireplace and artwork add to the casual elegant atmosphere. The terrace bar-restaurant is delightful for lunch, cocktails and socializing while enjoying a panoramic view of Morelia.
In the evening watch the spectacular illumination of Mexico’s most beautiful cathedral, then hit the streets for a night out on the town. Sunday buffet breakfast features an array of Michoacan’s regional delicacies at this hotel in Morelia.
Villa Montaña Hotel and Spa offers a separate full-service spa facility within the lovely grounds of the hotel, definitely a facility they are very proud of.
A hallway with stained-glass leads to the new facility staffed by masterfully healing therapists for whom wellness and rejuvenation are a way of life.
Why travel to Morelia? Morelia is the capital of the state of Michoacan. It is located approximately 200 miles from Mexico City and is one of the country’s most significant colonial cities with an aristocratic feel.
It is rich in history and culture, elegant Spanish Colonial architecture, picturesque streets and wonderful local food. In the evening watch the spectacular illumination of Mexico’s most beautiful cathedral, then hit the streets for a night out on the town.
Morelia Cathedral is a baroque cathedral with two 70-metre towers that dominate the city’s skyline. The pink stone cathedral is located in the main plaza and is surrounded by beautiful colonial buildings. The cathedral is said to have taken over 100 years to build and is one of the finest in all of Mexico. The cathedral’s twin towers, large organ and sculpture of the Crucifixion (Senor de la Sacristia) are worth a visit.
The state of Michoacan is host to the Monarch Butterflies which arrive from the USA and Canada in early November and stay through the end of February. Both domestic and international tourists come to see the butterflies, which cover the trees with a bright flaming orange hue at the sanctuary near the town of Angangueo.
Although it’s about a 3-hour drive from Morelia to see the Monarchs, it’s an amazing experience. I highly recommend it!