by Michael J. Shapiro | June 11, 2018
Dream Hotel Group has inked a deal to debut its luxury Chatwal brand south of the border. The Chatwal San Miguel de Allende is due to open in 2020 in the charming colonial city in the Central Highlands of Mexico.
The property will be only the brand's fourth worldwide. The Chatwal in New York City is the only one currently operating; the Chatwal Lodge will open in 2019 in Bethel, N.Y., followed by the Chatwal Maaga Maldives in 2020.
 
The Chatwal San Miguel de Allende will be in the Vines development, perched on a cliff overlooking the Laja River Valley and the town itself. The hotel will consist of 44 free-standing villas and 125 branded residences. Surrounding the property will be 200 acres of French-imported vineyards, a polo club with a spa and fitness facilities, and a farm-to-table culinary program.
 
"We are very excited to announce the Chatwal San Miguel de Allende as the centerpiece of this incredible development," said Alejandro Tamayo Ibarra, CEO of Tamayo Desarrollos, the local developer behind the Vines. "Together, we look forward to creating a new type of luxury experience for Mexico and Latin America."
 
San Miguel de Allende is in the far eastern part of the state of Guanajuato, about a three-hour drive from Mexico City. The city and nearby sanctuary were declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2008, based on its cultural significance, the architecture and the area's historical role in Mexico's fight for independence. The city attracts a wide range of international visitors and expats, and is known for its thriving culinary and arts scenes as well as year-round mild weather.
 
"The Chatwal brand is a perfect fit for this beautiful city and represents everything San Miguel has to offer -- rich history and culture, exquisite architecture and design, exceptional gastronom, and a deeply romantic setting designed purely for relaxation," noted Christian Glauser-Benz, Dream Hotel Group's vice president of development.
 
The San Miguel de Allende project is the latest example of Dream's Latin America expansion efforts. In January, the company signed deals to develop the 97-room Unscripted Tulum in Mexico's Rivera Maya, as well as the 24-cabin Unscripted Belize and 100-room Dream Belize.