A place called Nirvana should be peaceful and the Nirvana Retreat lives up to the name. Ten rooms are perched on the side of a mesquite-covered bluff over the Río Laja. Each room is unique, sporting slate built-in shelves, high fluffy beds, Wi-Fi, and the feeling of sleeping in a snug tree house. The country experience is totally different from staying in town and Nirvana offers one of the top choices—a great setting, a destination restaurant, impeccable service, and comfortable rooms. When San Miguel is in full-on fiesta mode with fireworks and competing marching bands, locals come out here for a staycation whose soundtrack is the mellow-jazzy music playing in the restaurant. It feels a million miles away from the Centro but is really just about 15 minutes by car. The lap pool is 90 feet long and filled with water from the hot springs that gushes out of a chest-high pipe for a perfect back and shoulder pounding. Nirvana is pet friendly and there are horses available for rides.