Hacienda Hotels: One Historic, One Hip – Merida, Yucatan State, Mexico

Our time in Merida was book-ended by stays at two extraordinary—and very different—haciendas that have been turned into luxury hotels.

Rosas y Xocolate (pronounced chocolate) on Paseo de Montejo is a brand new modern creation in side the stately bones of a colonial mansion. It’s an architectural fantasy—all angles and contrasts and color (mostly pink). For more, read our full profile of Rosas y Xocolate for iTraveliShop.

Hacienda Xcanatun is also an architectural wonder–but of a different kind. A few minutes north of Merida,  this luxury retreat hides out inside the lovingly preserved bones of a historic sisal factory—found, unearthed and re-built by the son of one of Mexico’s most famous and accomplished archeologists.

First, Rosas y Xocolate in pictures. Scroll down for a look at Hacienda Xcanatun. Enjoy!

And now, Hacienda Xcanatun…

 

 

Two suites at Hacienda Xcanatun have bathtubs like this--carved by hand from a solid coral stone boulder and meticulously shaped and smoothed.

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