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PUBLISHED WORK - Hotel and Resort Reviews > Hacienda Hideaway Not Just for V-Day - Merida, Mexico  (News)   January 2011

Hacienda Hideaway Not Just for V-Day - Merida, Mexico  (News)

La Casona de la Republica - roomThe  owners of the uber-romantic Hacienda Xcanatun, six miles from the heart and charms of the colonial city of Merida in Mexico’s Yucatan, agree that romance should happen all year long, not just on one designated day—and they’re willing to help.


For the entire month of February the hacienda, a member of the Mexico Boutique Hotels group, is offering a three night romantic escape package ($999 per couple). The package includes three nights in a deluxe suite (which rack-rates at $315 a night) with a private terrace equipped with an outdoor hydrotherapy tub and hammocks. You’ll get upgraded to a master suite (if available) and you’ll get breakfast every morning.

haciendabedroom.bmpYou’ll also get the polish and charm created by the focused, passionate attention to detail that owners Christine Baker and Jorge Ruz (son of Mexican archaeologist Alberto Ruz Lhuillier) put into a  five year intensive renovation which brought the abandoned 18th century sisal hacienda—the Yucatan’s version of a Southern plantation—back to life and then some.  

Today, Hacienda Xcanatun is an 18 room oasis located on ten wonderfully landscaped acres of old-growth trees and succulent tropical foliage where the size of the rooms—high ceilings and wide porches—seems to just be in scale with the teeming flora in the gently-tamed garden.

All rooms have dangerously comfortable beds, hand-crafted furniture and enormous bathrooms. Master Suites 103 and 104 go a step further with gloriously organic bathtubs which were hand carved from massive coral stone boulders that were found, in place, when renovations began on the hacienda. The tubs are more than big enough for two, by the way.

The Hacienda Xcanatun’s February romance package also includes your choice of one of the following indulgences:
-    A bottle of French champagne  in your room
-    A candlelight dinner for two
-    Twin waffle-weave cotton bathrobes with Xcanatun’s logo on them
-    A  Couple’s Maya Blessing  in your suite during which Xcanatun’s head Maya therapist will perform a relaxing massage using perfumed oils and flower petals and sing a hymn to the Maya gods asking for the your continued happiness and longevity as a couple. The ceremony ends with a glass of Xtabentun, a Yucatecan liqueur made from honey and traditionally used as an offering to the Maya gods.

haciendapool.bmpPlease allow me to strongly urge you to choose the candlelight dinner for two. The AAA four diamond Casa de Piedra restaurant at Hacienda Xcanatun is renowned as some of the best eating in this already food-centric region (George W. Bush and Mexican President Felipe Calderón dined here together in 2007). That’s thanks to the efforts of Cristina who is at the forefront of the local slow food movement and a passionate food innovator. She actually went to culinary school before opening the restaurant which combines French technique with local ingredients to create delicious surprised with every perfectly-presented course.  

The restaurant’s menu in February will, appropriately, feature local specialties made with cacao (which the Maya considered to be an aphrodisiac) and special wine selections from the restaurant’s extensive cellar.

Two pools (one for adults only), a very reasonably priced spa (treatments average $65 per hour) and no TVs round out the romance at one of Mexico’s most consistently outstanding luxury hotels.
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