Our time in Merida was book-ended by stays at two extraordinary—and very different— haciendas that have been turned into luxury hotels.
A hip hacienda hotel
Rosas & Xocolate (pronounced chocolate) on Paseo de Montejo was created inside 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 review of Rosas & Xocolate for iTraveliShop.com.
A historic hacienda hotel
Hacienda Xcanatun is also an architectural wonder, but of a different kind. A few minutes north of Merida, this luxury retreat hides out inside a lovingly preserved and historic sisal factory—found, unearthed and re-built by the son of one of Mexico’s most famous and accomplished archaeologists. Read more about the romantic side of this hotel in our piece about Hacienda Xcanatun for iTraveliShop.com.