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Hacienda Xcanatun

Listed under Small Hotels in Mérida, Mexico.

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18th century hacienda transformed into a small luxury hotel with Old World colonial style, fine dining and a holistic spa

Hacienda Xcanatun (ssh-kana-toon) translates as Tall Stone House in Maya and offers luxury, attention to detail and gracious hospitality. Ex-advertising executives, Jorge and Cristina Ruz, put their heart and soul into creating an authentic hacienda experience. With the help of the best local craftsmen, it took a gruelling five years to restore this abandoned 18th century sisal hacienda well beyond its original grandeur. The result is a beautiful 18-suite hotel where traditional elegance is married with contemporary style and comfort. The former Machine Room is now home to an award-winning gourmet restaurant; the old chapel has become a salon for functions. Outside, acres of vibrant tropical gardens lead to manicured lawns and two freshwater swimming pools.

Located a few miles north of Merida, the hacienda is a great starting point for exploring Mexico's ancient Mayan sites. It's also a welcome retreat: the spa offers relaxing holistic treatments using indigenous herbs, flowers and honey; the only sounds are from birds and fountains.

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