“An 18th-century hacienda transformed into a small luxury hotel with Old World colonial style, fine dining and a holistic spa”
Privacy is a priority here and all 18 suites and rooms are scattered in clusters throughout the flowering 9-acre gardens. Each has its own private veranda or balcony slung with hammocks and providing lush garden views. Rooms are large and decorated with an appealing combination of Mexican and Far Eastern antiques, colonial Caribbean hand-carved furnishings, hand-woven textiles and original oil paintings. All have high beamed ceilings, full-length windows, grand carved cedar wood doors, polished stone and marble floors, and big comfy beds (either kingsize or twin four-posters).
Bathrooms are huge (even in the cheaper Superior Rooms) and spotlessly clean, with hydrotherapy or soaking tubs, plus showers, fluffy towels, bathrobes and hairdryers.
The light and airy Deluxe Suites have a comfortable sitting area, and a Jacuzzi tub and loungers set outdoors on a big private veranda screened by greenery. The slightly more expensive Master Suites have a separate (rather formal) living room, and 2 of them have bathrooms with an incredible handcrafted stone tub replenished by a cascade. We stayed in the Anna Master Suite (room 102), which was fabulous.
Features common to all rooms include air conditioning, overhead fans, minibars and CD players; welcome fruit baskets also await you in the Master Suites. There are no TVs but DVD players can be ordered from the reception desk. Tea/coffee making facilities are also available on request.
Fine dining is an essential ingredient of Hacienda Xcanatun’s hospitality, and its restaurant, Casa de Piedra is popular with both local well-heeled Méridianos and guests. Occupying the plantation’s former sisal machine house, the sophisticated space offers several dining rooms and a romantic candlelit veranda.
Expect a fusion of French techniques with the freshest Caribbean and Yucatecan ingredients. Menus change frequently, although favourites might include grilled salmon with creamed leeks and a tomatillo-sesame seed sauce, sautéed tamarind chicken breast served with mango and jicama salad, or marinated quail on pilaf rice. Few diners can resist the pastry chef’s memorable desserts, and the extensive wine list features labels from the world's great vintners. Special diets can be catered for with advance notice.
Adjacent to the dining room, the carved antique mahogany bar has a baby grand piano and comfortable rattan seating to tempt guests to linger and sample Xcanatun’s special cocktail, made with Xtabentun - a honey-based Yucatecan liquor. It's also stocked with a range of spirits, including a selection of Mexico’s premium sipping tequilas. On weekends the bar and restaurant are filled with the sound of live music.
Note that the restaurant closes at 6pm on Sundays; on all other days it's open until 11pm. Room service is available until 10pm.
Children aren't encouraged as there are a lot of antiques and artefacts about the hacienda, but they are accepted under special conditions. One child of 12 years or under can stay free of charge on a rollaway bed in their parents' room, with a supplement for older children. Cots and babysitting (at an extra charge) can be arranged with advance notice.
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Babysitting is available by arrangement.
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking