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This is my third trip to the Yucatan Peninsula in hopes of visiting the famous site of Chichen Itza. On my first trip, we didn't plan a stop to see the wonder even though it was on my bucket list. On my second trip we were within a few miles from Chichen Itza when the friend I was traveling with got sick due to the heat and also the unadvised climb …
... was in for a bit of culture shock. After trying my hardest to speak nothing but Spanish in my previous week in Mexico I don't think I said a single word in Spanish for the entire time I was in Playa. The town was very much America but cheaper and with a funky smell. However as much as I was looking for something that playa was never going to offer me, it did have one thing that I was interested in... Diving. In four days I dove ...
... metre Christ of Unity on a 12 metre cross above the main alter.
The lights on the buildings around the Zocalo with many horse-drawn carriages waiting for their mainly tourists made this a worthwhile yet ...
Saturday was explore Merida day, our "home." I met up with Cyndy and Vicky at their B&B to show them the ropes in downtown Merida. (Along the way, we stopped at an antique mall that an elderly Mexican woman was pondering, as well. She said that they were antiques like her, because she is 83. After translating, Cyndy said that she felt that way too. I told her congratulations for being 83, and she was pleased and hobbled ...
... to the group from England about Ek'Balam and wanted to know how it was. I sat down with this group for a good hour or so and ended up chatting about a lot of things which was a lot of fun. Then they left to go to bed so I sat with the group from England. It's been really fun here getting to know so many people.
It's now past 2 am so I guess I should head to bed so that I can wake up in a decent hour to go to Playa de Carmen and Tulum. :)
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHacienda Xcanatun Merida
This Hacienda was pure heaven. Hands down the best place I have ever stayed and I am an extensive traveler. Huge luxurious rooms with gigantic bathrooms (we had a master suite) and the restaurant was amazing. Words can not possible say how much I enjoyed my stay here!!!!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hacienda Xcanatun Merida
I had heard great reviews about this place and decided to stay there for 3 nights on my recent visit to Mexico inspte at $375 per night. Unfortunatley, soon after I checked in on the very first day, as I entered the jacuzzi and put it on, hundreds (and believe I am not exaggarating!) of large ants & insects came out with the gush of water all over my body. I had to almost pluck many of those off my body, and with several rashes later, I'll admit that it was the most horrible experience I have had in a long time.
One of the most special places we have ever stayed
Our room was exquisite. The renovation of this Hacienda is second to none. We had a wonderful stay and our two little ones enjoyed the swimming pool. The vegetation, nocturnal jungle noises and the classy ambiance of this Hacienda, all enjoyed in a hammock or in the hydrotherapy tub on the terrace will never be forgotten. The owners were extremely nice, the service outstanding and the breakfasts delicious. Definitely worth a night or two. You will not regret it! And only 15 minutes away from the center of Merida.
Rooms/Grounds - It was such a treat to stay at the Hacienda Xcanatun. My room (Jr. Suite) was large and impeccably furnished sporting high-high ceilings, faux paint, two sets of 14-16-foot (est.) double doors, marble floors and spacious patios. The bathroom had marble tops, slate floors and a jetted tub. There were several details that made my room even more delightful: gauze curtains on the four poster beds, movable shades covering the skylight in the bathroom (the ceiling is a skylight), and window panels in the large double doors. The gardens have well-developed trees interspersed with exotic plants and flowers. There are surprising landscape touches at every turn.
Best long weekend in 40 years.
As a continuation of celebrating 40 years of marriage, my wife and I spent a long weekend at Hacienda Xcanatun.
The quiet setting, excellent service, before, during and departing was beyond all we hoped for.
We have stayed at a number of hotels in Merida and on the peninsula and none can compare.
Hotel Xcanatun is wonderful in every way. I would go back tomorrow if I could.
I´d been to Mérida before on business, and stayed at one of the large hotels. Upon asking the concierge for the best restaurant, I was inmediately told:Hacienda Xcanatun. Dinner was wonderful, on a lovely terrace lit by candles overlooking the impresive gardens. I was graciously offered a tour, and upon seeing the room (Master Suite Anna), made a reservation and spent my remaining two nights there. I can´t recommend it highly enough, the service is impeccable, everybody smiles, the Spa offers a wonderful anti-stress massage using Swiss "Just" products I was not familiar with, but promptly purchased. One of my best business trips...
If you are on a budget, you may not be able to stay at Hacienda Xcanatun - but do go out there at least for breakfast. I ordered their French Toast and was transported to Heaven.
It's hard to do justice to this beautifully restored hacienda hotel. I visited the other haciendas in the area and none can compare to Hacienda Xcanatun. The very private suites are surrounded by beautiful gardens, there are two pools and a spa specializing in holistic treatments. The suites are huge - soaring 20 foot ceilings, beautiful custom designed furnishings - fit for Architectural Digest! And the bathrooms, the bathrooms!!!The restaurant is hands down the best in Merida.The service was exceptional.I've stayed at a lot of hotels in my time, and this is one of the best!
Great service and beautiful facilities. This hacienda is fairly expensive for the Merida area, but not so expensive by U.S. standards. Location is pretty good. US$10 taxi ride to downtown Merida and US$15 to airport. 2 hour drive to Chichen Itza. 2.5 hours to Celestun. 20 minute drive to Progreso. 10 minute drive to Dzibilchaltun. There is very limited occupancy, so the hacienda has a very exclusive feel. Even though they were booked solid when I stayed there in 2/03 (the busy season), I rarely noticed the other guests. Restaurant on the premises was very good. As good as any restaurant I went to in Merida. Two swimming pool areas on the grounds were great for lounging around. Rooms were spacious and clean. Be advised that there are no televisions in the room, but this just added to the experience of getting away from the real world. All in all, a terrific vacation spot!