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... lifestyle. Back to the city and enjoyed the local market and trying on Panama hats. Re-visited the ice cream shop - delicious. Tonight we were going to watch dancing in the plaza which we thought started at 7 but in fact it was 9. Too late for us cos we are out at 7am tomorrow. Beating the tourists to Chichen Itza. Had our first fast food - Burger King. It was pretty good, a Mexican style one so slightly hot finish to the ...
... and ready to roll at 0900, suggesting to Ann, Gary, Kathleen and the Translator that it was a grouping of the beautiful people and Sarki, the laughter much to my room mate's regret. Had trouble trying to think of anything other than 'hoser' re a derogatory term for a Canuck.
Fabian said we could have a private transfer and Chitzen Itza guide for 160 pesos but it gives us greater freedom for the 0630 start to try to beat the crowds at one of the seven new ...
Today I woke up, chugged some instant coffee and set about to do something that most people will never get to do. I was going to see the Maya ruin Chichen Itza, one of the seven wonders of the world. I should have been excited but I wasn't. It's because I have Ruin Anxiety. I have been to several ruins, and every time, instead of being filled with a sense of awe and respect, I am gripped with genuine mouth-drying, throat closing, heart pounding anxiety. Let me ...
... no room in my bag anyway to be honest!
had two very different evenings out - one with local young'uns and electronic djs, got drunk to deal with the music, not awful just a bit slow and boring for me, but funny getting to chat in spanish with lots of lads, some less annoying than others.. had hangover next day, not good in the heat!
then my favourite evening so far on the trip..
went out for a meal with Vicki and Louise ( a girl ...
... taco´s which were the best taco in Mexico so far. We wandered back to the hostel for an early night.
The hostel had given us a list of things to do around Merida. There are ruins, cenotes, caves, beaches and then we thought we had done alot of all the above recently so we opted for the Flamingo look out and town that had a meteorite hit it 65 million years ago which ended the dinosaurs. Well it took us 3 buses to get to the Mirador los Flamingos and ha ha ...
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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!