Why it’s worth traveling for?

An idyllic tropical oasis immersed in ancient Mayan culture.

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– Peter Hechler, Area General Manager at Banyan Tree Resorts & Hotels

Hotel Highlights:  A historic 18th-century property, Hacienda Xcanatun is considered a jewel on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Refurbished into a luxury hacienda, the hotel is easily distinguished by its signature bright yellow exterior. Set on four acres with lush private gardens lined with lily pad ponds and vibrant tropical fauna, there’s 18 suites designed in calming neutral and earthy tones with private terraces and indulgent stone bathtubs. Add to the chill vibe by spending an afternoon reading or napping in the hotels’ hammocks or exploring the cultural hotspot of Mérida (just 15 minutes away), crystal clear beaches of Progreso or immerse yourself in the rich culture of Mayan civilization at Catedral de Mérida and Plaza Grande. The hotel also offers cooking and Maya language classes, and an eco-tour.

Eat + Drink: Indulge in authentic Mexican food with a French flair at Casa de Piedra, once the threshing room of the historic hacienda, which offers open terrace views of the surrounding gardens. The Lobby Bar (Yaax’Ki Bar) has a relaxed island vibe thanks to its woven furnishings and signature cocktails made with oranges, limes, and chiles from local farmers. For a more personal and totally unique culinary experience head to Destination Dining at Capilla to enjoy a session with chef Paloma Ponce as she takes you through the secrets behind simple and complicated dishes made using flavorful touches of maíz (Mexican corn). 

Beauty + Wellness: Restore and renew at Angsana Spa overlooking the lush tropical gardens and palm trees where a holistic healer will pamper you with natural herbs, spices, and aromatic oils. Go for the signature Angsana massage which works on your body’s pressure points with euphoria massage oil to balance your inner qi (energy). You also won’t go wrong with the Vitality Starter which includes muscle stretching, a herbal salt compress, and your choice of massage.

Curated Experience:  Take a deep dive into Mayan culture with a visit to Uxmal and Kabah via Get Your Guide where you will walk through centuries-old palaces and pyramids and learn more about this lost ancient civilization.

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