Hacienda Xcanatun is a boutique hotel in Mexico’s Yucatan

hacienda xcanatun

Hacienda Xcanatun in Mexico’s Yucatan is a step back in time to a luxury boutique hotel that was once an actual working hacienda.


Holiday Inn, Mexico style

Merida hotel room

The Holiday Inn in Merida, Mexico, the capital city of Yucatan, might not be what you would expect in a Holiday Inn.


Take an all-inclusive vacation on the Riviera Maya, Mexico

The Ocean Coral and Ocean Turquesa Beach Resort offers the ultimate in relaxation: lounge at your choice of six pools or go to the beach, right outside your front door. Maybe even mix it up by varying both into your vacation schedule! This five-star resort waits on its clientel hand and foot.


There is a town called Tequila – Really!

Hotels and restaurants can be found in The Plaza in Tequila, just across the street from Mundo Cuervo.

At a pre-release tasting of Trago Tequila in San Francisco a whole new vocabulary, “blanco, reposado and anejo”, was bouncing off the brick walls and stacked wooden casks at “Tres”, a trendy south-of-market Mexican Restaurant. Formerly a warehouse, Tres is famous for offering over 200 tequilas and that night the dining room was jammed with Oracle conventioneers.


Haciendas in the Yucatan and strolling the square in Merida

Hacienda Yaxcopoil

We visit the Hacienda Yaxcopoil, once a thriving sisal plantation of 22,000 acres. It dates to the 17th Century, but today it is a sleepy museum. Since very little has been done to restore the buildings, it feels real, almost as if the hacienda could even today be a working farm, albeit an aged and run down one. But there is beauty in the faded paint on the walls.


Las Ventanas al Paraiso – a window to (culinary) paradise

Las Ventanas al Paraiso, “windows to paradise”, lends a sense of romantic that goes beyond the average romance package you might find on the Internet. Do not mistake this for just another resort in Los Cabos hotel corridor. It is not. When I visited Cabo in nearly two years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting the general manager, Lionel Alvarez, and his attentive staff, to walk through the property, viewing romantic venues and accommodations fit for a king. We were greeted by the entire staff and offered “Welcoming Margaritas”, an exquisite concoction that was part margarita, part heaven. A great start to a heavenly evening.