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