XVIII Century "henequén" (sisal)
Hacienda transformed into exclusive small luxury hotel with
18 suites. Located in the heart of the Mayan World:
Yucatán, México, designated the Continental Capital of
Culture 2000. Featuring memorable cuisine at the "Casa de
A privately owned and operated small luxury hotel, with
personalized service and all the modern amenities within the
context of an old Yucatecan Hacienda. Conveniently located
only minutes from
close to main points of interest such as: Mérida's
Convention Center, archaeological sites and colonial cities
and beaches. Easy access to and from
Facilities for groups and business retreats. Swimming pools
and gardens to relax in, with SPA services available.
Xcanatún is in the heart
of the Mayan world, in
capital of the state of
México, designated as the "American Capital of Culture
2000." The city is just 30 minutes from
by plane, or three and a half hours by car.
reopened as a luxurious, 18-suite small hotel in January
2000, after five years of intense work to rescue its
buildings from the total deterioration and abandon in which
they were left in the 1980s.
Hacienda Xcanatún was built in the 18th Century to cultivate
corn and to raise horses and other carriage animals.
Haciendas were home to rich landlords whose huge properties
were usually the only job opportunity for hundreds of
peasants and servants, who lived nearby with their families.
Social upheaval in the 1840s (known as Yucatán's "Caste
War") and economic needs led its owners to transform it into
a huge "henequén" (sisal) producer, an activity that
required new buildings to house machinery.
World demand for sisal fiber ropes during both World Wars
become the largest producer in the world, which in turn made
Hacienda landlords prosper for many decades. The development
of artificial fibers after World War II and México's land
ownership policies led to the decline of most Haciendas in
Yucatán. In the 1970s, Xcanatún became more a resting place
for its owners than a productive village. By 1980, most of
the machinery had been dismantled and its owners stopped
visiting The Hacienda regularly.
Xcanatún's buildings were heavily damaged by nature during
the decade in which The Hacienda was virtually abandoned. In
1988, hurricane Gilberto gave buildings their coupe de grace
and The Hacienda was left in ruins. In 1994, the Ruz-Baker
family acquired the remains of the Main House, the Machinery
Room and part of the fruit gardens, to transform them into a
luxurious, low density tourist facility.
Recovery efforts were
aided by experts in Mayan and colonial architecture, which
developed plans to recover as much as possible from the
existing buildings and to rebuild those that were useless,
preserving the original architectural characteristics.
Special attention was paid to maintain the original concept
of space, ambience, ornaments and materials, even when
changes had to be made or a new building had to be built, to
be able to offer guests the highest comfort and
Architects kept Xcanatún's eclectic characteristics, with
modern and neo-classic elements, and chose to build or
rebuild using materials common in
such as wood, iron, clay, stone and glass. A good example is
the mineral paint developed for The Hacienda's walls.
Suites and buildings have wide interior spaces,
environmental comfort, element simplicity and terraces to
maintain contact with nature. Local flora shares outdoor
spaces with new ornamental and fruit species. The old water
tank became one of the two pools. New corridors and
fountains allow for everyday breezes, cooler temperature and
peaceful sounds, colors and aromas.
The old Main House recovered its corridors and pool, and
currently houses six large and comfortable suites. The old
Chapel became a multiple use salon; the former Machine Room
is now home to the Restaurant, bar, kitchen, reception,
offices and four additional suites. The cages became
beautiful gardens with a pond and fountains.
Two new buildings of four suites each were added, preserving
the architectural style of the old ones. These two story
constructions provide guests with a spectacular view of the
surrounding gardens. To complement them, a larger pool, gym,
SPA and parking were added.
The result is an amalgam between historic, traditional and
contemporary elements, to allow for the most pleasurable
resting and relaxing experience and the enjoyment of space
You will relax
immediately upon entering Xcanatún's luxuriously appointed
Master Suites, Suites and Junior Suites. Outdoor Jacuzzis in
our suites, hand carved coral stone bathtubs in two Master
Suites, unique decor and outstanding attention to detail
will make you want to stay longer.
MASTER SUITES (FIVE
AVAILABLE): All Master Suites have large,
comfortable, luxuriously appointed sitting rooms
furnished with antiques, and large separate bedroom with
king size bed. Oversize bathrooms with jacuzzi, two with
hand carved coral stone tubs and waterfall. One Master
Suite available with two double canopy beds, and wet-bar
area within the separate sitting room. Private verandas
surrounded by tropical gardens. Four of the five Master
Suites are located in the old "casa principal" or main
house. All have air conditioning, as well as overhead
fans and mini bar.
SUITES (NINE AVAILABLE):
All Suites have comfortable sitting areas in English
Colonial style, large bathrooms with vanity area, large
private verandas with Yucatecan hammocks, and patio with
exterior jacuzzi surrounded by tropical gardens. Four
have king size beds, three have king size beds that can
be made up as two singles, one with two double canopy
beds, and one with a loft bedroom and king size bed. All
have air conditioning, as well as overhead fans and mini
JUNIOR SUITES (FOUR
AVAILABLE): Spacious bedrooms, three with king size
beds, one with two double canopy beds; large bathrooms
with tub or jacuzzi and shower, and verandas surrounded
by tropical gardens. All have air conditioning as well
as overhead fans and mini bar
will make your stay even more memorable:
cuisine at "Casa de Piedra" restaurant
Two unique and
refreshing swimming pools with bar service
Local and exotic
tropical flora in three acres of gardens, ponds and
Massage, facials, manicure and pedicure available by
rooms and dining rooms: Ideal for your business meetings or
family events of up to 50 people
Yucatán has one of the
world's most unique cuisines, based on spices like annatto,
famous habanero pepper, plantain and sour orange. The "Casa
de Piedra" restaurant features international-Caribbean
recipes and a selection of the most delicious local dishes.
Hacienda Xcanatún's unique "Casa de Piedra" Restaurant has
become a favorite of visitors and locals alike. In the
tradition of The Haciendas, where landlords feasted every
day, The menu features outstanding recipes especially
developed by their executive chef, a Culinary Institute of
America graduate. Fusing Caribbean, Yucatecan and
international ingredients with French technique, their
kitchen turns out specialties such as regional fish Cebiche
in green tomatillo sauce, cream of poblano chile with
roquefort cheese, grilled salmon over creamed leeks and a
tomatillos-sesame seed sauce, Valladolid’s "longaniza"
(sausage,) stuffed onions, sautéed chile-tamarind chicken
breast over mango and jicama salad, and achiote marinated
quails on pilaf rice. One of the pastry chef's unique
desserts is the perfect way to end a memorable meal.
The menu also features selected traditional Yucatecan
recipes, such as “Queso Relleno” (Dutch Edam cheese stuffed
with a mixture of ground meat, tomato, raisins and olives,
served with a red and a white sauce), “Poc Chuc” (marinated
lean pork flank, grilled and served with roasted red onion,
beans and sour orange), as well as the famous “Sopa de Lima”
(Yucatecan sour lime soup - See recipe below.)
The wine list features names from around the world and the
bar is stocked with your favorite spirits, including a
selection of México's finest tequilas and beers.
Enjoy Haute Cuisine outdoors in “The Terrace” daily. Live
music Thursday through Sunday makes your meal even more
Recipe for Sopa de Lima Yucateca:
For decades “Yucatecos” have enjoyed this traditional soup,
a savory combination of Yucatecan sour lime, chicken or
turkey broth, vegetables and crisp tortilla julienne. This
easy to prepare recipe serves four generously.
1 Tbs. butter
1 garlic clove
½ onion, julienne
½ green bell pepper, julienne
1 tomato, peeled and chopped
1 lt. chicken or turkey broth
Juice of two Yucatecan limes (if not available, use key
limes, although taste will vary)
½ Yucatecan lime, grilled (if not available, use key lime
slices, although taste will vary)
3 sprigs cilantro, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste.
Yucatecan lime slices (three to five per serving)
1 chicken breast, shredded
3 corn tortillas, julienne
Oil to deep fry corn tortillas
In a large pot heat butter, then sauté garlic, onion and
green bell pepper; add tomato, chicken broth, lime juice and
grilled lime. Boil for ten minutes, remove from fire, and
then remove grilled lime. At the same time, deep fry the
julienne tortilla until golden. To serve, arrange lime
slices, chicken pieces and julienne tortilla in deep dishes,
then add seasoned broth. Serve hot.
NEW SPA AT HACIENDA XCANATÚN:
Experience ancient Mayan
treatments and the latest stress reduction techniques. There
is a magical, restorative spirit in
It can be seen in the variety of local plants and flowers
used in ancient Mayan healing practices, the importance of
honey as a curative agent and the way the Mayans have always
lived in harmony with nature and the universe. Now you can
experience that spirit at The Spa at Hacienda Xcanatún.
The newly opened SPA at Hacienda Xcanatún provides an
integrated approach to beauty and wellness, therapeutic in
nature and undeniably pampering. Holistic Mayan treatments
such as the Mayan honey and flower massage (the house
special) and the soothing Aloe Vera wrap are a key component
of the airy, light filled SPA.
Decorated in jade green tile and natural gauze, the front
wall of the SPA is made of glass and overlooks the swimming
pool and tropical gardens. Guests entering the reception
area of the SPA can enjoy tea, fruit drinks, fruit and Mayan
herb beverages. There are comfortable changing rooms and
separate steam and relaxation areas for men and women.
An exceptional staff of attentive and caring professional
therapists uses only the best products. The Mayan specialist
spent several years studying with the area’s leading
“Shaman” and mixes her own oils and creams from local
ingredients. Guests of The Hacienda may request in-room
treatments for more privacy and comfort. Mayan treatments
can be enjoyed in a secluded garden palapa.
Hacienda Xcanatún is only
five minutes away from Mérida's Convention Center, and is
the closest Hacienda to the city's commercial and industrial
areas. After a hard day's work, Xcanatún will help you relax
and get away from it all with the gardens and pools,
exquisite food, luxurious suites, relaxing terraces to read
and even a massage in your room.
Once you experience the
comfort of your suite, the beauty and quietness of the
gardens and pools and the unique cuisine, you will not wish
to leave The Hacienda; you may ask for a massage, enjoy a
calm evening and play “petanque.” Staff can arrange for golf
and tennis. We recommend you plan at least one full day at
The Hacienda Xcanatún.
From the comfort of Xcanatún, activities such as golf,
tennis, horseback riding, visits to Mayan archeological
sites, beaches, and trips to "cenotes" (sink holes) can be
Visit Mayan cities like
(barely five minutes away),
(home of the famous pyramid of Mayan God Kukulcán), and
Or visit the first Cathedral on continental soil.
has one of the world's most fascinating cuisines, and
was declared “Continental Capital of Culture 2000,” founded
in 1542 by Spanish conqueror Francisco de Montejo. Other
nearby colonial cities worth visiting are:
is a colonial city full of life and ideal for resting.
Tunnels form underground water sink holes called “cenotes”
where you can swim, dive or simply watch the marvelous
formations created by nature. There are over 700 registered
cenotes in the state of
The Gulf of México bathes all the northern territory of the
Progreso, the state's main port is just 15 minutes away from
Xcanatún, and within 20 minutes you will find America's
largest natural reserve of wild flamingos. We recommend you
pay a visit to the beach and try fresh fish and seafood. You
may also wish to visit the Caribbean, about four hours away.
The asteroid that killed dinosaurs 75 million years ago is
believed to have crashed off the coast of Chicxulub, a beach
port just 15 minutes away from Xcanatún.
There are dozens of native species of flora and fauna in
among them deer, pheasant, octopus, snapper and squid. Just
stroll in our gardens and you will come across different
species of plants, and maybe a few rare birds.
reservations, availability and bookings, please contact us