Once an 18th century sisal plantation that has been reimaged as
a small luxury hotel, the restored Hacienda Xcanatun has been
selected to join the Virtuoso travel network.
Set amid acres of gardens on the outskirts of Merida, Xcanatun
combines the unique hacienda ambiance of colonial Mexico with the
contemporary luxury and amenities of an intimate boutique
“We are extremely proud of our Virtuoso association, and
grateful to all our industry friends who helped us achieve this
honor,” remarked Cristina Baker, co-owner. “Being part of this fine
organization gives us daily contact with some of the most
Baker added: “Virtuoso clients are not only looking for but
expecting, unique, exclusive accommodations and personalized
service. And this is a challenge that we look forward to fulfilling
Opened in 2000, Xcanatun is currently the only privately-owned
and managed hacienda hotel in the Yucatan. Setting Xcanatun apart
from similar properties are its full service spa offering holistic
Mayan and beauty treatments, plus a gourmet restaurant open
throughout the day and evening. Additional facilities include two
freshwater swimming pools, one of which was created from the
hacienda’s original water reservoir.
Guests have a choice of 13 individually-decorated suites and
five superior rooms gleaming with polished stone and marble floors,
18-ft. beamed ceilings, soaring skylights, huge marble-wrapped
bathrooms, terrace/patio and air-conditioning.
Since purchasing the property in 1993, owners Jorge Ruz and
Cristina Baker committed themselves to preserving the integrity of
the estate’s colonial architecture while respecting Mayan precepts.
They have successfully reconstructed the original form, space and
decoration of the hacienda buildings.
Virtuoso is a by-invitation-only luxury travel network
comprising more than 6,000 elite travel consultants, associated
with 301 agencies in 22 countries. Relationships with top hotels,
resorts, spas, lodges, airlines, cruise lines and tour companies
provide the network’s clientele with special values and rare