Hacienda Xcanatun Joins Virtuoso

Boutique property true to its roots

By: Dawna L. Robertson

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 property.

“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 knowledgeable people.”

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 every day!”

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 experiences.