Hacienda Xcanatun Unlocks Romance

Couples adventure hits the mark with accommodations, cuisine and activities

By: Dawna L. Robertson

Romance makes everything better. And to help cupid while couples are traveling, Hacienda Xcanatun is offering a three-night package to the Yucatan that will sweep those in love right off their feet. Couples can live together the fabled lifestyle of the former wealthy land barons at the elegantly restored 18th century property that’s nestled in acres of manicured jungle gardens and surrounded by tall ochre-colored walls.

Set on the outskirts of Merida, the former sisal plantation is among the loveliest hacienda boutique hotels in the Yucatan. Unparallel hospitality, caring service and a respect for privacy are considered among its trademarks. The estate also features two fresh water swimming pools, an intimate spa and a landmark award-winning gourmet restaurant.

Available year-round, Hacienda Xcanatun’s Unlock Romance Package includes three nights in a deluxe suite with upgrade to a master suite if available, daily breakfast, a couple’s Maya blessing, visit to the ancient Maya city of Dzibilchaltun and a four course feast with sparkling wine. Per couple rates are from $1,035 May 1 Sept. 30, 2008 and from $1,150 Oct. 1, 2008 April 30, 2009.

Deluxe suites are furnished with wood beamed ceilings, polished marble and stone floors, hand-carved furnishings and antiques. The oversized terrace includes a hydrotherapy tub sized for two and a hand-woven hammock.

Xcanatun’s therapist, who was trained by her shaman grandfather, provides the Couple’s Maya Blessing. It combines an organic honey massage for two to purify the spirit, with a Limpia (Chakra and Aura Cleansing) to unlock energy centers and encourage positive energy to radiate throughout the body. At the end, each couple is given a crystal amulet to ward off negativity.

To soak in the resort’s surroundings, couples take in the majestic and solitary ancient Maya city of Dzibilchaltun (The Place of Stone Writing), which lies five minutes from Hacienda Xcanatun. Here, they can swim in its freshwater cenote, and then watch the sun set behind the towering Temple of the Seven Dolls.

As for cuisine, a four-course feast accompanied by sparkling wine proves the familiar adage that food is the key to a lover’s heart. Each course highlights unusual and succulent ingredients, herbs and spices celebrating Xcanatun’s version of fusion Yucatecan cuisine. If this isn’t enough, they’ll enjoy the endorphins unleashed by the handcrafted chocolates left in suite for late-night snacking.

With a premium on privacy, Hacienda Xcanatun accommodates only 18 couples in 13 suites and five superior rooms. It is privately-owned and managed by an entrepreneurial couple with lifelong ties to the Yucatan and to the Maya. They have embraced the Maya precept of seeking harmony with nature and the universe not only in their spa and dining facilities, but also in the acres of gardens containing native plants and flowers.

Hacienda Xcanatun is a member of Virtuoso and Mexico Boutique Hotels. It enjoys a Four Diamond rating from AAA, and its landmark restaurant, Casa de Piedra, has been awarded the Star Diamond Award from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences for the past six years.