On a recent trip to the Yucatán, we focused on destinations that have yet to attract cruise ships or chain hotels, beginning with a few days on Isla Holbox and then continuing to the charming colonial cities of Valladolid and Mérida. Here are three lovely hotels we found worth recommending.
Fronting the Convent of San Bernardino de Siena in the colonial town of Valladolid, this family-owned hideaway in a 16th-century residence has just four guest accommodations. The rooms are tastefully appointed with family heirlooms and vintage antiques, crystal chandeliers and original Moorish tile floors. The two suites are more modern in design, with polished concrete walls, wood-beamed ceilings and private terraces. The Master Suite is augmented by a plunge pool. The renowned Coqui Coqui Perfumeria has expanded its brand to include a portfolio of Residencias, one of which is this hotel. Therefore, baths are well-stocked with the company’s handmade oils, creams and fragrances.
From the editor: “Beautiful, historical and tranquil, with a friendly and attentive staff, this intimate hotel is an utterly delightful experience.”
Read more about Mesón de Malleville.
Located in the heart of Mérida, this restored colonial-era hacienda comprises seven guest rooms and three patios linked by tropical gardens. All the inner courtyards are spectacular, but the third — featuring ancient tiles, stone and marble arches, tall potted palms and handwoven hammocks — is especially impressive. The bright Balcony Rooms on the property’s second floor offer garden views from furnished wooden decks, but the Garden Suites, with separate seating areas, original oil paintings by local artist Malena Peón, handcrafted wooden furnishings and luxurious baths with natural stone tubs, are especially recommended.
From the editor: “The renovation restored most of the woodwork and tile floors of the original mansion, giving the hotel its beguiling atmosphere of an elegant 19th-century private residence.”
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This beautiful wellness retreat set within a restored 19th-century hacienda is located on an old sisal plantation 40 minutes southwest of Mérida. The property encompasses 38 casitas and two three-bedroom villas that feature traditional Mayan architecture, local artwork, warm woods, floor-to-ceiling glass walls that offer compelling views of the gardens beyond and all expected modern conveniences. Lodgings are spacious (even the lowest room categories are 2,200 square feet) and come with private plunge pools and sundecks. The hotel’s primary amenity is its spa complex housed in a cenote (or natural freshwater sinkhole pool) and comprising an outdoor infinity pool, a temazcal sauna and a flotation room. There are also four notable restaurants overseen by star chef Jorge Vallejo.
From the editor: “The Chablé Resort is an outstanding destination property and a great base from which to visit the historic haciendas of the Yucatán. The service is flawless and the setting magnificent. It is one of the most relaxing places that we’ve stayed in years.”
Read more about Chablé Resort.