The resort houses the world’s largest private tequila collection—over 3,000 bottles.
Freestanding stone tubs in all casitas
The firefly population here peaks during the summer months, making for a magical display on the resort lawn
What To Know
Despite feeling so remote, the resort is just 25 minutes from the Yucatán Peninsula’s cultural capital, Mérida
Though breakfast is not included, you’re treated to a daily complimentary basket of pastries and coffee on your private terrace
Local shamans are available to perform healing ceremonies at the onsite spa
Jorge Vallejo, of Quintonil fame (currently number 12 on the World’s Best 50 Restaurants list) oversees the restaurants here
Former hacienda turned standard-setting Yucatán wellness retreat, with 70 standalone villas and a state-of-the-art spa
The creature comforts are seductive at this plush, banyan tree-laden hideout: hammocks, a Mayan symbol for home, dangle outside each limestone casita. Fresh flowers adorn its chicly stark interiors, and a tropical swimming pool, wreathed by swaying palms, continuously beckons. But the real siren here is an ethereal spa, set around a natural cenote, or a cavernous freshwater pool, considered deeply sacred on this peninsula. Guests can bob along a “floatarium” (saltwater pool), sweat it out in a steam room lined with gold tiles, indulge in an astrology consultation, or request a facial that’s inspired by ancient Mayan healing rituals. Upon emerging, the blissfully restored can make their way to Ixi’Im, the main dining room, which has thoughtfully repurposed one of the stone ruins of the original 19th-century hacienda. The elegant four-course tasting menu, with produce sourced from the sprawling kitchen garden, consists of imaginative plates such as Tahmek lamb with charred cabbage, octopus in squid ink, and inventive desserts like a cilantro-flecked sponge cake.
In the Area
To get here, fly into nearby Mérida and consider spending a few days in the bustling medieval city before arriving at this tranquil retreat—spread across 750 acres of verdant forest, its many shaded clearings and cobblestoned pathways are the ultimate embodiments of serenity. Those curious to explore can start with the resort’s legendary Mayan surroundings. The concierge can facilitate a tour of archaeological havens like Chicen Itza, Coba, and Tulum. In the summer months, when the temperature soars, cool off with a dip in the waters of Holbox, a laid-back, under-the-radar island that’s a feeding spot for whale sharks (swim with them if you’re lucky).
How to Get There
Gorgeous private-pool casitas in the Yucatan forest