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A master suite at Hacienda Xcanatún is ideal for families.

In the heart of the Yucatán Peninsula, the Hacienda Xcanatún is a converted 18th-century farmhouse with just 18 suites.

Want the best? We hear that Master Suites Nos. 103 and 104, which have views of the tropical gardens and huge bathrooms with hand-carved coralstone tubs for two, are the most requested accommodations. Families can stay at all four of the Master Suites and both Superior Rooms in the Main House, as well as Superior Rooms Nos. 208-210, which share a large terrace and are close to the child-friendly pool (the other pool is adults-only). Deluxe Suite No. 312 is on a second floor overlooking one of the pools, and Deluxe Suite No. 316 is like being in a tree house; it is on the second floor in the middle of the gardens.

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Hacienda XcanaTún has modern amenities but in the context of an 18th-century Yucatecan hacienda.

The 2,368-square-foot spa at Hacienda Xcanatún has five treatment rooms, including the manicure/pedicure room and his-and-her steam rooms. The most popular treatments at the spa, our sources say, have grown out of traditional Mayan techniques, including the Maya Stone or Honey & Flower Massages. The spa also specializes in an anti-aging, hand-and-arm treatment with warm-glove application, and offers more traditional treatments such as massages and facials. For younger guests, the spa offers mani/pedi packages with some very bright colors, as well as body wraps and special facials to soothe delicate or sunburned skin (perfect for relaxing after a day in the sun). Ask for Doña Carolina Martínez for the Mayan treatments, and Dr. Silvia Maldonado for treatments using the Spanish Germaine de Capuccini products, especially for facials. Cristina Baker (direccion@xcanatun.com; 011-52-99-9941-0273) the Hacienda’s co-proprietor, oversees the spa directly.

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The spa at hacienda xcanatún offers treatments steeped in Mayan technique.

Baker also specializes in arranging activities for individuals, couples or families. She can book excursions to private cenotes (sinkholes) for snorkeling and a picnic lunch; visits to archaeological sites led by a genuine archaeologist rather than a guide; and private, after-hours guided tours of the Archaeology Museum. Tasty Treats: For gourmets and gourmands, Baker knows the best chefs in the area, and has organized individual cooking classes with local chefs that can be specified to any taste. For the artistically minded, she can arrange for private sculpture and painting classes. Looking for that perfect romantic touch? Baker can get guests into a nearby private, antique-filled hacienda. She can also get a Yucatecan trio to serenade the couple while they enjoy Champagne cocktails en route to set the mood.

For golfing fans, Hacienda Xcanatún has exclusive privileges at El Jaguar, the new members-only par-72, 18-hole Jack Nicklaus signature golf course just 10 minutes away. The course’s design incorporates pre-Hispanic structures from the nearby site of Dzibilchaltún, and includes four lakes and three cenotes. Teaching and practice facilities are available to guests when they visit the course.

Wedding parties can book the entire Hacienda for two nights to create a bespoke weekend-long event for up to 34 guests (plus the bride and groom, of course). Ceremonies can be conducted in the Hacienda’s chapel or outside in the lush gardens, and the duplex honeymoon suite is the perfect way to start a life together in comfort. Contact Baker for arrangements; she also serves as the luxury travel liaison.

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The St. Regis Mexico City'S porte-cochere stays active day and night as guests file into the property, which opened August 5.


The most popular times to visit, we are told, are during the spring equinox, when thousands flock to see sunlight and shadows play across the Temple of Kukulcan at Chichén Itzá. (Full day tours can be arranged from the Hacienda to the ruins, which are about an hour-and-a-quarter away.) The holidays are also a prime time for visitors—book now to get your clients in for December.

Manuel Crecencio Rejón International Airport, Merida, is 25 minutes from the property, and the hotel will arrange transfers in a Mercedes sedan or a Lincoln Navigator.

In contrast to the calm and tranquility of the Hacienda Xcanatún, The St.
Regis Mexico City
opened this month in the heart of one of Mexico’s most exciting places to see and be seen. The hotel’s 189 guest rooms and suites offer views of the city from 32 floors.

Ideal for visitors looking to get the most out of a vacation, the hotel was erected in front of the iconic “Diana Huntress,” and is only a few minutes away from the “Bosque de Chapultepec.” The financial sector of Polanco is also nearby for business trips, and most major tourist attractions are less than a mile from the hotel.

Rooms on floors 10 through 14 offer the best views of the city, and we are told the Astor Suite and the St. Regis Suite (also known as the Presidential Suite) are the crème de la crème for luxury vacations. Deluxe and Grand Deluxe rooms are ideal for families traveling together.

At 9,688 square feet and with seven treatment rooms, the intimate Remède Spa features a swimming pool, whirlpools, sauna, steam, exercise room, yoga and pilates studios. Luxury travel advisors should book treatments for their guests at least 24 hours in advance by contacting Spa Director Rachel Knapp (rachel.knapp@stregis.com; 011-52-55-5228-1830).

All St. Regis hotels and resorts offer the exclusive St. Regis Butler Service to make guests’ stay even more comfortable; the butlers also double as Spa Butlers at the Remède Spa.

To make a flamboyant entrance, your clients can land on the property’s helipad; for less-direct arrivals, the Benito Juárez Mexico City International Airport is a 45-minute drive from the hotel. Luxury travel advisors should contact Laura Alcalá (laura.alcala@stregis.com; 011-52-55-5228-1814), assistant director of sales, or General Manager Rui Reis (rui.reis@stregis.com; 011-52-55-5228-1855).

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Hacienda Xcanatún has packages for golfers and spa-goers. The Golf + Culture Package includes two rounds of golf, while the Mayan Healing Package offers two massages among other spa services. Visit www.luxuryta.com/mexico-offer.