Lovers of history will be bewitched by Mexico’s exquisite haciendas with their Matisse-like blocks of colour, Mayan arts and crafts and antique wooden furniture. From luxury boutique hotels found deep in the Yucatán jungle to palatial erstwhile henequen estates, here’s our pick of some of the most historic places to stay.

1. Hacienda Xcanatun, Yucatán

Yucatán is an impenetrable green lung hemmed in by vast beaches with emerald blue waters on one side, and deep jungle punctured by cenotes and ancient Mayan ruins on the other. Hacienda Xcanatun is found in the latter, an 18th-century hacienda that relied on the production of henequen, a cactus-like plant grown in the area with myriad uses, not least the production of tequila. A luxury boutique hotel, it is a retreat from modern madness. The 18 suites have no televisions and all have unique interiors that keep the spirit of the erstwhile hacienda alive with adobe exposed beams, heavy wooden furnishings and decorative Mexican tiling. The gourmet restaurant, sprawling gardens and spa (complete with traditional Mayan treatments) only serve to further enhance the idea that this a spot to escape to.


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