Yucatán Outside Cancun

Hotels in Yucatán Outside Cancun

Set to open in late 2009, the Mayan-influenced, 17-room Rosas & Xocolate is a gustatory experience as enticing as the hotel’s name: chocolate made by the on-site chocolatier at turndown, cacao-based body treatments, a bar with more than 250 types of tequila, and an innovative restaurant servi

American expat David Sterling teaches cocina yucateca, one of Mexico’s great regional cuisines. Daylong workshops start at the Lucas de Gálvez market to look for Maya staples such as chaya, beans, achiote, and epazote.

The island of Holbox (pronounced “Ole-bosh”) is a tiny spit of land off the Yucatán Peninsula, laced with sand roads. As soon as Cuban-born artist Sandra Pérez arrived, she knew she wanted to stay for good, so she created a retreat that would feel more like a residence than a formal hotel.

Crafted from a row of 17th-century houses, Hacienda Puerta Campeche brings a dose of urbane style to this historic colonial town. Most of the 15 guest rooms have 18-foot ceilings, a bathroom the size of a big-city apartment, and a sun-drenched daybed.

The 19th-century hotel is in the city's historic center.