The Yucatan Peninsula, especially the area concentrated around the cultural centre of Merida, is home to the country’s more famous Mayan sites (Chichen Itza, Uxmal along the Puuc Route). Not to mention many beautiful haciendas in sprawling estates and luxury hotels in countryside retreats, the colonial town of Izamal, and the coastal reserves of Celestun and Rio Lagartos.

Combining tranquility and tropical seclusion, accommodation here is often imbued with lots of character, luxury and rural activities as well as being well-placed to take day trips to the Peninsula’s Mayan sites and coastal attractions. You are also within easy reach of the Mayan Riviera, Playa del Carmen and Tulum.

What to do

  • Private tours to local sites such as cenotes (natural bore holes), Mayan archaeological sites along the Puuc route, local towns