Discover Mexico’s rich history in the colonial towns of the Yucatan Peninsula to the east. Merida is the Yucatan’s capital city; its beautiful historic centre an ensemble of colonial buildings and charming squares where you’ll discover the region’s cultural heritage at the Palacio Canton museum. The UNESCO World Heritage City of Campeche is equally astounding, a vision of picture-perfect pastel mansions and fortified walls. From here, visit nearby Mayan archaeological site, Edzna (lesser known and much quieter than most).
The Yucatan is home to the matchless architectural monuments of the ancient Mayan world. Chichen-Itza is stunning; its pyramids and carvings overwhelm in size and majesty. We take our guests at sunrise with PSA’s out-of-hours access to avoid the crowds and allow time for its extraordinary ambience to sink in. The temples and ball-courts of Uxmal are also splendid, jutting mysteriously out of the jungle canopy.
You can stay in gorgeous boutique hotels in restored colonial mansions, or for something more exciting, in one of our hand-selected 18th Century haciendas – these rival the grandeur and romance of some of Europe’s finest mansions and we hold the keys to a handful that have been restored to their former glory. Usually painted a rich plum colour or bright yellow, some haciendas have their own cenotes (fresh water sink-pools that were sacred to the Mayans) hidden away in the grounds, others boast exquisite spas offering Mayan healing treatments. The most beautiful haciendas make perfect settings for an atmospheric celebration, where parties can dine in gardens or intricately carved cloisters by candlelight.