Life & Soul Magazine’s Travel Guide to Eco Spas will whet your appetite for a vacation that brings healing to holidaymakers in accommodations that work in harmony with the planet.
13. Hacienda Chichen Resort and Yaxkin Spa, Mexico
Finding a sustainable resort is a real treat at the best of times and to experience one nestled at the foot of the world-famous Chichen Itza’s Mayan ruins is even more of a bonus. Hacienda Chichen Resort and Yaxkin Spa is housed in one of the oldest colonial buildings in the Yucatan region – built using original stones from the nearby Mayan pyramids and temples.
Since it was constructed in 1523, the building has seen many guests and been through many transitions – it has served the Spanish Crown, was at one time a sisal plantation, has housed the vice-consul of United States, and served as headquarters for the Carnegie Institute.
Today Hacienda Chichen Resort and Yaxkin Spa has a lot to offer holidaymakers in search of a memorable Mayan experience. Located within the Mayan city of Chichen Itza, the Mayan ruins themselves can be reached through a private entrance from the resort’s private gardens.
Perfect for those who want to combine sightseeing with some eco-luxury, the elegant converted 16th-century colonial hacienda, with its beautiful tropical surroundings, also makes for a perfect retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the Mayan world’s most famous city, with its outdoor swimming pool and spa facilities.
An ode to its past, the Yaxkin Spa offers holistic Mayan healing therapies, massages and beauty treatments, including a Mayan Hot Stone Spa Massage. Indigenous spa staff or healers rather, who are well-versed in the Mayan healing arts and rituals, use ancient sacred Mayan natural organic ingredients found in Mother Nature including melipona honey, cacao, aloe vera, Mayan herbs, Mayan jade algae body mud, and spirulina in the treatments.
The Hacienda Chichen Resort and Yaxkin Spa goes above and beyond to ensure their visitors have a truly authentic Mayan experience. In addition to the Mayan spa rituals, the sustainable resort also offer eco-awareness activities including a nature trail amongst the exotic flora and fauna found in the on-site gardens and nature reserve, which is home to some 150 species of birds including green jay, Yucatan woodpecker, and the Great Horned Owl. The garden is also home to many plants that are used in Mayan medicinal remedies.
The Mayan influence is apparent throughout the Hacienda Chichen Resort and Yaxkin Spa, which is tastefully decorated throughout with Mayan crafts and accents of Spanish colonial influence. Hacienda Chichen Resort and Yaxkin Spa’s rooms feature an ecological, colonial-style design including colonial tiles, hand-woven bedspreads and pictures of the surrounding fauna and flora. Hacienda Chichen restaurant serves organic Mayan Fusion cuisine.
For those whose main purpose for holidaying is to see the sights, and who want a sustainable stay somewhere that works in harmony with the environment and the local people and that has the added bonus of spa facilities, the Hacienda Chichen Resort and Yaxkin Spa would serve well.
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about sustainable lifestyle and green living for publications, and offers content services to planet-friendly businesses. Find out more at Rosamedea.com