Hotel Xixim: Where Serenity Abounds

In Stay, Yucatán by Suzanne Koch

To awaken on the sand to the sound of the waves of the sea harmonizing with the song of the birds, yet inside a beautifully-appointed, naturally illuminated room is a dream that is made possible at Hotel Xixim, a paradise located in Celestún an hour west of Merida, where nature abounds in the Yucatan Peninsula. Here’s 4 reasons why you should skip the mega resorts and visit this jungle hideaway on your next Mexican vacation.


1. Revitalizing Experience

Escaping reality always heals the soul and at Hotel Xixim, you can do just that. Enjoy a fresh room with good vibes, sip a delicious coffee while munching on homemade treats, soak in a beautifully designed bathtub that gives the sensation of being in the open air or sway the day away in a hammock overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. When you have recharged, the hotel offers a wide variety of recreational activities that allow guests to explore the surrounding area.

2. Integral Healing

In addition to the abundance of nature, Hotel Xixim also provides complimentary amenities like a multilingual library, a giant yoga pavilion, a wellness area for relaxing massages, a juice therapy cabana and an adult pool with a Jacuzzi as well as an additional family pool. When hunger strikes, enjoy cuisine based on regional ingredients that have been carefully selected as the most representative flavors of Yucatecan gastronomy, creating surprisingly delicious dishes. It’s not hard to see why the flavors, tropical sounds, peaceful vibes and warm hospitality will urge you to return.


3. State-of-the-Art Technology

To encourage guests to disconnect, the hotel’s 32 rooms lack televisions, however a plasma TV, phones and wireless internet are all available if needed. For ecological reasons, rooms are not equipped with air-conditioning and instead use Mayan technology, or the palapa, for air ventilation. The hotel itself is also designed to fit a variety of needs, from pavilions suitable for meetings, events and corporate retreats to an equipped gym for a great workout.

4. What To Do In Xixim?

Aside from offering a peaceful retreat to meditate and reconnect, Hotel Xixim also has a variety of fun things to do including board games, a museum shop and excursions. Bicycles are available to venture along nearby trails or you can hop in a kayak and explore the sea. Other activities include cooking classes, movies, bird watching, fishing and a nocturnal safari. Off-site excursions include visiting the archaeological site of Uxmal, the Yucatecan haciendas, the caves of Calcehtok or the many nearby cenotes.


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Photos: Iván Gabaldón,

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