Rosas & Xocolate Boutique Hotel & Spa
Merida, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
At a Glance
A distinctively designed hotel with an infectious romanticism about it created from two previously derelict mansions
There is a resident chocolatier at the hotel and spa treatments also involve cocoa paste
Winner and nominee of numerous architectural, design and gourmet awards and in the process of qualifying as a socially responsible property
There is a fitness-centre, Spa, Jacuzzi and swimming pool all located inside, along with ample space to relax and socialise
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
The Yucatán Peninsula is hot and humid. The best time to visit is typically during the drier, slightly milder months between November and April. The ‘rainy’ season begins in the south around June and runs until November. Although it can be hotter and more humid at this time of year, usually it only rains for a couple of hours before the weather clears. The wettest months tend to be September and October.
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Rosas & Xocolate Boutique Hotel & Spa is a charming and very individual boutique hotel set at the heart of the lively city of Merida. Created by joining two mansions, the unique style of the hotel, is a successful fusion of traditional and contemporary.
Rosas & Xocolate started life as two 120 year old colonial mansions that had been uninhabited for some 30 years. The owner, Kolozs Carol Fischer, has transformed the space into an intriguing and intimate boutique hotel designed around Roses and Chocolate and brought to life by the architect Salvador Reyes Rios and designer Josefina Larrain. It really was a labour of love for Mr Fischer, a blending of his mother's name with cocoa, central to pre-Hispanic life of the people of Mexico specifically in this south-eastern part of the country.
Whilst all rooms have their own character, they all benefit from spacious open-air bathtubs (not overlooked of course), for a truly luxurious bathing experience for one or two. Each of its 17 rooms and communal spaces features both modern touches and subtle nods to the region's heritage. Whilst each room features a Bose sound system, high speed WiFi and flat screen television, their double-height walls are decorated using the ancient Mayan technique of "Chukum". Consequently this technique was introduced back into architecture by Salvador Reyes Rios in 1996 during the restoration of multiple Haciendas. This treatment gives rooms an organic and traditional feel and is a great canvas for their solid cedar furniture, pristine white cotton bed linen, rose-coloured accents and exquisite tiles. In addition there are large swathes of Henequen (sisal) hanging sporadically around the hotel, an artistic and appreciative reference to Yucatan's henequen plantations of the 17th century.
Since its opening Rosas & Xocolate has received many awards for its architecture and gourmet cuisine. The hotel restaurant is a la carte and Chef David Segovia (from Mexico City) and his team create traditional Yucatecan dishes and homemade produce such as breads and jams for a truly exceptional dining experience.
When you are not exploring Merida by bicycles (provided by the hotel), then the perfect place to unwind is the "Gourmet" Spa, a haven dedicated to revitalise and relax guests in a variety of traditional Mayan ways, including Rosas & Xocolate's Xocolatherapies. There is also a tranquil pool area with loungers and a well-equipped fitness centre for those feeling energetic.
As the cultural and financial capital of Yucatan, Merida is great city to explore and a wonderful base from which to venture further afield to the likes of Chichen Itza, Uxmal and perhaps the beach.
There are seventeen rooms at Rosas & Xocolate, each is individual but all have open-air outdoor, spacious bathtubs, high-ceilings, solid cedar furniture, cotton bed linen and have walls finished with a Mayan technique using a mixture of plaster and resin from the chukum tree. All rooms also have flat screen televisions, Bose sound systems, High speed wireless internet, air conditioning, safe, mini-bar, L'Occitane, room service, telephone and handmade chocolate soap.
Choose from king size or two double beds, overlooking pool or water gardens.
Choose from king size or two double beds, overlooking pool, water gardens or private corridor.
One King size bed, views of pool and plenty of natural light.
One King size bed and a private terrace overlooking Paseo de Montejo.
|Master Suite Rosas & Xocolate||
One king size bed, spacious, terrace overlooking the “Paseo de Montejo” the most famous avenue in Merida, unique living room.
Babysitting can be arranged with at least 24-hours' notice and children are allowed in the restaurant, however the hotel is not tailored for children, rather furnished as a sanctuary for adults.
In addition to the in-room facilities provided at Rosas & Xocolate there are several spaces in which to relax including its wonderful restaurant with the open sky Moon Lounge and interior and exterior terraces with water gardens. The in-house Spa offers a variety of treatments and "Xocolatherapies" in its two cabins for individuals, one cabin for couples or "sensory tasting plateau" (each has a shower). Guests also have full use of the well-equipped gym, jacuzzi and courtyard pool.
From its location there are many museums and places of cultural and historical interest to visit in the city of Merida. It is a 20-minute walk to the Main Plaza and the historical centre or the hotel can supply you with its own bicycles. On Sundays the streets in and around the Main Plaza are closed to vehicles and everyone walks, cycles and eats in the streets.
To escape the heat and humidity venture to one of the cenotes nearby or take a dip in the Gulf of Mexico, just 45-minutes away.
From Merida it is a 90-minute journey to both Chichen Itza and Uxmal archaeological sites.
Merida Bicycle Adventure Tour
Pedal across rugged terrain on this toe-curling mountain biking adventure through Merida before heading underground to explore fascinating caves and swim in crystalline waters in one of the Yucatan's eerily beautiful cenotes.
Merida Private City Tour & Celestun Biosphere Reserve
Visit the Celestun National Park and see an stunning array of wildlife such as white tailed deer, armadillos, crocodiles, and flamingos. Go on a boat ride in the beautiful lagoon and enjoy the beaches and crystalline water.
Out-of-Hours Chichen Itza Private Tour
Rise early to explore the impressive site of Chichen Itza as the sun comes up and before the gates open to the public on this exclusive private experience, allowing you to escape the crowds and make the most of your time at this must-see landmark.
Private Catamaran Sail to Isla Mujeres
Charter your own private catamaran for the day and sail the turquoise Caribbean waters that separate Cancun from the stunning white shores of Isla Mujeres, stopping en route to visit secluded coral reefs for fantastic snorkelling in protected seas.
Uxmal archaeological site & Family Scavenger Hunt
Solve a series of clues and look out for amazing Mayan artefacts on this family scavenger hunt around the archaeological site of Uxmal, its temples and ball courts an impressive reminder of the Mayan empire and its fascinating history.
Wave Runner Riviera Maya
Speed across the turquoise waters of Playa del Carmen by jet-ski for an exhilarating way to explore the beautiful Caribbean coast. Head to Playa Norte, a picture-perfect stretch of white sand beach where you can relax to your heart's content.
Location & directions
Merida, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
Rosas & Xocolate is ideally located to explore the beautiful streets of Merida. It is just a 20-minute walk to the centre of the city. Considered the cultural capital of the Yucatan there is much to see here.
How to get there
It is an 11-hour 40-minute international flight to Mexico City followed by a 2-hour flight to Merida and a 30-minute transfer from the airport.